|Ordered||20 Jan 1941|
|Laid down||15 Nov 1941||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 303)|
|Launched||6 Mar 1943|
|Commissioned||26 May 1943||Oblt. Freiherr Wolfgang-Friedrich von Forstner|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk (Scuttled?) 4 March, 1944 in the Barents Sea south-east of Bear Island, Norway, in position 73.05N, 26.40E, by gunfire and rockets from the British destroyer HMS Onslaught and Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 816) of the escort carrier HMS Chaser. 23 dead and 30 survivors.
U-472 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Isegrim (25 Jan 1944 - 27 Jan 1944)
Werwolf (27 Jan 1944 - 1 Feb 1944)
Hartmut (24 Feb 1944 - 28 Feb 1944)
Boreas (28 Feb 1944 - 4 Mar 1944)
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-472 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entry for this boat! See the emblem page for this boat or view each one below.
Coat of Arms