|Ordered||20 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||24 Feb 1941||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 308)|
|Launched||9 Oct 1941|
|Commissioned||20 Dec 1941||Kptlt. Wolfgang Schultze|
|Successes||3 ships sunk, total tonnage 20,619 GRT|
Sunk 2 Oct, 1942 north of Cayenne, in position 06.50N, 52.25W, by depth charges from an American B-18 A aircraft (US Army Bomb. Sqdn. 99). 51 dead and 1 survivor.
General notes on this boat
2 Oct 1942. The sole survivor, Matrosengefreiter Franz Machen, spent 10 days on a life raft which the aircraft dropped to his aid before being rescued by the US destroyer USS Ellis (DD-154). He survived partly by killing and eating seabirds that attacked him while he lay exposed on the raft.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-512 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.