List of all U-boats

U-572

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered24 Oct 1939
Laid down15 Jun 1940 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 548)
Launched5 Apr 1941
Commissioned29 May 1941Kptlt. Heinz Hirsacker
Commanders
29 May 1941 - 18 Dec 1942  Kptlt. Heinz Hirsacker
18 Dec 1942 - 3 Aug 1943  Oblt. Heinz Kummetat
Career
9 patrols
29 May 1941-1 Aug 1941  3. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1941-3 Aug 1943  3. Flottille (active service)
Successes6 ships sunk, total tonnage 19,323 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,207 GRT
Fate

Sunk 3 Aug, 1943 north-east of Trinidad, in position 11.35N, 54.05W, by depth charges from a US Mariner aircraft (VP-205/P-6). 47 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 7 ships hit by U-572 - View the 9 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-572 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Brandenburg (15 Sep 1941 - 1 Oct 1941)
   Störtebecker (5 Nov 1941 - 19 Nov 1941)
   Gödecke (19 Nov 1941 - 26 Nov 1941)
   Hai (3 Jul 1942 - 21 Jul 1942)
   Streitaxt (20 Oct 1942 - 2 Nov 1942)
   Schlagetot (9 Nov 1942 - 16 Nov 1942)
   Falke (28 Dec 1942 - 19 Jan 1943)
   Landsknecht (19 Jan 1943 - 28 Jan 1943)
   Hartherz (3 Feb 1943 - 7 Feb 1943)
   Seeteufel (21 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
   Löwenherz (1 Apr 1943 - 10 Apr 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

31 Jul 1943
The boat reported repelling an allied aircraft east of Trinidad. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 367)

3 Aug 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:American Mariner (Sqdn VP-205/P-6)

The aircraft and the boat must have killed each other. No survivors from either side.

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

24 Apr 1943. Kptlt. Heinz Hirsacker took his own life on April 24th, 1943 shortly before he was due to be executed for "cowardice in the face of the enemy" - the only U-boat commander to suffer that fate. We'll write more about this later.

Oscar Kusch, commander of U-154, was also executed, but for "defeatism", after his IWO reported him for removing the boat's mandatory photograph of Adolf Hitler.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-572 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Ape

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay