|Ordered||8 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||1 Aug 1940||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 554)|
|Launched||15 May 1941|
|Commissioned||10 Jul 1941||Korvkpt. Ernst-August Rehwinkel|
|Successes||4 ships sunk, total tonnage 23,635 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,090 tons
Missing in the Bay of Biscay since 6 Aug, 1942, position unknown.
No explanation exists for its loss. 49 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, November 1995).
Previously recorded fate
Attacks on this boat and other events
25 Nov 1941
The boat was attacked and rammed in the Arctic Ocean by a Soviet escort, but suffered only slight damage.
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-578 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
The Snorting Bull - U-47