|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||21 Apr 1941||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 588)|
|Launched||9 Jan 1942|
|Commissioned||5 Mar 1942||Oblt. Paul Siegmann|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on 6 Aug, 1942 near Gotenhafen, after a collision with U-444. 2 dead and 43 survivors.
Raised in August 1942 and returned to service on 31 May, 1943 as a training boat.
Scuttled on 2 May, 1945 at Warnemünde, in position 54.11N, 12.05E. Wreck broken up in 1946.
Men lost from the boat
6 Aug 1942
During training in the Baltic U-612 collided with U-444 killing two men from U-612 which sank to the seabed. The boat was later raised and used for training. [Obermaschinist Wilhelm Merz, Maschinenobergefreiter Gerhard Ehrlich] (The I WO Herbert A. Werner described the loss in his book ´Iron Coffins´)
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -