|Ordered||25 Jan 1939|
|Laid down||28 Dec 1939||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 619)|
|Launched||22 Nov 1940|
|Commissioned||4 Jan 1941||Korvkpt. Hans Werner Neumann|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on 30 March 1945 at Bremen in the shipyard of Deschimag AG Weser, in position 53.08N, 08.46E, by bombs during US air raid (8th AF).
Wreck raised until 2 July 1947 and broken up.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-72 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
There was another U-72 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 31 Oct 1915 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 26 Jan 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 72 during WWI.