List of all U-boats




Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down15 Jun 1942 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 172)
Launched22 Feb 1943
Commissioned8 Apr 1943Oblt. Klaus-Dietrich König
8 Apr 1943 - 1 Jan 1944  Oblt. Klaus-Dietrich König
1 patrol
8 Apr 1943-30 Nov 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Dec 1943-1 Jan 1944  6. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Missing in action in January 1944. 49 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, September 2003).

View the 1 war patrol

Showell's U-boat Command and the Battle of the Atlantic reports that this boat was sunk to one of its torpedoes. U-377 was belived to have been lost to its circling T5 torpedoes but now it's belived she was sunk by allied warships.

(Note: We give the date for U-972 as Dec 31, 1943 to have a reference point).

Previously recorded fate

  • The boat was sunk by one of its own acoustic torpedoes in late Dec 1943 in the North Atlantic.

Wolfpack operations

U-972 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Coronel 1 (15 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)
   Sylt (18 Dec 1943 - 23 Dec 1943)
   Rügen 1 (23 Dec 1943 - 28 Dec 1943)
   Rügen 2 (28 Dec 1943 - 1 Jan 1944)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-972 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.

Skull with Tophat

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel