|Ordered||7 Aug 1939|
|Laid down||10 Jul 1940||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 991)|
|Launched||20 Feb 1941|
|Commissioned||12 May 1941||Kptlt. Ullrich Heyse (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||12 ships sunk, total tonnage 83,639 GRT|
Sunk on 17 May 1943 in the South Atlantic south of Recife, Brazil, in position 10.00S, 35.35W, by depth charges from two US Mariner aircraft (VP-74 USN/P-5 & P-6) and gunfire from the US destroyers USS Moffett and USS Jouett. 7 dead and 47 survivors.
Attacks on this boat and other events
7 Mar 1942
17.03 hrs, 150 miles south of Bermuda: the boat dived when two PBM Mariner flying boats (USN VP-74) appeared from low cloud. The first aircraft released two depth charges set for 50 feet (15m) just as the U-boat stern disappeared, but they were duds. A second pair of depth charges were then dropped in a second attack run, followed by two more from the other aircraft. U-128 escaped undamaged and remained submerged until dusk. (Sources: ONI)
16 May 1943
U-128 was attacked by an American Mariner aircraft (USN VP-74 / P-2) off Bahia. 12 bombs fell wide, and the boat escaped undamaged (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 223)
2 recorded attacks 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-128 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 4 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Shield with 9 stars
Horsehead on a Stick
White Horse with Motto