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Ordered23 Dec 1939
Laid down21 Dec 1940 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1013)
Launched11 Aug 1941
Commissioned15 Nov 1941Fregkpt. Heinz-Ehler Beucke
15 Nov 1941 - Oct, 1942  FrgKpt. Heinz-Ehler Beucke
Oct, 1942 - 16 Nov 1942  Oblt. Hans-Adolf Schweichel
2 patrols
15 Nov 1941-30 Jun 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1942-16 Nov 1942  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 9,359 GRT
2 auxiliary warships damaged, total tonnage 18,285 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 1,630 tons

Sunk on 16 November 1942 in the North Atlantic west of Casablanca, in position 33.40N, 07.35W, by depth charges from the US destroyers USS Woolsey, USS Swanson and USS Quick. 57 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-173 - View the 2 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-173 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Schlagetot (9 Nov 1942 - 16 Nov 1942)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-173 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

City Key of Bremen

3 Dice and a Cup

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

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