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Ordered23 Dec 1939
Laid down30 Jan 1941 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1015)
Launched2 Sep 1941
Commissioned5 Dec 1941Kptlt. Heinrich Bruns
5 Dec 1941 - 17 Apr 1943  KrvKpt. Heinrich Bruns (German Cross in Gold)
3 patrols
5 Dec 1941-31 Aug 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1942-17 Apr 1943  10. Flottille (active service)
Successes10 ships sunk, total tonnage 40,619 GRT

Sunk on 17 April 1943 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 47.53N, 22.04W, by depth charges and gunfire from the US Coast Guard cutter USCGC Spencer. 13 dead and 41 survivors.

Loss position

See the 10 ships hit by U-175 - View the 3 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-175 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Without name (15 Apr 1943 - 17 Apr 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

2 Oct 1942
The boat was attacked twice by an American B-18 bomber (USAAF) but suffered no damage.

1 Jan 1943
1853hrs, off Sierra Leone: 5 bombs dropped by a British Catalina aircraft (270 Sqn RAF/V), causing minor damage. (Sources: Rohwer/Ritschel)

30 Jan 1943
1657hrs, southwest of Dakar: A British Catalina aircraft (270 Sqn RAF/G) dropped 6 depth charges on the boat. The extensive damage limited the ability to dive and an oil leak caused a serious loss of fuel that had to be replenished from U-118 (Czygan) on 11 February. (Sources: Rohwer/Ritschel)

3 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

Another Commanding officer?
There is a rather common misunderstanding that Gerhardt Muntz commanded U-175. This is found in variety of sources but is not true and no U-boat commander with that name existed in WWII and certainly not on U-175.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-175 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.

Shield with Sword and 2 Snake-like objects

Media links

Shadows on the Horizon

Haskell, Winthrop A.

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

Bloody Winter

Waters, John M.

Sea, Surf and Hell

Mercey, Arch A. (editor)

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