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Ordered23 Sep 1939
Laid down1 Nov 1940 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 17)
Launched14 Aug 1941
Commissioned4 Oct 1941Kptlt. Günther Schiebusch
4 Oct 1941 - 20 Dec 1941  Kptlt. Günter Schiebusch
21 Dec 1941 - 14 Apr 1942  Kptlt. Kai Lerchen
1 patrol
4 Oct 1941-31 Mar 1942  6. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1942-14 Apr 1942  6. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 1,355 GRT

Sunk at 2230hrs on 14 April 1942 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 47.00N, 18.14W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Stork and the British corvette HMS Vetch. 44 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-252 - View the 1 war patrol

General notes on this boat

6 Apr 1942. On 6 April, 1942, espionage agent Ib Riis was landed in Iceland by 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-252 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

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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