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Ordered20 Oct 1939
Laid down24 Feb 1941 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 308)
Launched9 Oct 1941
Commissioned20 Dec 1941Kptlt. Wolfgang Schultze
20 Dec 1941 - 2 Oct 1942  Kptlt. Wolfgang Schultze
1 patrol
20 Dec 1941-31 Aug 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1942-2 Oct 1942  10. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 20,619 GRT

Sunk on 2 October 1942 in the Atlantic north of Cayenne, French Guiana, in position 06.50N, 52.25W, by depth charges from a US B-18A Bolo aircraft (99th BS USAAF/71). 51 dead and 1 survivor.

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-512 - View the 1 war patrol

General notes on this boat

2 Oct 1942. The sole survivor, Matrosengefreiter Franz Machen, spent 10 days on a life raft which the aircraft dropped to his aid before being rescued by the US destroyer USS Ellis (DD-154). He survived partly by killing and eating seabirds that attacked him while he lay exposed on the raft.

Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-512 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.

Heart and Leaves

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay
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