|Ordered||20 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||24 Feb 1941||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 308)|
|Launched||9 Oct 1941|
|Commissioned||20 Dec 1941||Kptlt. Wolfgang Schultze|
|Successes||3 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.
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.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Heart and Leaves