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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.

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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