|Ordered||24 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||15 Jun 1940||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 550)|
|Launched||12 Apr 1941|
|Commissioned||12 Jun 1941||Oblt. Dietrich Gengelbach|
|Successes||1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,190 tons|
Sunk on 19 December 1941 in the North Atlantic east of Ponta Delgada, Azores, in position 38.12N, 17.23W, by ramming and depth charges from the British sloop HMS Stork. 28 dead and 16 survivors.
U-574 was sunk by ramming and depth charges from the British sloop HMS Stork in the North Atlantic east of Ponta Delgada, Azores. According to the British interrogation of survivors, U-574's commander, Oblt Gengelbach only agreed to surface for the crew to escape after a violent argument with the Engineering Officer, OL Lorentz. It was claimed OL Lorentz then shot himself after commencing scuttling. Oblt Gengelbach was seen to go below from the bridge and went down with his boat. Source: Admiralty Interrogation Report CB 04051 (36)
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Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-574 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
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