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Ordered8 Jan 1940
Laid down1 Aug 1940 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 553)
Launched15 May 1941
Commissioned3 Jul 1941Kptlt. Herbert Schauenburg
3 Jul 1941 - 15 Jan 1942  KrvKpt. Herbert Schauenburg
3 patrols
3 Jul 1941-1 Oct 1941  7. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1941-31 Dec 1941  7. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1942-15 Jan 1942  29. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 15 January 1942 in the Mediterranean Sea north-west of Mersa Matruh, in position 32.40N, 25.48E, by depth charges from a British Swordfish aircraft (815 Sqn FAA/G). 43 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, November 1990).

Loss position

View the 3 war patrols

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk by a Sunderland (RAF 230/X) aircraft on 9 Jan, 1943 in position 32.22N, 26.54E. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was actually against the U-568 causing minor damage to that boat.

Wolfpack operations

U-577 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Stosstrupp (30 Oct 1941 - 1 Nov 1941)
   Raubritter (1 Nov 1941 - 8 Nov 1941)
   St√∂rtebecker (17 Nov 1941 - 22 Nov 1941)

Attacks on this boat and other events

29 Oct 1941
The boat was attacked by a Blenheim bomber in the North Atlantic, suffering slight damage.

1 recorded attack on 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-577 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.

Coat of Arms of Hannover

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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