|Ordered||20 Jan 1941|
|Laid down||15 Apr 1942||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1058)|
|Launched||28 Jan 1943|
|Commissioned||15 Jun 1943||Kptlt. Heinz-Wilhelm Eck|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 9,972 GRT|
Badly damaged on 2 May 1944 in the Arabian Sea east of Ras Hafun, Somalia, in position 10.32N, 52.00E, by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (621 Sqn RAF/E) and subsequently attacked by five other Wellington aircraft (621 Sqn/T, F, D, U & 8 Sqn RAF/G).
Beached and blown up on 3 May 1944 north of Bandar Beyla, Somalia, in position 09.34'36.01N, 50.48'11.55E. 7 dead and 59 survivors.
General notes on this boat
Kptlt. Heinz Eck had survivors and wreckage from the Greek steamer Peleus machine-gunned with the intention of erasing all traces of the sinking. Eck and two of his crew were tried and executed after the war: he was the only U-boat commander indicted for war crimes. See our article Heinz-Wilhelm Eck: Siegerjustiz and the Peleus Affair.
3 May 1944. On 3 May 1944 the Allies captured an intact Fa330 "Bachstelze" autogyro carried by the U-852, the first inkling of its existence. Impressed by its simplicity and ease of assembly, they began evaluation.
Source: Aircraft of the SmithsonianRead 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-852 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
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