German submarine U-572

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-572
Ordered: 24 October 1939
Builder: Blohm & Voss of Hamburg
Laid down: 8 June 1940
Launched: 5 April 1941
Commissioned: 29 May 1941
Fate: Sunk 3 August 1943 off Trinidad
General characteristics
Type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW) and max rpm: 296
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range: 15,170 km (8,190 nmi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
150 km (81 nmi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers and ratings
Armament: 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (four bow, one stern)
14 × torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Various AA guns

German submarine U-572 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II.

Her keel was laid down 8 June 1940 at the Blohm + Voss yard in Hamburg as 'werk' 548. She was launched on 5 April 1941 and commissioned on 29 May.

Service History[edit]

U-572 undertook 9 patrols.

Fate[edit]

The boat was depth charged and sunk by a US Mariner aircraft NE of Trinidad on 3 August 1943, in position 11°35′N 54°05′W / 11.583°N 54.083°W / 11.583; -54.083.
47 crew members died in the event.

Summary of Raiding Career[1][edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate
4 April 1942 Ensis  United Kingdom 6,207 Damaged
16 April 1942 Desert Light  Panama 2,368 Sunk
20 April 1942 Empire Dryden  United Kingdom 7,164 Sunk
7 August 1942 Delfshaven  Netherlands 5,281 Sunk
22 June 1943 Lot  Free French Naval Forces 4,220 Sunk
14 July 1943 Harvard  United Kingdom 114 Sunk
15 July 1943 Gilbert B. Walters  United Kingdom 176 Sunk

References[edit]

See also: List of U-boats
  1. ^ "U572 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 

Notes[edit]


Coordinates: 11°35′N 54°05′W / 11.583°N 54.083°W / 11.583; -54.083