|Ordered||7 Aug 1939|
|Laid down||10 Jul 1940||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 991)|
|Launched||20 Feb 1941|
|Commissioned||12 May 1941||Kptlt. Ullrich Heyse (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||12 ships sunk, total tonnage 83,639 GRT|
Sunk 17 May 1943 in the South Atlantic south of Pernambuco, in approximate position 10.00S, 35.35W, by gunfire from the US destroyers USS Moffett, USS Jouett and depth charges from two Mariner aircraft (Sqdn VP-74/P-6/P-5). 7 dead and 47 survivors.
Attacks on this boat and other events
7 Mar 1942
17.03 hrs, 150 miles south of Bermuda: the boat dived when two PBM Mariner flying boats (USN VP-74) appeared from low cloud. The first aircraft released two depth charges set for 50 feet (15m) just as the U-boat stern disappeared, but they were duds. A second pair of depth charges were then dropped in a second attack run, followed by two more from the other aircraft. U-128 escaped undamaged and remained submerged until dusk. (Sources: ONI)
16 May 1943
U-128 was attacked by an American Mariner aircraft (USN VP-74 / P-2) off Bahia. 12 bombs fell wide, and the boat escaped undamaged (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 223)
2 recorded attacks 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-128 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 4 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Shield with 9 stars
Horsehead on a Stick
White Horse with Motto