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Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down15 Nov 1941 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 303)
Launched6 Mar 1943
Commissioned26 May 1943Oblt. Freiherr Wolfgang-Friedrich von Forstner
26 May 1943 - 4 Mar 1944  Oblt. Wolfgang-Friedrich Freiherr von Forstner
1 patrol
26 May 1943-31 Dec 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1944-4 Mar 1944  11. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk (Scuttled?) 4 March 1944 in the Barents Sea SE of Bear Island in position 73.05N, 26.40E by gunfire and rockets from the British destroyer HMS Onslaught and Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 816) from the escort carrier HMS Chaser. 23 dead and 30 survivors.

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Wolfpack operations

U-472 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Isegrim (25 Jan 1944 - 27 Jan 1944)
   Werwolf (27 Jan 1944 - 1 Feb 1944)
   Hartmut (24 Feb 1944 - 28 Feb 1944)
   Boreas (28 Feb 1944 - 4 Mar 1944)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-472 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Crew 37a

Coat of Arms

Media links

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel