|Ordered||25 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||2 Apr 1940||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 292)|
|Launched||18 Feb 1941|
|Commissioned||31 May 1941||Kptlt. Jürgen von Rosenstiel|
|Successes||14 ships sunk, total tonnage 78,843 GRT|
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 23,797 GRT
Sunk 6 July, 1942 in the Bay of Biscay west of La Rochelle, in position 46.10N, 06.40W, by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (Sqdn 172/H). 52 dead (all hands lost).
U-502 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Reissewolf (21 Oct 1941 - 30 Oct 1941)
General notes on this boat
6 Jul 1942. This boat was the first U-boat sunk by a Wellington aircraft and also the first victim of the Leigh Light A/S device.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-502 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.