|Ordered||15 May 1937|
|Laid down||9 Mar 1937||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 587)|
|Launched||21 Dec 1938|
|Commissioned||4 Feb 1939||Kptlt. Wolfgang Barten|
|Successes||13 ships sunk, total tonnage 56,333 GRT|
Decommissioned on 22 October 1943 at Danzig and used as instructional boat.
Sunk on 3 May 1945 at Neustadt, in position 54.07N, 10.50E, by rockets from four British Typhoon aircraft (175 Sqn RAF). Wreck broken up in 1946/47.
Attacks on this boat and other events
4 Aug 1940
The boat was severely damaged by depth charges from British escorts requiring 4 months of repairs. Date given here may be an approximate. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 178)
1 recorded attack 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-52 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Stork with baby
Penguin with Bottle on Iceberg
There was another U-52 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 8 Dec 1915 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 16 Mar 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 52 during WWI.