List of all U-boats

U-574

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered24 Oct 1939
Laid down15 Jun 1940 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 550)
Launched12 Apr 1941
Commissioned12 Jun 1941Oblt. Dietrich Gengelbach
Commanders
12 Jun 1941 - 19 Dec 1941  Oblt. Dietrich Gengelbach
Career
1 patrol
12 Jun 1941-1 Nov 1941  1. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1941-19 Dec 1941  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,190 tons
Fate

Sunk 19 Dec, 1941 in the North Atlantic near Punta Delgada, in position 38.12N, 17.23W, by ramming and depth charges from the British sloop HMS Stork. According to British interrogation of survivors, U-574 s commander, Oblt Gengelbach only agreed to surface for the crew to escape after a violent argument with the Engineering Officer, OL Lorentz. It was claimed OL Lorentz then shot himself after commencing scuttling. Oblt Gengelbach was seen to go below from the bridge and went down with his boat. 28 dead and 16 survivors. (Admiralty Interrogation Report CB 04051 (36)).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-574 - View the 1 war patrol

U-574 sunk by ramming and depth charges from the British sloop HMS Stork in the North Atlantic near Punta Delgada. According to British interrogation of survivors, U-574's commander, Oblt Gengelbach only agreed to surface for the crew to escape after a violent argument with the Engineering Officer, OL Lorentz. It was claimed OL Lorentz then shot himself after commencing scuttling. Oblt Gengelbach was seen to go below from the bridge and went down with his boat.

Wolfpack operations

U-574 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Steuben (14 Nov 1941 - 1 Dec 1941)
   Seeräuber (14 Dec 1941 - 19 Dec 1941)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-574 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


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Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay