|Ordered||8 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||1 Aug 1940||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 552)|
|Launched||30 Apr 1941|
|Commissioned||26 Jun 1941||Kptlt. Hans-Dieter Heinicke|
|Successes||4 ships sunk, total tonnage 15,450 GRT|
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 19,457 GRT
Sunk 15 July 1942 in the north Atlantic near Cape Hatteras, USA, in position 34.51N, 75.22W, by depth charges from 2 US Kingfisher aircraft (VC-9) and gunfire from the US motor vessel Unicoi. 45 dead (all hands lost).
General notes on this boat
The loss of U-576
On 15 July 1942 convoy KS-520, proceeding from Norfolk to Key West, Florida encountered U-576 off Cape Hatteras. U-576 sank one ship and damaged two others before she was sunk by shells from the deck gun of USS Unicoi and bombs from 2 Kingfisher aircraft (pilots: Ens. Frank C. Lewis, Charles D. Webb) of VS-9D4, NAS Cherry Point, NC, part of the Eastern Sea Frontier Inshore Patrol Squadron. Many reference sources claim Unicoi rammed U-576, but not according to witnesses on the Unicoi.
21 Oct 2014. NOAA has reported (pdf) that U-576 (Ktptl. Heinicke), along with its last victim, the motor merchant Bluefields has been discovered. The wrecks are less than 250 yards from each other. Accordingly U-576 has been added to our U-boats discovered since their loss page.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-576 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Coat of Arms of Radevormwald