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Ordered8 Jan 1940
Laid down1 Aug 1940 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 552)
Launched30 Apr 1941
Commissioned26 Jun 1941Kptlt. Hans-Dieter Heinicke
26 Jun 1941 - 15 Jul 1942  Kptlt. Hans-Dieter Heinicke
5 patrols
26 Jun 1941-1 Sep 1941  7. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1941-15 Jul 1942  7. Flottille (active service)
Successes4 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).

Loss position

See the 6 ships hit by U-576 - View the 5 war patrols

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.

U-boat Emblems

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

Media links

Cape Hatteras

Lloyd, Keith Warren

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