List of all U-boats

U-652

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered9 Oct 1939
Laid down5 Feb 1940 Howaldtswerke Hamburg AG, Hamburg (werk 801)
Launched7 Feb 1941
Commissioned3 Apr 1941Oblt. Georg-Werner Fraatz
Commanders
3 Apr 1941 - 2 Jun 1942  Oblt. Georg-Werner Fraatz (German Cross in Gold)
Career
8 patrols
3 Apr 1941-30 Jun 1941  3. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1941-31 Dec 1941  3. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1942-2 Jun 1942  29. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 8,152 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 558 GRT
2 warships sunk, total tonnage 2,740 tons
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 9,918 GRT
1 auxiliary warship damaged, total tonnage 10,917 GRT
Fate

Badly damaged by depth charges from a British Swordfish aircraft and scuttled on 2 June 1942 in the Mediterranean in the Gulf of Solum, in position 31.55N, 25.11E, by torpedoes from U-81. 46 survivors (no casualties).

Loss position

See the 8 ships hit by U-652 - View the 8 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-652 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Grönland (23 Aug 1941 - 27 Aug 1941)
   Markgraf (27 Aug 1941 - 16 Sep 1941)

Attacks on this boat and other events

4 Sep 1941
On 4 September 1941 a British bomber signalled the American destroyer USS Greer that a U-boat was in the vicinity. Greer picked up a sonar contact at close range and started to track the boat. The aircraft dropped four depth charges and then left the scene. Shortly afterwards U-652 fired a torpedo at the US warship, perhaps believing she was responsible. Greer then went on the attack, and a two hour battle followed, during which she dropped 19 depth charges and the U-boat fired another torpedo - no damage to either side. President Roosevelt used this event in his campaign to convince the US to go to war against Germany, and the "undeclared war" between U-boats and US escorts escalated dramatically from this point.

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-652 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Sword on Shield

Water bearer

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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