|Ordered||23 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||17 Nov 1939||Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 3)|
|Launched||8 Mar 1941|
|Commissioned||19 Apr 1941||Kptlt. Heinz-Joachim Neumann|
|Successes||3 ships sunk, total tonnage 11,751 GRT|
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 14,650 GRT
Sunk on 4 August 1942 in the Mediterranean Sea south-west of Haifa, in position 32.28N, 34.37E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Sikh and HMS Zulu, the British escort destroyers HMS Croome and HMS Tetcott and a British Wellington aircraft (221 Sqn RAF/M). 48 survivors (no casualties).
Attacks on this boat and other events
5 Aug 1941
After sinking two ships from the heavily escorted convoy SL 81 the boat was attacked in turn by its third intended victim, the British freighter Volturo, which also brought in the escort corvette HMS Zinnia, which fired on U-372 and made to ram her. The boat managed to dive, and escaped unscathed. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 333)
12 Aug 1941
08.55 hrs, Bay of Biscay, inbound: Blenheim Z5959 (1404 Met Flt RAF/C, pilot Flt Lt D.F. Wykeham-Martin, RAFVR) attempted to surprise U-372 by carrying out a dive bomb attack from cloud cover, but she evaded by turning towards the attacker and then immediately crash-diving. A first 250lb A/S bomb detonated about 35 yards off the port bow and a second was dropped shortly after the U-boat submerged. Although the boat was not damaged, it seems there were some difficulties diving, as the aircrew observed her stern remain visible above water until it disappeared in an oily patch left by a large air bubble. (Sources: KTB U-372/ADM 199-1781)
2 recorded attacks on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
23 Nov 1941
During stormy weather, a lookout was badly injured on U-372.
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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