|Ordered||20 Jan 1941|
|Laid down||15 Nov 1941||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 303)|
|Launched||6 Mar 1943|
|Commissioned||26 May 1943||Oblt. Freiherr Wolfgang-Friedrich von Forstner|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on 4 March 1944 in the Barents Sea south-east of Bear Island, in position 73.05N, 26.40E, by gunfire and rockets from the British destroyer HMS Onslaught and a Swordfish aircraft (816 Sqn FAA/B) of the British escort carrier HMS Chaser. 23 dead and 30 survivors.
U-472 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Isegrim (25 Jan 1944 - 27 Jan 1944)
Werwolf (27 Jan 1944 - 1 Feb 1944)
Hartmut (24 Feb 1944 - 28 Feb 1944)
Boreas (28 Feb 1944 - 4 Mar 1944)
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-472 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Coat of Arms