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Ordered16 Oct 1939
Laid down1 Feb 1940 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 536)
Launched10 Jan 1941
Commissioned6 Mar 1941Oblt. Hans-Jürgen Zetzsche
6 Mar 1941 - 24 Aug 1941  Oblt. Hans-Jürgen Zetzsche (German Cross in Gold)
25 Aug 1941 - 15 Jul 1942  Oblt. Ernst Cordes (German Cross in Gold)
16 Jul 1942 - 31 Aug 1943  Kptlt. Konstantin von Rappard
1 Sep 1943 - 12 Dec 1943  Oblt. Helmut Wicke
13 Dec 1943 - 3 May 1945  Oblt. Paul Jacobs
No patrols
6 Mar 1941-30 Nov 1943  24. Flottille (training)
1 Dec 1943-28 Feb 1945  22. Flottille (school boat)
1 Mar 1945-3 May 1945  31. Flottille (training)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Scuttled on 3 May 1945 at Kiel. Wreck broken up in 1946.

Final location

Some sources* claim that U-560 was sunk in November 1941 in the Baltic Sea near Memel, position unknown, after a collision and was also raised in 1941. This can not be confirmed from primary sources and apparently the fate of U-580 was mixed up with the career of U-560.

* Last seen in Paul Kemp: U-boats destroyed (see review). He even places this accident in November 1940, which is absolutely impossible.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-560 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.


Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

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