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Ordered16 Oct 1939
Laid down7 Feb 1940 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 538)
Launched24 Jan 1941
Commissioned20 Mar 1941Oblt. Herwig Collmann
20 Mar 1941 - 3 Sep 1941  Oblt. Herwig Collmann
4 Sep 1941 - 19 Feb 1943  Kptlt. Horst Hamm
10 patrols
20 Mar 1941-1 Jun 1941  1. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1941-31 Dec 1941  1. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1942-19 Feb 1943  29. Flottille (active service)
Successes6 ships sunk, total tonnage 37,287 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 3,359 GRT

Sunk on 19 February 1943 in the Mediterranean Sea north-east of Bengazi, in position 32.57N, 20.54E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Isis and the British escort destroyer HMS Hursley, after being located by a British Wellington aircraft (38 Sqn RAF/S). 49 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 7 ships hit by U-562 - View the 10 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-562 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Bosemüller (28 Aug 1941 - 2 Sep 1941)
   Brandenburg (15 Sep 1941 - 2 Oct 1941)

Men lost from the boat

6 Dec 1941
4 men from the boat were injured in an accident while reloading torpedoes.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

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 Neuss

Media links

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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

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