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Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down24 Dec 1941 Howaldtswerke Hamburg AG, Hamburg (werk 821)
Launched27 Feb 1943
Commissioned6 Apr 1943Oblt. Ulf Lawaetz
6 Apr 1943 - 18 Jul 1944  Oblt. Ulf Lawaetz
4 patrols
6 Apr 1943-30 Sep 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1943-18 Jul 1944  6. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Scuttled on 18 July 1944, in the English Channel north of Guernsey, in position 50.03N, 02.30W, after being badly damaged by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Balfour. 52 survivors (no casualties).

Loss position

View the 4 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-672 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Coronel (4 Dec 1943 - 8 Dec 1943)
   Coronel 1 (8 Dec 1943 - 14 Dec 1943)
   Coronel 2 (14 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)
   Föhr (18 Dec 1943 - 23 Dec 1943)
   Rügen 5 (23 Dec 1943 - 28 Dec 1943)
   Rügen 6 (28 Dec 1943 - 2 Jan 1944)
   Rügen 5 (2 Jan 1944 - 7 Jan 1944)
   Preussen (2 Mar 1944 - 22 Mar 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

24 Apr 1944
The target of the depth charge attack at 1339hrs on 24 April 1944, SW of Ireland in position 50.36N 18.36W, by a Canadian Sunderland flying boat (423 Sqn RCAF/A, pilot F/Lt G. Fellows), formerly credited with sinking U-311, was in fact U-672, which was severely damaged. The aircraft suffered near-fatal damage when a depth charge detonated prematurely but the pilot managed to bring it back to base. (Sources: 1986-04-01, FDS/NHB)

24 Apr 1944
0100hrs: a British Liberator aircraft (120 Sqn RAF/M, pilot F/Lt L.T. Taylor) dropped six depth charges in a Leigh Light attack. No damage. (Sources: Franks, N. 1995.)

13 Jul 1944
An unidentified Allied aircraft dropped four depth charges while the boat was proceeding submerged in the English Channel north of Roscoff. No damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 603)

3 recorded attacks on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in June 1944.

Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-672 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

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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