List of all U-boats




Ordered25 Jan 1939
Laid down28 Dec 1939 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 619)
Launched22 Nov 1940
Commissioned4 Jan 1941Korvkpt. Hans Werner Neumann
4 Jan 1941 - Sep, 1941  KrvKpt. Hans-Werner Neumann
Sep, 1941 - 1 Dec 1941  Oblt. Helmut Köster
2 Dec 1941 - 6 May 1942  Kptlt. Waldemar Mehl (Knights Cross)
7 May 1942 - 19 Nov 1942  Oblt. Hans-Martin Scheibe
20 Nov 1942 - 14 Dec 1943  Oblt. Helmut Lange
15 Dec 1943 - 19 May 1944  Oblt. Paul Sander
20 May 1944 - 30 Mar 1945  Oblt. Karl-Theodor Mayer
No patrols
4 Jan 1941-8 Jun 1941  21. Flottille (training)
9 Jun 1941-1 Jul 1941  24. Flottille (school boat)
2 Jul 1941-30 Mar 1945  21. Flottille (school boat)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 30 March 1945 at Bremen in the shipyard of Deschimag AG Weser, in position 53.08N, 08.46E, by bombs during US air raid (8th AF).

Wreck raised until 2 July 1947 and broken up.

Final location

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-72 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.

Crew XII/39

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

There was another U-72 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 31 Oct 1915 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 26 Jan 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 72 during WWI.

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