U 576

North Carolina,North America

U 576 was laid down at Blohm & Voss in Hamburg in August 1940, and was launched in April 1941. After a couple of months training she was ready for active duty in 7.Flotille in St.Nazaire under command of Kapitänleutnant Hans-Dieter Heinicke. She did five war patrols and sunk four ships and damaged another two. Under her last patrol she was sunk an combined effort by two American Kingfisher airplanes and the armed merchant ship Unicoi outside North Carolina 15.july 1942. The whole crew of 45 men went down with the uboat. The wreck was found in 2014 approx 30 nautical miles outside Cape Hatteras on a depth of 210 meter.

Former names:
U 576

224,1 x 35,2 x 13,5 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
769 displ ( surfaced ) Hamburg ( D ) 1941 St. Nazaire ( F )

34°45'44.86"N, 75°30'27.22"W
( Source: NOAA )

Picture: Type VIIC class uboat
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