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U 1172

U 1172
Type VII C/41
Laid down 7 June 1943 Danziger Werft, Danzig
Commissioned 20 Apr 1944 Oblt. Jürgen Kuhlmann
Commander 04.44 - 01.45 Oblt. Jürgen Kuhlmann

Career

April 1944 - November 1944 8 U-Flottille (Danzig)
December 1944 - January 1945 11 U-Flottille (Bergen) frontboat

Patrol 1   7 December 1944. Left Kiel and arrived at Horten on 10 December 1944.

Patrol 2  23 December 1944. Left for British coastal waters. From mid-January 1945 U 1172 operated in the Irish Sea. On 15 January, the boat claimed two torpedo attacks. They are believed to have been against the British escort carrier HMS Thane and the Norwegian tanker Spinanger which were both hit by torpedoes and damaged. These ships were previously believed to have been hit by the U-482 but that boat was almost certainly lost in early December 1944. On the 23rd she torpedoed and sank the SS Galatea (Norwegian 1200t.) and SS Vigsnes (Norwegian 1599t) from convoy MH 1, north east of Point Lynas, Angelsey. Some authorities suggest that U 1172 attacked HMS Manners on the 26 January , but this may have been an attack by U 1051. U 1172 was sunk in depth-charge attacks on the 27th by the frigates HMS Bligh, Keats and Tyler of the British hunter-killer Support Group 5, north west of Holyhead (in position 52°24’N, 05°42’W). There were no survivors, 52 dead.

 

 

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