U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-574

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
8 Nov 1941Kiel19 Dec 1941Lost42 days


Officers *

Oblt. Dietrich Gengelbach

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-574

We have daily positions for all 42 days on this patrol.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-574 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Steuben (14 Nov 1941 - 1 Dec 1941)

Ships hit by U-574 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
19 Dec 1941U-574Dietrich Gengelbach HMS Stanley (I 73)1,190brHG-76A

1 ship sunk (1,190 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.

General Events during this patrol


11 Dec 1941. U-574 received support (supplies, etc.) at Vigo, Spain.

19 Dec 1941. U-574 sunk by ramming and depth charges from the British sloop HMS Stork in the North Atlantic off Punta Delgada, Portugal. According to British interrogation of survivors, U-574 s commander, Oblt Gengelbach only agreed to surface for the crew to escape after a violent argument with the Engineering Officer, OL Lorentz. It was claimed OL Lorentz then shot himself after commencing scuttling. Oblt Gengelbach was seen to go below from the bridge and went down with his boat.

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Attacks on U-574 during this patrol

We have no recorded attacks on U-574 duing this patrol (prior to its loss).

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