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Ship ClassType VII-class Submarine
BuilderBlohm und Voss
Slip/Drydock NumberX
Laid Down1 Aug 1940
Launched30 Apr 1941
Commissioned19 Jun 1941


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U-575 Operational Timeline

1 Dec 1941 German submarine U-575 (Kapitänleutnant GĂĽnther Heydemann) spotted the unescorted and unarmed 7,542-ton steam tanker Astral at 1700 hours. Astral was carrying 78,200 barrels of gasoline and kerosene. U-575 tracked Astral until 2057 hours when Heydemann discovered a painted American flag on the side of the tanker. Heydemann did not realize that fellow submarine captain Wolfgang LĂĽth of U-43 had also been tracking the same American tanker.

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