|Ship Class||Type VII-class Submarine|
|Builder||Blohm und Voss|
|Laid Down||1 Aug 1940|
|Launched||30 Apr 1941|
|Commissioned||19 Jun 1941|
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U-575 Operational Timeline
|1 Dec 1941||German submarine U-575 (Kapit├Ąnleutnant G├╝nther 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 L├╝th of U-43 had also been tracking the same American tanker.|
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