SM U-66

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Career (German Empire)
Name: U-66
Ordered: 2 February 1913
Builder: Germaniawerft, Kiel[1]
Yard number: 203[2]
Laid down: 1 November 1913, as U-7 (Austria-Hungary)[2]
Launched: 22 April 1915[2]
Commissioned: 23 July 1915[2]
Fate: 3 September 1917 - Lost on or after 3 September 1917, possibly in the Dogger Bank area to a mine. 40 dead (all hands lost)[3]
General characteristics (as ordered)
Type: U-7-class submarine (Austria-Hungary)
Displacement: 695 t (766 short tons) surfaced
885 t (976 short tons) submerged[4]
Length: 228 ft (69 m) (OA)[4]
Beam: 20 ft 8 in (6.30 m)[4]
Draft: 12 ft 5 in (3.78 m)[4]
Propulsion: 2 × shaft
2 × diesel engines, 2,300 bhp (1,700 kW) total
2 × electric motors, 1,240 shp (920 kW) total[4]
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h) surfaced
11 knots (20 km/h) submerged[1]
Complement: unknown[4]
Armament: 5 × 45 cm (17.7 in) torpedo tubes (four bow, one stern); 9 torpedoes
1 × 66 cm/26 (2.6 in) deck gun[4]
General characteristics (as completed)
Class & type: German Type U 66 submarine
Displacement: 791 t (872 short tons) surfaced
933 t (1,028 short tons) submerged[1]
Length: 228 ft (69 m)[1]
Beam: 20 ft 8 in (6.30 m)[1]
Draft: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)[1]
Propulsion: 2 × shaft
2 × Germania 6-cylinder four-stroke diesel engines, 2,300 bhp (1,700 kW) total
2 × electric motors, 1,260 shp (940 kW) total[1]
Speed: 16.8 knots (31.1 km/h) surfaced
10.3 knots (19 km/h) submerged[1]
Range: 7,880 nmi (14,590 km) at 7 knots (13 km/h; 8.1 mph), surfaced[5]
115 nautical miles (213 km) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h), submerged[1]
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)[1]
Complement: 36[1]
Armament: 5 × 45 cm (17.7 in) torpedo tubes (four bow, one stern); 12 torpedoes
1 × 8.8 cm KL/30 (3.45 in) deck gun[1]
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)[1]
Complement: 36[1]
Armament: 5 × 45 cm (17.7 in) torpedo tubes (four bow, one stern); 12 torpedoes
1 × 8.8 cm KL/30 (3.45 in) deck gun[1]
Service record
Part of:
  • Thorwald von Bothmer [1]
    23 July 1915 – 16 June 1917

    Gerhard Muhle [2]
    17 June 1917 – 3 September 1917
Operations: 7 war patrols
Victories: 24 ships (68,962 GRT) sunk
1 ship (3,157 GRT) damaged
1 ship (1,005 GRT) taken as prize

SM U-66 was the lead ship of the Type U 66 submarines or U-boats for the German Imperial Navy (German: Kaiserliche Marine) during the First World War. The submarine had been laid down in November 1913 as U-7, the lead ship of the U-7 class for the Austro-Hungarian Navy (German: Kaiserliche und Königliche Kriegsmarine or K.u.K. Kriegsmarine) but was sold to Germany, along with the others in her class, in November 1914.

The submarine was ordered as U-7 from Germaniawerft of Kiel as the first of five boats of the U-7 class for the Austro-Hungarian Navy. After the outbreak of World War I in August 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Navy became convinced that none of the submarines of the class could be delivered to the Adriatic via Gibraltar. As a consequence, the entire class, including U-7, was sold to the German Imperial Navy in November 1914. Under German control, the class became known as the U 66 type and the boats were renumbered; U-7 became U-66, and all were redesigned and reconstructed to German specifications. U-66 was launched in April 1915 and commissioned in July. As completed, she displaced 791 metric tons (872 short tons), surfaced, and 933 metric tons (1,028 short tons), submerged. The boat was 228 feet (69 m) long and was armed with five torpedo tubes and a deck gun.

As a part of the Baltic and 4th Flotillas, U-66 sank 24 ships with a combined gross register tonnage of 69,967 in six war patrols. The U-boat also torpedoed and damaged the British cruiser Falmouth in August 1916. U-66 left Emden on her seventh patrol on 2 September 1917 for operations in the North Channel. The following day the U-boat reported her position in the North Sea but neither she nor any of her 40-man crew were ever heard from again. A postwar German study offered no explanation for U-66's loss, although British records suggest that she may have struck a mine in the Dogger Bank area.

Design and construction[edit]

After the Austro-Hungarian Navy had competitively evaluated three foreign submarine designs, it selected the Germaniawerft 506d design, also known as the Type UD, for its new U-7 class of five submarines.[6] The Navy ordered five boats on 1 February 1913.[4]

The U-7 class was seen by the Austro-Hungarian Navy as an improved version of its U-3 class, which was also a Germaniawerft design.[4][Note 1] As designed for the Austro-Hungarian Navy, the boats were to displace 695 metric tons (766 short tons) on the surface and 885 metric tons (976 short tons) while submerged. The double-hulled boats were to be 228 feet (69 m) long (OA) with a beam of 20 feet 8 inches (6.30 m) and a draft of 12 feet 5 inches (3.78 m). The Austrian specifications called for two shafts with twin diesel engines (2,300 brake horsepower (1,700 kW) total) for surface running at up to 17 knots (31 km/h), and twin electric motors (1,240 shaft horsepower (920 kW) total) for a maximum of 11 knots (20 km/h) when submerged.[4] The boats were designed with five 45 cm (17.7 in) torpedo tubes; four located in the bow, one in the stern. The boats' armament was to also include a single 66 mm/26 (2.6 in) deck gun.[4]

U-7 and sister boatSM U-67 were both laid down on 1 November 1913, the first two boats of the class begun.[7] Their construction was scheduled for completion within 29 to 33 months,[4] but neither U-7 nor any of her sister boats were complete when World War I began in August 1914.[7] Because the boats were under construction at Kiel on the Baltic Sea, the Austrians became convinced that it would be impossible to take delivery: the boats would need to be transferred into the Mediterranean past Gibraltar, a British territory.[4][Note 2] As a result, U-7 and her four sisters were sold to the Imperial German Navy on 28 November 1914.[1][Note 3]

U-7 was renumbered by the Germans as U-66 when her class was redesignated as the Type U 66. The Imperial German Navy had the submarines redesigned and reconstructed to German standards, increasing the surface and submerged displacements by 96 and 48 metric tons (106 and 53 short tons), respectively. The torpedo load was increased by a third, from 9 to 12, and the deck gun size was upgraded from the 6.6-centimeter (2.6 in) size originally specified to 8.8 centimeters (3.5 in).[1]

Early career[edit]

U-66 was launched on 22 April 1915.[1] On 23 July, SM U-66 was commissioned into the Imperial German Navy under the command of Kapitänleutnant (Kptlt.) Thorwald von Bothmer,[2] a 31-year-old, thirteen-year veteran of the Imperial German Navy.[8] U-66 was assigned to the Baltic Flotilla (German: U-boote der Ostseetreittrafte V. Uhalbflotille) on 17 October.[9]

In late September, the British submarine flotilla in the Baltic began a submarine offensive against German ships, intending to deny free passage of cargo, especially iron ore, from neutral Sweden to Germany.[10] In A Naval History of World War I, author Paul G. Halpern reports on part of the German response, which was an experiment involving U-66. The U-boat was towed behind an "innocent-looking vessel" and connected to the host ship by a telephone line in addition to the towline. U-66 was able to cast off at a moment's notice to attack an enemy submarine. Halpern does not report on any encounters by U-66, nor does he provide any insight into the overall effectiveness of the plan.[11] U-66 was not credited with the sinking of any vessels of any kind during this time.[12] On 15 January 1916, she was transferred from the Baltic Flotilla into the 4th Flotilla (German: IV. Uhalbflotille), where she joined her sister boats U-67 and U-68.[9][Note 4]

Second German offensive[edit]

Germany began its second submarine offensive against shipping the month after U-66 joined the 4th Flotilla. As in the first submarine offensive, U-boats were sent independently around Scotland to patrol the Irish Sea and the western entrance to the English Channel.[13] The first reported activity of U-66 during this campaign reveals that she sank her first ship on 5 April 1916. On that date she was in the vicinity of Fastnet Rock and came upon the 3,890-ton British refrigerated cargo ship Zent headed from Garston to Santa Marta in ballast. U-66 torpedoed Zent 28 nautical miles (52 km) from Fastnet and sank the ship with the loss of 49 crewmen;[14] the master and nine sailors were rescued and landed at Queenstown.[15] Over the next two days, U-66 dispatched two French sailing vessels, the 151-ton Binicaise,[16] and the 397-ton fishing smack Sainte Marie west of the Isles of Scilly.[17] On 8 April, von Bothmer and U-66 sank the Spanish-flagged Santanderino 18 nautical miles (33 km) from Ushant. Santanderino, a 3,346-ton ship built in 1890, was sailing from Liverpool to Havana,[18] and U-66 gave 15 minutes' notice for all the passengers and crew to abandon ship; four drowned during the evacuation.[19] Santanderino's 36 survivors were rescued by a Danish steamer and landed at a port on the Bay of Biscay.[20]

U-66 continued her attacks on merchant shipping on 9 April with the sinking of three ships, the British steamers Eastern City and Glenalmond and the Norwegian ship Sjolyst.[12] The 4,341-ton Eastern City was sailing from Saint-Nazaire to Barry Roads in ballast when she was shelled by U-66 and sent to the bottom 18 nautical miles (33 km) from Ushant;[21] all of her crew survived and were landed by 11 April.[19] U-66's next victim was the 2,888-ton Glenalmond sailing from Bilbao to Clyde laden with iron ore. Torpedoes from U-66 sank the ship 27 nautical miles (50 km) north of Ushant,[22] but all her crew were saved.[23] The 20-year-old Norwegian steamer Sjolyst was sailing in ballast from Nantes to Manchester when U-66 sank her about two nautical miles (four kilometers) from where Glenalmond went down.[24] Sjolyst's master and entire crew were picked up by the British steamer Libra and landed at Cardiff.[23]

U-66 finished out her busy month the next day by sinking one British and one Italian ship. U-66 sank the British steamer Margam Abbey 55 nautical miles (102 km) southwest of the Lizard while the ship was en route from Bordeaux to Barry Roads in ballast. Margam Abbey, at 4,471 tons, was the largest ship sunk by U-66 to that time.[12][25] The Italian freighter Unione was sailing with a load of coal from Clyde for Genoa when U-66 torpedoed her off Land's End. The sinking of Unione, with a tonnage of 2,367, raised U-66's tally for the month of April to eight ships with a combined tonnage of 22,848,[12] all sunk in a six-day span. Near the end of April 1916, Admiral Reinhard Scheer, the new commander-in-chief of the High Seas Fleet (under which U-66's 4th Flotilla operated), called off the merchant shipping offensive and ordered all boats at sea to return, and all boats in port to remain there.[26]

Grand Fleet ambushes[edit]

In mid-May, Scheer completed plans to draw out part of the British Grand Fleet.[27] The German High Seas Fleet would sortie for a raid on Sunderland,[28] luring the British fleet across "'nests' of submarines and mine-fields".[27] U-66 was one of nine U-boats that put out to sea beginning on 17 May to scout the central North Sea for signs of the British fleet. Completing five days of scouting, U-66, along with U-63, U-51, U-32, sister boat U-70, U-24, and U-52, took up position off the Firth of Forth on 23 May. The other two other boats, U-43 and U-44, were stationed off Pentland Firth, in position to attack the British fleet leaving Scapa Flow. All the boats were to remain on station until 1 June and await a coded message which would report the sailing of the British fleet.[28] Unfortunately for the Germans, the British Admiralty had intelligence reports of the departure of the submarines which, coupled with an absence of attacks on shipping, aroused British suspicions.[27]

A delayed departure of the German fleet for its sortie (which had been redirected to the Skagerrak) and the failure of five U-boats, including U-66, to receive the coded message warning of the British advance caused Scheer's anticipated ambush to be a "complete and disappointing failure".[29] Although she had not received the advance warning of the coded message, U-66 was one of the two ambush U-boats that actually saw parts of the British fleet.[29] At 09:00 on 31 May, U-66 sent out a wireless report of eight battleships, light cruisers, and destroyers on a northerly course 60 nautical miles (110 km) east of Kinnaird Head.[30][Note 5] U-66 was unable to make any attacks on the ships she reported because of the screening ships.[30] The failure of the submarine ambush to sink any British capital ships allowed the full Grand Fleet to engage the numerically inferior High Seas Fleet in the Battle of Jutland, which took place 31 May – 1 June.[31]

The next mention of U-66 in sources is on 11 August, when she sank Inverdruie, a 613-ton three-masted Norwegian bark. Inverdruie was carrying a load of pit props from Sandefjord to Hartlepool when she was sunk some 160 nautical miles (300 km) east of Aberdeen.[32][33]

The British light cruiser Falmouth was torpedoed by U-66 on 19 August off Flamborough Head. Falmouth was sunk by U-63 while crossing Standlinie II around noon the next day while under tow.

Later in August, the Germans set up another ambush for the British fleet, when they drew up plans for another High Seas Fleet raid on Sunderland (as had been the original intention in May). The German fleet planned to depart late in the day on 18 August and shell military targets the next morning. U-66 was one of 24 U-boats that formed five lines (German: Standlinie) in the expected paths of any Grand Fleet sorties. Standlinie II, consisting of U-63, U-49, U-45, U-66, and U-64, formed a 35-nautical-mile (65 km) front 12 nautical miles (22 km) off Flamborough Head. The other four Standlinie formed similar lines to the north and south; all were to be in place by 08:00 on 19 August. Once again, British intelligence had given warning of the impending attack and ambush, causing the Grand Fleet to sortie at 16:00 on 18 August, five hours before the German fleet sailed.[34]

At 04:45 on 19 August, U-66 fired a spread of two torpedoes at the British light cruiser Falmouth from a distance of 1,000 yards (910 m). Both torpedoes scored hits on Falmouth's starboard side, flooding the warship forward and aft. The cruiser's mechanical spaces—located amidships—remained intact and in working order, so she was steered to the Humber with an escort of three destroyers and an armed trawler. U-66 tried repeatedly to deal the stricken cruiser a coup de grâce, but narrowly missed with torpedoes on several further attacks. U-66 broke off her pursuit after two hours, having endured multiple attacks from Falmouth's screening destroyers. One depth charge attack blew out all the lights on U-66 and knocked clips off two hatches that caused the boat to flood with a considerable quantity of water before the leaks could be sealed. Falmouth continued under tow at 2 knots (3.7 km/h) until she crossed Standlinie II and was attacked and sunk by U-63 around noon the next day.[34]

Records on U-66 next appear in late 1916, when she is reported as one of the U-boat escorts assisting the German merchant raider Wolf into the North Atlantic.[35] Wolf, under the command of Karl-August Nerger, began a 15-month raiding voyage on 30 November that took the ship into the Indian and Pacific Oceans before a safe return to Germany.[36] U-66's specific locations for this duty are not reported, but on 11 December she sank a Norwegian steamer and a Swedish sailing ship. U-66 shelled the 1,090-ton Norwegian steamer Bjor 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) southwest of the Norwegian island of Ryvingen. The ship and her general cargo, headed from Göteborg to Hull, were sent to the bottom without loss of life,[37][38] and her crew was safely landed by 14 December.[39] The same day, U-66 also sank the 311-ton Swedish sailing ship Palander off the island of Oxö, near the town of Tornio on the Sweden–Finland border.[40]

Unrestricted submarine warfare[edit]

From the early stages of the war the Royal Navy had blockaded Germany, preventing neutral shipping from reaching German ports. By the time of the so-called "turnip winter" of 1916–17, the blockade had severely limited imports of food and fuel into Germany.[41] Among the results were an increase in infant mortality and as many as 700,000 deaths attributed to starvation or hypothermia during the war.[42] With the blockade having such dire consequences, Kaiser Wilhelm II personally approved a resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare to begin on 1 February 1917 to help force the British to make peace.[43] The new rules of engagement specified that no ship was to be left afloat.[44]

U-66's first victim under the new rules was encountered on 1 March. The Norwegian steamer Gurre, reported as 1,733 tons, was crossing the North Sea while steaming from Narvik and Fredrikshald for Hull with a cargo of iron ore. U-66 torpedoed her at position 59°30′N 2°0′E / 59.500°N 2.000°E / 59.500; 2.000 (Gurre (ship)), sending down the Norwegian ship with 20 of her crew.[45][46] The same day, U-66 encountered another Norwegian cargo ship, the 1,005-ton Livingstone, headed from Skien to Charente with a cargo of ammonium nitrate. Livingstone's cargo, used in the making of explosives and munitions, was too valuable to destroy. U-66's captain seized the ship as a prize east of Shetland.[47] Further details of the encounter do not appear in sources, but it is known that the 11-year-old Livingstone not only survived the war, but remained in service under a variety of names until she was scrapped in 1962.[48]

Neath, the former German bark R. C. Rickmers, was sunk by U-66 on 27 March 1917

In late March, U-66 sank another two vessels. The 3,597-ton cargo ship Stuart Prince was headed from Manchester and Belfast to Alexandria with a general cargo when U-66 came upon her 85 nautical miles (157 km) off Broad Haven, County Mayo. U-66's torpedo attack was successful, sinking the ship and killing 20 men, including the ship's master.[49] Five days later, U-66 encountered the five-masted bark Neath 28 nautical miles (52 km) south by east of Fastnet Rock.[50] Equipped with an auxiliary triple-expansion steam engine,[51] Neath was the former German bark R. C. Rickmers which had been seized by the Admiralty at Cardiff in August 1914. After U-66 torpedoed Neath at 08:45, the bark, en route from Martinique to Le Havre with a load of sugar,[50] sank in seven minutes.[52] The master of Neath was taken prisoner,[50] but had been released and landed at Queenstown two days later.[52]

During April 1917, German U-boats sank 860,334 tons of Allied and neutral shipping, a monthly total unsurpassed in either of the two world wars.[53] U-66's sole contribution to this figure came when she torpedoed the tanker Powhatan 25 nautical miles (46 km) from North Rona in the Outer Hebrides.[21] The 6,117-ton ship, which was carrying fuel oil from Sabine to Kirkwall, bested Margam Abbey as U-66's largest ship sunk when she went down with 36 of her crew.[12][21] As was done with the master of Neath, Powhatan's master was taken prisoner aboard U-66.[21]

Although the monthly total of tonnage sunk by all U-boats had peaked in April, the losses were over 600,000 tons in each of May and June. U-66 did not contribute to the May tally but, with her most successful month since April 1916, added to the June figures.[12] On 5 June, U-66 torpedoed the 3,472-ton Italian steamer Amor which was on her way to Liverpool from Galveston; Amor sank approximately 200 nautical miles (370 km) from Fastnet Rock.[54][55] The same day, Manchester Miller, a 4,234-ton steamer sailing from Philadelphia for Manchester with a load of cotton, was sunk about 10 nautical miles (19 km) away from Amor when she was hit by a torpedoes from U-66. Eight crewmen died in the attack; the survivors, who included three Americans, were landed on 9 June.[56][57]

Two days after the attacks on Amor and Manchester Miller, U-66 attacked two more British steamers. The 4,329-ton Ikalis, carrying wheat from New York to Manchester, was torpedoed and sunk 170 nautical miles (310 km) from Fastnet Rock.[58] The cargo ship Cranmore, of 3,157 tons, was headed to Manchester from Baltimore with a general cargo when torpedoed some 150 nautical miles (280 km) northwest of Fastnet. Though the ship was damaged, Cranmore's crew was able to beach her; the ship was later refloated and re-entered service.[59]

U-66 sank her largest ship, the 6,583-ton British steamer Bay State on 10 June.[12] The Warren Line cargo steamer had departed from Boston (the capital of Massachusetts nicknamed, coincidentally, the "Bay State") with a $2,000,000 war cargo destined for Liverpool. U-66 intercepted the ship 250 nautical miles (460 km) northwest of Fastnet and sank her, but there were no casualties among her crew of 45.[22][60] Four days later, U-66 encountered the Norwegian bark Perfect, laden with grain, headed from Bahía Blanca for Copenhagen.[61] Perfect, which had been built in 1877, was dispatched by U-66's deck gun at position 60°58′N 2°18′E / 60.967°N 2.300°E / 60.967; 2.300 (Perfect(ship)), east of Shetland.[61][62]

On 17 June, Kptlt. von Bothmer was replaced by Kptlt. Gerhard Muhle as commander of the U-boat.[2] U-66 was the first (and ultimately only) U-boat command for the 31-year-old Muhle, who had been a classmate of von Bothmer when both had joined the Kaiserliche Marine in April 1902.[8][63] On 9 July, U-66 sank her first ship under her new commander, when she sent the Spanish steamer Iparraguirre to the bottom. The 1,161-ton steamer was headed to Santander from Piteå and Bergen with a cargo of pitwood, when U-66 attacked her west of the Orkney Islands.[64]

U-66 scored another success when she torpedoed and sank the outbound British steamer African Prince on 21 July 60 nautical miles (110 km) north-northwest of Tory Island. The freighter—a Prince Line line-mate of Stuart Prince, sunk by U-66 in March—was carrying china clay from Liverpool to Newport News.[49] The same day, U-66 also sank the 1,322-ton British sailing ship Harold about 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) from where African Prince went down.[65] These two ships were the last sinkings credited to U-66.[12] During six successful patrols,[2] U-66 had sunk 24 ships and seized a 25th as a prize, for a combined total tonnage of 69,967.[12]

U-66 began her seventh and what was to be her final patrol on the morning of 2 September when she departed from Emden destined for operations in the North Channel. Shortly after noon on 3 September, U-66 reported a position in the North Sea that placed her beyond known British minefields, in what was her last known contact. A postwar German study offered no explanation for U-66's loss. British records suggest that U-66 may have either struck a mine in an older minefield in the Dogger Bank area, or that a combination of destroyers, submarines, and anti-submarine net tenders sank U-66 sometime between 1 and 11 October. Author Dwight Messimer discounts this latter theory as not being supported by operational details.[66]

Ships sunk or damaged[edit]

Ships sunk or damaged by SM U-66[12]
Date Name [Note 6] Tonnage Nationality
5 April 1916 Zent 3,890 British
6 April 1916 Binicaise 151 French
7 April 1916 Sainte Marie 397 French
8 April 1916 Santanderino 3,346 Spanish
9 April 1916 Eastern City 4,341 British
9 April 1916 Glenalmond 2,888 British
9 April 1916 Sjolyst 997 Norwegian
10 April 1916 Margam Abbey 4,471 British
10 April 1916 Unione 2,367 Italian
11 August 1916 Inverdruie 613 Norwegian
19 August 1916 FalmouthHMS Falmouth* 5,250 BritishBritish[34]
11 December 1916 Bjor 1,090 Norwegian
11 December 1916 Palander 311 Swedish
1 March 1917 Gurre 1,733 Norwegian
1 March 1917 Livingstone** 1,005 Norwegian
22 March 1917 Stuart Prince 3,597 British
27 March 1917 NeathNeath 5,548 British
6 April 1917 Powhatan 6,117 British
5 June 1917 Amor 3,472 Italian
5 June 1917 Manchester Miller 4,234 British
7 June 1917 Cranmore* 3,157 British
7 June 1917 Ikalis 4,329 British
10 June 1917 Bay State 6,583 British
14 June 1917 Perfect 1,088 Norwegian
9 July 1917 Iparraguirre 1,161 Spanish
21 July 1917 African Prince 4,916 British
21 July 1917 Harold 1,322 British
[Note 7]Sunk:

* damaged but not sunk
** captured as a prize


  1. ^ The U-3-class submarines, however, were less than half the displacement and nearly 90 feet (27 m) shorter than the U-7 design. See: Gardiner, pp. 342–43.
  2. ^ The Austro-Hungarian Navy's Germaniawerft-built U-3 class boats had been towed from Kiel to Pola via Gibraltar in 1909. See: Sieche, p. 19.
  3. ^ In April 1915, just five months later, the German U-21 successfully entered the Mediterranean through the Straits of Gibraltar, proving that delivery could have been possible after all. See: Gardiner, p. 343.
  4. ^ Both of U-66's remaining sister boats, U-69 and SM U-70, were attached to the 4th Flotilla by early March, and for just under three weeks (until SM U-68 was sunk), all five of the Type U 66 boats were in the same unit. See; Tarrant, p. 30 (for sinking of U-68), and p. 34 (for Flotilla membership).
  5. ^ The other U-boat that reported activity, SM U-32, stationed 155 nautical miles (287 km) off the Firth of Forth, had reported seeing two battleships, two cruisers and several destroyers headed in a southeasterly direction two hours earlier.
  6. ^ Merchant ship tonnages are in gross register tons. Military vessels are listed by tons displacement.
  7. ^ Tonnage of ships captured as prizes is included in tonnage sunk.


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