SM UB-124

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UB 148 at sea 2.jpeg
UB-148 at sea, a U-boat similar to UB-124.
History
German Empire
Name: UB-124
Ordered: 6/8 February 1917[1]
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen
Cost: 3,654,000 German Papiermark
Yard number: 297
Launched: 19 March 1918[2]
Commissioned: 22 April 1918[2]
Fate: Sunk 20 July 1918 by British warships.[2]
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: German Type UB III submarine
Displacement:
  • 512 t (504 long tons) surfaced
  • 643 t (633 long tons) submerged
Length: 55.85 m (183 ft 3 in) (o/a)
Beam: 5.80 m (19 ft)
Draught: 3.72 m (12 ft 2 in)
Propulsion:
Speed:
  • 13.9 knots (25.7 km/h; 16.0 mph) surfaced
  • 7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range:
  • 7,280 nmi (13,480 km; 8,380 mi) at 6 knots (11 km/h; 6.9 mph) surfaced
  • 55 nmi (102 km; 63 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)
Complement: 3 officers, 31 men[2]
Armament:
Service record
Part of:
  • III Flotilla
  • 1–20 July 1918
Commanders:
  • Oblt.z.S. Hans Oscar Wutsdorff[3]
  • 22 April – 20 July 1918
Operations: 1 patrol
Victories: 1 merchant ship sunk (32,234 GRT)

SM UB-124 was a German Type UB III submarine or U-boat in the German Imperial Navy (German: Kaiserliche Marine) during World War I. She was commissioned into the German Imperial Navy on 22 April 1918 as SM UB-124.[Note 1]

UB-124 was sunk on 20 July 1918 by HMS Marne, HMS Milbrook, HMS Pigeon, and more than 30 patrol craft at 55°43′N 7°51′W / 55.717°N 7.850°W / 55.717; -7.850Coordinates: 55°43′N 7°51′W / 55.717°N 7.850°W / 55.717; -7.850.[2]

Construction[edit]

She was built by AG Weser of Bremen and, following just under a year of construction, launched at Bremen on 19 March 1918. UB-124 was commissioned later the same year under the command of Oblt.z.S. Hans Oscar Wutsdorff. Like all Type UB III submarines, UB-124 carried ten torpedoes and was armed with an 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun. UB-124 would carry a crew of up to three officers and 31 men and had a cruising range of 7,280 nautical miles (13,480 km; 8,380 mi). UB-124 had a displacement of 512 t (504 long tons) while surfaced and 643 t (633 long tons) when submerged. Her engines enabled her to travel at 13.9 knots (25.7 km/h; 16.0 mph) when surfaced and 7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) when submerged.

Summary of raiding history[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage[Note 2] Fate[4]
20 July 1918 Justicia  United Kingdom 32,234 Sunk

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "SM" stands for "Seiner Majestät" (English: His Majesty's) and combined with the U for Unterseeboot would be translated as His Majesty's Submarine.
  2. ^ Tonnages are in gross register tons

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Rössler 1979, p. 55.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Gröner 1991, pp. 25-30.
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boat commanders: Hans Oscar Wutsdorff". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by UB 124". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bendert, Harald (2000). Die UB-Boote der Kaiserlichen Marine, 1914-1918. Einsätze, Erfolge, Schicksal (in German). Hamburg: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn GmbH. ISBN 3-8132-0713-7. 
  • Gröner, Erich; Jung, Dieter; Maass, Martin (1991). U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels. German Warships 1815–1945. 2. Translated by Thomas, Keith; Magowan, Rachel. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-593-4. 
  • Rössler, Eberhard (1979). U-Bootbau bis Ende des 1. Weltkrieges, Konstruktionen für das Ausland und die Jahre 1935 - 1945. Die deutschen U-Boote und ihre Werften (in German). I. Munich: Bernard & Graefe. ISBN 3-7637-5213-7.