|Ordered:||20 May 1916|
|Builder:||Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel|
|Cost:||3,276,000 German Papiermark|
|Launched:||4 July 1917|
|Commissioned:||5 October 1917|
|Fate:||Sunk 4 October 1918|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||German Type UB III submarine|
|Length:||55.83 m (183 ft 2 in) (o/a)|
|Beam:||5.80 m (19 ft)|
|Draught:||3.67 m (12 ft 0 in)|
|Test depth:||50 m (160 ft)|
|Complement:||3 officers, 31 men|
|Notes:||30-second diving time|
|Operations:||5 patrols; 8 January – 4 October 1918 Pola Flotilla/Constantinople Flotilla|
SM UB-68[Note 1] was a German Type UB III submarine or U-boat in the German Imperial Navy (German: Kaiserliche Marine) during World War I. The U-boat was ordered on 20 May 1916. She was commissioned into the German Imperial Navy on 5 October 1917 as SM UB-68. The submarine conducted five patrols and sank five ships during the war. Under the command of Karl Dönitz, on 4 October 1918 UB-68 encountered technical problems and had to surface where she was sunk by gunfire at Coordinates: . There was one dead and thirty-three survivors. Other sources name the British warships involved in the sinking of UB-68 as HMS Snapdragon and HMS Cradosin, and claim four crew members died in the event.
Summary of raiding history
|10 April 1918||Warwickshire||United Kingdom||8,012||Damaged|
|11 April 1918||Kingstonian||United Kingdom||6,564||Damaged|
|13 April 1918||Provence III||France||3,941||Damaged|
|26 April 1918||Angelina Di Paola||Kingdom of Italy||228||Sunk|
|1 June 1918||Angelina||Kingdom of Italy||1,260||Sunk|
|3 June 1918||Glaucus||United Kingdom||5,295||Sunk|
|12 June 1918||Monginevro||Kingdom of Italy||5,271||Damaged|
|24 June 1918||Saint Antoine||France||43||Sunk|
|4 October 1918||Oopack||United Kingdom||3,883||Sunk|
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- "SM" stands for "Seiner Majestät" (English: His Majesty's) and combined with the U for Unterseeboot would be translated as His Majesty's Submarine.
- Tonnages are in gross register tons
- Rössler 1979, p. 27.
- Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boats: UB 68". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 30 August 2009.
- Gröner 1991, pp. 25-30.
- Gröner, p.54
- Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by UB 68". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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