List of all U-boats

U-2

Type

IIA

 
Ordered2 Feb 1935
Laid down11 Feb 1935 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 237)
Launched1 Jul 1935
Commissioned25 Jul 1935Oblt. Hermann Michahelles
Commanders
25 Jul 1935 - 30 Sep 1936   Hermann Michahelles
1 Oct 1936 - 31 Jan 1938  Kptlt. Heinrich Liebe (Knights Cross)
31 Jan 1938 - 16 Mar 1939  Oblt. Herbert Schultze (Knights Cross)
17 Mar 1939 - 5 Aug 1940  Kptlt. Helmut Rosenbaum (Knights Cross)
7 Jul 1940 - 5 Aug 1940  Oblt. Hans Heidtmann (in deputize) (Knights Cross) -- acting
6 Aug 1940 - Oct, 1941  Kptlt. Georg von Wilamowitz-Möllendorf (German Cross in Gold)
Oct, 1941 - 15 May 1942   Karl Kölzer
16 May 1942 - 19 Nov 1942  Oblt. Werner Schwaff
20 Nov 1942 - 12 Dec 1943  Oblt. Helmut Herglotz
13 Dec 1943 - 8 Apr 1944  Oblt. Wolfgang Schwarzkopf
Career
2 patrols
1 Jul 1935-1 Aug 1939  U-Bootschulflottille (school boat)
1 Sep 1939-1 Feb 1940  U-Bootschulflottille (school boat)
1 Mar 1940-1 Apr 1940  U-Bootschulflottille (active service)
1 May 1940-30 Jun 1940  U-Bootschulflottille (school boat)
1 Jul 1940-8 Apr 1944  21. Flottille (school boat)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sank 8 April 1944 west of Pillau, in position 54.48N, 19.55E, after a collision with the German steam trawler Helmi Söhle.

Raised on 9 April, 1944 and stricken.

17 dead and 18 survivors.

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

5 Apr 1940
In the North Sea, the British submarine HMS Unity (N 66) fired three torpedoes at the boat, which all missed.

10 Apr 1940
18.21 hrs, SW of Norway: a Wellington aircraft attacked the boat, dropping one bomb. No damage.

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-2 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Shield with Sword and Swastika

U-Schule

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-2 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 18 Jun 1908 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 18 Jul 1908. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 2 during WWI.