|Ordered||1 Apr 1935|
|Laid down||24 Jan 1936||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 911)|
|Launched||4 Aug 1936|
|Commissioned||8 Oct 1936||Kptlt. Hans Cohausz|
|Successes||16 ships sunk, total tonnage 86,165 GRT|
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 325 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 5,642 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 31,100 tons
Used in the last months as a range boat. Scuttled on 4 May, 1945 in Kupfermühlen Bay, wreck broken up in 1948.
U-30 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Prien (15 Jun 1940 - 17 Jun 1940)
Attacks on this boat
14 Sep 1939
After stopping the British freighter Fanad Head, the boat was attacked by three British Blackburn Skua aircraft (FAA-Sqdn 803) from HMS Ark Royal (91), but two of them were lost to their own bombs. Three crew members were wounded by splinters.
14 Sep 1939
After sinking the British freighter Fanad Head, the boat was bombed by six Swordfish aircraft (FAA-Sqdn 810 and 821) from HMS Ark Royal (91) and depth charged by HMS Bedouin (F 67) and HMS Punjabi (F 21) for 4 hours before Lemp managed to escape.
2 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
3 Sep 1939. This boat sank the first ship in the war when she sank the 13,581 ton passenger ship Athenia by mistake (taking her to be an Armed Merchant Cruiser, AMC).
29 Mar 1940. On 29 April 1940 in the North Sea the boat rescued four crew from a downed German Dornier Do 18 of 2nd Staffel Küstenfliegergruppe 906. The boat was already inbound to port and reached Wilhelmshaven the next day.
7 Jul 1940. This boat was the first U-boat to make use of the newly captured French bases when she landed in Lorient on 7 July, 1940.
Men lost from the boat
19 Sep 1939
The boat put a wounded man ashore in Reykjavík, Iceland. [Maschinenobergefreiter Schmidt]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
We have 3 emblem entry for this boat! See the emblem page for this boat or view each one below.
There was another U-30 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 15 Nov 1913 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 26 Aug 1914. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about the U 30 during WWI.