|Ordered||21 Nov 1936|
|Laid down||15 Sep 1938||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 949)|
|Launched||5 Aug 1939|
|Commissioned||4 Nov 1939||Kptlt. Ludwig Mathes|
|Successes||8 ships sunk, total tonnage 30,885 GRT|
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk by the British destroyer HMS Fortune on 20 Mar 1940. (Postwar assessment)
Notes. This attack was probably against a nonsub target.
Attacks on this boat and other events
13 Mar 1940
An attack by the British destroyer HMS Fortune was mistakenly credited with sinking U-44 but was probably not even against a submarine. (Sources: 1981-01-01 , FDS/NHB)
1 recorded attack 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-44 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Coat of Arms of Kaiserslautern
There was another U-44 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 15 Oct 1914 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 7 May 1915. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 44 during WWI.