|Ordered||21 Nov 1936|
|Laid down||23 Feb 1937||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 580)|
|Launched||27 Apr 1938|
|Commissioned||25 Jun 1938||Kptlt. Alexander Gelhaar|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 19,313 GRT|
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-45 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
There was another U-45 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 15 Apr 1915 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 9 Oct 1915. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 45 during WWI.