|Ordered||21 Nov 1936|
|Laid down||10 Mar 1937||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 583)|
|Launched||8 Mar 1939|
|Commissioned||22 Apr 1939||Kptlt. Herbert Schultze|
|Successes||51 ships sunk, total tonnage 306,874 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,060 tons
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 20,480 GRT
Decommissioned on 25 September 1943 and used as instructional boat.
Scuttled on 3 May 1945 at Neustadt.
Attacks on this boat and other events
13 Apr 1940
While attempting to attack the destroyer screen around HMS Warspite U-48 was depth charged, but escaped with minor damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 152)
22 Mar 1941
The boat was depth charged by British destroyers and suffered slight damage.
29 Mar 1941
The boat was fired on by several merchant ships while attacking the unescorted convoy HX 115 south of Iceland, moving through the columns at night on the surface, and at least one of the freighters, the British steam merchant Oakworth made an attempt to ram her. However, U-48 was undamaged and even managed to escape without being attacked when the escorts eventually arrived in the morning.
4 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
2 Apr 1941. On 2 April, 1941 U-48 was badly damaged by an explosion on the sinking ship Beaverdale and was forced to return to base.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-48 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.
Cat times 3
There was another U-48 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 3 Oct 1915 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 22 Apr 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 48 during WWI.