|Ordered||21 Nov 1936|
|Laid down||3 Nov 1938||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 585)|
|Launched||1 Nov 1939|
|Commissioned||12 Dec 1939||Kptlt. Max-Hermann Bauer|
|Successes||4 ships sunk, total tonnage 16,089 GRT|
Mined on 6 April 1940 in the North Sea north of Terschelling island, exact position not known, but probably near 51.14N, 05.07E. 44 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, December 1993).
Mine barrage Field No 7, was laid by the destroyers HMS Express, HMS Esk, HMS Icarus and HMS Impulsive in the North Sea on 3 March 1940. It probably accounted for several U-boats on their inbound passage.
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk the British destroyer HMS Hero on 10 April, 1940 in position 62.54N, 01.56W. (Postwar assessment)
Notes. This attack was most probably against a nonsub target.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-50 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.
There was another U-50 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 31 Dec 1915 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 4 Jul 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 50 during WWI.