|Ordered||21 Jul 1937|
|Laid down||2 Jan 1939||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 261)|
|Launched||16 Nov 1939|
|Commissioned||21 Dec 1939||Oblt. Hans-Bernhard Michalowski|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 4,581 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,350 tons
Decommissioned on 20 March 1945 at Wilhelmshaven.
Scuttled on 5 May 1945 at Wilhelmshaven, western entrance to Raederschleuse. Wreck broken up.
Attacks on this boat and other events
24 May 1940
U-62 encountered an enemy submarine in the North Sea. The latter launched torpedoes, but the U-boat was able to dodge them.
29 Jul 1940
British submarine HMS Sealion (Lt Cdr Ben Bryant) sighted U-62 as the latter was returning from patrol on the surface. Sealion launched three torpedoes, but the Germans had seen her periscope and avoided the salvo. Sealion then surfaced and engaged with her deck gun. U-62 dived and eluded the British boat with only 27 minutes worth of battery life.
2 recorded attacks 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-62 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
There was another U-62 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 2 Aug 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 30 Dec 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 62 during WWI.