WWI U-boats

U 46

Type U 43
ShipyardKaiserliche Werft, Danzig (Werk 24)
Ordered 4 Aug 1914
Launched 18 May 1915
Commissioned 17 Dec 1915
Commanders
17 Dec 1915 - 6 Dec 1917 Kptlt. Leo Hillebrand (Royal House Order of Hohenzollern)
7 Dec 1916 - 15 Jan 1917 Kptlt. Alfred Saalw├Ąchter (Royal House Order of Hohenzollern)
16 Jan 1918 - 11 Nov 1918 Kptlt. Leo Hillebrand (Royal House Order of Hohenzollern)
Career 11 patrols
29 Mar 1916 - 11 Nov 1918 III Flotilla
Successes52 ships sunk with a total of 140,314 tons.
1 ship damaged with a total of 7,378 tons. (View ships hit by U 46)
Fate 26 Nov 1918 - Surrendered to Japan. In japanese service as the O2 1920-21.

Partially dismantled at Kure Navy Yard in April 1921 but then rebuilt at Yokosuka Navy Yard 1925 as a testbed for submarine salvage operations carried out by the tender ASAHI. During her transfer from Yokosuka to Kure on 21 April 1925 she was caught by a storm (not typhoon as written in some sources) and lost. On 5 Aug \'27 her hulk was spotted by a U.S. merchant west of Oahu and later scuttled..

There was another U 46 in World War Two
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 10 Sep 1938 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 2 Nov 1938. Take a look at U 46 from WWII.


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