WWI U-boats

U 52

Type U 51
ShipyardGermaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 234)
Ordered 23 Aug 1914
Laid down 13 Mar 1915
Launched 8 Dec 1915
Commissioned 16 Mar 1916
Commanders
8 May 1916 - 18 Sep 1917 Kptlt. Hans Walther (Pour le Mérite)
19 Sep 1917 - 29 Oct 1917 Oblt. Johannes Spieß (Royal House Order of Hohenzollern)
17 Nov 1917 - 28 Feb 1918 Kptlt. Siegfried Claaßen
1 Mar 1918 - 5 May 1918 Kptlt. Waldemar Haumann
6 May 1918 - 11 Nov 1918 Franz Krapohl
Career 4 patrols
unknown start - 25 May 1916 I Flotilla
25 May 1916 - 24 Dec 1916 II Flotilla
24 Dec 1916 - 27 Apr 1917 Pola Flotilla
27 Apr 1917 - 11 Nov 1918 II Flotilla
Successes30 ships sunk with a total of 70,856 tons.
4 ships damaged with a total of 12,457 tons.
2 warships sunk with a total of 18,150 tons.
1 warship damaged with a total of 1,250 tons. (View ships hit by U 52)
Fate 21 Nov 1918 - Surrendered. Broken up at Swansea in 1922.

There was another U 52 in World War Two
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 21 Dec 1938 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 4 Feb 1939. Take a look at U 52 from WWII.


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