WWI U-boats

U 61

Type U 57
ShipyardA.G. Weser, Bremen (Werk 216)
Ordered 6 Oct 1914
Laid down 22 Jun 1915
Launched 22 Jul 1916
Commissioned 2 Dec 1916
Commanders
2 Dec 1916 - 26 Mar 1918 Kptlt. Victor Dieckmann (Royal House Order of Hohenzollern)
Career 9 patrols
15 Feb 1917 - 26 Mar 1918 II Flotilla
Successes33 ships sunk with a total of 84,564 tons.
8 ships damaged with a total of 24,478 tons.
1 warship damaged with a total of 1,020 tons. (View ships hit by U 61)
Fate 26 Mar 1918 - Missing after March 23, 1918.. 36 dead (all hands lost).
U 61 sailed on March 14, 1918 and was in contact with U 101 on March 17. U 61 then sank the sank the Etonian on March 23, 1918. No known contact after that.

Previously recorded fate
Sunk in a D/C attack by PC51 at 51.48N 05.32W on March 26, 1918. This attack was actually against UC 56, which though shaken was able to continue on patrol. (Reattribution by Oliver L├Ârscher, December 2012.)

There was another U 61 in World War Two
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 15 Jun 1939 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 12 Aug 1939. Take a look at U 61 from WWII.


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