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 Lörscher, 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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