WWI U-boats

U 69

Type U 66
ShipyardGermaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 206)
Ordered 2 Feb 1913
Laid down 7 Feb 1914
Launched 24 Jun 1915
Commissioned 4 Sep 1915
Commanders
4 Sep 1915 - 23 Jul 1917 Kptlt. Ernst Wilhelms (Royal House Order of Hohenzollern)
Career 6 patrols
4 Mar 1916 - 23 Jul 1917 IV Flotilla
Successes31 ships sunk with a total of 102,875 tons.
1 ship damaged with a total of 1,648 tons. (View ships hit by U 69)
Fate 11 Jul 1917 - Last contact on July 11, 1917 while en route to patrol station off Ireland. 40 dead (all hands lost).
Loss possibly linked to D/C attack on July 12 off Norway. The German official history notes an U-boat was operating through at least July 26 in the Irish Sea at this time that could only have been U 69, though this does not offer a cause for her loss.

There was another U 69 in World War Two
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 19 Sep 1940 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 2 Nov 1940. Take a look at U 69 from WWII.


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