|Ordered||15 Dec 1937|
|Laid down||22 May 1939||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 596)|
|Launched||21 Mar 1940|
|Commissioned||27 Apr 1940||Kptlt. Harro von Klot-Heydenfeldt|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 5,219 GRT|
Sunk on 1 July 1940 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 48.33N, 10.26W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Vansittart. 43 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, December 1985).
Previously recorded fate
- This boat had always been assumed missing somewhere in the Bay of Biscay after 30 June, 1940. (Postwar assessment)
General notes on this boat
The boat had just sunk the steamer Clearton from the convoy SL-36 when she was herself sunk shortly afterwards.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-102 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
There was another U-102 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 12 May 1917 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 18 Jun 1917. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 102 during WWI.
U-boats Missing in Action.