List of all U-boats

U-102

Type

VIIB

 
Ordered15 Dec 1937
Laid down22 May 1939 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 596)
Launched21 Mar 1940
Commissioned27 Apr 1940Kptlt. Harro von Klot-Heydenfeldt
Commanders
27 Apr 1940 - 1 Jul 1940  Kptlt. Harro von Klot-Heydenfeldt
Career
1 patrol
27 Apr 1940-1 Jun 1940  7. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1940-1 Jul 1940  7. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 5,430 GRT
Fate

Sunk 1 July 1940 in the North Atlantic SW 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).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-102 - View the 1 war patrol

Previously recorded fate

  • This boat had always been assumed missing somewhere in the Bay of Biscay after 30 June, 1940.

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.


Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

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 the U 102 during WWI.


Related page:
U-boats Missing in Action.