List of all U-boats

U-137

Type

IID

 
Ordered25 Sep 1939
Laid down16 Nov 1939 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 266)
Launched18 May 1940
Commissioned15 Jun 1940Oblt. Herbert Wohlfahrt (Knights Cross)
Commanders
15 Jun 1940 - 14 Dec 1940  Kptlt. Herbert Wohlfarth (Knights Cross)
15 Dec 1940 - 7 Dec 1941  Oblt. Hanns-Ferdinand Massmann
8 Dec 1941 - 1 Sep 1942  Oblt. Herbert Br├╝nning
2 Sep 1942 - 27 Dec 1943  Oblt. Gerth Gemeiner
28 Dec 1943 - 24 Jan 1945  Oblt. G├╝nther Schimmel
25 Jan 1945 - 28 Feb 1945  Oblt. Erich Fischer
Mar, 1945 - 2 May 1945  Oblt. Hans-Joachim Dierks
Career
4 patrols
15 Jun 1940-31 Aug 1940  1. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1940-19 Dec 1940  1. Flottille (active service)
20 Dec 1940-2 May 1945  22. Flottille (school boat)
Successes6 ships sunk, total tonnage 24,136 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 4,917 GRT
1 auxiliary warship damaged, total tonnage 10,552 GRT
Fate

Scuttled on 2 May 1945 in the Raederschleuse at Wilhelmshaven. Wreck broken up, date unknown.

Final location

See the 8 ships hit by U-137 - View the 4 war patrols

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-137 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


7 and U-boat

Large Thumb sinking a ship

Parzival. Figure sinking a ship

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-137 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 16 Dec 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 8 Jan 1918. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 137 during WWI.