|Ordered||2 Feb 1935|
|Laid down||5 Aug 1935||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 251)|
|Launched||28 Apr 1936|
|Commissioned||16 May 1936||Kptlt. Heinz Beduhn|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 3,378 GRT|
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 57 GRT
Sunk 25 Oct 1939 in the English Channel near Dover, in position 51.09N, 01.28E, by depth charges from the British ASW trawler HMS Cayton Wyke and the British patrol vessel HMS Puffin. 28 dead (all hands lost).
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-16 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
There was another U-16 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 29 Aug 1911 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 28 Dec 1911. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 16 during WWI.