List of all U-boats




Ordered2 Feb 1935
Laid down5 Aug 1935 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 251)
Launched28 Apr 1936
Commissioned16 May 1936Kptlt. Heinz Beduhn
1 May 1936 - 29 Sep 1937  Kptlt. Heinz Beduhn
30 Sep 1937 - 11 Oct 1939   Hannes Weingärtner
8 Oct 1937 - 17 Oct 1939  Kptlt. Udo Behrens
12 Oct 1939 - 25 Oct 1939  Kptlt. Horst Wellner
3 patrols
1 May 1936-1 Aug 1939  3. Flottille (active service)
1 Sep 1939-25 Oct 1939  3. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 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).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-16 - View the 3 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-16 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-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.