|Ordered||2 Feb 1935|
|Laid down||11 Feb 1935||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 238)|
|Launched||19 Jul 1935|
|Commissioned||6 Aug 1935||Oblt. Hans Meckel|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 2,348 GRT|
Decommissioned 1 August 1944 in Neustadt and cannibalized for spare parts. On 3 May 1945 hulk captured by British forces at Neustadt and broken up.
Attacks on this boat and other events
16 Apr 1940
The British submarine HMS Porpoise fired six torpedoes at U-3 about 10 miles southwest of Egersund, Norway and heard a detonation, which was in fact a G7a torpedo fired at HMS Porpoise by the U-boat which had missed and detonated at the end of its run.It was believed for many years that Porpoise had sunk U-1. U-3 escaped unscathed.
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-3 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
The Olympic Rings - Crew 36
Hearts and Torpedo
There was another U-3 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 27 Mar 1909 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 29 May 1909. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 3 during WWI.