|Ordered||29 Jul 1936|
|Laid down||15 Apr 1937||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 943)|
|Launched||9 Aug 1938|
|Commissioned||24 Oct 1938||Kptlt. Heinrich Liebe (Knights Cross/Oak Leaves)|
|Successes||35 ships sunk, total tonnage 188,967 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 3,670 GRT
Scuttled 5 May 1945 west of Wesermünde in position 53.34N, 08.32E, broken up in 1948.
U-38 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Prien (12 Jun 1940 - 17 Jun 1940)
Grönland (10 Aug 1941 - 27 Aug 1941)
Markgraf (27 Aug 1941 - 3 Sep 1941)
Schlagetot (20 Oct 1941 - 1 Nov 1941)
Raubritter (1 Nov 1941 - 11 Nov 1941)
Attacks on this boat and other events
2 Jan 1941
The boat was attacked by an escort with depth charges and suffered slight damage.
1 recorded attack on this boat.
General notes 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-38 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Cupid with Bow and Arrow on Torpedo
There was another U-38 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 9 Sep 1914 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 15 Dec 1914. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 38 during WWI.