List of all U-boats




Ordered21 Nov 1936
Laid down3 Nov 1938 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 585)
Launched1 Nov 1939
Commissioned12 Dec 1939Kptlt. Max-Hermann Bauer
12 Dec 1939 - 6 Apr 1940  Kptlt. Max-Hermann Bauer
2 patrols
12 Dec 1939-31 Dec 1939  7. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1940-6 Apr 1940  7. Flottille (active service)
Successes4 ships sunk, total tonnage 16,089 GRT

Mined on 6 April 1940 in the North Sea north of Terschelling island, exact position not known, but probably near 51.14N, 05.07E. 44 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, December 1993).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-50 - View the 2 war patrols

Mine barrage Field No 7, was laid by the destroyers HMS Express, HMS Esk, HMS Icarus and HMS Impulsive in the North Sea on 3 March 1940. It probably accounted for several U-boats on their inbound passage.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk the British destroyer HMS Hero on 10 April, 1940 in position 62.54N, 01.56W. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was most probably against a nonsub target.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-50 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


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-50 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 31 Dec 1915 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 4 Jul 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 50 during WWI.