List of all U-boats

U-55

Type

VIIB

 
Ordered16 Jul 1937
Laid down2 Nov 1938 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 590)
Launched19 Oct 1939
Commissioned21 Nov 1939Kptlt. Werner Heidel
Commanders
21 Nov 1939 - 30 Jan 1940  Kptlt. Werner Heidel
Career
1 patrol
21 Nov 1939-31 Dec 1939  7. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1940-30 Jan 1940  7. Flottille (active service)
Successes6 ships sunk, total tonnage 15,853 GRT
Fate

Sunk 30 Jan 1940 south-west of the Isles of Scilly (English Channel), in position 48.37N, 07.48W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Whitshed, the British sloop HMS Fowey the French destroyers Valmy and Guépard, and by depth charges from a British Sunderland aircraft (228 Sqdn.). 1 dead and 41 survivors.

Loss position

See the 6 ships hit by U-55 - View the 1 war patrol

The boat lies about 90 miles south-west of Isles of Scilly.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-55 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-55 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 18 Mar 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 8 Jun 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 55 during WWI.