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Ordered21 Jul 1937
Laid down2 Jan 1939 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 262)
Launched6 Dec 1939
Commissioned18 Jan 1940Oblt. Günther Lorentz
18 Jan 1940 - 25 Feb 1940   Günther Lorentz
1 patrol
18 Jan 1940-31 Jan 1940  1. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1940-25 Feb 1940  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 3,840 GRT

Sunk 25 February 1940 in the North Sea south of the Shetland Islands, in position 58.40N, 00.10W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Escort, HMS Inglefield and HMS Imogen after being sighted by the British submarine HMS Narwhal. 1 dead and 24 survivors.

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-63 - View the 1 war patrol

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-63 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.

Green Frog

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

Submarines versus U-boats

Jones, Geoffrey

There was another U-63 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 8 Feb 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 11 Mar 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 63 during WWI.