WWI U-boats

U 56

Type U 51
ShipyardGermaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 238)
Ordered 23 Aug 1914
Laid down 28 Dec 1914
Launched 18 Apr 1916
Commissioned 23 Jun 1916
Commanders
24 Feb 1916 - 3 Nov 1916 Kptlt. Hermann Lorenz
Career 1 patrol
18 Jun 1916 - 3 Nov 1916 II Flotilla
Successes5 ships sunk with a total of 5,701 tons. (View ships hit by U 56)
Fate 3 Nov 1916 - Missing after November 3, 1916. . 35 dead (all hands lost).
U 56 put the crew of the Norwegian merchant ship Ivanhoe ashore at 07:45 on November 3 at Lodsvik. The Norwegian sailors were abroad during the action the previous day and their description matches the Russian account.

Previously recorded fate
Sunk by gunfire from the Russian destroyer Grozovoi off Khorne Island, Norway (near Vardö). U 56 was survived this attack

There was another U 56 in World War Two
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 3 Sep 1938 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 26 Nov 1938. Take a look at U 56 from WWII.


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