Ship losses by month

December 1939

This is the full listing of all ships hit during December 1939. You can click on any of the links for further information on either ship, U-boat, commander or convoy.

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
1 Dec 1939U-21Fritz Frauenheim Mercator4,260fi
1 Dec 1939U-31Johannes Habekost Arcturus1,277nw
2 Dec 1939U-56Wilhelm Zahn Eskdene (d.)3,829brHN-3
3 Dec 1939U-31Johannes Habekost Ove Toft2,135da
3 Dec 1939U-56Wilhelm Zahn Rudolf2,119sw
4 Dec 1939U-31Johannes Habekost Gimle1,271nw
4 Dec 1939U-31Johannes Habekost HMS Nelson (28) (d.) [Mine]33,950br
4 Dec 1939U-31Johannes Habekost Primula1,024nw
5 Dec 1939U-47Günther Prien Navasota8,795brOB-46
6 Dec 1939U-31Johannes Habekost Agu1,575es
6 Dec 1939U-31Johannes Habekost Vinga1,974sw
6 Dec 1939U-47Günther Prien Britta6,214nw
6 Dec 1939U-59Harald Jürst HMS Washington [Mine]209br
7 Dec 1939U-38Heinrich Liebe Thomas Walton4,460br
7 Dec 1939U-47Günther Prien Tajandoen8,159nl
8 Dec 1939U-23Otto Kretschmer Scotia2,400da
8 Dec 1939U-48Herbert Schultze Brandon6,668brOB-48
9 Dec 1939U-20Karl-Heinz Moehle Magnus1,339da
9 Dec 1939U-48Herbert Schultze San Alberto7,397brOB-48
10 Dec 1939U-20Karl-Heinz Moehle Føina1,674nw
10 Dec 1939U-20Karl-Heinz Moehle Willowpool [Mine]4,815brHG-9
11 Dec 1939U-38Heinrich Liebe Garoufalia4,708gr
12 Dec 1939U-59Harald Jürst Marwick Head [Mine]496br
13 Dec 1939U-38Heinrich Liebe Deptford4,101br
13 Dec 1939U-57Claus Korth Mina1,173es
15 Dec 1939U-48Herbert Schultze Germaine5,217gr
16 Dec 1939U-59Harald Jürst Glitrefjell1,568nw
16 Dec 1939U-59Harald Jürst Lister1,366sw
17 Dec 1939U-59Harald Jürst Bogø1,214da
17 Dec 1939U-59Harald Jürst Jaegersborg1,245da
19 Dec 1939U-60Georg Schewe City of Kobe [Mine]4,373brFS-56
20 Dec 1939U-22Karl-Heinrich Jenisch Mars [Mine]1,877sw
21 Dec 1939U-21Fritz Frauenheim Carl Henckel1,352sw
21 Dec 1939U-21Fritz Frauenheim Mars1,475sw
21 Dec 1939U-46Herbert Sohler Rudolf924nw
22 Dec 1939U-61Jürgen Oesten Gryfevale (d.) [Mine]4,434br
23 Dec 1939U-22Karl-Heinrich Jenisch HMS Dolphin [Mine]3,099br
23 Dec 1939U-31Johannes Habekost HMS Glen Albyn [Mine]82br
23 Dec 1939U-31Johannes Habekost HMS Promotive [Mine]78br
25 Dec 1939U-22Karl-Heinrich Jenisch HMS Loch Doon (FY 127) [Mine]534br
25 Dec 1939U-33Hans-Wilhelm von Dresky Stanholme [Mine]2,473br
28 Dec 1939U-15Heinz Buchholz Resercho [Mine]258br
28 Dec 1939U-22Karl-Heinrich Jenisch Hanne [Mine]1,080da
28 Dec 1939U-30Fritz-Julius Lemp HMS Barbara Robertson325br
28 Dec 1939U-30Fritz-Julius Lemp HMS Barham (04) (d.)31,100br
31 Dec 1939U-32Paul Büchel Luna959nw

42 ships sunk (107,742 tons) and 4 ships damaged (73,313 tons).

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