List of all U-boats




Ordered24 May 1938
Laid down16 Nov 1939 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 968)
Launched15 Jun 1940
Commissioned10 Sep 1940Kptlt. Georg Schewe
10 Sep 1940 - 6 Jan 1942  Kptlt. Georg Schewe (Knights Cross)
7 Jan 1942 - 30 Sep 1942  KrvKpt. Heinrich Schuch
1 Oct 1942 - 29 Oct 1942  Oblt. Hans-Adolf Schweichel
29 Oct 1942 - 2 Jun 1943  Kptlt. Jürgen Nissen
9 patrols
10 Sep 1940-31 Dec 1940  2. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1941-2 Jun 1943  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes22 ships sunk, total tonnage 123,924 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,546 tons

Sunk on 2 June 1943 in the Atlantic west of Dakar, in position 14.15N, 17.35W, by depth charges from a one-of-a-kind French Potez-CAMS 141 flying boat named "Antarès" (Esc 4E FAFL). 53 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 23 ships hit by U-105 - View the 9 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-105 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Hammer (5 Aug 1941 - 12 Aug 1941)
   Grönland (12 Aug 1941 - 27 Aug 1941)
   Markgraf (27 Aug 1941 - 11 Sep 1941)
   Steuben (14 Nov 1941 - 2 Dec 1941)

Attacks on this boat and other events

12 Jun 1942
While crossing the Bay of Biscay during daylight on 12 June 1942 the boat was attacked by an Australian Sunderland flying boat (10 Sqn RAAF). The U-boat immediately sought shelter at El Ferrol, Spain and did not leave until the 28th when she sailed for Lorient, arriving on the 30th. The damage was serious enough to keep her there until 23 Nov.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

5 May 1941
The 105mm gun exploded during firing, wounding six men.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

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

Black Star

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

Q-ships versus U-boats

Beyer, Kenneth

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, Vol II

Blair, Clay

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

Maritime Is Number Ten - The Sunderland Era 1939-45

Baff, K.C. (Flight Lieutenant)

There was another U-105 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 16 May 1917 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 4 Jul 1917. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 105 during WWI.

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