|Ordered||24 May 1938|
|Laid down||9 Mar 1940||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 972)|
|Launched||14 Sep 1940|
|Commissioned||5 Dec 1940||Korvkpt. Hans-Georg Fischer|
|Successes||12 ships sunk, total tonnage 79,969 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,548 GRT
Sunk on 4 May 1943 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 47.22N, 22.40W, by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (86 Sqn RAF/P). 52 dead (all hands lost).
The Liberator was on an outbound patrol to link up with convoy HX-236 north-east of the Azores when she got a contact with her 10cm radar. Shortly afterwards the crew saw a surfaced U-boat and dropped 4 depth charges onto the boat.
The boat was seen on the surface after the depth charges had straddled her and then she slowly sank, seemingly leaving enough time for at least some survivors but possibly the hatches were all damaged from the blast and no one seemed to get out of the boat.
U-109 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
West (13 May 1941 - 23 May 1941)
Süd (22 Jul 1941 - 5 Aug 1941)
Mordbrenner (16 Oct 1941 - 3 Nov 1941)
Wohlgemut (12 Mar 1943 - 18 Mar 1943)
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-109 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
The Lighthouse - U-67
There was another U-109 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 25 Sep 1917 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 7 Nov 1917. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 109 during WWI.