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Ordered1 Apr 1935
Laid down24 Jan 1936 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 911)
Launched4 Aug 1936
Commissioned8 Oct 1936Kptlt. Hans Cohausz
8 Oct 1936 - 31 Oct 1938  Kptlt. Hans Cohausz
15 Feb 1938 - 17 Aug 1938  Kptlt. Hans Pauckstadt
Nov, 1938 - Sep, 1940  Kptlt. Fritz-Julius Lemp (Knights Cross)
Sep, 1940 - 31 Mar 1941  KrvKpt. Robert Prützmann
1 Apr 1941 - Apr, 1941  Oblt. Paul-Karl Loeser
Apr, 1941 - 22 Apr 1941  Oblt. Hubertus Purkhold (German Cross in Gold)
23 Apr 1941 - 9 Mar 1942  Oblt. Kurt Baberg (German Cross in Gold)
10 Mar 1942 - 4 Oct 1942  Oblt. Hermann Bauer
5 Oct 1942 - 16 Dec 1942  Ltn. Franz Saar
May, 1943 - 1 Dec 1943  Oblt. Ernst Fischer
2 Dec 1943 - 14 Dec 1944  Oblt. Ludwig Fabricius
17 Jan 1945 - 23 Jan 1945  Oblt. Günther Schimmel
8 patrols
8 Oct 1936-31 Aug 1939  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Sep 1939-31 Dec 1939  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1940-30 Nov 1940  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Dec 1940-30 Nov 1943  24. Flottille (training)
1 Dec 1943-23 Jan 1945  22. Flottille (school boat)
Successes16 ships sunk, total tonnage 86,165 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 325 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 5,642 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 31,100 tons

Decommissioned on 23 January 1945 and used as instructional boat.

Scuttled on 5 May 1945 in Kupfermühlen Bay near Flensburg. Wreck broken up in 1948.

Final location

See the 19 ships hit by U-30 - View the 8 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-30 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Prien (15 Jun 1940 - 17 Jun 1940)

Attacks on this boat and other events

14 Sep 1939
After stopping the British freighter Fanad Head, the boat was attacked by three British Blackburn Skua aircraft (803 Sqn FAA) from HMS Ark Royal, two of which were destroyed by the explosions of their own bombs. Three U-boat crew were wounded by shrapnel and two British airmen captured.

14 Sep 1939
After sinking the British freighter Fanad Head, the boat was bombed by six Swordfish (810 and 821 Sqn FAA) from HMS Ark Royal and depth charged by HMS Bedouin and HMS Punjabi for four hours before managing to escape.

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

3 Sep 1939. This boat sank the first ship in the war when she sank the 13,581 ton passenger ship Athenia by mistake (taking her to be an Armed Merchant Cruiser, AMC).

19 Sep 1939. U-30 stops by Reykjavík, Iceland to drop off an injured sailor (Adolph Schmidt) from the attack on 14 Sep. The boat arrived at 0900 and left shortly after 1200 local time, heading back to Germany.

7 Jul 1940. This boat was the first U-boat to make use of the newly captured French bases when she arrived at Lorient on 7 July 1940.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-30 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Small dog in a Circle

Severed Hand Bleeding

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

Neutral Shores

Mark McShane
(£ 16.99)

U-Boat Adventures

Wiggins, Melanie

Fatal Decisions

Blandford, Edmund

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

There was another U-30 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 15 Nov 1913 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 26 Aug 1914. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 30 during WWI.

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