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Ordered25 Mar 1935
Laid down1 Sep 1935 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 556)
Launched11 Jun 1936
Commissioned25 Jul 1936Kptlt. Ottoheinrich Junker
25 Jul 1936 - 28 Oct 1938  Kptlt. Ottoheinrich Junker (German Cross in Gold)
22 Nov 1936 - 20 Dec 1936  Kptlt. Kurt Freiwald
3 Jun 1937 - 25 Jul 1937  Kptlt. Kurt Freiwald
29 Oct 1938 - 12 Feb 1940  Kptlt. Hans-Wilhelm von Dresky
3 patrols
25 Jul 1936-31 Aug 1939  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Sep 1939-31 Dec 1939  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1940-12 Feb 1940  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes10 ships sunk, total tonnage 19,261 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 3,670 GRT

Sunk on 12 February 1940 in the Firth of Clyde, in position 55.23,4N, 05.08,2W, by depth charges from the British minesweeper HMS Gleaner. 25 dead and 17 survivors.

Loss position

See the 11 ships hit by U-33 - View the 3 war patrols

This boat is a dive site

Position (lat, long): 55.25, -5.07

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Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-33 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

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

Churchill getting Torpedoed in the Rear

Media links


Sebag-Montefiore, Hugh

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-33 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 19 May 1914 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 27 Sep 1914. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 33 during WWI.

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