|Ordered||29 Jul 1936|
|Laid down||1 Jul 1937||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 945)|
|Launched||9 Nov 1938|
|Commissioned||11 Feb 1939||Kptlt. Werner von Schmidt|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on 13 October 1939 in the English Channel east of Dover, in position 51.07,5N, 01.48E, by a mine in the British minefield C3. 45 dead and 3 survivors.
Her wreck might have been located by divers in 1994 in position 50.22,08N, 01.44,17E.Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-40 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Skull and Crossbones
Umbrella in a Circle
There was another U-40 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 22 Oct 1914 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 14 Feb 1915. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 40 during WWI.