|Ordered||21 Nov 1936|
|Laid down||23 Feb 1937||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 580)|
|Launched||27 Apr 1938|
|Commissioned||25 Jun 1938||Kptlt. Alexander Gelhaar|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 19,313 GRT|
Sunk on 14 October 1939 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 50.58N, 12.57W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Inglefield, HMS Ivanhoe, HMS Intrepid and HMS Icarus. 38 dead (all hands lost).
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-45 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
There was another U-45 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 15 Apr 1915 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 9 Oct 1915. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 45 during WWI.