List of all U-boats




Ordered21 Nov 1936
Laid down10 Mar 1937 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 583)
Launched8 Mar 1939
Commissioned22 Apr 1939Kptlt. Herbert Schultze
22 Apr 1939 - 20 May 1940  Kptlt. Herbert Schultze (Knights Cross)
21 May 1940 - 3 Sep 1940  KrvKpt. Hans Rudolf Rösing (Knights Cross)
4 Sep 1940 - 16 Dec 1940  Kptlt. Heinrich Bleichrodt (Knights Cross)
17 Dec 1940 - 27 Jul 1941  Kptlt. Herbert Schultze (Knights Cross)
Aug, 1941 - Sep, 1942  Oblt. Siegfried Atzinger
26 Sep 1942 - Oct, 1943  Oblt. Diether Todenhagen
12 patrols
22 Apr 1939-31 Aug 1939  7. Flottille (active service)
1 Sep 1939-31 Dec 1939  7. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1940-30 Jun 1941  7. Flottille (active service)
1 Jul 1941-31 Mar 1942  26. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1942-31 Oct 1943  21. Flottille (school boat)
Successes51 ships sunk, total tonnage 306,874 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,060 tons
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 20,480 GRT

Decommissioned on 25 September 1943 and used as instructional boat.

Scuttled on 3 May 1945 at Neustadt.

Final location

See the 55 ships hit by U-48 - View the 12 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-48 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Rösing (12 Jun 1940 - 15 Jun 1940)
   West (2 Jun 1941 - 8 Jun 1941)

Attacks on this boat and other events

13 Apr 1940
While attempting to attack the destroyer screen around HMS Warspite U-48 was depth charged, but escaped with minor damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 152)

25 Aug 1940
In the early morning, the boat sank two ships from convoy HX 65A and was then forced to dive when attacked by HMS Godetia, but U-48 evaded the depth charge attack and escaped unscathed.

22 Mar 1941
The boat was depth charged by British destroyers and suffered slight damage.

29 Mar 1941
The boat was fired on by several merchant ships while attacking the unescorted convoy HX 115 south of Iceland, moving through the columns at night on the surface, and at least one of the freighters, the British steam merchant Oakworth made an attempt to ram her. However, U-48 was undamaged and even managed to escape without being attacked when the escorts eventually arrived in the morning.

4 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

U-48 returning to base after a successful patrol.

2 Apr 1941. On 2 April, 1941 U-48 was badly damaged by an explosion on the sinking ship Beaverdale and was forced to return to base.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-48 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.

Cat times 3

Media links


Franz Kurowski
($ 35.36)

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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


Dickens, Peter and Grove, Eric J.

There was another U-48 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 3 Oct 1915 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 22 Apr 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 48 during WWI.

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