|Ordered||2 Feb 1935|
|Laid down||11 Feb 1935||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 240)|
|Launched||14 Aug 1935|
|Commissioned||31 Aug 1935||Oblt. Rolf Dau|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sank 19 March 1943 in the Baltic Sea west of Pillau, in position 54.40N, 19.45E, in a diving accident. 21 dead and 16 survivors.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-5 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
There was another U-5 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 8 Jan 1910 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 2 Jul 1910. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 5 during WWI.