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Ordered21 Jul 1937
Laid down1 Oct 1938 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 259)
Launched1 Jun 1939
Commissioned22 Jul 1939Oblt. Georg Schewe
22 Jul 1939 - 19 Jul 1940  Kptlt. Georg Schewe (Knights Cross)
19 Jul 1940 - 5 Nov 1940  Oblt. Adalbert Schnee (Knights Cross)
6 Nov 1940 - 30 Sep 1941  Oblt. Georg Wallas
1 Oct 1941 - May, 1942   Kurt Pressel
May, 1942 - 6 Dec 1942  Oblt. Hans-Dieter Mohs (German Cross in Gold)
Sep, 1942 - Dec, 1942  Ltn. Otto Hübschen (in deputize) -- acting
7 Dec 1942 - 15 Feb 1944  Oblt. Ludo Kregelin
16 Feb 1944 - 28 Feb 1945  Oblt. Herbert Giesewetter
9 patrols
22 Jul 1939-1 Oct 1939  5. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1939-31 Dec 1939  5. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1940-18 Nov 1940  1. Flottille (active service)
19 Nov 1940-28 Feb 1945  21. Flottille (school boat)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 7,561 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 15,434 GRT

Decommissioned on 28 February 1945 at Wilhelmshaven.

Scuttled on 5 May 1945 at Wilhelmshaven, western entrance to Raederschleuse. Wreck broken up.

Final location

See the 4 ships hit by U-60 - View the 9 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

1 Aug 1940
16.02 hrs, North Sea, East of Scotland: Dutch submarine O-21 (Lt. Cm. J.F. Van Dulm) sighted U-60 (Schnee) en route for Bergen. Thirteen minutes later, O-21 fired two torpedoes from 2000m (2,187 yds), but both missed. U-60 was unaware of the attack. Later that day at 18.00 hrs, O-22 (Lt. Cm. J.W. Ort), patrolling north of her sister ship, also sighted U-60, but the range was too great for an attack. On the evening of the 2nd, U-60 was attacked off Hagesund by German Ju 88 aircraft of KG30 flying from Stavanger, Norway to raid the Orkneys, but the boat suffered no damage.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-60 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 4 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Seal with a Tophat


Bird carrying Leaf

Gent with Umbrella

Media links

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-60 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 5 Jul 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 1 Nov 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 60 during WWI.

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