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Ordered16 Jul 1937
Laid down6 Dec 1938 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 953)
Launched6 Nov 1939
Commissioned15 Feb 1940Kptlt. Hans-Gerrit von Stockhausen (Knights Cross)
15 Feb 1940 - 24 Mar 1941  KrvKpt. Hans-Gerrit von Stockhausen (Knights Cross)
25 Mar 1941 - 28 Apr 1941  Kptlt. Joachim Hoppe
6 patrols
15 Feb 1940-1 Apr 1940  2. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1940-28 Apr 1941  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes12 ships sunk, total tonnage 66,174 GRT
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 22,490 GRT

Sunk on 28 April 1941 in the North Atlantic south-east of Iceland, in position 59.51N, 15.30W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Douglas. 50 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, June 1986).

Loss position

See the 15 ships hit by U-65 - View the 6 war patrols

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 28 Apr 1941 southeast of Iceland, in position 60.04N, 15.45W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Gladiolus. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was actually against U-96 inflicting no damage.

Attacks on this boat and other events

13 Apr 1940
During the invasion of Norway the brand-new U-65 launched torpedoes at a group of British destroyers, but without result. Subsequent depth-charging from the targets caused minor damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 151)

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-65 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.

The Runic S - U-65

Media links

U-Boats at War

Showell, Jak P. Mallmann
($ 35.50)

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-65 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 21 Mar 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 11 May 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 65 during WWI.

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