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TYPE BUILDER LAUNCHED
VII-B Germania Werft (Kiel) 8 March 1939
     
COMMISSIONED FELDPOST Nr. SUNK
22 April 1939 M27354 3 May 1945
     
SUNK BY LOCATION SUNK POSITION SUNK
her crew Neustadt bay unknown

         
The wear and tear of war is evident in the conning tower badly in need of repainting.

Under three different Skippers, U-48 became the MOST successful submarine of any navy in World War II.  It is generally accepted that the I.W.O. (First Watchkeeping Officer) Reinhard "Teddy" Suhren did much of the shooting.  In fact, when Heinrich Bleichrodt was going to be decorated with his Knights Cross, he said that he would refuse it unless Suhren was also decorated with the Knights Cross.

             No Men lost

Commanders of U-48 include:

LAST NAME FIRST NAME FROM TO OTHER BOATS COMMENTS
SCHULTZE HERBERT 22 April 1939 22 Apr 1940 U-2  
RÖSING HANS-RUDOLF 22 April 1940 29 Aug 1940    
Bleichrodt Heinrich 29 Aug 1940 16 Dec 1940 U-67 and U-109  
SCHULTZE HERBERT 16 Dec 1941 21 Jun 1941    
Atzinger       U-618 and U-827  
Todenhagen Diether     U-1008 and U-365 KIA aboard U-365
HERBERT SCHULTZE
(191-1986)
HANS-RUDOLF RÖSING
(313-1987)
Bleichrodt

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I.W.O. "Teddy" Suhren  

U-48 was initially attached to the U-Flottille Wegener then to the 7th U-Bootflottille based at St. Nazaire, France.  She was transferred to the 26th U-Bootflottille based at Pillau as a Schulboot (school boat) and used there for training until March 1942.  U-48 was then transferred to the 3rd ULD (U-Boot Lehr Division or submarine training division).  At the end of the war, she was scuttled by her own crew.
 

U-48 had 12 Feindfahrten (war patrols) in her short combat life, but sank more ships and more tonnage than any other submarine in World War II.  There were patrols in the North Atlantic but also a minelaying patrol off Portland, England; operations against British forces off Narvik in April 1940; and the unsuccessful search for survivors of BISMARCK.  

                  SHIPS SUNK BY U-48 (SCHULTZE commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
  5 Sep 1939 ROYAL SCEPTER England Steamer   4,853 tons
  8 Sep 1939 WINKLEIGH England Steamer   5,055 tons
11 Sep 1939 FIRBY England Steamer   4,869 Tons
12 Oct 1939 EMILE MIGUET   + France Tanker 14,115 Tons
12 Oct 1939 HERONSPOOL    + England Steamer   5,202 Tons
12 Oct 1939 LOUSIANE France Steamer   6,903 Tons
   
ROYAL SCEPTER   WINKLEIGH   FIRBY
         
   
EMILE  MIGUET   HERONSPOOL   LOUSIANE


+  The Captain of the American liner PRESIDENT HARDING radioed that he had rescued the entire crew of 36 from HERONSPOOL.  Captain Batson, Master of HERONSPOOL said that at 6 o'clock Friday evening he saw the EMILE MIGUET being shelled about six miles distant, so he steered his ship away to the north eastward.  About 8 o'clock they heard an explosion and saw a column of water rise on the starboard beam.  Half an hour later the submarine approached and signaled 'What ship?"
    
"As soon as we could make him out," Captain Batson said, "we fired two shots at him whereupon he dived.  I hauled to the westward for two hours then zig-zagged.  About 11pm the submarine appeared in sight nearly aft.  We quickly fired two shots at him in succession.  He disappeared but reappeared at midnight and fired a shot which exploded close to our starboard beam.  Then we sighted him on the starboard quarter and again we fired."
     After a while the submarine submerged again but soon there was a violent explosion in the forepart of the HERONSPOOL.  She had been torpedoed.  Captain Batson continues,
"We then abandoned ship in two lifeboats and after pulling away for some diistance, we lay to.  We saw that the forepart of the ship appeared to have been blown away and that she was listing to port.  The submarine appeared in full view a short distance away 20 minutes later but seemed not to notice us.  We sighted PRESIDENT HARDING about 5:30am and shortly after that HERONSPOOL disappeared"

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
 14 Oct 1939 SNEATON England Steamer   3,677 Tons
17 Oct 1939 CLAN CHISHOLM England Steamer   7,256 Tons
26 Oct 1939 GUSTAV E. REUTER Sweden Tanker   6,336 Tons
  9 Dec 1939 BRANDON England Steamer   6,668 Tons
  9 Dec 1939 SAN ALBERTO England Tanker   7,397 Tons
15 Dec 1939 GERMAINE Greece Steamer   5,217 Tons
10 Feb 1940 BURGERDIJK Netherlands Steamer   6,853 Tons
14 Feb 1940 SULTAN STAR England Steamer 12,306 Tons
SNEATON CLAN CHISHOLM GUSTAV A. REUTER
     
GERMAIN BURGERDIJK SULTAN STAR
DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
15 Feb 1940 DEN HAAG Netherlands Steamer 8,971 Tons
17 Feb 1940 WILJA Finland Steamer 3,396 Tons
  1 Feb 1941 NICOLAOS ANGELOS Greece Steamer 4,351 Tons
24 Feb 1941 NAILSEA LASS England Steamer 4,289 Tons
29 Mar 1941 GERMANIC England Steamer 5,352 Tons
29 Mar 1941 LIMBOURG Belgium Steamer 2,483 Tons
29 Mar 1941 EASTLEA England Steamer 4,267 Tons
29 Mar 1941 HYLTON   * England Steamer 5,197 Tons
  2 Apr 1941 BEAVERDALE England Steamer 9,957 Tons
DEN HAAG WILJA NICOLAOS ANGELOS
     
NAILSEA LASS GERMANIC BEAVERDALE

*  As one might imagine. firing into a convoy such as this attack on Convoy HX.115, is a chaotic thing.  U-48 reported two different ships hit, but her torpedoes actually missed them and hit two other ships.  They thought they had sunk ATHELPRINCE but she was not even hit.  They did hit and sink EASTLEA but they erroneously reported her as MASUNDA.
 

                  SHIPS SUNK BY U-48 (RÖSING commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
   6 Jun 1940 STANCOR England Steamer     798 Tons
   7Jun 1940 FRANCES MASSEY England Steamer 4,212 Tons
11 Jun 1940 VIOLANDO N.
        GOULANDRIS
Greece Steamer 3,598 Tons
19 Jun 1940 TUDOR Norway Motorship 6,607 Tons
19 Jun 1940 BARON  LOUDOUN England Steamer 5,661 Tons
19 Jun 1940 BRITISH MONARCH England Steamer 5,661 Tons
20 Jun 1940 MOERDRECHT Netherlands Tanker 7,493 Tons
16 Aug 1940 HEDRUN Sweden Steamer 2,325 Tons
19 Aug 1940 VILLE de GAND Belgium Steamer 7,590 Tons
24 Aug 1940 LE BREA England Steamer 6,665 Tons
25 Aug 1940 ATHELCREST England Tanker 6,825 Tons
25 Aug 1940 EMPIRE MERLIN England Steamer 5,763 Tons
STANCOR VIOLANDO N. GOULANDRIS TUDOR
     
BARON LOUDOUN MOORDRECHT HEDRUN
     
 
VILLE de GAND   (sunk)   EROS  (damaged)

                  SHIPS DAMAGED BY U-48 (RÖSING commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
  7 Jun 1940 EROS England Steamer 5,888 Tons
21 Aug 1940 unknown unknown unknown unknown
21 Aug 1940 unknown unknown unknown unknown

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SHIPS SUNK BY U-48 (Bleichrodt commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
15 Sep 1940 HMS DUNDEE England Corvette   1,060 Tons
15 Sep 1940 ALEXANDROS Greece Steamer   4,343 Tons
15 Sep 1940 EMPIRE VOLUNTEER England Steamer   5,319 Tons
15 Sep 1940 KENDOROC  ** England Steamer   1,780 Tons
18 Sep 1940 CITY OF BENARES England Steamer 11,081 Tons
18 Sep 1940 MARINA England Steamer   5,088 Tons
18 Sep 1940 MAGDELENA England Steamer   3,118 Tons
21 Sep 1940 BLAIRANGUS England Steamer   4,409 Tons
11 Oct 1940 BRANDANGER Norway Motorship   4,624 Tons
11 Oct 1940 PORT GISBORNE England Motorship 10,144 Tons
17 Oct 1940 DAVANGER Norway Tanker   7,102 Tons
17 Oct 1940 LANDGUEDOC England Tanker   9,512 Tons
17 Oct 1940 SCORESBY England Steamer   3,843 Tons
18 Oct 1940 SANDSEND England Steamer   3,612 Tons
20 Oct 1940 SHIREK  *** England Tanker   6,023 Tons
   
HMS  DUNDEE   CITY OF BENARES   MAGDELENA
         
   
BRANDANGER   PORT GISBORNE   SCORESBY
 
SANDSEND   SHIREK


**     Not certain if U-48 sank KENDOROC; there are reports another U-Boat sank her with gunfire.
***   SHIREK was first hit by U-47 four hours earlier and left in flames.  U-48 sank her with a coup d'grace.
 

                  SHIPS DAMAGED BY U-48 (Bleichrodt commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
15 Sep 1940 EMPIRE SOLDIER **** England Steamer 6,000 Tons (prox)
21 Sep 1940 BROOMPARK England Steamer 5,136 Tons
17 Oct 1940 HASPENDEN England Steamer 4,678 Tons

****  EMPIRE SOLDIER swerved to avoid torpedo from U-48 and hit another ship causing minor damage.

U-48 was scuttled by her own crew off Neustadt Bay while under command of Todenhagen in the unofficial Operation Regenbogen (Rainbow) against orders from Großadmiral Karl Dönitz.  Sometime between 1947 and 1953 she was raised by the Allies and broken up.
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Many thanks to our friend and Sharkhunters Member since 1987 GEORG HÖGEL for all the conning tower emblems used in our monthly KTB Magazine and also here on the pages of our website.  GEORG was radioman aboard U-30, the first boat into combat, the first to sink a ship (the liner ATHENIA) and the first into an occupied French port.  When that Skipper (Lemp) took command of U-110, GEORG was one of the former crew to transfer to the new boat under Lemp.  After the war, he was Professor of Art at a major German university.