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|VII-B||Germania Werft (Kiel)||8 March 1939|
|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|
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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)
|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|
+ 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"
|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|
|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|
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)
|6 Jun 1940||STANCOR||England||Steamer||798 Tons|
|7Jun 1940||FRANCES MASSEY||England||Steamer||4,212 Tons|
|11 Jun 1940||VIOLANDO N.
|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|
|VILLE de GAND (sunk)||EROS (damaged)|
SHIPS DAMAGED BY U-48 (RÖSING commanding)
|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)
|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|
** 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)
|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.