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SM U-39



   SM U-39 was Type U 31 U-Boat built at Shipyard Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 199). she was ordered on the 12th of Jun 1912, laid down on the 27th of Mar 1913, launched on the 26th of Sep 1914 and commissioned on the 13th of Jan 1915.
Commanders:
13 Jan 1915 - 9 Feb 1915 Hans Kratzsch.
11 Feb 1915 - 14 Oct 1917 Walter Forstmann.
15 Oct 1917 - 18 May 1918 Heinrich Metzger.

U39 had a career of 19 patrols. sailing with II Flotilla and from the 15th of Sep 1915 to the 18th of May 1918 with Pola/Mittelmeer I Flotilla.

She claimed 153 ships sunk with a total of 405,035 tons, 7 ships damaged with a total of 30,552 tons, 1 ship taken as prize with a total of 798 tons and 1 warship sunk with a total of 1,290 tons.

  • 1 May 1915 Balduin 1,059 nw
  • 1 May 1915 Elsa 120 sw
  • 2 May 1915 St. Louis No. 1 211 br
  • 2 May 1915 Sunray 165 br
  • 3 May 1915 Scottish Queen 125 br
  • 4 May 1915 Elsa 329 sw
  • 5 May 1915 Sceptre 166 br
  • 6 May 1915 Truro 836 br
  • 7 May 1915 Benington 131 br
  • 10 May 1915 Olga (prize) 798 da
  • 26 Jun 1915 Campania 167 br
  • 29 Jun 1915 Cambuskenneth 1,924 nw
  • 29 Jun 1915 Kotka (damaged) 952 nw
  • 30 Jun 1915 Lomas 3,048 br
  • 1 Jul 1915 Caucasian 4,656 br
  • 1 Jul 1915 Craigard 3,286 br
  • 1 Jul 1915 Gadsby 3,497 br
  • 1 Jul 1915 Inglemoor 4,331 br
  • 1 Jul 1915 Richmond 3,214 br
  • 2 Jul 1915 Hirondelle 183 fr
  • 2 Jul 1915 Boduognat 1,411 be
  • 2 Jul 1915 City Of Edinburgh (damaged) 6,255 br
  • 3 Jul 1915 Fiery Cross 1,448 nw
  • 3 Jul 1915 Larchmore 4,355 br
  • 3 Jul 1915 Renfrew 3,488 br
  • 4 Jul 1915 Anglo-Californian (damaged) 7,333 br
  • 2 Sep 1915 William T. Lewis (damaged) 2,166 br
  • 9 Sep 1915 Cornubia 1,736 br
  • 9 Sep 1915 L’Aude 2,232 fr
  • 9 Sep 1915 Ville De Mostaganem 2,648 fr
  • 28 Sep 1915 H. C. Henry 4,219 ca
  • 29 Sep 1915 Haydn 3,923 br
  • 30 Sep 1915 Cirene 3,236 it
  • 2 Oct 1915 Sailor Prince 3,144 br
  • 7 Oct 1915 Halizones 5,093 br
  • 8 Oct 1915 Thorpwood 3,184 br
  • 9 Oct 1915 Apollo 3,774 br
  • 12 Oct 1915 Restore 93 br
  • 30 Nov 1915 Middleton 2,506 br
  • 3 Dec 1915 Dante 889 it
  • 3 Dec 1915 Helmsmuir 4,111 br
  • 5 Dec 1915 Petrolite (damaged) 3,710 am
  • 5 Dec 1915 Pietro Lofaro 517 it
  • 6 Dec 1915 L. G. Goulandris 2,123 gr
  • 7 Dec 1915 Veria 3,229 br
  • 9 Dec 1915 Busiris 2,705 br
  • 9 Dec 1915 Orteric 6,535 br
  • 10 Dec 1915 Porto Said 5,301 it
  • 18 Dec 1915 Lottie Leask 94 br
  • 22 Jan 1916 Norseman 9,542 br
  • 31 Mar 1916 Egeo 1,787 it
  • 31 Mar 1916 Riposto 1,003 it
  • 2 Apr 1916 Simla 5,884 br
  • 3 Apr 1916 Clan Campbell 5,897 br
  • 4 Apr 1916 Giuseppe Padre 184 it
  • 4 Apr 1916 Maria Carmella Findari 42 it
  • 6 Apr 1916 Stjerneborg 1,592 da
  • 6 Apr 1916 Colbert (damaged) 5,394 fr
  • 9 Apr 1916 Caledonia 1,815 da
  • 13 Apr 1916 Lipari 1,539 it
  • 20 May 1916 Redentore 228 it
  • 20 May 1916 Valsesia 248 it
  • 21 May 1916 Birmania 2,384 it
  • 21 May 1916 Rosalia Madre 251 it
  • 23 May 1916 Hercules 2,704 it
  • 23 May 1916 Maria Porto di Salvezza 39 it
  • 23 May 1916 Teresa Accame (damaged) 4,742 it
  • 23 May 1916 Washington 2,819 it
  • 24 May 1916 Aurrera 2,845 sp
  • 25 May 1916 Fratelli Bandiera 3,506 it
  • 25 May 1916 Rita 200 it
  • 27 May 1916 Mar Terso 3,778 it
  • 27 May 1916 Trunkby 2,635 br
  • 28 May 1916 Lady Ninian 4,297 br
  • 29 May 1916 Baron Vernon 1,779 br
  • 29 May 1916 Elmgrove 3,018 br
  • 29 May 1916 Southgarth 2,414 br
  • 30 May 1916 Baron Tweedmouth 5,007 br
  • 30 May 1916 Dalegarth 2,265 br
  • 30 May 1916 Hermesberg 2,884 it
  • 30 May 1916 Rauma 3,047 nw
  • 1 Jun 1916 Dewsland 1,993 br
  • 1 Jun 1916 Salmonpool 4,905 br
  • 13 Jul 1916 Silverton 2,682 br
  • 14 Jul 1916 Antigua 2,876 br
  • 14 Jul 1916 Ecclesia 3,714 br
  • 15 Jul 1916 Sylvie 1,354 br
  • 16 Jul 1916 Euphorbia 3,837 br
  • 16 Jul 1916 Sirra 3,203 it
  • 16 Jul 1916 Wiltonhall 3,387 br
  • 17 Jul 1916 Angelo 3,609 it
  • 17 Jul 1916 Rosemoor 4,303 br
  • 18 Jul 1916 Llongwen 4,683 br
  • 20 Jul 1916 Cettois 974 fr
  • 20 Jul 1916 Grangemoor 3,198 br
  • 20 Jul 1916 Karma 3,710 br
  • 20 Jul 1916 Yzer 3,538 br
  • 21 Jul 1916 Wolf 2,443 br
  • 22 Jul 1916 Knutsford 3,842 br
  • 22 Jul 1916 Olive 3,678 br
  • 23 Jul 1916 Badminton 3,847 br
  • 24 Jul 1916 Maria 198 it
  • 29 Jul 1916 Letimbro 2,210 it
  • 29 Jul 1916 Rosarina G.V. 131 it
  • 19 Oct 1916 Penylan 3,875 br
  • 20 Oct 1916 Mombassa 4,689 br
  • 22 Oct 1916 Cluden 3,166 br
  • 22 Oct 1916 Nina 3,383 it
  • 22 Oct 1916 Ravn 998 nw
  • 22 Oct 1916 W. Harkess 1,185 br
  • 27 Nov 1916 Margarita 1,112 gr
  • 27 Nov 1916 Reapwell 3,417 br
  • 28 Nov 1916 King Malcolm 4,351 br
  • 28 Nov 1916 Moresby 1,763 br
  • 2 Dec 1916 Istrar 4,582 br
  • 3 Dec 1916 Plata 1,861 it
  • 9 Jan 1917 Baynesk 3,286 br
  • 15 Jan 1917 Garfield 3,838 br
  • 28 Jan 1917 Admiral Magon 5,566 fr
  • 14 Feb 1917 Torino 4,159 it
  • 15 Feb 1917 Minas 2,854 it
  • 17 Feb 1917 Ala 359 it
  • 20 Feb 1917 Rosalie 4,237 br
  • 21 Feb 1917 Wathfield 3,012 br
  • 22 Feb 1917 Ville De Bougie 508 fr
  • 23 Feb 1917 Trojan Prince 3,196 br
  • 26 Feb 1917 Burnby 3,665 br
  • 3 Mar 1917 Anna E. 41 it
  • 3 Jun 1917 Petronilla Madre 43 it
  • 6 Jun 1917 Diane 590 fr
  • 8 Jun 1917 Huntstrick 8,151 br
  • 8 Jun 1917 Isle Of Jura 3,809 br
  • 8 Jun 1917 Ml 540 37 br
  • 8 Jun 1917 Ml 541 37 br
  • 8 Jun 1917 Valdieri 4,637 it
  • 10 Jun 1917 Petrolite 3,710 am
  • 11 Jun 1917 Wera 476 ru
  • 12 Jun 1917 Gaita 396 ru
  • 15 Jun 1917 Espinho 740 pt
  • 19 Jun 1917 Kyma 3,420 gr
  • 20 Jun 1917 Eli Lindoe 1,116 nw
  • 22 Jun 1917 Toro 1,141 ur
  • 23 Jun 1917 Isere 2,159 fr
  • 29 Jul 1917 Manchester Commerce 4,144 br
  • 30 Jul 1917 Carlo 5,572 it
  • 30 Jul 1917 Ganges 4,177 br
  • 31 Jul 1917 Carolvore 1,659 nw
  • 31 Jul 1917 Ypres 305 br
  • 3 Aug 1917 Halldor 2,919 nw
  • 5 Aug 1917 Ryton 3,991 br
  • 27 Sep 1917 Swan River 4,724 br
  • 1 Oct 1917 Mersario 3,847 br
  • 1 Oct 1917 Normanton 3,862 br
  • 2 Oct 1917 Almora 4,385 br
  • 2 Oct 1917 Hikosan Maru 3,555 jp
  • 2 Oct 1917 Nuceria 4,702 br
  • 14 Nov 1917 Buenaventura 257 sp
  • 18 Nov 1917 Candytuft 1,290 br
  • 21 Nov 1917 Schuylkill 2,720 am
  • 23 Nov 1917 Markella 1,124 gr
  • 25 Nov 1917 Karema 5,263 br
  • 17 May 1918 Sculptor 4,874 br

On the 18th of May 1918 U39 was interned at Cartagena, Spain after being damaged by allied escorts and aircraft that same day. She surrendered to France on the 22nd of Mar 1919 and was broken up at Toulon in 1923.

There was another U 39 in World War Two. That boat was launched from its shipyard on 22nd of Sep 1938 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 10th of Dec 1938.

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