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SM U-44

7th May 1915   SM U-44 was a Type U 43 u-boat, built at Shipyard Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig (Werk 22), ordered 10 Jul 1913, launched 15 Oct 1914 and commissioned on 7 May 1915.
Commanded by Paul Wagenführ she undertook 6 patrols with III Flotilla claiming 22 ships sunk with a total of 72,542 tons, 1 ship damaged with a total of 4,154 tons, 3 ships taken as prize with a total of 430 tons, 1 ship damaged with a total of 1,250 tons.
  • 25 Mar 1916 Ottomar 327 ru
  • 27 Mar 1916 Manchester Engineer 4,302 br
  • 29 Mar 1916 Begonia (damaged) 1,250 br
  • 30 Mar 1916 Bell 3,765 nw
  • 31 Mar 1916 Achilles 7,043 br
  • 31 Mar 1916 Goldmouth 7,446 br
  • 31 Mar 1916 Hans Gude 1,110 nw
  • 1 Apr 1916 Ashburton 4,445 br
  • 27 Sep 1916 Thurso 1,244 br
  • 16 Jan 1917 Baron Sempill 1,607 br
  • 23 Jan 1917 Agnes (prize) 125 br
  • 23 Jan 1917 George E. Benson (prize) 155 br
  • 23 Jan 1917 Vera (prize) 150 br
  • 6 Mar 1917 Caldergrove 4,327 br
  • 6 Mar 1917 Fenay Lodge 3,223 br
  • 7 Mar 1917 Ohio 8,719 fr
  • 8 Mar 1917 Dunbarmoor 3,651 br
  • 8 Mar 1917 Silas 750 nw
  • 10 Mar 1917 Aracataca (damaged) 4,154 br
  • 14 Mar 1917 Bray Head 3,077 br
  • 16 Mar 1917 Narragansett 9,196 br
  • 28 Apr 1917 Vacuum 2,551 am
  • 2 May 1917 Natuna 1,121 nw
  • 21 Jul 1917 Robert Smith 211 br
  • 24 Jul 1917 Thorsdal 2,200 nw
  • 27 Jul 1917 John Hays Hammond 132 am
  • 5 Aug 1917 Bracondale 2,095 br

On the 12th of Aug 1917 U44 was rammed by HMS Oracle off southern Norway at 58.51N 04.20E. and sank with the loss of all hands, 44 dead.

There was another U 44 in World War Two. That boat was launched from its shipyard on 5 Aug 1939 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 4 Nov 1939.

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