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20th April 1916 U-Boat Index - WW1  SM U-78

Type UE 1 Shipyard Vulcan, Hamburg (Werk 60) Ordered 9 Mar 1915 Launched 27 Feb 1916 Commissioned 20 Apr 1916

Commanders.
20 Apr 1916 - 15 Jan 1918 Otto Dröscher.
16 Jan 1918 - 31 Jan 1918 Karl Thouret.
1 Feb 1918 - 27 Feb 1918 Oblt. Johann Vollbrecht.
1 Mar 1918 - 26 Apr 1918 Karl Vesper.
27 Apr 1918 - 24 May 1918 Wilhelm Meyer.
25 May 1918 - 27 Oct 1918 Oblt. Johann Vollbrecht

Career 12 patrols.
9 Jul 1916 - 27 Oct 1918 I Flotilla

Successes 17 ships sunk with a total of 27,488 tons.
2 ships damaged with a total of 11,332 tons.
2 ships taken as prize with a total of 3,427 tons.

  • 16 Jul 1916 U 78 Otto Dröscher Vidar (prize) 2,178 sw
  • 5 Aug 1916 U 78 Otto Dröscher Aranda 1,838 nw
  • 2 Sep 1916 U 78 Otto Dröscher Kelvinia 5,039 br
  • 26 Sep 1916 U 78 Otto Dröscher Loch Shiel 216 br
  • 21 Oct 1916 U 78 Otto Dröscher Atle Jarl (prize) 1,249 nw
  • 16 Nov 1916 U 78 Otto Dröscher Vega 1,204 nw
  • 13 Dec 1916 U 78 Otto Dröscher Kursk (damaged) 7,869 ru
  • 7 Feb 1917 U 78 Otto Dröscher Väring 2,107 sw
  • 13 Feb 1917 U 78 Otto Dröscher Barnsley 144 br
  • 15 Feb 1917 U 78 Otto Dröscher Stralsund 510 nw
  • 3 Mar 1917 U 78 Otto Dröscher Meldon 2,514 br
  • 2 Apr 1917 U 78 Otto Dröscher Sagitta 1,981 nw
  • 2 Apr 1917 U 78 Otto Dröscher Tithonus (damaged) 3,463 br
  • 4 Apr 1917 U 78 Otto Dröscher Vladimir Reitz 2,128 da
  • 5 Apr 1917 U 78 Otto Dröscher Bris 101 da
  • 7 Apr 1917 U 78 Otto Dröscher Jason 810 br
  • 13 Apr 1917 U 78 Otto Dröscher Strathcona 1,881 ca
  • 14 Apr 1917 U 78 Otto Dröscher Andromache 313 br
  • 19 Apr 1917 U 78 Otto Dröscher Lobelia 184 br
  • 17 Jun 1917 U 78 Otto Dröscher Fornebo 4,259 br
  • 13 Dec 1917 U 78 Otto Dröscher Arnewood 2,259 br

Fate 27 Oct 1918 - Torpedoed by HM Sub G2 N of North Sea at 5602N 0508E. 40 dead (all hands lost). The commonly listed sinking date of October 28, 1918 is in error.

There was another U 78 in World War Two.
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 7 Dec 1940 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 15 Feb 1941.

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