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U BOATS IN ACTION SOUTH ATLANTIC - U A U 87

4)U 38



Ordered 29 Jul 1936


Laid down - 15 Apr 1937 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 943)


Launched  - 9 Aug 1938


Commissioned 24 Oct 1938 Heinrich Liebe (Knights Cross/Oak Leaves) 


Commanders:  

24 Oct 1938 - 22 Jul 1941  Kptlt. Heinrich Liebe (Knights Cross)


15 Jul 1941 - 6 Jan 1942  KrvKpt. Heinrich Schuch


1943 - 1943  Oblt. Ludo kregelin (in deputize) -- acting


5 Jan 1943 - 22 Aug 1943   Oblt. Helmut Laubert


23 Aug 1943 - 14 Dec 1943  Oblt. Paul Sander


16 Dec 1943 - Dec, 1943  Oblt. Goske von Möllendorff


Jan 1944-14 Apr 1944  Oblt. Herbert Kühn


15 Apr 1944-5 May 1945  Georg Peters


Career 

11 patrols


24 Oct 1938-31 Aug 1939  6. Flotille (active service)


1 Sep 1939-31 Dec 1939  6. Flotille (active service)


1 Jan 1940-30 Nov 1941  2. Flotille (active service)


1 Dec 1941-31 Mar 1942  24. Flotille (training)


1 Apr 1942-30 Nov 1943  21. Flotille (school boat)


1 Dec 1943-28 Feb 1945  4. Flotille (trial boat)(eb)


1 Mar 1945-5 May 1945  5. Flotille (trial boat)(eb)


Successes - 35 ships sunk, total tonnage 188,967 GRT

1 ship damaged, total tonnage 3,670 GRT


Scuttled 5 May, 1945 west of Wesermünde in position 53º 34"N 08º 32"E, broken up in 1948.


By www.uboat.net


U-38 sent to the bottom 8 ships in the south Atlantic with 59,516 GRT and 55,108 tons of cargo.


EMPIRE PROTECTOR - KINGSTON HILL - QUEEN MAUD - TABARISTAN - VULCAIN - BERHALA - RINDA - JAPAN


 EMPIRE PROTECTOR


 KINGSTON HILL (Sister ship PRIMROSE HILL)


 QUEEN MAUD


 TABARISTAN


 VULCAIN


BERHALA (Seen as former German Rheinland)


 RINDA


 JAPAN


 

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