WWI U-boats

UB 39

Type UB II
ShipyardBlohm & Voss, Hamburg (Werk 263)
Ordered 22 Jul 1915
Launched 29 Dec 1915
Commissioned 28 Apr 1916
Commanders
29 Apr 1916 - 7 Nov 1916 Oblt. Werner Fürbringer (Royal House Order of Hohenzollern)
8 Nov 1916 - 7 May 1917 Oblt. Heinrich Küstner
Career 14 patrols
21 Jun 1916 - 7 May 1917 Flandern Flotilla
Successes93 ships sunk with a total of 89,998 tons.
3 ships damaged with a total of 6,047 tons. (View ships hit by UB 39)
Fate 7 May 1917 - Lost east of the Sandettie Bank at position 51.20N, 02.09E on about May 7, 1917.. 24 dead (all hands lost).

The wreck has been located and identified by local divers. The exact cause of loss is uncertain though loss to a mine is likely. Additional research in 2007 has established that UB 39 was mined while homebound, not outbound as thought after the wreck was identified.

Previously recorded fate
Claims that UB 39 was mined on May 15, 1917 are incorrect.


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