|Ordered||2 Feb 1935|
|Laid down||10 Jul 1935||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 548)|
|Launched||7 Dec 1935|
|Commissioned||4 Jan 1936||Kptlt. Hans Pauckstadt|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 1,500 GRT|
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 400 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,745 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 56 tons
Scuttled on 25 August 1944 in the Black Sea off Constanza, in position 43.52N, 28.51E, after being badly damaged during a Soviet air raid (VVS VMF) on 20 August 1944.
The wreck was raised by the Soviets in late 1944 and declared a total loss. Sunk on 26 May 1947 by a torpedo from the Soviet submarine M-120 off Sevastopol.
Sank at 0954hrs on 20 November 1936 in the Lübeck Bay, in position 54.07N, 11.07E, after a collision with the German torpedo boat T-156. 8 died but 12 survived. Raised on 28 November 1936, repaired in Kiel and returned to service on 30 September 1937.
Attacks on this boat and other events
25 Apr 1944
U-18 was attacked in error by a German BV-138 flying boat in the Black Sea. Minor damage.
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-18 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Torpedo smashing through Red Star
There was another U-18 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 25 Apr 1912 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 17 Nov 1912. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 18 during WWI.