|Ordered||24 May 1938|
|Laid down||16 Nov 1939||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 968)|
|Launched||15 Jun 1940|
|Commissioned||10 Sep 1940||Kptlt. Georg Schewe|
|Successes||22 ships sunk, total tonnage 123,924 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,546 tons
Sunk on 2 June 1943 in the Atlantic west of Dakar, in position 14.15N, 17.35W, by depth charges from a one-of-a-kind French Potez-CAMS 141 flying boat named "Antarès" (Esc 4E FAFL). 53 dead (all hands lost).
U-105 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Hammer (5 Aug 1941 - 12 Aug 1941)
Grönland (12 Aug 1941 - 27 Aug 1941)
Markgraf (27 Aug 1941 - 11 Sep 1941)
Steuben (14 Nov 1941 - 2 Dec 1941)
Attacks on this boat and other events
12 Jun 1942
While crossing the Bay of Biscay during daylight on 12 June 1942 the boat was attacked by an Australian Sunderland flying boat (10 Sqn RAAF). The U-boat immediately sought shelter at El Ferrol, Spain and did not leave until the 28th when she sailed for Lorient, arriving on the 30th. The damage was serious enough to keep her there until 23 Nov.
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
5 May 1941
The 105mm gun exploded during firing, wounding six men.
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
There was another U-105 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 16 May 1917 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 4 Jul 1917. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 105 during WWI.