U-99 German U Boat Class (WWII)
Military Mahogany is proud to offer this German U-boat wooden model submarine to our series of beautiful hand crafted models. U-99 was one of the most successful German U-boats in the war sinking 38 ships for a total tonnage of 244,658 GRT of allied shipping in eight patrols. She damaged five more ships and took one ship as a prize. On March 17, 1941 U-99 had just fired the last of her torpedoes and sunk Korshamn when the Watch Officer spotted a destroyer, south-east of Iceland in approximate position 61deg N 12 deg W . He immediately ordered a dive, but once the boat was under it was quickly fixed on ASDIC and attacked by HMS Walker and HMS Vanoc. U-99 was driven deep by the attack and severely damaged. Kretschmer had no choice but to surface and he ordered that the boat should be scuttled. 40 crew, including Kretschmer, were rescued to become POWs, while three crewmen lost their lives.