Typical of many U boat patrols at the time, U-50’s first patrol had taken her through the North Sea, around the north coast of Scotland and then down to the Atlantic Coast off Portugal. She had sunk four ships during February; one Swedish, one Danish, one Dutch and one British – the steamer British Endeavour, sunk 100 miles off Portugal on the 22 February 1940. Five men died in that attack, the 33 survivors were picked up by another ship in convoy OGF-19.
U-50 sailed again on the 5th April 1940 but was sunk the very next day in the North Sea, after hitting a British mine. Details courtesy of u-boat.net. See contemporary Newsreel of [permalink id=3101 text=’British Minelaying Operations’].