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|II-A||Deutsche Werft (Kiel)||15 June 1935|
|29 July 1935||M27893||16 April 1940|
|SUNK BY||LOCATION SUNK||POSITION SUNK|
|* * See below||SW of Stavanger||58º 18'N x 05º 47'E|
All hands lost - 27 men
(see below for the names)
U-1 was commanded by Kapitänleutnant Klaus Ewarth (Class 1925) from 29 June 1935. Ewarth also commanded U-35, U-36, U-26 and U-850 where he was killed in action. The last Skipper of U-1 was Kapitänleutnant Jürgen Deecke.
Other Skippers of U-1 include:
Korvettenkapitän Hans-Günther Loof who also commanded U-122 where he was KIA;
Kapitänleutnant Alexandar Gelharr who also commanded U-45 where he was KIA.
We have no record of which U-Bootflottille U-1 was assigned to.
How U-1 was lost remains a mystery today. According to one source, U-1 was sunk by the Royal Navy submarine HMS PORPOISE. The official British History of Submarine Operations states that the attack by HMS PORPOISE was considered a failure. After the war, further research determined that HMS PORPOISE did sink U-1, but then more recent research (in the 1980's) shows that HMS PORPOISE actually attacked U-3 and not U-1. According to another source, U-1 was the victim of an un-named French submarine and yet another source attributes her loss to striking a mine.
U-1 successfully completed one Feindfahrt (War Patrol) in the North Sea. She was on her second Feindfahrt, this during the Norway invasion, when she was lost with all hands.
During her short time in the war, U-1 made no attacks and sank no ships.
Men lost on U-1
|LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||RANK||LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||RANK|
|Bauer||Fritz||Mtr Ob gfr||Baumann||Ernst||Ob Mech Mt|
|Bayer||Günther||Masch Mt||Berger||Kurt||Ob Funk Mt|
|Carmon||Walter||Ob Masch||Chall||Helmut||Mtr Ob Gfr|
|Deecke||Jürgen||Kapitänleutnant||Flier||Wilhelm||Ob Masch Mt|
|Franke||Rolf||Funk Gfr||Goll||Hans||Masch Mt|
|Hollatz||Wilhelm||Masch Mt||Keese||Hans||Oblt zS|
|Keitel||Heinrich||Masch Ob Gfr||Köhler||August||Bootsmann Mt|
|Laeu||Helmut||Mtr Ob Gfr||Lippold||Heinz||Mtr Ob Gfr|
|Meyer||Alfred||Oblt ING||Otto||Heinz||St Ob Strm|
|Pallin||Johannes||Masch Ob Gfr||Schollerer||Ottmar||Funk Hpt Gfr|
|Schultze||Kurt||Masch Gfr||Schwarz||Karl||Mech Ob Gfr|
|Weber||Paul||Bootsmann Mt||Wolter||Paul||Mtr Ob Gfr|
|Zunser||Otto||Matrosen||Zunzer||Otto Bernhard||Masch Mt|
Deepest thanks to our friends at the
U-Bootskameradschaft Kiel for allowing us to bring their sacred book containing
the names of all 28,863 U-Bootfahrer who were lost in action during World War II
here to the USA where we carefully copied all the names of the fallen and list
them here on our site. Ours is the only website in the world that lists
all these names.
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Many thanks to our friend and Sharkhunters Member since 1987 GEORG HÖGEL for all the conning tower emblems used in our monthly KTB Magazine and also here on the pages of our website. GEORG was radioman aboard U-30, the first boat into combat, the first to sink a ship (the liner ATHENIA) and the first into an occupied French port. When that Skipper (Lemp) took command of U-110, GEORG was one of the former crew to transfer to the new boat under Lemp. After the war, he was Professor of Art at a major German university.