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TYPE BUILDER LAUNCHED
II-B Deutsches Werft (Kiel) 24 Sep 1936
     
COMMISSIONED FELDPOST Nr. SUNK
10 Oct 1936 and again
14 Oct 1942
M24897 10 Sep 1944
     
SUNK BY LOCATION SUNK POSITION SUNK
her crew off Turkish coast unknown

             No men lost

Commanders of U-24 include:

LAST NAME FIRST NAME   FROM TO OTHER BOATS COMMENTS
Behrens Udo       U-16, U-17 and U-845  
Borchert Dietrich       U-566  
Jeppner-
    -Haltenhoff
Harald   19 Oct 1939 29 Oct 1939 U-17  
Heilmann Udo   29 Oct 1939   U-97  
Petersen Klaus   14 Oct 1942 10 Nov 1942 U-9 and U-3042  
Schöler Clemens   10 Nov 1942 15 Apr 1943 U-20 (twice)  
Petersen Klaus   16 Apr 1943   7 Apr 1944    
von Rothenberg Hardo Rodler       U-71 and U-989 KIA aboard U-989
Hennig Helmut       U-533 KIA aboard U-533
Landt-Hayen Martin   Apr 1944 Aug 1944 U-4705  
Lenzmann Dieter       U-3522  
Udo Heilmann Klaus Petersen Martin Landt-Hayen

U-24 was attached to U-Flottille Lohs and U-Flottille Weddigen from 10 October 1936.  In August 1940 she was transferred to the 21st U-Bootflottille based at Pillau as a Schulboot (school boat) until April 1942.  Later U-23 was decommissioned and disassembled, transported via autobahn and rivers to Romania where she was rebuilt and recommissioned in the 30th U-Bootflottille and operated out of Costanzia, Romania against Soviet forces based in the Black Sea.

                  SHIPS SUNK BY U-24 (Behrens commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
24 Sep 1939 unknown England Destroyer unknown

There was no confirmation - possibly end of run detonation.
 

                  SHIPS SUNK BY U-24 (Jeppner-Haltenhoff commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
  9 Nov 1939 CARMARTHEN COAST England Freighter    961 tons

CARMARTHEN COAST ran onto a mine in the field laid on 27 October 1939.
 

                  SHIPS SUNK BY U-24 (Schöler commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
31 Mar 1943 SOVETSKAJA NEFT Soviet Tanker 8,228 tons

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SHIPS SUNK BY U-24 (Petersen commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
15 June 1943 ZASCITNIK   * Soviet Mine sweeper    441 tons
17 July 1943 EMBA  ** Soviet Tanker 7,886 tons

  *  U-24 reported one hit on an escort that broke in two and sank quickly.  The Soviets called it a minesweeper.
 **  EMBA was already damaged and lying at a repair dock in Suchumi Harbor.  This hit destroyed her.

On 22 August 1943, U-24 claimed sinking a small tugboat and two small landing craft by gunfire and demolition charges.  Six prisoners were taken from the amphibs.  Soviet sources said only two small motorboats were sunk.

31 October 1943 U-24 claimed sinking one PC or minesweeper; Soviet sources indicate two mine sweepers were lost.

On 5 November 1943, they heard their torpedo hit a Soviet tanker but it was a dud.

 

                  SHIPS SUNK BY U-24 (Landt-Hayen commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
12 May 1944 unknown   * Soviet Patrol boat unknown
12 May 1944 unknown  ** Soviet Patrol boat unknown
27 May 1944 unknown  *** Soviet Patrol boat unknown

    * Claimed sinking a patrol boat near Poti
  ** Claimed sinking a patrol boat near Batuni
 *** Attacked a patrol boat already beached with 20mm cannonfire and set it on fire.


U-24 was scuttled in Costanzia Harbor in the face of the advancing Red Army on 10 September 1944 (possibly as early as 25 August 1944).  U-24 was later raised by the Soviets and used for training their submariners.  It is assumed that U-24 was eventually broken up for scrap.
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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.