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TYPE BUILDER LAUNCHED
II-B Germania Werft (Kiel) 11 September 1935
     
COMMISSIONED FELDPOST Nr. SUNK
11 September 1935 M17865 8 Oct 1939
     
SUNK BY LOCATION SUNK POSITION SUNK
Mine Dover Straits Unknown

                    No men lost - all captured

Commanders of U-12 include:

LAST NAME FIRST NAME RANK FROM TO OTHER BOATS COMMENTS
von Schmidt Werner KK 11 Sep 1935   U-15, U-25, U-40 and U-116  
Pauckstadt Hans FK     U-18, U-20, U-34, U-30 and U-193  
von der Ropp Dietrich Kplt   8 Oct 1939    


U-12 was on maneuvers 15 through 17 May 1939 then she went on operational patrol in the English Channel.  This Feindfahrt (patrol) was to run from 25 August 1939 through 20 October 1939.  This probably would have consisted of more than one Feindfahrt due to the length of time.  Type II boats near their home waters did not experience war patrols of two months duration.  The boat apparently struck a mine 8 October 1939 and was lost with all hands.

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According to Oberleutnant zur See ERNST SCHMIDT (10-+-1983), an officer who served aboard U-345 and U-821, informed us that von der Ropp's body washed ashore at Dunkirk soon after the sinking.  Perhaps a calculation of the tides and currents at the time could be used to determine the position of the wreck.

U-12 made no attacks and sank no ships during her brief time in the war.

          Men lost on U-12

LAST NAME FIRST NAME RANK LAST NAME FIRST NAME RANK
Bölke Emil St Sts Breiter Hermann Funk Mt
Eckersberger Alfred Funk Ogfr Ehler Harry Mtr Gfr
Fischer Otto St Oberstuermann Fredriksson Werner Oberbootsmann
Hähnel Henry Mtr Ogfr Heymühle Willi Masch Gfr
Horn Werner Mtr Ogfr Kohlisch Ernst Mtr Ogfr
Kresse Walter Masch Ogfr Lerch Otto Masch Ogfr
Mayr Michael Masch Mt Meyer Hans Mech Mt
Pein Klaus Oblt zS Reng Johann St Masch
von der Ropp Dietrich Kplt Schellenberger Franz Masch Mt
Schmid Franz Masch Ogfr Schymik Ewald Masch Mt
Soete Ludwig Masch Mt Stolte Bruno Masch Ogfr
Thöllden Hans Oblt zS Westphal Hermann Mech Ogfr
Wittke Friederich Funk Ogfr Zeidler Georg Masch Mt
Zschemisch Erhard Mtr Ogfr Scholz Heinz Stabs Ogfr

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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.