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TYPE BUILDER LAUNCHED
II-B Deutsches Werft (Kiel) 15 February 1936
     
COMMISSIONED FELDPOST Nr. SUNK
7 March 1936 M06991 1 February 1940
     
SUNK BY LOCATION SUNK POSITION SUNK
ILTIS North Sea 54º 19' N x 04º 47' E

                    All hands lost - 23 men
                     See below for names


Commanders of U-15 include:

LAST NAME FIRST NAME RANK FROM TO OTHER BOATS COMMENTS
von Schmidt Werner Kplt   7 Mar 1936   U-12, U-25, U-40 and U-116  
Bucholz Horst Kplt   25 Oct 1939 U-195 and U-177 KIA aboard U-177
Frahm Peter Oblt zS     U-15  

On 5 September 1939, U-15 laid mines off Flamborough Head (England) then on 17 November she laid a minefield off Lowestoft.  In between these mine-laying operations, U-15 conducted Feindfahrten (war patrols) along the French coast and also in the English Channel over September and October of 1939.

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U-15 departed Wilhelmshaven on 30 January 1940 with the German torpedoboat ILTIS as her escort.  There was an accidental collision between the two vessels resulting in the loss of U-15 and her entire crew.

                  SHIPS SUNK BY U-15 (Bucholz commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
10 Sep 1939 GOODWOOD England Freighter 2,796 tons
21 Oct 1939 ORSA England Freighter 1,478 tons

NOTE - Both GOODWOOD and ORSA ran onto mines planted by U-15 off Flamborough Head on 5 September 1939.

                  SHIPS SUNK BY U-15 (Frahm commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
28 Dec 1939 RESEARCHO England Trawler    258 tons

NOTE - RESEARCHO ran onto a mine in the field planted by U-15 off Lowestoft on 17 November 1939.
 

          Men lost on U-15

LAST NAME FIRST NAME RANK LAST NAME FIRST NAME RANK
Ahrens Karl Ober Masch Mt Becker Emil St Obstrm
Bienioschek Wilhelm Masch Mt Cornelius Heinrich Ober Btsmt
Frahm Peter Kapitänleutnant Hinnerichs Helmut Btsmt
Hübner Karl Mech Gfr Johanns Wilhelm Mtr Ob Gfr
Kähne Fritz Mtr Ob Gfr Kalweit Max Funk Ob Gfr
Lindstedt Wilhelm Masch Gfr Merk Theodor Masch Ob Gfr
Micus Wilhelm Ober Masch Panneck Otto Mech Mt
Roux Wilhelm Oblt zS Sachse Gerhard Ober Funk Mt
Schmidt Hartmut Oblt ING Söchting Heinz Funk Ob Gfr
Stölting Walter Ober Masch Mt Thiel Albert Mtr Ob Gfr
Tünschel Waldemar Masch Ob Gfr Weber Heinrich Ober Masch Mt
Westphal Fritz Masch Gfr      

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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.