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|II-B||Deutsches Werft (Kiel)||21 Dec 1935|
|16 Jan 1936||M23036||10 Sep 1944|
|SUNK BY||LOCATION SUNK||POSITION SUNK|
|hew crew||Erekli, Turkey|
No men lost
Commanders of U-19 include:
|LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||RANK||FROM||TO||OTHER BOATS||COMMENTS|
|Schutze||Victor||KPT zS||16 Jan 1936||U-11, U-25 and U-105|
|Müller-Arnecke||Wilhelm||KK||2 Nov 1939||2 Jan 1940|
|Schepke||Joachim||Kplt||2 Jan 1940||26 Apr 1940||U-100||KIA aboard U-100|
|Prellberg||Wilfried||KK||26 Apr 1940||20 Jun 1940||U-31|
|Lohmeyer||Peter||KK||20 Jun 1940||18 Oct 1940||U-138 and U-651|
|Kaufmann||Wolfgang||Kplt||18 Oct 1940||8 Nov 1940||U-9 and U-79|
|Schendel||Rudolf||KK||8 Nov 1940||31 May 1941||U-134 and U-2509|
|Litterscheid||Kplt||31 May 1941||12 Jun 1941||U-411|
|Gaude||Hans Ludwig||Kplt||20 Dec 1943||U-3525 and U-2343|
U-19 was initially attached to the U-Bootflottille
Weddigen and the 1st U-Bootflottille then based at Kiel. In June 1940, she
was transferred to the 24th and 22nd U-Bootflottille as a Schulboot (school
boat) until April 1942. This was one of the six Type II-B boats that were
decommissioned and disassembled then shipped by rivers and autobahn to the
Rumanian coast. U-19 and the other five were reconstructed
and recommissioned into the 30th U-Bootflottille based out of Costanzia, Rumania
to attack Soviet shipping on the Black Sea.
U-19 on patrol.............photos
courtesy of a crewmember of U-19
While with the 1st U-Bootflottille, U-19 had several patrols in the North Sea including mine laying off Yarmouth, England over the night of 16-17 October 1939 and again off Orfordness on 18 November 1939.
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U-19 was recommissioned in the 30th U-Bootflottille on the Black Sea and patrolled there against Soviet shipping until the Red Army was closing in on their base. This boat was sailed across the Black Sea and the crew scuttled her off the Turkish coast near Erekli. The Skipper and three crewmen were interned in Turkey. There is no record what happened to the other crewmen but apparently they were repatriated.
|Victor Schutze||Joachim Schepke|
SHIPS SUNK BY U-19 (Meckel commanding)
|21 October 1939||CAPITAINE EDMOND
|21 October 1939||DEODATA||Norway||Freighter||3,295 tons|
|21 October 1939||KONSTANTINOS
NOTE - the three ships above ran onto mines laid by U-19 on 17 October 1939.
SHIPS SUNK BY U-19 (Schepke commanding)
|9 January 1940||MANX||Norway||Freighter||1,343 tons|
|23 January 1940||BALTANGLIA||England||Freighter||1,523 tons|
|23 January 1940||PLUTO||Norway||Freighter||1,598 tons|
|25 January 1940||LOUVAIN *||Belgium||Freighter||4,434 tons|
|25 January 1940||GUDVEIG||Norway||Freighter||1,300 tons|
|20 March 1940||MINSK||Denmark||Freighter||1,229 tons|
|20 March 1940||CHARKOW||Denmark||Freighter||1,026 tons|
|20 March 1940||VIKING||Denmark||Freighter||1,153 tons|
|20 March 1940||BOTHAL||Denmark||Freighter||2,109 tons|
* NOTE -
LOUVAIN flew the Belgian Flag but was actually the Latvian ship
On 20 February 1940, Schepke fired at the 5,000 ton British tanker DAGHESTAN (photo right) but the torpedo detonated prematurely a few yards from the side of the ship, merely damaging her.
SHIPS SUNK BY U-19 (Gaude commanding)
|14 February 1943||KRASNYJ
On 23 March 1943, they observed one hit on a Soviet
freighter of about 2,000 tons but could not observe further.
SHIPS SUNK BY U-19 (Ohlenberg commanding)
|27 June 1944||unknown||Soviet||Freighter||unknown|
|2 September 1944||VARYO ETSC 410||Soviet||Freighter||441 tons|
* One of the crewmen of U-19 was killed in March 1945 in an accident months after the boat was scuttled. He was Obermaschinist Walter Schmidt, born 12 March 1916.
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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.