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|II-B||Deutsches Werft (Kiel)||13 July 1936|
|3 Aug 1936||M08136|
|SUNK BY||LOCATION SUNK||POSITION SUNK|
|scrapped, not sunk|
No men lost
Commanders of U-21 include:
|LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||RANK||FROM||TO||OTHER BOATS||COMMENTS|
|Frauenheim||Fritz||FK||6 Jan 1940||U-101|
|Stiebler||Wolf-Harro||KK||U-8, U-17, U-61 and U-461|
|Herbschleb||Karl-Heinz||Kplt||Training||U-85 and U-354|
|Lohse||Bernhard||KK||Training||U-585||KIA aboard U-585|
|Dohler||Hans||Oblt zS||Training||U-606||KIA aboard U-606|
|Geisler||H-F||ObltzS||Training||U-152, U-3006 and U-3049|
|Heidtmann||Hans||Kplt||Training||U-2, U-14 and U-559|
|Schwartzkof||W.||Oblt zS||Training||U-2 and U-704|
|Fritz Frauenheim||Wolf-Harro Stiebler||Karl-Heinz Herbschleb|
U-21 had operations in the Firth of Forth in
September 1939. She laid mines off the Firth of Forth over the night of 4
and 5 November 1939. She had operations off Northeastern Scotland in
November 1939 and had two Feindfahrten (war patrols) in the North Sea.
There was a diplomatic incident of some kind when U-21 was damaged
in a marine accident in late March 1940 off the Southwestern coast of Norway
while deployed in support of the imminent German invasion of Norway. The
entire crew of U-21 was interned by the Norwegians until the
attacking German forces released them.
SPECIAL NOTE; MORE INFORMATION - There is much more information on this boat and others in our book "The Rare Types". CLICK HERE for more information on this boat.
U-21 was returned to Germany for overhaul in mid-1940, then attached to the 21st U-Bootflottille based at Pillau t be used as a schulboot (school boat). U-21 was decommissioned at Neustadt on 5 August 1944 then broken up for scrap in Danzig in February 1945.
SHIPS SUNK BY U-21 (Frauenheim commanding)
|1 Dec 1939||ARCTURUS||Norway||Freighter||1,277 tons|
|21 Dec 1939||MARS||Sweden||Freighter||1,475 tons|
|21 Dec 1939||CARL HENCKEL||Sweden||Freighter||1,352 tons|
|21 Dec 1939||HMS BAYONET *||England||net tender||605 tons|
|24 Feb 1940||ROYAL ARCHER *||England||Freighter||2,266 tons|
* HMS BAYONET and ROYAL ARCHER ran onto mines laid by U-21 on 4 November 1939.
SHIPS SUNK BY U-21 (Steibler commanding)
|31 Jan 1940||VIDAR||Denmark||Freighter||1,353 tons|
|4 Feb 1940||VID||Yugoslavia||Freighter||3,547 tons|
SHIPS DAMAGED BY U-21 (Fraueheim commanding)
|22 Sep 1939||unknown (no confirmation)||England||Destroyer||unknown|
|21 Nov 1939||HMS BELFAST||England||Cruiser||11,500 tons|
|HMS BELFAST (seen here as museum ship in London today) ran onto a mine laid by U-21 on 4 November 1939.|
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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.