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|II-B||Deutsches Werft (Kiel)||24 Sep 1936|
|10 Oct 1936 and again
14 Oct 1942
|M24897||10 Sep 1944|
|SUNK BY||LOCATION SUNK||POSITION SUNK|
|her crew||off Turkish coast||unknown|
Commanders of U-24 include:
|LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||FROM||TO||OTHER BOATS||COMMENTS|
|Behrens||Udo||U-16, U-17 and U-845|
|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|
|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)
|24 Sep 1939||unknown||England||Destroyer||unknown|
There was no confirmation - possibly end of run
SHIPS SUNK BY U-24 (Jeppner-Haltenhoff commanding)
|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)
|31 Mar 1943||SOVETSKAJA NEFT||Soviet||Tanker||8,228 tons|
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SHIPS SUNK BY U-24 (Petersen commanding)
|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
** 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)
|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
** 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.