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|The caption on the back of this photo
is hand written:
"To my friend Harry Cooper; Sharkhunters visit Kiel 18.09.1992"
It is signed by ERNST GÖTHLING (1225-1989)
This was one of only two Type I-A boats built; unpopular with their crews due to their bad
|I-A||AG Weser (Bremen)||14 Mar 1936|
|11 May 1936||M07314||3 July 1940|
|SUNK BY||LOCATION SUNK||POSITION SUNK|
|HMS GLADIOLUS and A/C from 10 Squadron (RAF)||SW of Bishop's Rocks||48º 03'N x 11º 30'E|
Men lost (list below)
Commanders of U-26 include:
|LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||FROM||TO||OTHER BOATS||COMMENTS|
|Hartmann||Werner||11 May 1936||Nov 1938||U-37 and U-198|
|Schomburg||Oskar||Nov 1938||Aug 1939|
|Ewerth||Klaus||Aug 1939||Jan 1940||U-1, U-35, U-36 and U-850||KIA aboard U-850|
|Scheringer||Heinz||3 Jan 1940||26 Apr 1940||U-10 and U-13|
|Fischer||Heinz||26 Apr 1940||5 Jun 1940|
|Scheringer||Heinz||5 Jun 1940||3 July 1940||POW aboard U-26|
|Werner Hartmann||Klaus Ewerth||Maschinengefreiter
U-Boat training He later rose to the rank of Kapitänleutnant in the Bundsmarine
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U-26 was attached to the 2nd U-Bootflottille and operated in the English Channel during September 1939 and laid mines off Portland, England over 8-10 September 1939. She successfully broke through the Straits of Gibraltar on 8 November 1939 then she broke out of the Mediterranean through Gibraltar on 18 November 1939. She was to lay mines at Gibraltar but that plan was aborted. U-26 then patrolled one time in the North Atlantic and had two patrols off the Norwegian coast and one more in the North Atlantic where she was sunk.
SHIPS SUNK BY U-26 (Ewerth commanding)
|15 Sep 1939||ALEX von OPSTAL *||Belgium||Freighter||5,965 tons|
|7 Oct 1939||BINNENDIJK *||Netherlands||Freighter||6,873 tons|
|?? Nov 1939||unknown **||unknown||unknown||unknown|
|22 Nov 1939||ELENA R||Greece||Freighter||4,576 tons|
|20 Sep 1939||HMS KITTIWAKE *||England||Corvette||530 tons|
|(damaged, not sunk)|
Ran onto mines in the field laid by U-26 on 8 September 1939.
** It is recorded in logbooks at BdU (U-Boat HQ) that U-26 sank a ship as she was transiting Gibraltar but it does not appear accurate.
|Wreck of ELENA R||HMS KITTIWAKE|
SHIPS SUNK BY U-26 (Scheringer commanding)
|12 Feb 1940||NIDARHOLM||Norway||Freighter||3,482 tons|
|14 Feb 1940||LANGLEEFORD||England||Freighter||4,622 tons|
|15 Feb 1940||STEINSTAD||Norway||Freighter||2,476 Tons|
|21 Apr 1940||CEDARBANK||England||Freighter||5,159 Tons|
|30 Jun 1940||FANGOULA
U-26 fired at an unknown ship of unknown type of unknown tonnage and claimed damage. No confirmation.
On 3 Feb 1940, U-26 damaged the 4,871 ton British freighter ZARIAN.
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Men lost on U-26
|LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||RANK|
|Ackermann||Hermann||Masch Ob Gfr|
|Böhme||Wilhelm||Masch Ob Gfr|
|Nordhausen||Günter||Mtr Ob Gfr|
|Redieck||Kurt||Mtr Ob 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.