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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 handling characteristics.
 

TYPE BUILDER LAUNCHED
I-A AG Weser (Bremen) 14 Mar 1936
     
COMMISSIONED FELDPOST Nr. SUNK
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

             7 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
ERNST GÖTHLING
(1225-1989)
during
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)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
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)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
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
     GOULANDRIS
Greece Freighter 6,701 Tons


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
Bopp Rudolf Mtr Gfr
Heymann Heinz Mtr Gfr
Marschall Conrad Mech 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.