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TYPE BUILDER LAUNCHED
VII-A AG Weser (Bremen) 24 Jun 1936
     
COMMISSIONED FELDPOST Nr. SUNK
12 Aug 1936 M08129 20 Sep 1939
     
SUNK BY LOCATION SUNK POSITION SUNK
HMS FORESTER and
     HMS FORTUNE
60 miles W of the Hebrides 58º 35'N x 09º 02'W
HMS FORESTER HMS FORTUNE U-27 sinking


        
     No Men lost

Commanders of U-27 include:

LAST NAME FIRST NAME   FROM TO OTHER BOATS COMMENTS
Ibbeken Hans   12 Aug 1936      
Looff Hans Günther       U-1, U-9 and U-122 KIA aboard U-122
Franz Johannes       U-32 POW aboard U-27

U-27 made only one Feindfahrt (war patrol) during which she was sunk by the two Royal Navy destroyers shown above.  The entire crew was rescued and taken prisoner of war.

                  SHIPS SUNK BY U-27 (Franz commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
13 Sep 1939 DAVARA  * England Trawler    291 tons
16 Oct 1939 RUDYARD KIPLING  ** England Trawler    333 tons

  *  DAVARA was sunk by gunfire.
 
** RUDYARD KIPLING was sunk with scuttling charges.

NOTE - The 2 October 1939 issue of LIFE Magazine carried a photo of U-27 taken from the freighter WACOSTA when she was stopped and searched.  The freighter did not carry any wartime cargo and was allowed to proceed but U-27 was sunk before the photograph was published in the magazine.


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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.