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|VII-A||AG Weser (Bremen)||14 Jul 1936|
|12 Sep 1936||M27436||17 Mar 1944|
|SUNK BY||LOCATION SUNK||POSITION SUNK|
|Accident||off Neustadt||was raised|
One Man lost (see below)
Commanders of U-28 include:
|LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||FROM||TO||OTHER BOATS||COMMENTS|
|Kuhnke||Günther||Apr 1939||Nov 1940||U-125|
|Marbach||Heinz||Nov 1940||U-29, U-953 and U-3015|
|Heinrich||Ratsch||U-583||KIA aboard U-583|
|GUGGENBERGER||FRIEDERICH||U-81, U-847 and U-513||POW from U-513|
|RÖSING||HANS-RUDOLF||U-11 and U-48|
|Krempl||Erich||U-71, U-1162 and U-548||KIA aboard U-548|
|Eckhardt||Hermann||U-432||KIA aboard U-432|
|Christiansen||Uwe||U-71, U-2508 and U-2365|
|Wilhelm Ambrosius||Günther Kuhnke||Heinz Marbach|
|Erich Krempl||Uwe Christiansen|
|FRIEDERICH GUGGENBERGER (269-1987)||HANS-RUDOLF RÖSING (313-1987)|
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On her commissioning U-28 was attached to the U-Flottille Saltzwedel and later to the famed 2nd U-Bootflottille until January 1941. She was then transferred to the 24th U-Bootflottille as a Schulboot (school boat) for training activities. While operating as a Frontboot (combat boat) she operated south of Ireland in September 1939; in the western English Channel in November 1939 and again in March 1940 and also in June 1940; operated off the North Channel in September 1940 and again in November 1940. She had a minelaying mission in the Bristol Channel on 5 December 1939 then to the southeast of the Isle of Wight on 7 March 1940.
U-28 was sunk by accident, probably a training diving accident, off Neustadt on 17 March 1944. She was raised later in the same month but never repaired. She was paid off (decommissioned) on 4 July 1944.
SHIPS SUNK BY U-28 (Kuhnke commanding)
|14 Sep 1939||VANCOUVER CITY||England||Motorship||4,955 tons|
|17 Nov 1939||SLIEDERECHT||Netherlands||Tanker||5,133 tons|
|25 Nov 1939||ROYSTON GRANGE||England||Freighter||5,144 Tons|
|21 Jan 1940||PROTESILAUS *||England||Freighter||9,533 Tons|
|9 Mar 1940||P. MARGARONIS||Greece||Freighter||4,979 Tons|
|11 Mar 1940||EULOTA||Netherlands||Tanker||6,236 Tons|
|18 Jun 1940||SARMATIA||Finland||Freighter||2,417 Tons|
|19 Jun 1940||ADAMANDIOS
|21 Jun 1940||PRUNELLA||England||Freighter||4,443 Tons|
|27 Aug 1940||EVA||Norway||Freighter||1,599 Tons|
|28 Aug 1940||KYNO||England||Freighter||3,946 Tons|
|9 Sep 1940||MARDINIAN||England||Freighter||2,434 Tons|
|11 Sep 1940||MAAS||Netherlands||Freighter||1,966 Tons|
|26 Oct 1940||MATINA **||England||Freighter||5,389 Tons|
struck a mine laid on 13 November 1939.
** Kuhnke was not able to watch MATINA sink so she probably remained afloat but abandoned until U-31 came upon her on 29 October and sank her with a coup d'grace torpedo.
NOTE - On 11 September 1940, U-28 attacked several ships in Convoy OA.210. The first torpedo supposedly struck an unidentified tanker and Kuhnke assumed a hit but there was no confirmation. However the 4,678 ton British steamer HARPEDON was hit and damaged. The last torpedo hit MAAS and sank her.
NOTE - The only man lost from U-28 was Obergefreiter Bernhard Gabriel; killed on 13 October 1943.
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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.