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TYPE BUILDER LAUNCHED
VII-A AG Weser (Bremen) 14 Jul 1936
     
COMMISSIONED FELDPOST Nr. SUNK
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
Ambrosius Wilhelm   Apr 1939 U-43  
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  
Sache Dietrich     U-423  
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)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
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
    GEORGANDIS
Greece Freighter 3,443 Tons
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

  *  PROTESILAUS 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.

EULOTA SARMATIA
   
ADAMANDIOS GEORGANDIS MARDINIAN


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.