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TYPE BUILDER LAUNCHED
VII-A AG Weser (Bremen) 22 Aug 1936
     
COMMISSIONED FELDPOST Nr. SUNK
16 Nov 1936 M10220   5 May 1945
     
SUNK BY LOCATION SUNK POSITION SUNK
her crew Flensburg bay unknown

                 U-29 outboard of U-28


        
     No Men lost

Commanders of U-29 include:

LAST NAME FIRST NAME FROM TO OTHER BOATS COMMENTS
Fischer Hans-Georg     U-109  
Marbach Karl-Heinz     U-101, U-28, U-953 and U-3014  
Aust Eduard     U-34, U-922 and U-679 KIA aboard U-679
SCHUHART OTTO Apr 1939 Jan 1940   KIA aboard U-583
Zorn Rudolf     U-416, U-382 and U-650 KIA aboard U-650
LASSEN GEORG Jan 1940 Sep 1941 U-160  
Thurmann Karl     U-553 KIA aboard U-553
Hasenschar Heinrich Sep 1941 May 1942 U-628 KIA aboard U-628
von Graf und zu
Arco-Zinneberg
Ulrich Philip     U-992  
Hans-Georg Fischer Karl-Heinz Marbach
   
OTTO SCHUHART (1366-1990) GEORG LASSEN (184-1986)

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On her commissioning U-29 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 based in Memel as a Schulboot (school boat) for training activities.

U-29 had several Feindfahrt (war patrols) in the North Atlantic.  On her first Feindfahrt she sank the 22,500 ton Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS COURAGEOUS west in the English Channel with the loss of 518 men.  This was the first major success for the U-Boats in the war.  U-29 laid mines in the Bristol Channel off Milford Haven (England) on 1 December 1939 and again over the night of 2-3 March 1940.  She operated off Trondheim in April 1940; in the western English Channel in June 1940; she refueled from the supply tanker BESSEL in Vigo, Spain on 21 June 1940; and she provided escort for the German raider SCHIFF 21 (WIDDER) to Brest, France over 29 through 31 October 1940. 
 German Raider WIDDER


                  SHIPS SUNK BY U-29 (SCHUHART commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
  8 Sep 1939 REGENT TIGER England Tanker 10,176 tons
13 Sep 1939 NEPTUNIA England Tanker       798 tons
14 Sep 1939 BRITISH INFLUENCE England Tanker   8,431 Tons
17 Sep 1939 HMS COURAGEOUS England Aircraft carrier 22,500 Tons
  3 Mar 1940 CATO   * England Freighter      710 Tons
  4 Mar 1940 THURSTON England Motorship   3,072 Tons
  4 Mar 1940 PACIFIC RELIANCE  ** England Motorship   6,717 Tons
26 Mar 1940 DIMITRIS Greece Freighter   5,254 Tons
  1 Jul 1940 ADAMASTOS Greece Freighter   5,889 Tons
  2 Jul 1940 SANTA MARGARITA Panama Freighter   4,919 Tons
  2 Jul 1940 ATHELLAIRD England Tanker   8,999 Tons
25 Sep 1040 EURYMEDON England Freighter   6,223 Tons

  *  CATO struck a mine laid hours before by U-29.
 
** During this attack, U-29 fired at both PACIFIC RELIANCE and the 6,000 British tanker SAN FLORENTINO.  They heard only light detonations for hits on the tanker but B-Dienst (the German radio listening group) assumed that SAN FLORENTINO was sunk but there was no damage to her at all.
 

HMS COURAGEOUS HMS COURAGEOUS
   
PACIFIC RELIANCE DIMITRIS
   
ATHELLAIRD EURYMEDON


U-29 was scuttled by her own crew off Flensburg Bay while under command of Arco-Zinneberg in the unofficial Operation Regenbogen (Rainbow) against orders from Großadmiral Karl Dönitz.  Sometime between 1947 and 1953 she was raised by the Allies and broken up.
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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.