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|VII-A||AG Weser (Bremen)||22 Aug 1936|
|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|
|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
|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)
|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|
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|
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.