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The conning tower emblems worn by U-3
        
 

TYPE BUILDER LAUNCHED
II-A Deutsche Werft (Kiel) 19 July 1935
     
COMMISSIONED FELDPOST Nr. SUNK
6 August 1935 M01385 Not sunk
     
SUNK BY LOCATION SUNK POSITION SUNK
Not sunk Not sunk Not sunk

                    No men lost

U-3 was commanded by Fregettenkapitän Hans Meckel who went on to command U-19.  The next Skipper was Korvettenkapitän OTTO von BÜLOW (305-+-1987) who went on to command U-404 seen below with his Obersteuermann lighting up their cigars on the bridge of U-404 after a successful Feindfahrt.
       

Other Skippers who trained aboard U-2 include:
   Korvettenkapitän Ernst-Günther Heinicke who also commanded U-51, U-53 and U-2561;
   Kapitänleutnant Joachim Zander who also commanded U-311 where he was KIA;
   Kapitänleutnant Joachim Schepke who also commanded U-100 where he was KIA;
   Kapitänleutnant Gerhard Schreiber who also commanded U-95;
   Kapitänleutnant Hans Trojer who also commanded U-221 where he was KIA;
   Oberleutnant zur See E. Hartmann;
   Oberleutnant zur See Herbert Zoller who also commanded U-315;
   Oberleutnant zur See Neumeister who also commanded U-291.
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                       Schepke                                        Trojer


In June 1940, U-3 was transferred from combat duty with the 1st U-Bootflottile, then based at Kiel, to the 21st U-Bootflottille where she became a schulboot (school boat).  U-3 was decommissioned on 1 August 1944 at Neustadt and was apparently used for cannibalization of parts for other boats.  She was surrendered in May 1945 and broken up by the Allies after the war.

During combat operations in the North Sea, U-3 sank the freighter VENDIA and picked up six survivors.  On 16 April 1940 there was an engagement with an unknown British submarine with no damage to either and it is believed that it was HMS PORPOISE.

                 
SHIPS SUNK BY U-3 (Schepke commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
30 September 1939 VENDIA Denmark Freighter 1,150 tons
30 September 1939 GUN Sweden Freighter 1,198 tons

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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.