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|II-B||Germania Werft (Kiel)||29 June 1935|
|18 July 1935||M16723||18 February 1944|
|SUNK BY||LOCATION SUNK||POSITION SUNK|
|Diving accident||West of Pillau||54º 25'N x 19º 50'E|
All hands lost
(See below for names)
Commanders of U-7 include:
|LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||RANK||FROM||TO||OTHER BOATS||COMMENTS|
|Freiwald||Kurt||Kplt||U-33 and U-181|
|Heidel||Walter||Kplt||13 Jan 1940||U-55||KIA aboard U-55|
|Schrott||Kplt||13 Jan 1940||U-551||KIA aboard U-551|
|Schmidt||Heinrich||KK||Training||U-663||KIA aboard U-663|
|Brüller||Ernst-Ulrich||Kplt||Training||U-23 and U-407|
|Kuhlmann||Hans-Günther||Oblt zS||Training||U-580 and U-166||KIA aboard U-166|
|KOITSCHKA||SIEGFRIED||Kplt||Training||U-616||POW from U-616|
|Loschke||Günther||Oblt zS||Training||KIA aboard U-7|
SIEGFRIED KOITSCHKA (225-+-1986)
NOTE - Sharkhunters Member's names appear in bold capital letters followed by their Membership Number..
The first Skipper of U-7 was Kapitänleutnant Kurt Freiwald but the first combat commander was Kapitänleutnant Walter Heidel who later commanded U-55 where he was killed in action. 13 January 1940, command passed to Kapitänleutnant Schrott who later commanded U-551 where he was killed in action.
U-7 was attached to the 1st U-Bootflottille which was then based in Kiel. She made Feindfahrten (war patrols) over 24 August through 8 September and also 18 September through 3 October of 1939; then 13 through 28 January 1940 and other patrols covering 3 March to 18 May of 1940. During one of these latter Feindfahrten, the crew of U-7 occupied a Norwegian lighthouse on Marsten Island.
SHIPS SUNK BY U-7 (Heidel commanding)
|22 Sept. 1939||ARENSIDE||England||Freighter||2,694 tons|
|28 Sept. 1939||SOLAS||Norway||Freighter||1,368 tons|
|29 Sep. 1939||TAKSTAAS||Norway||Freighter||1,830 tons|
U-7 was transferred to the 21st U-Bootflottille as a schulboot
(school boat) and the Commanders who trained aboard her are listed above.
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Men lost on U-7
|LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||RANK||LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||RANK|
|van Ackern||Heinrich||Masch GFR||Bernert||Günter||Masch Mt|
|Biechely||Johann||Boootsmann||von Borstel||Wilfried||Masch Mt|
|Dreschler||Robert||Fähnrich ING||Dziallas||Kurt||Masch Gfr|
|Engel||Friederich||Masch Mt||Friedberg||Dieter||Lt zS|
|Horn||Günter||Masch Gfr||Jarczok||Herbert||Bootsmns Mt|
|Knauss||Wilhelm||Mtr Grf||Knoche||Klaus Peter||Lt ING|
|Löschke||Günther||Oblt zS||Matzat||Bruno||Ob Masch|
|Rekus||Karl||Masch Mt||Rohm||Herbert||Fähnrich ING|
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U-Bootskameradschaft Kiel for allowing us to bring their sacred book containing
the names of all 28,863 U-Bootfahrer who were lost in action during World War II
here to the USA where we carefully copied all the names of the fallen and list
them here on our site. Ours is the only website in the world that lists
all these names.
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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.