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TYPE BUILDER LAUNCHED
II-B Germania Werft (Kiel) 16 July 1935
     
COMMISSIONED FELDPOST Nr. SUNK
5 August 1935 M06994 2 May 1945
     
SUNK BY LOCATION SUNK POSITION SUNK
Scuttled by her crew Wilhelmshaven Harbor  

                    No men lost

Commanders of U-8 include:

LAST NAME FIRST NAME RANK FROM TO OTHER BOATS COMMENTS
Grosse Harald Kplt     U-22, U-34 and U-53 KIA aboard U-53
Kentrat Eitel-Friederich Kplt     U-74 and U-196  
Michel   Kplt Dec 1939 May 1940    
Kell Walter Oblt zS 9 July 1940 18 Dec 1940    
Heinsöhn Heinrich Oblt zS 18 Dec 1940 29 April 1941 U-573 and U-438 KIA aboard U-438
Borcherdt Ulrich Kplt 29 April 1941 22 May 1941    
Steinhaus   Oblt zS 22 May 1941   U-802  
LEHMANN-
     WILLENBROCK
HEINRICH Kplt Training   U-96 and U-256  
Stiebler Wolf KK Training   U-17, U-21, U-61 and U-461 POW aboard U-461
Deckert Horst Kplt Training   U-73  
Werner Alfred Oblt zS Training   U-921 KIA aboard U-921
Kell Walter Kplt Training   U-204 KIA aboard U-204
Peters Georg KK Training   U-11, U-6 and U-38  
Iversen   Oblt zS Training   U-1103  
Hoffmann Rudolf Kplt Training   U-845  
Krieghammer Jürgen Oblt zS Training   U-150  

      
                 Kentrat                      LEHMANN-WILLENBROCK
                                    (120-+-1985)

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The first Skipper of U-8 was Kapitänleutnant Harald Grosse but the first combat commander was Kapitänleutnant Eitel-Friederich Kentrat and other Skippers as shown above.

U-8 was initially attached to the Schuflottille U-Abwehrschul but with the outbreak of World War II, she was transferred to the 1st U-Bootflottille which was then based in Kiel.  She made only one Feindfahrt (war patrol) in the North Atlantic and this patrol was cut short due to the severe wounding of Kplt. Kentrat.  U-8 hastily returned to port and in December 1940 she was attached to the 24th U-Bootflottille as a schulboot then transferred to the 22nd U-Bootflottile also as a schulboot.

At the end of the war, the crew scuttled U-8 under the unofficial Operation RAINBOW but sometime between 1947 and 1953, U-8 was raised and broken up for scrap.

During her life, U-8 made no attacks and sank no ships.

Deepest thanks to our friends at the 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.