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|II-B||Germania Werft (Kiel)||16 July 1935|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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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.