|Ordered||2 Feb 1935|
|Laid down||6 Jul 1935||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 249)|
|Launched||28 Dec 1935|
|Commissioned||18 Jan 1936||Oblt. Viktor Oehrn (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||9 ships sunk, total tonnage 12,344 GRT|
Decommissioned 3 March 1945 in Wilhelmshaven. Scuttled on 5 May 1945 at the western entrance to Reader lock in Wilhelmshaven. Wreck broken up.
Attacks on this boat and other events
19 Feb 1940
The British submarine HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN) launched four torpedoes at U-14 approx. 30 nautical miles NW of Helgoland, Germany in position 54º28'N, 07º11'E, all of which missed.
1 recorded attack on this boat.
General notes on this boat
3 Sep 1939. U-14 probably attacked the first warship in World War Two when she attacked the Polish submarine Sep (Cdr. Wladyslaw Salamon) on 3 Sept, 1939 at 2022hrs. The torpedo exploded prematurely about 200m from the Polish sub. The German commander (Kptlt. Horst Wellner) found wreckage (from the torpedo) and some oil from Sep's damaged oil tank. Believing he had sunk the boat, he radioed his claim in.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-14 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Thumb between Blocks
Fish Spitting out Torpedoes
There was another U-14 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 11 Jul 1911 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 24 Apr 1912. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 14 during WWI.