List of all U-boats

U-34

Type

VIIA

 
Ordered25 Mar 1935
Laid down15 Sep 1935 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 557)
Launched17 Jul 1936
Commissioned12 Sep 1936Kptlt. Ernst Sobe
Commanders
12 Sep 1936 - 14 Feb 1938   Ernst Sobe
4 Nov 1936 - 22 Dec 1936   Harald Grosse
15 Feb 1938 - 17 Aug 1938   Hans Pauckstadt
5 Sep 1938 - 28 Oct 1938   Hans Pauckstadt
26 Oct 1938 - 28 Sep 1940  Kptlt. Wilhelm Rollmann (Knights Cross)
29 Sep 1940 - 22 May 1941  Oblt. Fritz Meyer
23 May 1941 - 19 Nov 1941   Karl-Otto Schultz
20 Nov 1941 - 15 Jun 1942   Gerhard Remus
16 Jun 1942 - 1 Feb 1943  Oblt. Horst-Arno Fenski (Knights Cross)
2 Feb 1943 - 11 Jun 1943  Oblt. Karl-Heinz Hagenau
12 Jun 1943 - 5 Aug 1943  Ltn. Eduard Aust
Career
7 patrols
12 Sep 1936-31 Aug 1939  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Sep 1939-31 Dec 1939  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1940-30 Sep 1940  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1940-1 Nov 1940  21. Flottille (school boat)
2 Nov 1940-5 Aug 1943  24. Flottille (training)
Successes19 ships sunk, total tonnage 91,989 GRT
2 warships sunk, total tonnage 1,770 tons
2 ships captured, total tonnage 4,957 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 595 tons
Fate

Sank at 2155hrs on 5 August, 1943 at Memel in position 55.42N, 21.09E after a collision with the U-boat submarine tender Lech. 4 dead and 39 survivors.

Loss position

See the 24 ships hit by U-34 - View the 7 war patrols

The boat was raised again on 24 Aug, 1943 and stricken on 8 Sept, 1943.

General notes on this boat

12 Dec 1936. U-34 took a supervisory role in the German Operation Ursula in Spanish waters during the Civil War. The boat, under the command of Kptlt. Harald Grosse, sank the Spanish submarine C-3 on 12 Dec. 1936. See this article on the incident.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-34 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Large Bird

Elephant Trampling Churchill

Sharks Teeth Painted on Bow

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-34 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 9 May 1914 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 5 Oct 1914. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about the U 34 during WWI.