List of all U-boats

U-9

Type

IIB

 
Ordered20 Jul 1934
Laid down8 Apr 1935 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 543)
Launched30 Jul 1935
Commissioned21 Aug 1935Kptlt. Hans-Günther Looff
Commanders
21 Aug 1935 - 1936/37  KrvKpt. Hans-Günther Looff
30 Sep 1935 - 1 Oct 1937  Kptlt. Werner von Schmidt
1 Oct 1937 - 18 Sep 1939  Kptlt. Ludwig Mathes
19 Sep 1939 - 29 Dec 1939   Max-Martin Schulte
30 Dec 1939 - 10 Jun 1940  Oblt. Wolfgang Lüth (Knights Cross)
11 Jun 1940 - 20 Oct 1940  Oblt. Wolfgang Kaufmann
21 Oct 1940 - 8 Jun 1941  Kptlt. Joachim Deecke (German Cross in Gold)
2 Jul 1941 - 30 Apr 1942   Hans-Joachim Schmidt-Weichert
28 Oct 1942 - 15 Sep 1943  Kptlt. Hans-Joachim Schmidt-Weichert
16 Sep 1943 - 20 Aug 1944  Oblt. Heinrich Klapdor
5 Apr 1944 - 6 Apr 1944  Oblt. Martin Landt-Hayen (boat in transit)
7 Apr 1944 - Jun, 1944  Kptlt. Klaus Petersen (German Cross in Gold)
Career
19 patrols
1 Sep 1935-1 Aug 1939  1. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1939-31 Dec 1939  1. Flottille (school boat)
1 Jan 1940-30 Jun 1940  1. Flottille (active service)
1 Jul 1940-31 Oct 1940  24. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1940-1 May 1942  21. Flottille (school boat)
1 Oct 1942-20 Aug 1944  30. Flottille (active service)
Successes7 ships sunk, total tonnage 16,669 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 552 tons
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 412 tons
Fate

Sunk at 1030hrs on the 20 Aug 1944 at Konstanza, Black Sea in position 44.12N, 28.41E, by bombs from Soviet aircraft.

Loss position

See the 9 ships hit by U-9 - View the 19 war patrols

In 1945 the Soviets raised the boat and brought it in the Russian harbour Nikolaev. She became in 1945 the USSR TS-16, but due to extensive damages she was broken up sometime after 12 Dec, 1946.

Attacks on this boat and other events

27 Dec 1942
16.20 hrs, off Sochi in the Black Sea: a Soviet minesweeper dropped eight depth charges on the boat, causing minor damage. (Sources: Ritschel)

11 May 1944
Black Sea, south of Yalta: depth charges from a Soviet escort caused light damage.

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

20 Apr 1940. On 20 April 1940 the boat fired torpedoes at the Polish destroyer ORP Blyskawica, which missed.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-9 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Iron Cross

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, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-9 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 22 Feb 1910 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 18 Apr 1910. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 9 during WWI.