1st Flotilla

1st Flotilla

from 1936 - 1939 Unterseebootsflottille "Weddigen"*

Frontflottille (Combat Flotilla)
since Sept 1939

Bases

09.35 - 05.41
06.41 - 09.44
Kiel
Brest (France)

Flotilla Commanders

09.35 - 12.35
01.36 - 09.37
10.37 - 09.39
09.39 - 10.40
11.40 - 02.42
02.42 - 07.42
07.42 - 09.44
Kpt. z. S. Karl Dönitz (Oak Leaves)
Kpt. z. S. Loycke
Kptlt. Hans-Güther Looff
Korvkpt. Hans Eckermann
Korvkpt. Hans Cohausz
Kptlt. Heinz Buchholz
Korvkpt. Werner Winter (Knights Cross)

U-boat Types

until 1941 IIB, IIC and IID
after 1941 VIIB, VIIC, VIIC41, VIID and XB

Assigned U-boats

U-7, U-8, U-9, U-10, U-11, U-12, U-13
U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20
U-21, U-22, U-23, U-24, U-56, U-57, U-58
U-59, U-60, U-61, U-62, U-63, U-79, U-80
U-81, U-83, U-84, U-86, U-116, U-117, U-137
U-138, U-139, U-140, U-141, U-142, U-143, U-144
U-145, U-146, U-147, U-149, U-150, U-201, U-202
U-203, U-204, U-208, U-209, U-213, U-225, U-238
U-243, U-247, U-263, U-268, U-271, U-276, U-292
U-301, U-304, U-305, U-306, U-311, U-331, U-336
U-353, U-354, U-371, U-372, U-374, U-379, U-392
U-394, U-396, U-401, U-405, U-413, U-415, U-418
U-422, U-424, U-426, U-435, U-439, U-440, U-441
U-456, U-471, U-556, U-557, U-558, U-559, U-561
U-562, U-563, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-574, U-582
U-584, U-597, U-599, U-603, U-625, U-628, U-629
U-632, U-637, U-643, U-651, U-653, U-654, U-656
U-665, U-669, U-722, U-731, U-732, U-736, U-740
U-741, U-743, U-754, U-767, U-773, U-821, U-925
U-956, U-963, U-987, U-1007, U-1199

and UA, UD-4

140 U-boats assigned to this flotilla during its service.

History

U-Flotilla "Weddigen"* was founded on 27 Sept 1935 under the command of Fregkpt. Karl Dönitz, the later BdU. In June 1941 the flotilla moved to Brest (France). Its history ended in Sept 1944 when it was disbanded.

* Kptlt. Otto Weddigen was during WWI Commander of the U-boat UB-9, which sank on the 22 Sept, 1914 the 3 British cruisers HMS Aboukir, HMS Cressy and HMS Hogue (each vessel was 12,200 tons). In this single day Otto proved what a deadly weapon submarines could be. He died on 18 March, 1915, when his U-29 was rammed by the British battleship HMS Dreadnought in the North Sea.

U-boat Flotillas