7th Flotilla

from 1938 - 1939 Unterseebootsflottille "Wegener"*

Frontflottille (Combat Flotilla)
since Sept 1939

Bases

06.38 - 09.40
09.40 - 05.41
06.41 - 05.45
Kiel
Kiel / St. Nazaire
St. Nazaire

Flotilla Commanders

06.38 - 12.39
01.40 - 05.40
05.40 - 09.40
09.40 - 02.44
03.44 - 05.45
Korvkpt. Ernst Sobe
Korvkpt. Hans-Rudolf Rösing (Knights Cross)
Kptlt. Herbert Sohler (in deputize)
Korvkpt. Herbert Sohler
Korvkpt. Adolf Piening (Knights Cross)

U-boat Types

VIIB, VIIC, VIIC41 and UA

Assigned U-boats

U-45, U-46, U-47, U-48, U-49, U-50, U-51
U-52, U-53, U-54, U-55, U-69, U-70, U-71
U-73, U-74, U-75, U-76, U-77, U-88, U-93
U-94, U-95, U-96, U-97, U-98, U-99, U-100
U-101, U-102, U-133, U-135, U-207, U-221, U-224
U-227, U-255, U-265, U-266, U-267, U-274, U-278
U-281, U-285, U-300, U-303, U-310, U-338, U-342
U-358, U-359, U-364, U-381, U-382, U-387, U-390
U-397, U-403, U-406, U-410, U-427, U-434, U-436
U-442, U-448, U-449, U-453, U-454, U-455, U-551
U-552, U-553, U-567, U-575, U-576, U-577, U-578
U-581, U-593, U-594, U-602, U-607, U-617, U-618
U-624, U-641, U-647, U-650, U-662, U-667, U-678
U-702, U-704, U-707, U-708, U-710, U-714, U-751
U-765, U-962, U-969, U-974, U-976, U-980, U-985
U-988, U-994, U-1004, U-1191, U-1192

and UA

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

History

U-Flotilla "Wegener"* was founded on 25 June 1938 under the command of Korvkpt. Werner Sobe. The Flotilla transferred in 1940/1941 to St. Nazaire (France). The first boat of the Flotilla, which reached St. Nazaire was U-46 under Oblt. Engelbert Endrass on 29 Sept, 1940.

In August/September 1944 most boats left the base for Norway. The last but one flotilla boat was U-267, which left St. Nazaire on 23 Sept, 1944.

After that only U-255 remained in St. Nazaire, suffering from some technical problems. After the installation of a Schnorkel the boat under the command of Korvkpt. Piening laid on 30 April 1945 mines near Les sables d'Olonne. U-255 left St. Nazaire on 7 May, 1945 as last boat and surrendered 5 days later at sea.


* Kptlt. Bernd Wegener was in WWI commander of U-27. He sank on 10 patrols 29 ships with a total of 29,402 tons. He died on 19 Aug, 1915, when his U-27 was sunk by gunfire from British U-boat-trap Baralong. The crew of Baralong killed 10 survivors of U-27 (The Baralong-incident).

U-boat Flotillas