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Ordered7 Aug 1939
Laid down1 Jun 1940 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 989)
Launched31 Dec 1940
Commissioned22 Mar 1941Kptlt. Ernst Bauer (Knights Cross)
22 Mar 1941 - 28 Feb 1943  Kptlt. Ernst Bauer (Knights Cross)
1 Mar 1943 - 3 Jul 1943  Oblt. Siegfried Kietz
6 patrols
22 Mar 1941-1 Jul 1941  2. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1941-3 Jul 1943  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes24 ships sunk, total tonnage 111,564 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 450 tons (lost aboard transport ships)
5 ships damaged, total tonnage 37,501 GRT
2 ships a total loss, total tonnage 14,173 GRT

Sunk on 3 July 1943 in the North Atlantic north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 46.02N, 11.23W, by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (172 Sqn RAF/R). 55 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 32 ships hit by U-126 - View the 6 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

15 Jun 1943
The boat was bombed by an unidentified aircraft off Freetown and severely damaged. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 207)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

General notes on this boat

Check out our wonderful 33-photo gallery for U-126.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-126 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.

Woman with Brown Hair

Queen of Hearts


Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-126 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 16 Jun 1918 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 7 Oct 1918. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 126 during WWI.

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