List of all U-boats




Ordered1 Apr 1935
Laid down11 Nov 1935 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 908)
Launched24 Jun 1936
Commissioned12 Aug 1936Korvkpt. Hans Ibbeken
12 Aug 1936 - 4 Oct 1937  KrvKpt. Hans Ibbeken
5 Oct 1937 - 5 Jun 1939  Kptlt. Johannes Franz
6 Jun 1939 - 8 Jul 1939  Kpt. Hans-Georg von Friedeburg (German Cross in Silver)
8 Jul 1939 - 20 Sep 1939  Kptlt. Johannes Franz
1 patrol
12 Aug 1936-31 Aug 1939  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Sep 1939-20 Sep 1939  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 624 GRT

Sunk on 20 September 1939 in the North Atlantic west of Hebrides, in position 58.35N, 09.02W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Fortune and HMS Forester. 38 survivors (no casualties).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-27 - View the 1 war patrol

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-27 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

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-27 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 14 Jul 1913 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 8 May 1914. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 27 during WWI.

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