List of all U-boats

U-34

Type

VIIA

 
Ordered25 Mar 1935
Laid down15 Sep 1935 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 557)
Launched17 Jul 1936
Commissioned12 Sep 1936Kptlt. Ernst Sobe
Commanders
12 Sep 1936 - 14 Feb 1938  KrvKpt. Ernst Sobe
4 Nov 1936 - 22 Dec 1936  Kptlt. Harald Grosse
15 Feb 1938 - 17 Aug 1938  Kptlt. Hans Pauckstadt
5 Sep 1938 - 28 Oct 1938  Kptlt. Hans Pauckstadt
26 Oct 1938 - 28 Sep 1940  Kptlt. Wilhelm Rollmann (Knights Cross)
29 Sep 1940 - 22 May 1941  Oblt. Fritz Meyer
23 May 1941 - 19 Nov 1941  Oblt. Karl-Otto Schultz
20 Nov 1941 - 15 Jun 1942   Gerhard Remus
16 Jun 1942 - 1 Feb 1943  Oblt. Horst-Arno Fenski (Knights Cross)
2 Feb 1943 - 11 Jun 1943  Oblt. Karl-Heinz Hagenau
12 Jun 1943 - 5 Aug 1943  Ltn. Eduard Aust
Career
7 patrols
12 Sep 1936-31 Aug 1939  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Sep 1939-31 Dec 1939  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1940-30 Sep 1940  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1940-1 Nov 1940  21. Flottille (school boat)
2 Nov 1940-5 Aug 1943  24. Flottille (training)
Successes19 ships sunk, total tonnage 91,989 GRT
2 warships sunk, total tonnage 1,770 tons
2 ships captured, total tonnage 4,957 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 595 tons
Fate

Sank at 2155hrs on 5 August 1943 in the Baltic Sea at Memel, in position 55.43,7N, 21.06,5E after a collision with the U-boat tender Lech. 4 dead and 39 survivors.

Loss position

See the 24 ships hit by U-34 - View the 7 war patrols

The wreck of U-34 was raised on 24 August 1943, taken to Lindenau-Werft in Memel and probably scrapped after decommission on 8 September 1943.

General notes on this boat

12 Dec 1936. U-34 took a supervisory role in the German Operation Ursula in Spanish waters during the Civil War. The boat, under the command of Kptlt. Harald Grosse, sank the Spanish submarine C-3 on 12 Dec. 1936. See this article on the incident.

2 Aug 1940. Dutch submarine O-22 (J.W. Ort) sighted U-34 in the North Sea SW of Norway at 07.50 hrs, (Rollmann), but was unable to get close enough to launch an attack.

Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-34 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.


Large Bird

Elephant Trampling Churchill

Sharks Teeth Painted on Bow

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


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

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay


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There was another U-34 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 9 May 1914 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 5 Oct 1914. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 34 during WWI.