U-boat ID

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U-boat ID

Post by Robert Hurst » 05 May 2005 12:41

Hi

Can anyone please help to identify the number of the U-boat in the attached pic. I would also be grateful for any other info with regard to what Flotilla she operated with, and also where abouts she was based. The pic was taken from Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1922 - 1946.

I look forward to reading any of your comments. Thanks in advance.

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Post by streljko1 » 05 May 2005 13:12

I think it is U- boat from 9th flotilla
http://uboat.net/flotillas/9flo.htm
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Post by Von Schadewald » 05 May 2005 13:34

E mail your favourite U boat maven http://uboat.net/, the Icelander Gudmundur Helgason gummi@uboat.net for a definitive answer.

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Post by Simon Gunson » 20 May 2005 00:35

I think it's U-505 from memory but let me go away and check my books first.... U-boats each had their own U-waffen symbols which were not used by any other particular U-boat.

For the whole 9th flotilla to have used the same symbol would have defeated the purpose of wearing the insignia on their conning tower. The purpose was so that individual U-boats could be identifed at sea by sight without showing a number which was useful to the enemy.

Second thoughts Now I seem to recall U-505 had the Olympic rings symbol and I think she was a type IXC rather than type VII, but that sawfish still looks very familiar. It would have to be a very well known U-boat.
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Post by Mikko H. » 20 May 2005 07:25

Isn't that the symbol of the famous U-96?

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Post by subskipper » 20 May 2005 16:18

Several boats in the 9th Flotilla used the Swordfish emblem, and U96 was one of them. Unfortunately I haven't seen that particular photograph before, so I don't know which uboat it is, but it's definitely from the 9th Flotilla.


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Post by Aufklarung » 20 May 2005 21:36

U-744, perhaps?

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Post by subskipper » 20 May 2005 22:39

Aufklarung wrote:U-744, perhaps?

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It could be if they repainted the emblem further forward on the conning tower. It also looks to be painted in another color. Anyone know when U744 got the Turmbau IV configuration?


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Post by Aufklarung » 21 May 2005 20:03

Can't be U744. Different model of submarine.

As far as I know, 9th Flotilla used this symbol on all it subs.

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Post by Ustuf » 28 May 2005 23:02

Can't be U744. Different model of submarine.
Isn`t it VIIC type?

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Post by Ustuf » 28 May 2005 23:14

Hm...seems strange for me.

It`s VIIB type (u-boat.net). There were only 24 of them (u-boat.net): U-45 - U-55; U-73 - U-76; U-83; U-84 - U-87; U-99 - U-102.
None of VIIB type were based in a "french port" (as the photo signature says).
And none of these served in 9th flotilla, which emblem is the laughing swordfish.

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