List of all U-boats

U-124

Type

IXB

 
Ordered15 Dec 1937
Laid down11 Aug 1939 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 956)
Launched9 Mar 1940
Commissioned11 Jun 1940Kptlt. Georg-Wilhelm Schulz (Knights Cross)
Commanders
11 Jun 1940 - 7 Sep 1941  Kptlt. Georg-Wilhelm Schulz (Knights Cross)
8 Sep 1941 - 2 Apr 1943  KrvKpt. Johann Mohr (Knights Cross)
Career
11 patrols
11 Jun 1940-1 Aug 1940  2. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1940-2 Apr 1943  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes46 ships sunk, total tonnage 219,862 GRT
2 warships sunk, total tonnage 5,775 tons
4 ships damaged, total tonnage 30,067 GRT
Fate

Sunk 2 April 1943 west of Oporto, in position 41.02N, 15.39W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Stonecrop and the British sloop HMS Black Swan. 53 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 52 ships hit by U-124 - View the 11 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-124 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Süd (22 Jul 1941 - 5 Aug 1941)
   Hecht (8 May 1942 - 18 Jun 1942)

Attacks on this boat and other events

25 Aug 1940
In late evening, the boat successfully attacked convoy HX 65A off the Isle of Lewis and then dived to evade HMS Godetia, which dropped 12 depth charges and then lost contact. This was because U-124 had lain grounded on the seabed for an hour after hitting a rock formation at a depth of 90 metres. The U-boat was not damaged by the depth charges, but the collision had damaged three of the four bow torpedo tubes, and the boat was ordered to assume weather reporting duties for the rest of the patrol.

17 Oct 1940
08.55 hrs, mid Atlantic south of Iceland: the boat encountered the British River Class submarine HMS Clyde while acting as a weather boat. Assuming the vessel to be a destroyer, U-124 dived immediately, and remained unaware that the submarine had fired three torpedoes at her at 09.06 hrs. (Sources: KTB U-124/Patrol report HMS Clyde)

9 Dec 1941
The boat was shelled by the coastal battery at Fort Thornton off the harbour of Georgetown on Ascension Island, but was undamaged.

1 Jan 1943
15.23 hrs, east of Trinidad: the boat dived when attacked by an American Catalina flying boat (VP-53 USN/P-1) . The aircraft dropped two depth charges, which caused no damage. (Sources: Rohwer/Ritschel)

4 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

The emblem of U-124, the Edelweiss, was inspired by the loss of U-64 in April, 1940 as the boats were largely manned by the same crew, including the commander and saved from the Norwegian waters by members of the German mountain troops using that same emblem.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-124 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


The Edelweiss - U-124

Frog

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Torpedo Junction

Hickam, Homer


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay


Lone Wolf

Mulligan, Timothy P.


Grey Wolf, Grey Sea

Gasaway, E. B.

There was another U-124 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 28 Mar 1918 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 12 Jul 1918. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 124 during WWI.