List of all U-boats

U-7

Type

IIB

 
Ordered20 Jul 1934
Laid down11 Mar 1935 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 541)
Launched29 Jun 1935
Commissioned18 Jul 1935Kptlt. Kurt Freiwald
Commanders
18 Jul 1935 - 3 Oct 1937  Kptlt. Kurt Freiwald
10 Feb 1938 - 5 Feb 1939  Oblt. Otto Salman (German Cross in Gold)
18 Dec 1938 - 13 Oct 1939   Werner Heidel
31 May 1939 - 2 Jul 1939  Oblt. Otto Salman (German Cross in Gold)
2 Aug 1939 - 1 Oct 1939  Oblt. Otto Salman (German Cross in Gold)
14 Oct 1939 - Oct, 1940  Kptlt. Karl Schrott
25 Oct 1939 - 13 Nov 1939  Kptlt. Otto Salman (German Cross in Gold)
Oct, 1940 - Jan, 1941  Oblt. Günther Reeder (German Cross in Gold)
Jan, 1941 - Feb, 1941  Oblt. Ernst-Ulrich Brüller
Feb, 1941 - 29 Mar 1941  Oblt. Günther Reeder (German Cross in Gold)
30 Mar 1941 - 16 Jun 1941  Oblt. Hans-Günther Kuhlmann
17 Jun 1941 - 15 Jan 1942  Oblt. Heinrich Schmid
16 Jan 1942 - 7 Oct 1942  Oblt. Siegfried Koitschka (Knights Cross)
Sep, 1942 - Dec, 1942  Ltn. Otto Hübschen (in deputize) -- acting
8 Oct 1942 - Jan, 1944  Oblt. Hans Schrenk
Jan, 1944 - 18 Feb 1944  Oblt. Günther Loeschcke
Career
6 patrols
1 Sep 1935-1 Sep 1939  U-Bootschulflottille (school boat)
1 Sep 1939-1 Oct 1939  U-Bootschulflottille (active service)
1 Oct 1939-1 Feb 1940  U-Bootschulflottille (school boat)
1 Mar 1940-1 Jun 1940  U-Bootschulflottille (active service)
1 Jun 1940-30 Jun 1940  U-Bootschulflottille (school boat)
1 Jul 1940-18 Feb 1944  21. Flottille (school boat)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 2,694 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 1,830 GRT
Fate

Sank 18 Feb 1944 west of Pillau, in position 54.52N, 19.30E in a diving accident. 29 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-7 - View the 6 war patrols

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-7 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-7 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 28 Jul 1910 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 18 Jul 1911. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 7 during WWI.