|Ordered||7 Aug 1939|
|Laid down||1 Jun 1940||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 989)|
|Launched||31 Dec 1940|
|Commissioned||22 Mar 1941||Kptlt. Ernst Bauer (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||24 ships sunk, total tonnage 111,564 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 450 tons (lost aboard transport ships)
5 ships damaged, total tonnage 37,501 GRT
2 ships a total loss, total tonnage 14,173 GRT
Sunk on 3 July 1943 in the North Atlantic north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 46.02N, 11.23W, by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (172 Sqn RAF/R). 55 dead (all hands lost).
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Attacks on this boat and other events
15 Jun 1943
The boat was bombed by an unidentified aircraft off Freetown and severely damaged. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 207)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
General notes on this boatSchnorchel 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-126 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Woman with Brown Hair
Queen of Hearts
There was another U-126 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 16 Jun 1918 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 7 Oct 1918. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 126 during WWI.