German submarine U-14 (1935)

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-14
Ordered: 2 February 1935
Builder: Deutsche Werke, Kiel
Yard number: 249
Laid down: 6 July 1935
Launched: 28 December 1935
Commissioned: 18 January 1936
Fate: Scuttled on 2 May 1945 at Wilhelmshaven
General characteristics
Type: IIB
Displacement: 279 Tons surfaced
329 Tons submerged
Length: 42.7m (140.2Ft)
Beam: 4.1m (13.5Ft)
Speed: 13 Knots surfaced
7 Knots submerged
Endurance: Surfaced 1,800 Miles at 12 Knots
Submerged 43 Miles at 4 Knots
Crew: 25
Armament: Three fore torpedo tubes with 6 x 21 inch Torpedos and 1 x 20mm AA gun on fore-deck
Service record
Part of: Kriegsmarine:
3rd U-boat Flotilla
22nd U-boat Flotilla
24th U-boat Flotilla
Identification codes: M 28 451
Commanders: Victor Oehrn
Horst Wellner
Herbert Wohlfarth
Gerhard Bigalk
Hans Heidtmann
Jürgen Könenkamp
Hubertus Purkhold
Klaus Petersen
Walter Köhntopp
Karl-Hermann Bortfeldt
Hans-Joachim Dierks
Operations: Six
Victories: Nine ships sunk for a total of 12,344 gross register tons (GRT)

German submarine U-14 was a Type IIB U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. It served with 3rd U-boat Flotilla from 18 January 1936 to 31 October 1939. U-14 completed six wartime patrols and sank nine ships totalling 12,344 GRT.


Early in the war, on 3 September 1939, U-14 attacked a Polish submarine and claimed to have sunk it. In reality the Polish submarine, ORP Sęp, was not damaged as the torpedo launched by U-14 exploded prematurely.[1]

After serving on six operational patrols, U-14 was used as a training boat and transferred to U-boat training flotillas, serving with the 23rd and 24th U-boat Flotillas until the end of the war. Despite the high casualties suffered by the Unterseebootwaffen (German submarine arm), U-14 suffered no known casualties during the war.

U-14 was scuttled on 2 May 1945 at Wilhelmshaven.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
25 January 1940 Biarritz  Norway 1,752 Sunk
15 February 1940 Sliepner  Denmark 1,066 Sunk
16 February 1940 Liana  Sweden 1,646 Sunk
16 February 1940 Osmed  Sweden 1,526 Sunk
16 February 1940 Rhone  Denmark 1,064 Sunk
7 March 1940 Vecht  Netherlands 1,965 Sunk
9 March 1940 Abbotsford  United Kingdom 1,585 Sunk
9 March 1940 Akeld  United Kingdom 643 Sunk
9 March 1940 Borthwick  United Kingdom 1,097 Sunk



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