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German submarine U-9 (1935)
U-9 IWM HU 1012.jpg
U-9 in 1936, note the submarine's number on the hull which was painted out in wartime
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-9
Ordered: 20 July 1934
Builder: Germaniawerft, Kiel, yard 543
Laid down: 8 April 1935
Launched: 30 July 1935
Commissioned: 21 August 1935
Fate: Sunk 24 August 1944 at Konstanza, Black Sea in a Soviet air raid
Class & type: Type II U-boat
Service record
Part of: Kriegsmarine:
1st U-boat Flotilla
21st U-boat Flotilla
24th U-boat Flotilla
30th U-boat Flotilla
Identification codes: M 13 068
Commanders: Krvkpt. Hans-Günther Looff
Kptlt. Werner von Schmidt
Kptlt. Ludwig Mathes
Oblt. Max-Martin Schulte
Oblt. Wolfgang Lüth
Oblt. Wolfgang Kaufmann
Oblt. Joachim Deecke
Kptlt. Hans-Joachim Schmidt-Weichert
Oblt. Heinrich Klapdor
Oblt. Martin Landt-Hayen
Kptlt. Klaus Petersen
Operations: 19
Victories: Seven ships sunk for a total of 16,669 gross register tons (GRT)
One warship of 552 tons sunk
One warship of 412 tons damaged

The German submarine U-9 was a Type IIB U-boat of the Nazi German Kriegsmarine. Her keel was laid down on 8 February 1935, by Germaniawerft in Kiel as 'werk' 543. She was launched on 30 July 1935 and commissioned on 21 August, with Korvettenkapitän Hans-Günther Looff in command.

U-9 conducted 19 patrols under a series of commanders, including U-boat ace Wolfgang Lüth, sinking eight ships totalling 17,221 tons and damaging another displacing 412 tons. This included the French Sirène class coastal submarine Doris.


To serve in the 30th U-boat Flotilla, the submarine was transported overland and along the Danube to the Black Sea. At 10:30hrs on 20 August 1944, at Konstanza in Rumania in position 44°12′N 28°41′E / 44.2°N 28.683°E / 44.2; 28.683, U-9 was sunk by bombs from Soviet aircraft. The Soviets raised the boat and brought her into Mykolaiv in 1945. She was repaired and commissioned into the Soviet Navy as TS-16, but did not perform well and was broken up on 12 December 1946.

Summary of raiding history

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
18 January 1940 Flandria  Sweden 1,179 Sunk
19 January 1940 Patria  Sweden 1,188 Sunk
11 February 1940 Linda  Estonia 1,213 Sunk
4 May 1940 San Tiburcio  United Kingdom 5,995 Sunk (mine)
9 May 1940 Doris  French Navy 552 Sunk
11 May 1940 Tringa  United Kingdom 1,930 Sunk
11 May 1940 Viiu  Estonia 1,908 Sunk
23 May 1940 Sigurd Faulbaum  Belgium 3,256 Sunk
11 May 1944 Shtorm  Soviet Union 412 Damaged


  • Sharpe, Peter, U-Boat Fact File, Midland Publishing, Great Britain: 1998. ISBN 1-85780-072-9.

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