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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-7
Ordered: July 20, 1934
Builder: Germaniawerft, Kiel, yard 541
Laid down: March 11, 1935
Launched: June 29, 1935
Commissioned: July 18, 1935
Fate: Sunk February 18, 1944 west of Pillau. 29 dead.
Class and type: Type II U-boat
Service record
Part of: Kriegsmarine:
21. Unterseebootsflottille
Identification codes: M 16 723
Commanders: Kurt Freiwald
Otto Salman
Werner Heidel
Karl Schrott
Günther Reeder
Ernst-Ulrich Brüller
Hans-Günther Kuhlmann
Heinrich Schmid
Siegfried Koitschka
Otto Hübschen
Hans Schrenk
Günther Loeschcke
Operations: 6
Victories: 1 ship sunk for a total of 2,694 gross register tons (GRT)
1 ship damaged for a total of 1,830 GRT

German submarine U-7 was a Type IIB U-boat of the German Kriegsmarine, based out of Kiel during World War II. It was one of the smaller versions, and was first launched on June 29, 1935 with a crew of 29. Its first commander was Kurt Freiwald. U-7 would have 16 commanders total over the course of its service, the last being Günther Loeschcke.

During the war U-7 sank two vessels:

  • The British 2,694 ton Akenside, on September 22, 1939
  • The Norwegian 1,830 ton Takstaas, on September 29, 1939

On February 18, 1944, west of Pillau, U-7 sank in what is believed to have been a malfunction during a diving maneuver. There were no survivors.


Coordinates: 54°52′00″N 19°29′08″E / 54.8666667°N 19.48556°E / 54.8666667; 19.48556



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