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The U Boats Type IA of the U Flotille "Saltzwedel".
U 26's 6th and last Patrol. Loss of the boat.
Jun 20, 1940 U 26 (Kplt. Heinz Scheringer*; IWO Oblt. z. S. Friedrich, Engel; IIWO Lt. z. S Erich Blei; LI Oblt. z. S. Herbert, Freund; OStrm Paul, Mithöfer) sailed from Wilhelmshaven towards the Atlantic.
Jun 28, 1940 U 26 reported one oil cooler out of action, damage cannot be repaired with own resources. The boat's speed is thus reduced. As there are so few Atlantic boats available, she is to continue her patrol even under these difficult conditions.
Jun 30, 1940 U 26 and U 102 also each managed to make contact with a convoy.
Jul 01, 1940 Distribution of U-boats.
In Atlantic operations area: U A, U 26, U 29, U 30, U 34, U 43, U 52, U 102, U 122.
On outward passage: U 47.
On return passage: U 28, U 38, U 47??, U 51, U 65.
Wilhelmshaven dockyard: U 25, U 32, U 37.
Kiel dockyard: U 46, U 48, U 101.
Loss of U 26. Detailed information on the fate:
On Jul 01, 1940 U 26 was sighted in the North Atlantic by the Sunderland H 10 / P 9603, flown by Fl.Lt. W.N. Gibbson of the Australian RAAF Squadron after she torpedoed the British steamer Zarian and together with the British corvette HMS Gladiolus (K.34) sunk by depth charges. The eight depth charge dropped by the aircraft brought the U 26 back to the surface. After the crew had left the boat, she sunk by her stern. The crew was rescued by the British sloop HMS Rochester (U.50) and taken as prisoners of war.
U 26, under Kplt. Heinz Scheringer, was 11 days at sea. The boat was operating in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay. It could sink 3 ships with 11,206 ton and damage 1 ship with 4,871 ton. U 26 itself, was sunk on this patrol by a British aircraft and a warship.
Sunk were: JUn 29, 1940 - gr - Frangoula Goulandris - 6,701 ton ● Jun 30, 1940 - nw - Belmoira - 3,214 ton ● Jun 30, 1940 - it - Mercury - 1,291 ton.
Damaged was: Jul 01, 1940 - br - Zarian - 4,871 ton.
Nevertheless the BdU's War Log stated on Jul 14, 1940: U 26, U 102 and U 122 have not reported again. U 26 last made a short signal on Jul 03??, U 102 made a reconnaissance signal on Jun 30 and was at the time near an enemy convoy in square BF 4131, U 122 last made a weather report at 2300 on Jun 21.
* Born in Buenos Aires - Argentina
Sources: Das Kriegstagebuch der U-Bootwaffe von Roland Berr. http://ktb.ubootwaffe.net/
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