Type IA U-Boat
Launched in February 14 1936, the Type IA was the first U-boat to be designed under German specification and was the first to receive the Type designation. This design was considered a failure as it had poor sea worthiness, poor maneuverability and was mechanically unreliable. Only two were built, which after initial trials, it was decided to cancel further production of this class. The two were relegated to training and for propaganda roles to fly the Nazi flag. Nevertheless, the Type IA served as a basis for the development of other types, namely the VII and IX class boats.
Despite the fact that they were relegated to training and propaganda roles, the Type IA saw limited action at the outbreak of war. The first Type IA, U-25, commanded by Viktor Schutze sank six British freighters. She was then assigned to a new commander, Heinz Beduhn. On August 3 1940, while on a mine laying mission during the invasion of Norway, U-25 was lost with all hands on board – possibly victim to one of its own mines.
U-26, under Heinz Scheringer sank three freighters and damaged a fourth before being attacked and sank on July 1, 1940. All 48 crew members survived.
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