U-Boat U-404 & U-123 Kreigsmarine U-Boat Hat Emblem - Aged
Comissoned on the 6 Aug, 1941 under Kptlt. Otto von Bülow (Oak Leaves) The Commanders were: 6 Aug, 1941 - 19 Jul, 1943 KrvKpt. Otto von Bülow (Knights Cross), 20 Jul, 1943 - 28 Jul, 1943 Oblt. Adolf Schönberg; It served in 7 patrols 6 Aug, 1941 - 1 Jan, 1942 6. Flottille (training) and 1 Jan, 1942 - 28 Jul, 1943 6. Flottille (front boat). It sunk 14 ships sunk for a total of 71.450 GRT; 1 warship sunk for a total of 1.120 tons and 2 ships damaged for a total of 16.689 GRT.
It was Sunk 28 July, 1943 in the Bay of Biscay north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, by depth charges from 2 American Liberator aircraft (A/S Sqdn. 4) and from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 224). 51 dead, all crew were killed.
This emblem was also worn by the crew of U-123 Commanded by Reinhard Hardegen who sunk 27 Allied vessels mainly off the West coast of America. As at Sept 2012 he was 99 and the last surviving U-Boat commander. He has already booked his 100th Birthday party for 2013! More info on U-123 here.