The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day
19th August 1915On this day:
- 19th Aug 1915 Gas and Mines
- Training Hesdigneul Common is no longer at the disposal of Artillery Brigades of 47th Division for any purpose.
- 19th aug 1915 Heavy Rain
- U-Boat Index - WW1 SM U-27
Type U 27
Shipyard Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig (Werk 17)
Ordered 19 Feb 1912
Launched 14 Jul 1913
Commissioned 8 May 1914.
8 May 1914 - 19 Aug 1915 Bernd Wegener
Career 3 patrols.
1 Aug 1914 - 19 Aug 1915 IV Flotilla
Successes 10 ships sunk with a total of 31,120 tons.
2 warships sunk with a total of 6,325 tons.
- 18 Oct 1914 U 27 Bernd Wegener E 3 (hms) 725 br
- 31 Oct 1914 U 27 Bernd Wegener Hermes (hms) 5,600 br
- 11 Mar 1915 U 27 Bernd Wegener Bayano 5,948 br
- 13 Mar 1915 U 27 Bernd Wegener Hartdale 3,839 br
- 18 May 1915 U 27 Bernd Wegener Drumcree 4,052 br
- 19 May 1915 U 27 Bernd Wegener Dumfries 4,121 br
- 21 May 1915 U 27 Bernd Wegener Glenholm 1,968 br
- 18 Aug 1915 U 27 Bernd Wegener Ben Vrackie 3,908 br
- 18 Aug 1915 U 27 Bernd Wegener Gladiator 3,359 br
- 18 Aug 1915 U 27 Bernd Wegener Magda 1,063 nw
- 18 Aug 1915 U 27 Bernd Wegener Sverresborg 1,144 nw
- 19 Aug 1915 U 27 Bernd Wegener Pena Castillo 1,718 sp
Fate 19 Aug 1915 - Sunk by gunfire from Q-Ship Baralong in Western Approaches 5043N 0722W. 37 dead (all hands lost).
On 18 October, 1914 the British U-boat E3 was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by the German U-boat U 27. This was the first decisive fight between U-boats in the First World War.
This boat was sunk by the Q-Ship HMS Baralong (Lieutenant Godfrey Herbert RN). Herbert ordered that all German survivors, among them the commander of SM U 27, should be executed on the spot. Although the British Admiralty tried to keep this event a secret, news spread to Germany and the infamous "Baralong incident" - a war crime which was never prosecuted - had its share in promoting cruelty at sea.
There was another U 27 in World War Two.
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 24 Jun 1936 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 12 Aug 1936.
- 19th Aug 1915 Submarine sinks three Ships
- 19th Aug 1915 Cargo Ship Lost
- 19th Aug 1915 First Prisoner
- 19th Aug 1915 Incident Supressed
- 19th Aug 1915 Ships Sunk
- 19th Aug 1915 Battle Cruiser Torpedoed
- 19th Aug 1915 7th Northumberlands into Trenches
- 19th Aug 1915 Working Parties
- 19th Aug 1915 Reliefs Completed
- 19th Aug 1915 Reliefs Completed
- 19th Aug 1915 Water Scarce
- 19th Aug 1915 Training
- 19th Aug 1915 Instruction
- 19th Aug 1915 Trench Work
- 19th August 1915
- 29th Aug 1915 Enemy Mine Explodes
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