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SM U-34



   SM U-34 was a Type U 31 uboat built at Shipyard Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 194) Ordered 29 Mar 1912, laid down 7 Nov 1912 she was launched 9 May 1914 and commissioned 5 Oct 1914.
Her Commanders were: 5 Oct 1914 - 11 Dec 1916 Claus Rücker, 12 Dec 1916 - 17 Jan 1918 Johannes Klasing, 18 Jan 1918 - 13 Mar 1918 Wilhelm Canaris and 14 Mar 1918 - 21 Oct 1918 Johannes Klasing

U34 undertook 17 patrols sailing with II Flotilla until 23 Aug 1915 then Pola Flotilla until 21 Oct 1918 She claimed 119 ships sunk with a total of 257,652 tons. and 5 ships damaged with a total of 14,208 tons.

  • 18 Mar 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Blue Jacket (damaged) 3,515 br
  • 18 Mar 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Glenartney 5,201 br
  • 21 Mar 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Cairntorr 3,588 br
  • 22 Mar 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Concord 2,861 br
  • 1 Jun 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Victoria 155 br
  • 2 Jun 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Delta B 220 be
  • 2 Jun 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Hirose 274 br
  • 3 Jun 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Penfeld 793 fr
  • 4 Jun 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Inkum 4,747 br
  • 7 Jun 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Superb 1,515 nw
  • 4 Sep 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Natal Transport 4,107 br
  • 8 Sep 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Indien 800 fr
  • 10 Nov 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Bosnia 2,561 it
  • 14 Nov 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Treneglos 3,886 br
  • 15 Nov 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Orange Prince 3,583 br
  • 19 Nov 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Hallamshire 4,420 br
  • 24 Dec 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Ville De La Ciotat 6,431 fr
  • 24 Dec 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Yeddo 4,563 br
  • 29 Dec 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Kenkoku Maru 3,217 jp
  • 30 Dec 1915 U 34 Claus Rücker Abelia 3,650 br
  • 1 Jan 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Glengyle 9,395 br
  • 4 Jan 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Coquet 4,396 br
  • 3 Apr 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Ellaston 3,796 br
  • 3 Apr 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Sneaton 3,470 br
  • 5 Apr 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Chantala 4,951 br
  • 6 Apr 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Yonne 4,039 br
  • 8 Apr 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Zafra 3,578 br
  • 11 Apr 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Angus 3,619 br
  • 11 Apr 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Imperator (damaged) 394 ru
  • 12 Apr 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Orlock Head 1,945 br
  • 12 Apr 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Vega 2,957 fr
  • 15 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Mira 3,050 fr
  • 16 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker San Andrea 225 it
  • 18 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Adamantios Korais 2,947 gr
  • 20 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Erminia 1,544 it
  • 20 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Fabbricotti F. 150 it
  • 20 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Languedoc 1,612 fr
  • 21 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Myosotis 356 fr
  • 21 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Tjømø 1,453 nw
  • 22 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Australia 1,586 it
  • 22 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Genista 1,856 it
  • 22 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Istros 1,891 gr
  • 22 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Orealla 1,876 it
  • 22 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Roberto G 587 it
  • 23 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Cornigliano 2,862 it
  • 23 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Regina 593 ru
  • 30 May 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Julia Park 2,900 br
  • 21 Aug 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Maria 242 it
  • 22 Aug 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker San Pietro 53 it
  • 24 Aug 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Alix 141 it
  • 24 Aug 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Angelina 153 it
  • 25 Aug 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Socoa 2,772 fr
  • 27 Aug 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Torridon 1,526 it
  • 28 Aug 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Gorgona 861 it
  • 29 Aug 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Fede 1,273 it
  • 31 Aug 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Santa Maria 947 it
  • 31 Aug 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Nostra Signora Assunta 1,256 it
  • 31 Aug 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Quinto 836 it
  • 1 Sep 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Baron Yarborough 1,784 br
  • 1 Sep 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Giuseppe 180 it
  • 4 Sep 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Pasquale Lauro 1,188 it
  • 4 Sep 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Silverstream 1,224 it
  • 7 Sep 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Luigia 917 it
  • 8 Sep 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Elizabeth Iv 7,395 nw
  • 10 Sep 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Elli 631 gr
  • 10 Sep 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Spiridon 562 gr
  • 12 Sep 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Panaghia Akathistou 421 gr
  • 26 Oct 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Valborg 207 da
  • 28 Oct 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Germaine 2,573 gr
  • 29 Oct 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Marie Therese 219 fr
  • 2 Nov 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Giovanni Anteri Beretta 332 it
  • 4 Nov 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Mogador 1,364 fr
  • 8 Nov 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Luigi Pastro 3,228 it
  • 8 Nov 1916 U 34 Claus Rücker Sheldrake 2,697 br
  • 19 Mar 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Angiolina (damaged) 3,541 it
  • 20 Mar 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Paul Et Marie 321 fr
  • 23 Mar 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Artemis 528 gr
  • 23 Mar 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Bellatrix 2,568 nw
  • 23 Mar 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Noli 1,569 it
  • 28 Mar 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Antonietta R. 84 it
  • 28 Mar 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Carlo T 134 it
  • 28 Mar 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Giuseppina 223 it
  • 28 Mar 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Giuseppina Rosa 132 it
  • 28 Mar 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing La Maria 43 it
  • 28 Mar 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Pietro Lofaro 291 it
  • 28 Mar 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Raffaele 53 it
  • 4 May 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Francesco C. 984 it
  • 9 May 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Harpagus 5,866 br
  • 10 May 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Carmen 319 sp
  • 11 May 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Lefkosia 1,087 gr
  • 11 May 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Medjerda 1,918 fr
  • 12 May 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Zanoni 3,851 br
  • 14 May 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Gravelinoise 129 fr
  • 14 May 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Tejo 201 pt
  • 15 May 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Tung Shan 3,999 br
  • 16 May 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Dorothy Duff 186 br
  • 16 May 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Patricio (damaged) 2,164 sp
  • 17 May 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Alfonso 230 it
  • 19 May 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Mardinian 3,322 br
  • 20 May 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Caspian 3,606 br
  • 21 May 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Saint Michel 175 fr
  • 28 Jun 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Minerve 723 fr
  • 30 Jun 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Mont Viso 4,820 fr
  • 3 Jul 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Marthe Roux 1,962 fr
  • 4 Jul 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Fratelli Bianchi 3,542 it
  • 7 Jul 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Wilberforce 3,074 br
  • 12 Jul 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Ondine 84 fr
  • 2 Dec 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Berwick Law 4,680 br
  • 2 Dec 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Minas 2,506 gr
  • 6 Dec 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Ilvington Court 4,217 br
  • 12 Dec 1917 U 34 Johannes Klasing Emanuele C. 284 it
  • 28 Jan 1918 U 34 Wilhelm Canaris Djibouti 4,305 fr
  • 30 Jan 1918 U 34 Wilhelm Canaris Maizar 7,293 br
  • 6 Feb 1918 U 34 Wilhelm Canaris Ville De Verdun 4,576 fr
  • 12 Apr 1918 U 34 Johannes Klasing Autolycus 5,806 br
  • 12 Apr 1918 U 34 Johannes Klasing Moyune 4,935 br
  • 19 Apr 1918 U 34 Johannes Klasing Elka 2,128 gr
  • 19 Apr 1918 U 34 Johannes Klasing Lord Charlemont 3,209 br
  • 22 Apr 1918 U 34 Johannes Klasing Dronning Maud 2,663 br
  • 28 Aug 1918 U 34 Johannes Klasing Emilia G. 246 it
  • 28 Aug 1918 U 34 Johannes Klasing Johanne 234 da
  • 4 Sep 1918 U 34 Johannes Klasing Richard 175 nw
  • 9 Sep 1918 U 34 Johannes Klasing Policastra (d.) 4,594 br
  • 9 Sep 1918 U 34 Johannes Klasing War Arabis 5,183 br

U34 Sailed on 18.10 and was never heard from again. 38 dead (all hands lost). It has been reported that U34 was depth charged by HMS Privet on November 9, 1918 near Gibraltar. But U 34 was in all likelihood lost well before this date.

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