Daily Event for March 16, 2010

SMS UC-12 was a UC-1 class submarine built at A.G. Wesser in Bremen, Germany and launched on Apr. 29, 1915. The boat served during the Great War in the Adriatic making seven war patrols out of Pula. On March 16, 1916 her mission was to lay mines off Taranto harbor, but during the operation a mine exploded in the chute sending the boat to the bottom with the whole crew.

Italian divers inspected the boat and determined that she could be salvaged, they also learned of what they were doing. Germany and Italy were not at war and this caused some distress with the Italians even though the boat had been "transferred" to the Austro-Hungarian navy. The two halves were raised and she was reassembled and commissioned into the Italian navy as X-1. Her career ended in 1919 when she was scrapped.
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The wreck of UC-12.

The wreck of the UC-12.

Roll of Remembrance
Zum Gedenken an die Gefallenen des Unterseeboot SMS UC-12
"In the memory of the fallen crewmen of submarine SMS UC-12"

Aichele, Friedrich
U-Maschinist Anw
Bär, Friedhold
U-F.T.Obergast d.Res
Berndt, Waldemar
Marine Ingenieur Asp
Bertram, Friedrich
Cohrs, August
Fröhner, Eberhard
Oberleutnant zur See
Commanding Officer
Katterle, Josef
Mann, Sebastian
Neugebauer, R.
Rolef, Peter
Scherb, Karl
Schmitt, Jakob
Voss, Gerrit
U-Oberbootsmannsmaat d.Res
Weicht, Kurt
Zielinski, Karl
*There may have been an officer from the Austro-Hungarian navy aboard as a liaison whose name I do not know.

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