Fregattenkapitän (Crew 26)
6 ships sunk, total tonnage 26,756 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 13,950 GRT
|Born||30 Nov 1907||Essen-Katernberg|
|U-15||16 May 1936||2 Aug 1936||No war patrols|
|U-30||8 Oct 1936||31 Oct 1938||No war patrols|
|UA||20 Sep 1939||31 Oct 1940||2 patrols (98 days)|
|UA||15 Feb 1942||14 May 1942||2 patrols (44 days)|
Hans Cohausz joined the Reichsmarine in 1926. He went through U-boat training from Sept 1935 to April 1936. He commanded the small U-15 during the summer of 1936 and then briefly the larger Type VIIC U-30 in Oct 1936. Cohausz also served in several staff positions, including FdU (U-boat Command) from 4 Jan to 16 Sept 1939.
On 17 Sept 1939 Hans Cohausz took command of U A, designed and built for the Turkish navy as Batiray, but taken over by Germany on the eve of war. He commanded the boat until 31 Oct 1940, taking her on two patrols (92 days at sea) and sinking six merchant ships, total 26,756 GRT, and the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Andania of 13,950 GRT.
From 1 Nov 1940 to 14 Feb 1942 Kapitänleutnant Cohausz commanded the 1st Flotilla, first at Kiel, Germany and then Brest, France. He commanded the UA again from Feb to May 1942. On his second stint with the boat he went on two patrols, but sank no ships.
From 15 May 1942 to 19 Dec 1944 Korvettenkapitän Cohausz commanded the 11th Flotilla at Bergen, Norway. He then went to serve at the Torpedo School at Mürwik until the end of the war. He was briefly detained by the Allies, being released on 25 Aug 1945.
Busch, R and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Hans Cohausz
|1.||UA||27 Apr 1940||Kiel||2 May 1940||Trondheim||Patrol 1,||6 days|
|2.||UA||5 May 1940||Trondheim||10 May 1940||Kiel||Patrol 1,||6 days|
|3.||UA||6 Jun 1940||Kiel||30 Aug 1940||Kiel||Patrol 2,||86 days|
|4.||UA||21 Feb 1942||Lorient||22 Feb 1942||Lorient||Patrol 3,||2 days|
|5.||UA||14 Mar 1942||Lorient||24 Apr 1942||Kiel||Patrol 4,||42 days|
|4 patrols, 142 days at sea|
Ships hit by Hans Cohausz
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|16 Jun 1940||UA||HMS Andania||13,950||br|
|26 Jun 1940||UA||Crux||3,828||nw||OG-34|
|14 Jul 1940||UA||Sarita||5,824||nw|
|3 Aug 1940||UA||Rad||4,201||yu|
|15 Aug 1940||UA||Aspasia||4,211||gr|
|19 Aug 1940||UA||Kelet||4,295||un|
|20 Aug 1940||UA||Tuira||4,397||pa||OB-198|
7 ships sunk (40,706 tons).
About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.
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