Hans-Wilhelm von Dresky
Kapitänleutnant (Crew 29)
10 ships sunk, total tonnage 19,261 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 3,670 GRT
|Born ||27 Jan 1908|| ||Halle an der Saale|
|Died ||12 Feb 1940||(32)||Firth of Clyde|
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|1 Apr 1929||Offiziersanwärter|
|1 Jan 1931||Fähnrich zur See|
|1 Apr 1933||Oberfähnrich zur See|
|1 Oct 1933||Leutnant zur See|
|1 Jun 1935||Oberleutnant zur See|
|1 Aug 1938||Kapitänleutnant|
|U-4 ||30 Sep 1937 ||28 Oct 1938 || No war patrols |
|U-33 ||29 Oct 1938 ||12 Feb 1940 (+)|| 3 patrols (78 days) |
Hans-Wilhelm von Dresky joined the Kriegsmarine in 29. He served as a Watch officer (WO) on the U-20 from Feb 1936 to Sept 1937 when he took command of the small "duck" U-4 on 30 Sept 1937.
von Dresky left the U-4 on 28 Oct 1938 and the following day took command of the larger Type VIIA boat U-33. On his first 2 patrols he sank 10 small ships (19,261 tons) and destroyed another one for 3,670 tons.
For his third patrol he was sent to the Firth of Clyde lay 8 TMC mines at the British Naval base there - a highly dangerous task. When he nosed his boat into the Firth she was detected by the British minesweeper HMS Gleaner but Desky mistook her for a cruiser and thought she would pass him and head for open waters. He thus laid his boat on the bottom at 183 feet. Gleaner dropped 6 depth charges onto the boat, surprising the Germans, and caused severe leaks, followed by 5 more charges further damaging the boat. Dresky, believing the attacker to be a destroyer, ordered the boat to surface and then scuttle, distributing the Engima wheels to some of his men to throw into the sea away from the boat. As the waters were freezing only 17 men survived the sinking, 25 died of exposure, shock and hypothermia, including Commander von Dresky (Blair, 1996).
Blair, C. (1996). Hitler’s U-boat War. The Hunters, 1939-1942.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Hans-Wilhelm von Dresky
| ||U-boat ||Departure
||Arrival|| || ||
||19 Aug 1939 ||Wilhelmshaven
||28 Sep 1939 ||Wilhelmshaven
||Patrol 1,||41 days||
||29 Oct 1939 ||Wilhelmshaven
||26 Nov 1939 ||Wilhelmshaven
||Patrol 2,||29 days||
||5 Feb 1940 ||Wilhelmshaven
||12 Feb 1940 ||Sunk
||Patrol 3,||8 days||
|3 patrols, 78 days at sea||
Ships hit by Hans-Wilhelm von Dresky
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