Karl-Heinrich Harlfinger

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 35)



No ships sunk or damaged.


Born  2 Aug 1915 Jena
Died  21 Mar 1944(28)La Baule, France


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Ranks

1 Jul 1936 Fähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1940 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Oct 1943 Kapitänleutnant

Decorations

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-269 19 Aug 1942 29 Apr 1943   1 patrol (32 days) 
U-269 5 Sep 1943 21 Mar 1944  (+)  1 patrol (42 days) 

Karl-Heinrich Harlfinger committed suicide on 21 March 1944 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

He shot himself in Hotel Majestic in La Baule, France. He was actually a life-affirming man who contracted a sexually transmitted disease. Commander of the 6th Flotilla, Carl Emmermann, decided to pass on punishment for the matter. Harlfinger feared military punishment and service dismissal and stigma and decided to end his life.

Special thanks to Mr. Fernando Almeida for details on date of death.

Patrol info for Karl-Heinrich Harlfinger


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-269 16 Mar 1943  Kiel  21 Mar 1943  Bergen   6 days
2. U-269 23 Mar 1943  Bergen  23 Apr 1943  Narvik  Patrol 1,32 days
3. U-269 24 Apr 1943  Narvik  27 Apr 1943  Bergen   4 days
4. U-269 5 Sep 1943  Skjomenfjord  8 Sep 1943  Bergen   4 days
5. U-269 4 Nov 1943  Bergen  15 Dec 1943  St. Nazaire  Patrol 2,42 days
2 patrols, 74 days at sea

Ships hit by Karl-Heinrich Harlfinger

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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders