Heinrich Hasenschar

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)

4 ships sunk, total tonnage 21,765 GRT
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 20,450 GRT

Born  27 Sep 1916 Hoeringhausen / Waldeck
Died  3 Jul 1943(26)Cape Ortegal


3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 Mar 1943 Kapitänleutnant


  Iron Cross 2nd Class
  Iron Cross 1st Class
7 Jul 1943 German Cross in Gold (posthumous)

U-boat Commands

U-29 15 Sep 1941 5 May 1942   No war patrols 
U-628 25 Jun 1942 3 Jul 1943  (+)  4 patrols (124 days) 

Heinrich Hasenschar joined the Kriegsmarine in 1936, as part of the Olympia crew. He went through U-boat training from Oct 1939 to June 1940. He served as a Watch officer (WO) on the small "duck" U-59 (Joachim Matz) from June to Dec 1940 (Busch & Röll, 1999). During this time he went out on 5 patrols, 58 days at sea, destroying 4 ships for almost 14,000 tons and damaging one for 8,000 tons.

From Jan to July 1941 Heinrich Hasenschar served as a Watch Officer (WO) on the newly commissioned U-751 (Kplt. Gerhard Bigalk). The boat went out on one patrol during this time, from 3 June to 5 July 1941, sinking one ship of 5,370 tons.

Hasenschar went through U-boat Commander training with the 24th Flotilla from July to Sep 1941. Oblt. Heinrich Hasenschar took command the veteran Type VIIA boat U-29 on 15 Sept 1941 (Busch & Röll, 1999). The famous boat, having sunk the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous (50) on 17 Sept 1939, was then in a training flotilla. Hasenschar spent the winter in the Baltic learning how to handle the boat in preparation for front line duty. When taking on his first front line command he had extensive experience; over 90 days at sea and a full winter with his U-29.

Hansenschar began his U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) in May 1942 in preparation for his next command. He then commissioned the brand-new Type VIIC boat U-628 on 25 June 1942 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

He commanded the boat on 4 patrols, before perishing on the 4th when the boat being sunk with all hands on 3 July 1943 by a British B-24 Liberator bomber (Niestlé, 1998).


Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.

Patrol info for Heinrich Hasenschar

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-628 28 Nov 1942  Kiel  8 Jan 1943  Brest  Patrol 1,42 days
2. U-628 1 Feb 1943  Brest  9 Mar 1943  Brest  Patrol 2,37 days
3. U-628 8 Apr 1943  Brest  19 May 1943  Brest  Patrol 3,42 days
4. U-628 1 Jul 1943  Brest  3 Jul 1943  Sunk  Patrol 4,3 days
4 patrols, 124 days at sea

Ships hit by Heinrich Hasenschar

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
29 Dec 1942U-628 Lynton Grange5,029brONS-154
23 Feb 1943U-628 Glittre (d.)6,409nwON-166
23 Feb 1943U-628 Winkler (d.)6,907paON-166
24 Feb 1943U-628 Ingria4,391nwON-166
25 Feb 1943U-628 Manchester Merchant7,264brON-166
17 Apr 1943U-628 Fort Rampart (d.)7,134brHX-233
5 May 1943U-628 Harbury5,081brONS-5

4 ships sunk (21,765 tons) and 3 ships damaged (20,450 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.

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.

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders