Kapitänleutnant (Crew 35)
8 ships sunk, total tonnage 26,383 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 900 tons
|Born||14 Sep 1915||Steins, Vogtland|
|Died||9 Mar 2014||(98)||Altenholz, Germany|
|U-517||21 Mar 1942||21 Nov 1942||2 patrols (78 days)|
Paul Hartwig joined the U-boat force in July 1940 and after five months of training he completed two patrols on the successful U-125.
In March 1942 he commissioned the Type IXC boat U-517 and on the boat's first patrol in Canadian waters during the summer of 1942 he sank nine ships.
BdU Admiral Dönitz commented on the patrol: "Outstanding first patrol of commander with a new boat." Unfortunately U-517 was sunk just four days after leaving Lorient on her second patrol (Niestlé, 1998). Paul Hartwig spent the time from November 1942 to the end of the war in Allied captivity.
After the war Hartwig joined the newly formed Bundesmarine and during the 1970s rose to the rank of Vice Admiral.
He passed away on 9 March 2014 at the age of 98. His obituary contained these words: "He was blessed in that he could look back on his life as a success."
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Patrol info for Paul Hartwig
|1.||U-517||8 Aug 1942||Kiel||19 Oct 1942||Lorient||Patrol 1,||73 days|
|2.||U-517||17 Nov 1942||Lorient||21 Nov 1942||Sunk||Patrol 2,||5 days|
|2 patrols, 78 days at sea|
Ships hit by Paul Hartwig
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|27 Aug 1942||U-517||Paul Hartwig||Chatham||5,649||am||SG-6F|
|28 Aug 1942||U-517||Paul Hartwig||Arlyn||3,304||am||SG-6|
|3 Sep 1942||U-517||Paul Hartwig||Donald Stewart||1,781||ca||LN-7|
|7 Sep 1942||U-517||Paul Hartwig||Mount Pindus||5,729||gr||QS-33|
|7 Sep 1942||U-517||Paul Hartwig||Oakton||1,727||ca||QS-33|
|7 Sep 1942||U-517||Paul Hartwig||Mount Taygetus||3,286||gr||QS-33|
|11 Sep 1942||U-517||Paul Hartwig||HMCS Charlottetown (K 244)||900||ca||SQ-35|
|15 Sep 1942||U-517||Paul Hartwig||Inger Elisabeth||2,166||nw||SQ-36|
|15 Sep 1942||U-517||Paul Hartwig||Saturnus||2,741||nl||SQ-36|
9 ships sunk (27,283 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.