Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 38)
1 ship sunk, total tonnage 1,603 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 105 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 4,287 GRT
|Born||24 Sep 1915||Brunsbüttelkoog|
|Died||25 Nov 1981||(66)||Maschen near Hamburg|
|U-997||23 Sep 1943||9 May 1945||7 patrols (167 days)|
Hans Lehmann joined the Kriegsmarine in November 1938 and served for more than three years on several minesweepers and on the cruiser Admiral Hipper (during Feb - March, 1940). In June 1942 he transferred to the U-boat force.
Beginning in May 1944 he commanded the boat on several successful patrols in Arctic waters, sinking two ships and damaging one. He was the last U-boat commander to be awarded the Knights Cross.
In May 1945 he surrendered his U-boat at the Port of Londonderry at Lisahally in Northern Ireland (Niestlé, 1998). The boat was scuttled during Operation Deadlight and Hans Lehmann was taken into Allied captivity.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Patrol info for Hans Lehmann
|1.||U-997||25 Apr 1944||Kiel||29 Apr 1944||Egersund||5 days|
|2.||U-997||16 May 1944||Egersund||16 May 1944||Bergen||1 days|
|3.||U-997||18 May 1944||Bergen||22 May 1944||Bogenbucht||5 days|
|4.||U-997||25 May 1944||Bogenbucht||22 Jun 1944||Hammerfest||Patrol 1,||29 days|
|5.||U-997||18 Jul 1944||Hammerfest||20 Jul 1944||Hammerfest||3 days|
|6.||U-997||6 Aug 1944||Hammerfest||2 Sep 1944||Narvik||Patrol 2,||28 days|
|7.||U-997||13 Sep 1944||Narvik||2 Oct 1944||Bogenbucht||Patrol 3,||20 days|
|8.||U-997||8 Oct 1944||Bogenbucht||10 Oct 1944||Hammerfest||3 days|
|9.||U-997||14 Oct 1944||Hammerfest||9 Nov 1944||Narvik||Patrol 4,||27 days|
|10.||U-997||21 Nov 1944||Narvik||26 Dec 1944||Narvik||Patrol 5,||36 days|
|11.||U-997||27 Dec 1944||Narvik||29 Dec 1944||Trondheim||3 days|
|12.||U-997||22 Feb 1945||Trondheim||26 Feb 1945||Kilbotn||5 days|
|13.||U-997||7 Mar 1945||Kilbotn||8 Mar 1945||Kilbotn||2 days|
|14.||U-997||12 Mar 1945||Kilbotn||24 Mar 1945||Narvik||Patrol 6,||13 days|
|15.||U-997||17 Apr 1945||Narvik||30 Apr 1945||Narvik||Patrol 7,||14 days|
|16.||U-997||12 May 1945||Narvik||12 May 1945||Skjomenfjord||1 days|
|17.||U-997||15 May 1945||Skjomenfjord||19 May 1945||Loch Eriboll, UK||5 days|
|7 patrols, 167 days at sea|
Ships hit by Hans Lehmann
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|7 Dec 1944||U-997||Hans Lehmann||BO-229||105||sj|
|22 Apr 1945||U-997||Hans Lehmann||Idefjord (d.)||4,287||nw||PK-9|
|22 Apr 1945||U-997||Hans Lehmann||Onega||1,603||sj||PK-9|
2 ships sunk (1,708 tons) and 1 ship damaged (4,287 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.