Hans Lehmann

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 38)


Successes
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


Oberleutnant zur See d. R. Hans Lehmann

Ranks

1 Oct 1938Offiziersanwärter
1 Jul 1939Seekadett
1 Dec 1939Fähnrich zur See
1 Aug 1940Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1941Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1943Oberleutnant zur See

Decorations

 Iron Cross 2nd Class
27 May 1942Iron Cross 1st Class
 U-boat Front Clasp
27 May 1943U-boat War Badge 1939
28 Dec 1944German Cross in Gold
8 May 1945Knights Cross

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-997 23 Sep 1943 9 May 1945   7 patrols (167 days) 

Hans Lehmann joined the Kriegsmarine in November 1938 and after serving on the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper during Feb - March 1940 and spending over three years on minesweepers, he transferred to the U-bootwaffe in June 1942.

After a few months as watch officer on U-359 and U-454, he commissioned the Type VIIC/41 U-997 in July 1943.

From May 1944 he took her on several successful patrols in Arctic waters, sinking two ships and damaging one other. 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 OLt zS Lehmann was taken into Allied captivity.

Sources

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


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
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 1944U-997Hans Lehmann BO-229105sj
 
22 Apr 1945U-997Hans Lehmann Idefjord (d.)4,287nwPK-9
22 Apr 1945U-997Hans Lehmann Onega1,603sjPK-9
 5,995

2 ships sunk (1,708 tons) and 1 ship damaged (4,287 tons).

Legend
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


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders