WWI U-boat commanders

Paul Hundius

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 4/07)

Successes
70 ships sunk with a total of 98,495 GRT
1 warship sunk with a total of 880 tons
8 ships damaged with a total of 14,442 GRT
1 ship taken as prize with a total of 0 GRTNo ships sunk or damaged

Born:2 Feb 1889  
Died:14 Aug 1918 off Flanders 

Paul Hundius

Ranks

3 Apr 1907 Seekadett
21 Apr 1908 Fähnrich zur See
28 Sep 1910 Leutnant zur See
27 Sep 1913 Oberleutnant zur See
16 Jul 1917 Kapitänleutnant

Decorations

 Iron Cross 2nd class
 Iron Cross 1st class
23 Jul 1917  Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
18 Aug 1918  Pour le Mérite (posthumous)

U-boat Commands

UB 165 Apr 1916 - 29 Aug 1916
UC 4713 Oct 1916 - 8 Oct 1917
UB 10318 Dec 1917 - 14 Aug 1918 (+)

Notes

When war broke out he was Oblt.z.S. and Adjutant on the Linienschiff Lothringen. In July 1915 went to the U-Boot-Schule. On the 5th of April 1916 he became commanding officer of the UB 16 which served with the U-Flottille Flandern. In October, on the 13th 1916 he became CO of the UC 47. In July 1917 he was awarded the Hohenzollerschen Hausorden mit Schwertern. On 16th July 1917 he also became Kapitänleutnant.

On 18 December 1917 he took command of the UB 103. On the 18th August 1918 he was also awarded the Pour le Mérite on demand of Korv.kap. Bartenbach at Admiral von Schröder’s office.

He died on his ship on the 16th of September. The origin of the loss of his submarine remains even today a mystery. Some sources claim UB 103 to be hit by a plane bomb and shells from an armed fishing vessel. In reality she had been discovered by the British airship SSZ 1 which signaled the position of the U-boat to the drifter Young Crow. The submarine was already in trouble as she lost oil. She possibly ran on a mine. Sinking, and loosing more oil, the crew of the Young Crow threw some depth charges on the location were it went down, resulting in two heavy explosions and a third heavy explosion half an hour later. Hundius and all his men died. They were given no chance at all for survival.

Hundius sank a total of 67 merchant vessels with a total of 95.280 BRT and one military vessel of 890 tons.

With the reconstruction of the U-boat weapon in the 1930’s, the 6th U-Boot Flottille of the Kriegsmarine received in May 1936 the name Hundius.

Ships hit by Paul Hundius

DateU-boat Name of shipTonsNat.
 
10 Apr 1916 UB 16 Robert Adamson2,978br
22 Apr 1916 UB 16  Tregantle3,091br
27 Jun 1916 UB 16 Z 20 (p.)unknownbe
2 Aug 1916 UB 16 John Wilson798nw
24 Aug 1916 UB 16 Velox312nw
 
31 Jan 1917 UC 47 Modiva1,276nw
1 Feb 1917 UC 47 Portia1,127nw
8 Feb 1917 UC 47  Ghurka880br
8 Feb 1917 UC 47 Lullington2,816br
10 Feb 1917 UC 47 Japanese Prince4,876br
12 Feb 1917 UC 47 Aghios Spyridon1,618gr
12 Feb 1917 UC 47 Brissons60br
13 Feb 1917 UC 47 Sequoya (d.)5,263br
13 Feb 1917 UC 47 F. D. Lambert2,195br
13 Feb 1917 UC 47 Fleurette60br
11 Mar 1917 UC 47 Charles Le Cour2,352fr
11 Mar 1917 UC 47 G. A. Savage357br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 C.A.S.60br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 Ena56br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 Gratia37br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 Hyacinth56br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 Inter-nos59br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 Jessamine56br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 Lent Lily23br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 Nellie61br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 Proverb37br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 Rivina22br
14 Mar 1917 UC 47 Brika3,549br
15 Mar 1917 UC 47 Solferino1,155nw
15 Mar 1917 UC 47 Wilfred1,121nw
16 Mar 1917 UC 47 Medusa1,274it
16 Mar 1917 UC 47 Sully2,649fr
17 Apr 1917 UC 47 Dantzic108br
17 Apr 1917 UC 47 William Shepherd143br
19 Apr 1917 UC 47 Old Head (d.)105br
19 Apr 1917 UC 47 Gold Coast4,255br
19 Apr 1917 UC 47 Jewel195br
19 Apr 1917 UC 47 Star Of Freedom258br
22 Apr 1917 UC 47 Gaelic (hms - Q.22) (d.)224br
23 Apr 1917 UC 47 Tommi (d.)138br
23 Apr 1917 UC 47 Imataka1,776br
24 Apr 1917 UC 47 Heather58br
24 Apr 1917 UC 47 Plutus1,189br
26 Apr 1917 UC 47 Aigle172fr
26 Apr 1917 UC 47 John Lockett842nw
18 May 1917 UC 47 Mary Baird1,830br
3 Jun 1917 UC 47 Portofino1,754it
12 Jun 1917 UC 47 Carew Castle256br
14 Jun 1917 UC 47 Dart3,207br
19 Jun 1917 UC 47 Great City (d.)5,525br
18 Jul 1917 UC 47 Ruth (d.)549nw
20 Jul 1917 UC 47 Beatrice712br
20 Jul 1917 UC 47 Bramham1,978br
31 Jul 1917 UC 47 Fremona3,028br
31 Jul 1917 UC 47 Motano2,730am
22 Aug 1917 UC 47 Gro2,667nw
23 Aug 1917 UC 47 Peer Gynt1,144nw
23 Aug 1917 UC 47 Veghtstroom1,353br
26 Aug 1917 UC 47 Eirini2,452gr
26 Aug 1917 UC 47 Seresia (d.)2,342be
23 Sep 1917 UC 47 Perseverance118br
24 Sep 1917 UC 47 Mimosa (d.)296fr
25 Sep 1917 UC 47 Boynton2,578br
3 Oct 1917 UC 47 Annie F. Conlon591am
 
14 Mar 1918 UC 47 Jeanne Marie2,971fr
20 Mar 1918 UB 103  Eros858sw
21 Mar 1918 UB 103 Tyrhaug1,483br
24 Mar 1918 UB 103 Anteros4,241br
22 Apr 1918 UB 103 Eric Calvert1,862br
28 Apr 1918 UB 103 Elba1,081br
2 May 1918 UB 103 Thorsa1,319br
3 May 1918 UB 103 Vasilefs Georgios3,651gr
10 Jun 1918 UB 103 Borg2,111br
11 Jun 1918 UB 103 Lorle2,686br
12 Jun 1918 UB 103 Kul1,095br
11 Jul 1918 UB 103 Kong Guttorm731nw
15 Jul 1918 UB 103 Cap Breton1,464fr
15 Jul 1918 UB 103 Vendee892fr
16 Jul 1918 UB 103 Lyndiane1,564fr
21 Jul 1918 UB 103 Arvor961fr
 113,817
72 ships sunk (99,375 tons) and 8 ships damaged (14,442 tons).


Legend
(d.) means the ship was damaged.
(p.) means the ship was taken as prize (included in ships & tonnage lost).
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Media links


Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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