WWI U-boat commanders

Hans von Mellenthin

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 4/06)

Successes
57 ships sunk with a total of 154,662 GRT
7 ships damaged with a total of 31,556 GRT

Born:25 Mar 1887  
Died:12 Jun 1971  

Hans von Mellenthin

Ranks

1 Apr 1906 Seekadett
6 Apr 1907 Fähnrich zur See
30 Sep 1909 Leutnant zur See
19 Sep 1912 Oberleutnant zur See
13 Jul 1916 Kapitänleutnant
31 Jul 1922 Korvettenkapitän (Charakter)
31 Jul 1922 Out of naval service

Decorations

 Iron Cross 2nd class
 Iron Cross 1st class
   Ottoman Osminieh Order
   Military Merit Medal
   Iron Half Moon
   Military Merit Cross (Mecklenburg-Schwerin)
   Military Merit Cross
   Empire Silver Medal Imtiaz with Scimitars
22 Apr 1917  Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
25 Feb 1918  Pour le Mérite

U-boat Commands

UB 4329 Aug 1916 - 8 Apr 1917
UB 4928 Jun 1917 - 12 Jun 1918
U 12031 Aug 1918 - 11 Nov 1918

Notes

Hans von Mellenthin joined the Kaiserliche Marine in 1906 as Seekadett. Was in 1914 CO of the Turkish torpedocruiser Berk. In 1915 he was CO of a torpedoboat and active in the battle for the Dardanelles. In 1916 he was promoted Kapitänleutnant and was CO of UB11, UB43 (from the 29th August) and in 1917 of UB49 (starting from the 28th June).

On 9th September UB49 was suffering damage and entered the Spanish harbor of Cadiz. The Spanish authorities wanted to intern the boat and crew, but von Mellenthin managed escape from Cadiz with his UB49 on 6 October.

In 1918 he received the Pour le Mérite and became CO of U120, probably in June. In 1919-1920 he served in the Marine Brigade von Löwenfeldt. Between 1920 and 1937 he was active in business in South-America.

Ships hit by Hans von Mellenthin

DateU-boat Name of shipTonsNat.
 
14 Sep 1916 UB 43 Italiana2,663br
17 Sep 1916 UB 43 Dewa3,802br
17 Sep 1916 UB 43 Lord Tredegar3,856br
10 Oct 1916 UB 43 Elax3,980br
13 Oct 1916 UB 43 Welsh Prince4,934br
3 Nov 1916 UB 43 Statesman6,153br
4 Nov 1916 UB 43 Clan Leslie3,937br
4 Nov 1916 UB 43 Huntsvale5,398br
6 Nov 1916 UB 43  Arabia7,903br
12 Nov 1916 UB 43  Kapunda3,383br
13 Dec 1916 UB 43 Bretwalda4,037br
14 Dec 1916 UB 43 Russian8,825br
14 Dec 1916 UB 43 Westminster4,342br
 
24 Feb 1917 UB 43 Miaoulis2,918gr
26 Feb 1917 UB 43 Clan Farquhar5,858br
27 Feb 1917 UB 43 Brodmore4,071br
28 Feb 1917 UB 43 Shinsei Maru3,060jp
26 Mar 1917 UB 43 Ledbury3,046br
3 Apr 1917 UB 43 Vasilefs Constantinos4,070gr
2 Sep 1917 UB 49 Caracas1,077nw
4 Sep 1917 UB 49 Theodora2,899gr
6 Sep 1917 UB 49 Moina168fr
7 Sep 1917 UB 49 Brodmead (d.)5,646br
7 Sep 1917 UB 49 Casa Blanca31pt
7 Sep 1917 UB 49  Clan Ferguson4,808br
7 Sep 1917 UB 49 Hunsbridge3,424br
16 Dec 1917 UB 49 New York442it
16 Dec 1917 UB 49 SAN FRANCESCO DI PAOLA51it
18 Dec 1917 UB 49 Giuilo S (d.)151it
20 Dec 1917 UB 49 Attualita4,791it
20 Dec 1917 UB 49 Regin1,845nw
20 Dec 1917 UB 49 Suruga (d.)4,374am
21 Dec 1917 UB 49 Monte Bianco (d.)6,968it
21 Dec 1917 UB 49 Stromboli5,356it
22 Dec 1917 UB 49 Piemonte (d.)2,395it
23 Dec 1917 UB 49 Caboto4,418it
25 Dec 1917 UB 49 Umballa5,310br
 
26 Jan 1918 UB 49 CATERINA21it
28 Jan 1918 UB 49 Elsa165it
28 Jan 1918 UB 49 Lysi247it
29 Jan 1918 UB 49 Ada179it
29 Jan 1918 UB 49 FANNY74it
29 Jan 1918 UB 49 LAVORO160it
29 Jan 1918 UB 49 LUCIA MARTINI160it
29 Jan 1918 UB 49 PAOLO MERIGA127it
4 Feb 1918 UB 49 General Church (d.)6,600br
7 Feb 1918 UB 49 G32237it
8 Feb 1918 UB 49 Mette118da
13 Mar 1918 UB 49 Umta (d.)5,422br
13 Mar 1918 UB 49 San Francesco Di Paolo70it
14 Mar 1918 UB 49 Principessa Laetitia4,011it
15 Mar 1918 UB 49 Clan Macdougall4,710br
17 Mar 1918 UB 49 Tripoli1,743it
18 Mar 1918 UB 49 Utrecht293fr
19 Mar 1918 UB 49 San Francesco Di Paolo70it
19 Mar 1918 UB 49 Giovanni Albanesi497it
20 Mar 1918 UB 49 ANGELO RAFFAELE53it
21 Mar 1918 UB 49 DANTE C129it
25 Mar 1918 UB 49 Carlo Splendor105it
26 May 1918 UB 49 Le Gard1,658fr
27 May 1918 UB 49 Carmela128it
27 May 1918 UB 49 Uganda5,431br
30 May 1918 UB 49 Pietro Maroncelli5,143it
3 Jun 1918 UB 49  Mecanicien Donzel8,277fr
 186,218
57 ships sunk (154,662 tons) and 7 ships damaged (31,556 tons).


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