Hans von Mellenthin
Kapitänleutnant (Crew 4/05)
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|
|UB 43||29 Aug 1916||-||8 Apr 1917|
|UB 49||28 Jun 1917||-||12 Jun 1918|
|U 120||31 Aug 1918||-||11 Nov 1918|
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.