Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)
1 ship sunk, total tonnage 5,154 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 9,131 GRT
|Born||30 Aug 1918||Hindenburg, Upper Silesia|
|Died||30 Jul 1943||(24)||North Atlantic|
|U-43||19 Mar 1942||30 Jul 1943 (+)||4 patrols (221 days)|
Crew of 1936
Hans-Joachim Schwantke was one of the Kriegsmarine's famous Olympia Crew. This Crew chose the Olympic rings as their symbol (the 1936 Olympic games were held in Berlin). It was the largest Crew, and produced more U-boat commanders than any other – of the 164 who 'graduated', 140 took command during the war.
Patrol info for Hans-Joachim Schwantke
|1.||U-43||4 Jul 1942||Kiel||15 Aug 1942||Lorient||Patrol 1,||43 days|
|2.||U-43||23 Sep 1942||Lorient||9 Dec 1942||Lorient||Patrol 2,||78 days|
|3.||U-43||9 Jan 1943||Lorient||31 Mar 1943||Lorient||Patrol 3,||82 days|
|4.||U-43||13 Jul 1943||Lorient||30 Jul 1943||Patrol 4,||18 days|
|4 patrols, 221 days at sea|
Ships hit by Hans-Joachim Schwantke
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|18 Nov 1942||U-43||Brilliant (t.)||9,131||am||SC-109|
|3 Mar 1943||U-43||Doggerbank||5,154||dt|
2 ships sunk (14,285 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.