Hans-Adolf Schweichel

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 36)

1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 9,359 GRT
2 auxiliary warships damaged, total tonnage 18,285 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 1,630 tons

Born  26 May 1915 Bremen
Died  16 Nov 1942(27)off Casablanca


3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 May 1937 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940 Oberleutnant zur See


U-boat Commands

U-105 1 Oct 1942 29 Oct 1942   No war patrols 
U-173 Oct, 1942 16 Nov 1942  (+)  1 patrol (16 days) 

Crew of 1936

Hans-Adolf Schweichel 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-Adolf Schweichel

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-173 1 Nov 1942  Lorient  16 Nov 1942  Sunk  Patrol 1,16 days

Ships hit by Hans-Adolf Schweichel

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
11 Nov 1942U-173 USS Joseph Hewes (AP 50)9,359amUGF-1
11 Nov 1942U-173 USS Winooski (AO 38) (d.)10,172amUGF-1
11 Nov 1942U-173 USS Hambleton (DD 455) (d.)1,630amUGF-1
15 Nov 1942U-173 USS Electra (AK 21) (d.)8,113amUGF-1

1 ship sunk (9,359 tons) and 3 ships damaged (19,915 tons).

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(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

(£ 38.25)

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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