Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen
Kapitänleutnant (Crew 35)
5 ships sunk, total tonnage 39,855 GRT
3 warships sunk, total tonnage 873 tons (lost aboard transport ships)
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 5,432 GRT
|Born||2 Aug 1913||Friedrichshafen|
|Died||7 Feb 1943||(29)||Central North Atlantic|
|U-624||28 May 1942||7 Feb 1943 (+)||2 patrols (88 days)|
Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen joined the Kriegsmarine in 1935. Between Sept 1939 to March 1941 he served in minesweeping flotillas and units, joining the U-boat force in April 1941.
In Oct 1941 Obltnt. Soden-Fraunhofen was assigned as 1st Watch Officer to the successful U-552 (Topp). He went on two patrols with the boat, a total of 67 days at sea. Ironically, these were among the least successful of U-552's patrols, but the experience of serving under a veteran like Erich Topp was invaluable.
From March to May 1942 Soden-Fraunhofen received U-boat commander training prior to commissioning the type VIIC U-boat U-624 on 28 May. The first patrol (56 days in the North Atlantic) was highly successful, with a tally of seven ships sunk (35,616 GRT) and one damaged.
Busch, R and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen
|1.||U-624||10 Oct 1942||Kiel||4 Dec 1942||St. Nazaire||Patrol 1,||56 days|
|2.||U-624||7 Jan 1943||St. Nazaire||7 Feb 1943||Sunk||Patrol 2,||32 days|
|2 patrols, 88 days at sea|
Ships hit by Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|29 Oct 1942||U-624||HMS LCT-2190 [Trans.]||291||br||HX-212|
|29 Oct 1942||U-624||HMS LCT-2192 [Trans.]||291||br||HX-212|
|29 Oct 1942||U-624||HMS LCT-2284 [Trans.]||291||br||HX-212|
|29 Oct 1942||U-624||Kosmos II||16,966||nw||HX-212|
|29 Oct 1942||U-624||Pan-New York||7,701||am||HX-212|
|18 Nov 1942||U-624||President Sergent||5,344||br||ONS-144|
|18 Nov 1942||U-624||Parismina||4,732||am||ONS-144|
|18 Nov 1942||U-624||Yaka (d.)||5,432||am||ONS-144|
|25 Jan 1943||U-624||Lackenby||5,112||br||SC-117|
8 ships sunk (40,728 tons) and 1 ship damaged (5,432 tons).
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