Hans-Adolf Engel

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  16 Aug 1915 Rüstringen
Died  19 Mar 1983(67)Germany

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3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
1 Jul 1936 Fähnrich zur See
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 Jan 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jan 1945 Kapitänleutnant


1941 Iron Cross 2nd Class
1 Nov 1941 U-boat War Badge 1939
1942 Iron Cross 1st Class

U-boat Commands

U-273 21 Oct 1942 31 Mar 1943   No war patrols 

Hans-Adolf Engel joined the Kriegsmarine in 1936, and was part of the Olympia Crew. He served as a Watch Officer on U-83 from Feb 1941 to July 1942. He then underwent U-boat Commander training with the 24th (Training) Flotilla at Memel and Baubelehrung (construction familiarization) for U-273 at Bremen, before commissioning her on 21 Oct 1942. He commanded U-273 as part of the 8th (Training) Flotilla until 1943, when he transferred to Neustadt to become an instructor in the U-boat training division.

He ended the war as a group officer at Marineschule Flensburg-Mürwik (Naval Academy).

After the war Kptlt. Engel joined the Bundesmarine (Federal German Navy), and retired with the rank of Flottillenadmiral (Commodore or Rear Admiral).

Special thanks to Mr. Fernando Almeida for details on date of death and post-war career.

Crew of 1936

Hans-Adolf Engel 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 Engel

This commander did not go out on patrols with his boats.

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

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders