Hans-Botho Bade

Leutnant zur See der Reserve (entry, Jahrgang X/39)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  15 Nov 1909 Hamburg-Blankenese
Died  14 Dec 1942(33)

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19 Oct 1939 Rekrut
1 Jan 1940 Steuermannsmaat d.R.
1 Oct 1940 Reserveoffizieranwärter
1 Jan 1941 Steuermann
1 Jul 1941 Leutnant zur See der Reserve


28 May 1940 Iron Cross 2nd Class
12 Apr 1941 U-boat War Badge 1939
July, 1941 Iron Cross 1st Class
10 Jun 1942 Minesweeper War Badge

U-boat Commands

U-626 11 Jun 1942 14 Dec 1942  (+)  1 patrol (7 days) 

Hans-Botho Bade entered the Kriegsmarine in 1939. He was the Second Watch Officer (2WO) on the U-69 from Jan 1941 to Feb 1942, serving almost 200 days at sea. In Feb 1942 he went through U-boat commander courses and Baubelehrung (observing the final construction of a U-boat) until he took command of the U-626 on 11 June 1942.

Hans-Botho Bade was a former merchant marine captain (Blair, 1998).


Blair, C. (1998). Hitler’s U-boat War. The Hunted, 1942-1945.
Busch, R & Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Hans-Botho Bade

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-626 24 Nov 1942  Kiel  30 Nov 1942  Bergen   7 days
2. U-626 8 Dec 1942  Bergen  14 Dec 1942  Sunk  Patrol 1,7 days

About ranks and decorations
Special thanks to Fernando Almeida for data on ranks and decorations.

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Bloody Winter

Waters, John M.

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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