Hans-Ludwig Gaude

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  16 Jan 1916 Stettin
Died  1 Nov 2003(87)Altenholz, Germany


3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 May 1937 Fähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1943 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-19 16 Dec 1941 Feb, 1942   No war patrols 
U-19 Feb, 1942 18 Apr 1942   No war patrols 
U-19 28 Dec 1942 2 Dec 1943   6 patrols (144 days) 
U-883 1 May 1944 1 Oct 1944   No war patrols 
U-3525 31 Jan 1945 30 Apr 1945   No war patrols 
U-2343 1 May 1945 5 May 1945   No war patrols 

Hans-Ludwig Gaude joined the Kriegsmarine in 1936, and was part of the Olympia Crew. He served in coastal artillery and minesweepers before joining the U-bootwaffe (U-boat force) in 1941. After serving as 1WO (1st Watch Officer) on U-83 and U-558, he served as a Konfirmand (Commander in training) on U-19 before taking command of her in 1942.

He left U-19 in 1943 to join the Admiral's staff at Black Sea Command, moving to the 27th Flotilla at Gotenhafen to become a training officer in 1944, with an interval as Baubelehrungs (construction familiarization) Commandant for U-883.
He attended Baubelehrung at Danzig in preparation for commissioning U-3525, a Type XXI Elektro boat in January 1945, handing her over to Kptlt. Franz Kranich in April.

Kptlt Gaude took over command of a smaller Type XXIII elektro boat, U-2343, a training boat with the 4th Flotilla, eight days before the end of the war, scuttling her in Flensberger Förde (inlet) on 5 May 1945. He then commanded a naval infantry battalion for two days, before being interned and serving in the German Minesweeper Administration until 1947.

Hans-Ludwig Gaude died at Altenholz in Schleswig-Holstein on 1 November 2003 at the age of 87.

(Special thanks to Mr. Fernando Almeida for details on date of death.)

Patrol info for Hans-Ludwig Gaude

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-19 21 Jan 1943  Konstanza  19 Feb 1943  Konstanza  Patrol 1,30 days
2. U-19 17 Mar 1943  Konstanza  30 Mar 1943  Konstanza  Patrol 2,14 days
3. U-19 14 Apr 1943  Konstanza  4 May 1943  Konstanza  Patrol 3,21 days
4. U-19 10 Jun 1943  Konstanza  11 Jun 1943  Konstanza  Patrol 4,2 days
5. U-19 16 Jun 1943  Konstanza  7 Jul 1943  Feodosia  Patrol 4,22 days
6. U-19 8 Jul 1943  Feodosia  10 Jul 1943  Konstanza  Patrol 4,3 days
7. U-19 25 Jul 1943  Konstanza  16 Aug 1943  Feodosia  Patrol 5,23 days
8. U-19 18 Aug 1943  Feodosia  24 Aug 1943  Konstanza  Patrol 5,7 days
9. U-19 11 Nov 1943  Konstanza  2 Dec 1943  Konstanza  Patrol 6,22 days
6 patrols, 144 days at sea

Ships hit by Hans-Ludwig Gaude

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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.

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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

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