Karl-Heinz Hagenau

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37b)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  31 Aug 1919 Remscheid
Died   1993(73)


9 Oct 1937 Offiziersanwärter
28 Jun 1938 Seekadett
1 Apr 1939 Fähnrich zur See
1 Mar 1940 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 May 1940 Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1942 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jan 1945 Kapitänleutnant


15 May 1940 Iron Cross 2nd Class
1 Oct 1940 Destroyer War Badge
1 Oct 1940 Narvik Shield
15 Nov 1940 Minesweeper War Badge
5 Jan 1943 U-boat War Badge 1939
20 Apr 1944 War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords

U-boat Commands

U-34 2 Feb 1943 11 Jun 1943   No war patrols 
U-704 12 Jun 1943 Apr, 1944   No war patrols 

Served aboard Zerstörer Z22 "Anton Schmitt" during Norwegian campaign where it was sunk by 2nd British Destroyer Fleet on 10 April 1940 after which he joined Marine Regiment Narvik a unit set up consisting of Kriegsmarine members whose ships had been destroyed then to Küstensicherungsverband West.

In 1942 he retrained in the U-boat arm, July to 3 U-boot Flottille aboard U-432 for 2 patrols, February 43 to 24 U-boot Flottille in command of U-34 a training ship, September 43 to 23 U-boot Flottille in command of U-704 another training ship, August 44 as "Schießleiter" with Lehrkommando 300 Kleinkampfverbande unit equipped with "Seehund" 2 man midget submarines.

Patrol info for Karl-Heinz Hagenau

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

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