Klaus Harney

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 35)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  26 Mar 1917 Düsseldorf
Died  1 Sep 1942(25)North Atlantic


5 Apr 1935 Offiziersanwärter
25 Sep 1935 Seekadett
1 Jul 1936 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1939 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1942 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-756 30 Dec 1941 1 Sep 1942  (+)  1 patrol (18 days) 

Klaus Harney belonged to Kriegsmarine class of 1935. He trained on the old battleship Schleswig-Holstein from May 1939 and then in Oct went to the Naval College at Mürvik. In Mar 1940 be was sent to the destroyer Z 5 Paul Jacobi where he spent one year.

In March 1941 Harney joined the U-boat force and went through U-boat training until October when he went out to sea on the U-84. He went as commander in training on one patrol with the boat (16 Oct - 18 Nov 41) - no ships sunk. In Dec he was sent to oversee the final construction of a U-boat and on 31 Dec 1941 he took command of his U-756.

After work up in a training flotilla Klaus Harney took his U-756 out for a combat patrol on 15 Aug 1942. The boat was sunk with all hands by a Canadian corvette only 18 days later on 1 Sept 1942 (Niestlé, 1998).

Two photos of Klaus Harney on his boat, the U-756.


Busch, R & Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.

Patrol info for Klaus Harney

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-756 15 Aug 1942  Kiel  1 Sep 1942  Sunk  Patrol 1,18 days

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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