Richard von Harpe

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37b)


Successes
3 ships sunk, total tonnage 17,362 GRT

Born  19 Aug 1917 Dorpat, Estonia
Died  2 Mar 1945(27)Baltic Sea


Richard von Harpe. Photo from the Harpe family

Ranks

9 Oct 1937 Offiziersanwärter
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

Decorations

  Iron Cross 2nd Class
  Iron Cross 1st Class
11 Jul 1944 German Cross in Gold

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-129 12 Jul 1943 19 Jul 1944   3 patrols (276 days) 
U-3519 6 Jan 1945 2 Mar 1945  (+)  No war patrols 

Patrol info for Richard von Harpe

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-129 27 Jul 1943  Lorient  5 Sep 1943  Lorient  Patrol 1,41 days
2. U-129 9 Oct 1943  Lorient  11 Oct 1943  St. Nazaire  Patrol 2,3 days
3. U-129 12 Oct 1943  St. Nazaire  31 Jan 1944  Lorient  Patrol 2,112 days
4. U-129 22 Mar 1944  Lorient  19 Jul 1944  Lorient  Patrol 3,120 days
3 patrols, 276 days at sea

Ships hit by Richard von Harpe

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
4 Dec 1943U-129 Libertad5,441cuKN-280
 
6 May 1944U-129 Anadyr5,278brTJ-30
11 May 1944U-129 Empire Heath6,643br
 17,362

3 ships sunk (17,362 tons).

Legend
We have a picture of this vessel.


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