Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)
4 ships sunk, total tonnage 21,765 GRT
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 20,450 GRT
|Born||27 Sep 1916||Hoeringhausen / Waldeck|
|Died||3 Jul 1943||(26)||Cape Ortegal|
|U-29||15 Sep 1941||5 May 1942||No war patrols|
|U-628||25 Jun 1942||3 Jul 1943 (+)||4 patrols (124 days)|
Heinrich Hasenschar joined the Kriegsmarine in 1936, and was part of the Olympia Crew. He went through U-boat training from Oct 1939 to June 1940, then served on the small "duck" U-59 ( Matz) until Dec 1940 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Oblt. Hasenschar then joined the crew of the newly commissioned U-751 (Bigalk), leaving it to begin U-boat Commander training with the 24th (Training) Flotilla. On 15 Sept 1941 he took over command of the veteran type VIIA boat U-29 (Busch & Röll, 1999), famous for sinking the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous (50) at the start of the war. Hasenschar spent that winter in the Baltic learning how to handle the boat in preparation for active service, giving him extensive experience - over 90 days at sea - before his next command.
Hansenschar began Baubelehrung (U-boat construction familiarization) in May 1942, and commissioned the brand-new U-628 on 25 June 1942 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
U-628 was sunk with all hands on 3 July 1943 NW of Cape Ortegal, Spain by a British B-24 Liberator bomber (Niestlé, 1998).
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Patrol info for Heinrich Hasenschar
|1.||U-628||28 Nov 1942||Kiel||8 Jan 1943||Brest||Patrol 1,||42 days|
|2.||U-628||1 Feb 1943||Brest||9 Mar 1943||Brest||Patrol 2,||37 days|
|3.||U-628||8 Apr 1943||Brest||19 May 1943||Brest||Patrol 3,||42 days|
|4.||U-628||1 Jul 1943||Brest||3 Jul 1943||Sunk||Patrol 4,||3 days|
|4 patrols, 124 days at sea|
Ships hit by Heinrich Hasenschar
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|29 Dec 1942||U-628||Lynton Grange||5,029||br||ONS-154|
|23 Feb 1943||U-628||Glittre (d.)||6,409||nw||ON-166|
|23 Feb 1943||U-628||Winkler (d.)||6,907||pa||ON-166|
|24 Feb 1943||U-628||Ingria||4,391||nw||ON-166|
|25 Feb 1943||U-628||Manchester Merchant||7,264||br||ON-166|
|17 Apr 1943||U-628||Fort Rampart (d.)||7,134||br||HX-233|
|5 May 1943||U-628||Harbury||5,081||br||ONS-5|
4 ships sunk (21,765 tons) and 3 ships damaged (20,450 tons).
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