Hans Jenisch

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 33)

17 ships sunk, total tonnage 110,139 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 14,749 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 8,000 tons

Born  19 Oct 1913 Gerdauen, East Prussia
Died  29 Apr 1982(68)Kiel, Germany

Oberleutnant zur See Hans Jenisch


1 Apr 1933 Offiziersanwärter
1 Jul 1934 Fähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1936 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1936 Leutnant zur See
1 Jun 1938 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Nov 1940 Kapitänleutnant


  Iron Cross 2nd Class
  Iron Cross 1st Class
  U-boat War Badge 1939
7 Oct 1940 Knights Cross

U-boat Commands

U-32 12 Feb 1940 30 Oct 1940   6 patrols (114 days) 

Oberleutnant zur See Hans Jenisch on board

Hans Jenisch joined the Kriegsmarine in April 1933 and after a year on the cruiser Deutschland transferred to the U-boat force in May 1937. After training he became the first watch officer on U-32 in January 1938. Two years later he took over this U-boat as commander.

During his six patrols he sank 17 ships, including the 42,348 ton Empress of Britain, (see Biggest U-boat victims) which was damaged by German bombs.

When U-32 was sunk on 30 October, 1940 northwest of Ireland by two British destroyers, Jenisch was taken prisoner. He then spent six and a half years in British captivity before returning to Germany in June 1947.

In 1956 he joined the Bundesmarine, holding mainly staff positions but also commanding the frigate Hipper for a few months. He retired in 1972 as Kapitän zur See.


Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.

Patrol info for Hans Jenisch

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-32 26 Feb 1940  Wilhelmshaven  23 Mar 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 1,27 days
2. U-32 27 Apr 1940  Wilhelmshaven  5 May 1940  Trondheim   9 days
3. U-32 8 May 1940  Trondheim  14 May 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 2,7 days
4. U-32 3 Jun 1940  Wilhelmshaven  1 Jul 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 3,29 days
5. U-32 15 Aug 1940  Wilhelmshaven  8 Sep 1940  Lorient  Patrol 4,25 days
6. U-32 18 Sep 1940  Lorient  6 Oct 1940  Lorient  Patrol 5,19 days
7. U-32 24 Oct 1940  Lorient  30 Oct 1940  Sunk  Patrol 6,7 days
6 patrols, 114 days at sea

Ships hit by Hans Jenisch

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
2 Mar 1940U-32 Lagaholm2,818sw
18 Jun 1940U-32 Altair1,522nw
18 Jun 1940U-32 Nuevo Ons108sp
18 Jun 1940U-32 Sálvora108sp
19 Jun 1940U-32 Labud5,334yu
22 Jun 1940U-32 Eli Knudsen9,026nwHX-49
30 Aug 1940U-32 Mill Hill4,318brHX-66A
30 Aug 1940U-32 Chelsea4,804brHX-66A
30 Aug 1940U-32 Norne3,971nwHX-66A
1 Sep 1940U-32 HMS Fiji (58) (d.)8,000brMP
22 Sep 1940U-32 Collegian (d.)7,886brHX-72
25 Sep 1940U-32 Mabriton6,694brOB-216
26 Sep 1940U-32 Corrientes (d.)6,863brOB-217
26 Sep 1940U-32 Tancred6,094nwOB-217
26 Sep 1940U-32 Darcoila4,084brOB-217
28 Sep 1940U-32 Empire Ocelot5,759brOB-218
29 Sep 1940U-32 Bassa5,267brOB-218
30 Sep 1940U-32 Haulerwijk3,278nlOB-219
2 Oct 1940U-32 Kayeson4,606br
28 Oct 1940U-32 Empress of Britain42,348br

17 ships sunk (110,139 tons) and 3 ships damaged (22,749 tons).

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(d.) means the ship was damaged.

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

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

(£ 38.25)

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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