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|
|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.
Patrol info for Hans Jenisch
|1.||U-32||26 Feb 1940||Wilhelmshaven||23 Mar 1940||Sunk||Patrol 1,||27 days|
|2.||U-32||27 Apr 1940||Wilhelmshaven||5 May 1940||Sunk||9 days|
|3.||U-32||8 May 1940||Trondheim||14 May 1940||Sunk||Patrol 2,||7 days|
|4.||U-32||3 Jun 1940||Wilhelmshaven||1 Jul 1940||Sunk||Patrol 3,||29 days|
|5.||U-32||15 Aug 1940||Wilhelmshaven||8 Sep 1940||Sunk||Patrol 4,||25 days|
|6.||U-32||18 Sep 1940||Lorient||6 Oct 1940||Sunk||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 1940||U-32||Lagaholm||2,818||sw|
|18 Jun 1940||U-32||Altair||1,522||nw|
|18 Jun 1940||U-32||Nuevo Ons||108||sp|
|18 Jun 1940||U-32||Sálvora||108||sp|
|19 Jun 1940||U-32||Labud||5,334||yu|
|22 Jun 1940||U-32||Eli Knudsen||9,026||nw||HX-49|
|30 Aug 1940||U-32||Mill Hill||4,318||br||HX-66A|
|30 Aug 1940||U-32||Chelsea||4,804||br||HX-66A|
|30 Aug 1940||U-32||Norne||3,971||nw||HX-66A|
|1 Sep 1940||U-32||HMS Fiji (58) (d.)||8,000||br||MP|
|22 Sep 1940||U-32||Collegian (d.)||7,886||br||HX-72|
|25 Sep 1940||U-32||Mabriton||6,694||br||OB-216|
|26 Sep 1940||U-32||Corrientes (d.)||6,863||br||OB-217|
|26 Sep 1940||U-32||Tancred||6,094||nw||OB-217|
|26 Sep 1940||U-32||Darcoila||4,084||br||OB-217|
|28 Sep 1940||U-32||Empire Ocelot||5,759||br||OB-218|
|29 Sep 1940||U-32||Bassa||5,267||br||OB-218|
|30 Sep 1940||U-32||Haulerwijk||3,278||nl||OB-219|
|2 Oct 1940||U-32||Kayeson||4,606||br|
|28 Oct 1940||U-32||Empress of Britain||42,348||br|
17 ships sunk (110,139 tons) and 3 ships damaged (22,749 tons).
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.