Hans Johannsen

Oberleutnant zur See der Reserve

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  3 Jun 1910 Hamburg-Bergedorf

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1 Nov 1942 Oberleutnant zur See der Reserve


1940 Iron Cross 2nd Class
1941 Minesweeper War Badge
Sept, 1942 U-boat War Badge 1939
14 Mar 1943 Iron Cross 1st Class

U-boat Commands

U-569 3 Feb 1943 22 May 1943   2 patrols (69 days) 

Hans Johannsen went to sea at age 14, and worked for the Hamburg-Amerika line before the war.

When his U-boat was sunk he was taken prisoner. On 12 February 1944 he was one of five U-boat commanders to escape from the POW camp at Papago Park, Arizona (USA). Travelling with two others, he was recaptured at a point some thirty miles across the Mexican border.

After the war Johannsen became an official on the Kiel Canal.

Patrol info for Hans Johannsen

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-569 7 Feb 1943  La Pallice  13 Mar 1943  La Pallice  Patrol 1,35 days
2. U-569 19 Apr 1943  La Pallice  22 May 1943  Sunk  Patrol 2,34 days
2 patrols, 69 days at sea

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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