Kai Lerchen

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 33)

1 ship sunk, total tonnage 1,355 GRT

Born  27 Apr 1911 East London, South Africa
Died  14 Apr 1942(30)North Atlantic

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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 Apr 1941 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-252 21 Dec 1941 14 Apr 1942  (+)  1 patrol (16 days) 

Patrol info for Kai Lerchen

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-252 26 Mar 1942  Kiel  28 Mar 1942  Helgoland   3 days
2. U-252 30 Mar 1942  Helgoland  14 Apr 1942    Patrol 1,16 days

Ships hit by Kai Lerchen

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
9 Apr 1942U-252 Fanefjeld1,355nw

1 ship sunk (1,355 tons).

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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