Karl-Heinz Raabe

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 38)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  23 May 1920 Kiel-Russee
Died   1988(67)


1 Oct 1938 Offiziersanwärter
1 Jul 1939 Seekadett
1 Dec 1939 Fähnrich zur See
1 Aug 1940 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1941 Leutnant zur See
1 Jan 1943 Oberleutnant zur See


U-boat Commands

U-1161 27 Sep 1943 17 Jan 1945   No war patrols 
U-1007 Feb, 1945 Apr, 1945   No war patrols 

Karl-Heinz Raabe joined the Kriegsmarine in 1938. He served with minesweeping flotillas (44th, 14th and 44th again) from Aug 1940 to Jan 1943, when he joined the U-boat force.

From Jan to Sept 1943 Karl-Heinz Raabe went through U-boat training, including a Commander course, spending the last month on U-boat construction familiarization (Baubelehrung) for his first command.

Raabe commissioned the type VIIC U-boat school boat U-1161 on 27 Sept 1943 and joined the 18th (Training) Flotilla in Jan 1945. He commanded another school boat, the former combat boat U-1007, from Feb to April 1945.


Busch, R and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Karl-Heinz Raabe

This commander did not go out on patrols with his boats.

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

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