Kapitänleutnant (Crew 34)
12 ships sunk, total tonnage 78,553 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 4,639 GRT
1 auxiliary warship damaged, total tonnage 8,246 GRT
|Born||26 Aug 1914||Wilhelmshaven|
|Died||10 Jun 1974||(59)||Hamburg, Germany|
|U-106||20 Oct 1941||Apr, 1943||6 patrols (308 days)|
Hermann Rasch began his naval career in April 1934. In April 1940 he joined the U-boat force and after some months of training he became I WO on U-106 in September 1940. In July 1941 he left the U-boat to begin commander training. Three months later he took over U-106 from Kptlt. Jürgen Oesten.
On six patrols, mostly in the North and Western Atlantic, he sank 11 ships. On his second patrol he achieved notable success, sinking two large ships of 10,354 and 15,355 tons apiece in three days. He was awarded the Knights Cross in Dec 1942. He left U-106 in April 1943.
For the next year he was an Asto (Admiral staff officer) at OKM (Oberkommando der Kriegsmarine, Naval High Command), and from June 1944 he was 4th Asto on the staff of BdU (BdU op, Commander-in-Chief U-boats, Operations).
In October 1944 he became commander of the KdK (Kommando der Kleinkampfverbände, Midget Combat Units Command), where he was responsible for the midget U-boat types Seehund and Biber until the end of the war.
He spent over a year in Allied captivity and then worked as a journalist in Hamburg, Berlin and Düsseldorf until his death in 1974.
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Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.
Patrol info for Hermann Rasch
|1.||U-106||21 Oct 1941||Lorient||22 Nov 1941||Lorient||Patrol 1,||33 days|
|2.||U-106||3 Jan 1942||Lorient||22 Feb 1942||Lorient||Patrol 2,||51 days|
|3.||U-106||15 Apr 1942||Lorient||29 Jun 1942||Lorient||Patrol 3,||76 days|
|4.||U-106||25 Jul 1942||Lorient||29 Jul 1942||Lorient||Patrol 4,||5 days|
|5.||U-106||22 Sep 1942||Lorient||26 Dec 1942||Lorient||Patrol 5,||96 days|
|6.||U-106||17 Feb 1943||Lorient||4 Apr 1943||Lorient||Patrol 6,||47 days|
|6 patrols, 308 days at sea|
Ships hit by Hermann Rasch
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|28 Oct 1941||U-106||King Malcolm||5,120||br||SC-50|
|30 Oct 1941||U-106||USS Salinas (AO 19) (d.)||8,246||am||ON-28|
|24 Jan 1942||U-106||Empire Wildebeeste||5,631||br||ON-53|
|26 Jan 1942||U-106||Traveller||3,963||br|
|30 Jan 1942||U-106||Rochester||6,836||am|
|3 Feb 1942||U-106||Amerikaland||15,355||sw|
|6 Feb 1942||U-106||Opawa||10,354||br|
|5 May 1942||U-106||Lady Drake||7,985||ca|
|21 May 1942||U-106||Faja de Oro||6,067||me|
|26 May 1942||U-106||Carrabulle||5,030||am|
|27 May 1942||U-106||Atenas (d.)||4,639||am|
|28 May 1942||U-106||Mentor||7,383||br|
|1 Jun 1942||U-106||Hampton Roads||2,689||am|
|11 Oct 1942||U-106||Waterton||2,140||br||BS-31|
12 ships sunk (78,553 tons) and 2 ships damaged (12,885 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.