Hans-Georg Friedrich Poske
Kapitän zur See (Crew 23)
15 ships sunk, total tonnage 78,123 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,176 GRT
|Born||23 Oct 1904|
|Died||1 Oct 1984||(79)||Wachtberg near Bonn, Germany|
|U-504||30 Jul 1941||5 Jan 1943||4 patrols (264 days)|
Fritz Poske joined the Reichsmarine in April 1923. He served on the torpedo boat Albatros and on the light cruisers Königsberg and Nürnberg, and in October 1940 transferred to the U-boat force. After standard training he commissioned the type IXC U-boat U-504 in July 1941. He was one of the few commanders to take a boat on active service without any previous experience as a U-boat Watch Officer or Commander-in-Training (Kommandantenschüler).
His second patrol was successful: four ships sunk with a total of 26,561 tons. He also scored on his next two patrols, sinking 11 more ships, and was awarded the Knights Cross in Nov 1942.
Korvettenkapitän Poske left U-504 in January 1943 to command the 1st ULD (Unterseeboots-Lehrdivision, U-boat Training Division). For the last months of the war he was Chief of the Special Staff for Marine Infantry (Chefs des Sonderstabes Marineinfanterie at OKM (Naval High Command). After the war he spent 11 months in British captivity.
In 1951 he joined the Federal German Navy, retiring in 1963 with the rank of Kapitän zur See.
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Patrol info for Hans-Georg Friedrich Poske
|1.||U-504||6 Jan 1942||Kiel||20 Jan 1942||Sunk||Patrol 1,||15 days|
|2.||U-504||25 Jan 1942||Lorient||1 Apr 1942||Sunk||Patrol 2,||67 days|
|3.||U-504||2 May 1942||Lorient||7 Jul 1942||Sunk||Patrol 3,||67 days|
|4.||U-504||19 Aug 1942||Lorient||11 Dec 1942||Sunk||Patrol 4,||115 days|
|4 patrols, 264 days at sea|
Ships hit by Hans-Georg Friedrich Poske