WWI U-boat commanders

Paul Hundius

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 4/07)

Successes
70 ships sunk with a total of 98,495 GRT
1 warship sunk with a total of 880 tons
8 ships damaged with a total of 14,442 GRT
1 ship taken as prize with a total of 0 GRTNo ships sunk or damaged

Born:2 Feb 1889  
Died:14 Aug 1918 off Flanders 

Paul Hundius

Ranks

3 Apr 1907 Seekadett
21 Apr 1908 Fähnrich zur See
28 Sep 1910 Leutnant zur See
27 Sep 1913 Oberleutnant zur See
16 Jul 1917 Kapitänleutnant

Decorations

 Iron Cross 2nd class
 Iron Cross 1st class
23 Jul 1917  Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
18 Aug 1918  Pour le Mérite (posthumous)

U-boat Commands

UB 165 Apr 1916 - 29 Aug 1916
UC 4713 Oct 1916 - 8 Oct 1917
UB 10318 Dec 1917 - 14 Aug 1918 (+)

Notes

When war broke out he was Oblt.z.S. and Adjutant on the Linienschiff Lothringen. In July 1915 went to the U-Boot-Schule. On the 5th of April 1916 he became commanding officer of the UB 16 which served with the U-Flottille Flandern. In October, on the 13th 1916 he became CO of the UC 47. In July 1917 he was awarded the Hohenzollerschen Hausorden mit Schwertern. On 16th July 1917 he also became Kapitänleutnant.

On 18 December 1917 he took command of the UB 103. On the 18th August 1918 he was also awarded the Pour le Mérite on demand of Korv.kap. Bartenbach at Admiral von Schröder’s office.

He died on his ship on the 16th of September. The origin of the loss of his submarine remains even today a mystery. Some sources claim UB 103 to be hit by a plane bomb and shells from an armed fishing vessel. In reality she had been discovered by the British airship SSZ 1 which signaled the position of the U-boat to the drifter Young Crow. The submarine was already in trouble as she lost oil. She possibly ran on a mine. Sinking, and loosing more oil, the crew of the Young Crow threw some depth charges on the location were it went down, resulting in two heavy explosions and a third heavy explosion half an hour later. Hundius and all his men died. They were given no chance at all for survival.

Hundius sank a total of 67 merchant vessels with a total of 95.280 BRT and one military vessel of 890 tons.

With the reconstruction of the U-boat weapon in the 1930’s, the 6th U-Boot Flottille of the Kriegsmarine received in May 1936 the name Hundius.

Ships hit by Paul Hundius

DateU-boat Name of shipType of shipTonsNat.
 
10 Apr 1916 UB 16 Robert AdamsonSteamer2,978br
22 Apr 1916 UB 16  TregantleSteamer3,091br
27 Jun 1916 UB 16 Z 20 (p.)Fishing vesselunknownbe
2 Aug 1916 UB 16 John WilsonSteamer798nw
24 Aug 1916 UB 16 VeloxSteamer312nw
 
31 Jan 1917 UC 47 ModivaSteamer1,276nw
1 Feb 1917 UC 47 PortiaSteamer1,127nw
8 Feb 1917 UC 47  GhurkaDestroyer880br
8 Feb 1917 UC 47 LullingtonSteamer2,816br
10 Feb 1917 UC 47 Japanese PrinceSteamer4,876br
12 Feb 1917 UC 47 Aghios SpyridonSteamer1,618gr
12 Feb 1917 UC 47 BrissonsFishing vessel (smack)60br
13 Feb 1917 UC 47 Sequoya (d.)Tanker5,263br
13 Feb 1917 UC 47 F. D. LambertSteamer2,195br
13 Feb 1917 UC 47 FleuretteFishing vessel (smack)60br
11 Mar 1917 UC 47 Charles Le CourSteamer2,352fr
11 Mar 1917 UC 47 G. A. SavageSteamer357br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 C.A.S.Fishing vessel (smack)60br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 EnaFishing vessel (smack)56br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 GratiaFishing vessel (smack)37br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 HyacinthFishing vessel (smack)56br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 Inter-nosFishing vessel (smack)59br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 JessamineFishing vessel (smack)56br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 Lent LilyFishing vessel (smack)23br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 NellieFishing vessel (smack)61br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 ProverbFishing vessel (smack)37br
12 Mar 1917 UC 47 RivinaFishing vessel (smack)22br
14 Mar 1917 UC 47 BrikaSteamer3,549br
15 Mar 1917 UC 47 SolferinoSteamer1,155nw
15 Mar 1917 UC 47 WilfredSteamer1,121nw
16 Mar 1917 UC 47 MedusaSteamer1,274it
16 Mar 1917 UC 47 SullySailing vessel2,649fr
17 Apr 1917 UC 47 DantzicSailing vessel108br
17 Apr 1917 UC 47 William ShepherdSailing vessel143br
19 Apr 1917 UC 47 Old Head (d.)Sailing vessel105br
19 Apr 1917 UC 47 Gold CoastSteamer4,255br
19 Apr 1917 UC 47 JewelSailing vessel195br
19 Apr 1917 UC 47 Star Of FreedomNavy Trawler258br
22 Apr 1917 UC 47 Gaelic (hms - Q.22) (d.)Q ship224br
23 Apr 1917 UC 47 Tommi (d.)Sailing vessel138br
23 Apr 1917 UC 47 ImatakaSteamer1,776br
24 Apr 1917 UC 47 HeatherDrifter58br
24 Apr 1917 UC 47 PlutusSteamer1,189br
26 Apr 1917 UC 47 AigleSailing vessel172fr
26 Apr 1917 UC 47 John LockettSailing vessel842nw
18 May 1917 UC 47 Mary BairdSteamer1,830br
3 Jun 1917 UC 47 PortofinoSteamer1,754it
12 Jun 1917 UC 47 Carew CastleNavy Trawler256br
14 Jun 1917 UC 47 DartSteamer3,207br
19 Jun 1917 UC 47 Great City (d.)Steamer5,525br
18 Jul 1917 UC 47 Ruth (d.)Steamer549nw
20 Jul 1917 UC 47 BeatriceSteamer712br
20 Jul 1917 UC 47 BramhamSteamer1,978br
31 Jul 1917 UC 47 FremonaSteamer3,028br
31 Jul 1917 UC 47 MotanoTanker2,730am
22 Aug 1917 UC 47 GroSteamer2,667nw
23 Aug 1917 UC 47 Peer GyntSteamer1,144nw
23 Aug 1917 UC 47 VeghtstroomSteamer1,353br
26 Aug 1917 UC 47 EiriniSteamer2,452gr
26 Aug 1917 UC 47 Seresia (d.)Steamer2,342be
23 Sep 1917 UC 47 PerseveranceSailing vessel118br
24 Sep 1917 UC 47 Mimosa (d.)Sailing vessel296fr
25 Sep 1917 UC 47 BoyntonSteamer2,578br
3 Oct 1917 UC 47 Annie F. ConlonSailing vessel591am
 
14 Mar 1918 UC 47 Jeanne MarieSteamer2,971fr
20 Mar 1918 UB 103  ErosSteamer858sw
21 Mar 1918 UB 103 TyrhaugSteamer1,483br
24 Mar 1918 UB 103 AnterosSteamer4,241br
22 Apr 1918 UB 103 Eric CalvertSteamer1,862br
28 Apr 1918 UB 103 ElbaSteamer1,081br
2 May 1918 UB 103 ThorsaSteamer1,319br
3 May 1918 UB 103 Vasilefs GeorgiosSteamer3,651gr
10 Jun 1918 UB 103 BorgSteamer2,111br
11 Jun 1918 UB 103 LorleSteamer2,686br
12 Jun 1918 UB 103 KulSteamer1,095br
11 Jul 1918 UB 103 Kong GuttormSteamer731nw
15 Jul 1918 UB 103 Cap BretonSteamer1,464fr
15 Jul 1918 UB 103 VendeeSteamer892fr
16 Jul 1918 UB 103 Lyndianesteamer1,564fr
21 Jul 1918 UB 103 ArvorSteamer961fr
 113,817
72 ships sunk (99,375 tons) and 8 ships damaged (14,442 tons).


Legend
(d.) means the ship was damaged.
(p.) means the ship was taken as prize (included in ships & tonnage lost).
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Media links


Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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