WWI U-boat commanders

Johannes Lohs

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 4/09)

Successes
76 ships sunk with a total of 149,465 GRT
1 warship sunk with a total of 1,200 tons
16 ships damaged with a total of 89,369 GRT

Born:24 Jun 1889 Einsiedel, Sachsen 
Died:14 Aug 1918 off the Belgian coast 

Johannes Lohs

Ranks

1 Apr 1909 Seekadett
12 Apr 1910 Fähnrich zur See
19 Sep 1912 Leutnant zur See
2 May 1915 Oberleutnant zur See

Decorations

 Iron Cross 2nd class
 Iron Cross 1st class
 Albert Order (Saxony)
23 Dec 1917  Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
24 Apr 1918  Pour le Mérite

U-boat Commands

UC 7517 Mar 1917 - 30 Jan 1918
UB 572 Jan 1918 - 14 Aug 1918 (+)

Notes

Johannes Lohs was born on 24 June, 1889 at Einsiedel, Sachsen. Son of plant owner Oswald Lohs. First ran school in his home village and later a grammar school in Chemnitz.

He entered the Kaiserliche Marine on 1 April, 1909. Had several commands as Fahnrich zur See and served from 1 October 1912 on the cruiser Strasburg on which he saw half of the world.

Saw action for the very first time on 28 August 1914 and was promoted Lt.z.S. in the autumn of 1915. Moved to the U-Bootschule and got his first U-Boat command on UC 75 of the Flandern Flottille on 17 March 1917. He took that boat on 9 patrols off the British coast.

On 2 January 1918 he became CO of the UB 57, taking over the command from another legendary U-Boat commander; Otto Steinbrinck. Lohs had also some very good ideas on U-boat warfare and new tactics and in April 1918 he received the Pour le Mérite.

On 3 August he sailed from Zeebrugge for the last time. The last contact he made with base was on the evening of the 14th, as UB 57 was homeward bound roughly in the area of the Sandiette Bank, east of the Straits of Dover. Nothing more was heard. UB 57 is believed to have hit a mine. Ships sunk on this last patrol were the Clan Mac Vey (5815 BRT), Glenlee (4915 BRT) and City of Brisbane (7094 BRT). In total, Lohs sank approximately 165.000 tons of shipping.

Lohs' body washed up on shore a week later. He is buried in the military cemetery at Vlissingen *.

On 4 October 1937 the III Unterseebootflottille was named after him at Kiel.

* According to this blog post citing the town archivist at Vlissingen, Mr. Meerman, the bodies of Germans were moved from Vlissingen to Ysselsteyn in the Dutch province of Limburg in 1949. The WWI casualties having been moved to the new cemetary during WWII to join the men who fell in the Second World War. On this Flickr page you can see photos of the cemetary at Ysselsteyn - the only German military cemetary in Netherlands.

Ships hit by Johannes Lohs

DateU-boat Name of shipType of shipTonsNat.
 
25 Mar 1917 UC 75 IndustriaTrawler133br
25 Mar 1917 UC 75 MarshallSteamer1,123nw
25 Mar 1917 UC 75 MedianTrawler214br
25 Mar 1917 UC 75 RosslynTrawler113br
28 Mar 1917 UC 75 ExpedientTrawler145br
29 Mar 1917 UC 75 SchaldisSteamer1,241be
1 May 1917 UC 75 AlideSailing vessel175ru
3 May 1917 UC 75 Carberry KingFishing vessel31br
3 May 1917 UC 75 EleanorFishing vessel31br
3 May 1917 UC 75 FastnetFishing vessel31br
3 May 1917 UC 75 HIBERNIAFishing vessel21br
3 May 1917 UC 75 Lucky LassFishing vessel10br
3 May 1917 UC 75 North StarFishing vessel15br
3 May 1917 UC 75 Sir Edward BirkbeckFishing vessel23br
4 May 1917 UC 75 MarieSailing vessel133fr
5 May 1917 UC 75 LavenderSloop1,200br
6 May 1917 UC 75 PresidentSailing vessel354fr
15 May 1917 UC 75 PolymniaSteamer2,426br
7 Jun 1917 UC 75 WilhelmSailing vessel187br
11 Jun 1917 UC 75 AnglianSteamer5,532br
18 Jun 1917 UC 75 Kathlamba (d.)Steamer6,382br
19 Jun 1917 UC 75 KelsoSteamer1,292br
20 Jun 1917 UC 75 BenitaSailing vessel130br
20 Jun 1917 UC 75 BidartaiseSailing vessel123fr
29 Jul 1917 UC 75 Saint MarcoufSteamer1,117fr
1 Aug 1917 UC 75 KarinaPassenger steamer4,222br
3 Aug 1917 UC 75 BeechparkSteamer4,763br
25 Aug 1917 UC 75 CymrianSteamer1,014br
29 Aug 1917 UC 75 CooroySailing vessel2,470br
29 Aug 1917 UC 75 LynburnSteamer587br
28 Sep 1917 UC 75 William Middleton (d.)Steamer2,543br
9 Oct 1917 UC 75 MainSteamer715br
12 Oct 1917 UC 75 W. M. BarkleySteamer569br
13 Oct 1917 UC 75 EskmereSteamer2,293br
19 Oct 1917 UC 75 HazelwoodSteamer3,120br
3 Nov 1917 UC 75 Atlantian (d.)Passenger Steamer9,399br
4 Nov 1917 UC 75 LongwySteamer2,315fr
8 Nov 1917 UC 75 The Marquissteamer373br
1 Dec 1917 UC 75 EuphorbiaSteamer3,109br
1 Dec 1917 UC 75 Rydal HallSteamer3,314br
4 Dec 1917 UC 75 Milton (d.)Steamer3,267br
7 Dec 1917 UC 75 Earl Of ElginSteamer4,448br
28 Dec 1917 UC 75 Alfred H. ReadPilot vessel457br
28 Dec 1917 UC 75 ChirripoSteamer4,050br
 
3 Jan 1918 UC 75 AsborgSteamer2,750nw
4 Jan 1918 UC 75 Day SpringFishing vessel (smack)39br
4 Jan 1918 UC 75 GratitudeFishing vessel (smack)40br
4 Jan 1918 UC 75 VarunaFishing vessel (smack)40br
5 Jan 1918 UC 75 IolantheSteamer3,081br
6 Jan 1918 UC 75 Arca (d.)Tanker4,839br
7 Jan 1918 UC 75 GasconySteamer3,133br
7 Jan 1918 UC 75 LeonSteamer2,401fr
5 Feb 1918 UB 57 AlamanceSteamer4,455am
6 Feb 1918 UB 57 Westmoreland (d.)Steamer9,512br
7 Feb 1918 UB 57 ArdbegSteamer227br
7 Feb 1918 UB 57 Ben ReinSteamer212br
7 Feb 1918 UB 57 LimesfieldSteamer427br
12 Feb 1918 UB 57 EleanorSteamer1,980br
12 Feb 1918 UB 57 PoloSteamer1,383br
14 Feb 1918 UB 57 Carlisle CastleSteamer4,325br
14 Feb 1918 UB 57 War MonarchSteamer7,887br
17 Mar 1918 UB 57 Anne YvonneSailing vessel102fr
17 Mar 1918 UB 57 ArvorSailing vessel52fr
17 Mar 1918 UB 57 BeataSailing vessel102fr
19 Mar 1918 UB 57 LuxorSteamer3,571br
23 Mar 1918 UB 57 Sequoya (d.)Tanker5,263br
29 Mar 1918 UB 57 India (d.)Passenger steamer5,990pt
29 Mar 1918 UB 57  T. R. ThompsonSteamer3,538br
31 Mar 1918 UB 57 Alcinous (d.)Steamer6,743br
31 Mar 1918 UB 57 Excellence PleskeSteamer2,059br
29 Apr 1918 UB 57 AustralierSteamer3,687br
29 Apr 1918 UB 57 BroderickSteamer4,321br
29 Apr 1918 UB 57 La Sommesteamer1,477fr
30 Apr 1918 UB 57 Ella SayerSteamer2,549br
30 Apr 1918 UB 57 UmbaSteamer2,042br
1 May 1918 UB 57 Canonesa (d.)Steamer6,683br
2 May 1918 UB 57 UnitySteamer1,091br
12 May 1918 UC 75 Benlawers (d.)Steamer3,949br
22 May 1918 UB 57 Red RoseSteamer423br
23 May 1918 UB 57 MoldaviaArmed merchant cruiser9,500br
26 May 1918 UB 57  KyarraPassenger steamer6,953br
27 May 1918 UB 57 Joseph SimoneFishing vessel8fr
27 May 1918 UB 57 PETIT GEORGESFishing vessel10fr
27 May 1918 UB 57 Souvenir De Ste MarieFishing vessel7fr
30 May 1918 UB 57 War Panther (d.)Steamer5,260br
31 May 1918 UB 57 Galileo (d.)Steamer6,287br
30 Jun 1918 UB 57 Wilton (d.)Steamer4,281br
2 Jul 1918 UB 57 Royal Sceptre (d.)Steamer3,858br
2 Jul 1918 UB 57 ShiralaSteamer5,306br
6 Jul 1918 UB 57 Huntscraft (d.)Steamer5,113br
8 Aug 1918 UB 57 Clan MacveySteamer5,815br
9 Aug 1918 UB 57 GlenleeSteamer4,915br
13 Aug 1918 UB 57 City Of BrisbaneSteamer7,138br
 240,034
77 ships sunk (150,665 tons) and 16 ships damaged (89,369 tons).


Legend
(d.) means the ship was damaged.
We have a picture of this vessel.

Media links


Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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