Korvettenkapitän (Crew 28)
7 ships sunk, total tonnage 37,832 GRT
|Born||3 Jan 1909||Kiel|
|Died||18 Dec 1984||(75)|
|U-505||26 Aug 1941||5 Sep 1942||3 patrols (182 days)|
Axel-Olaf Loewe joined the German Navy (Reichsmarine) in 1928. He served with the Naval Academy until Sept 1939. From Oct 1939 to Oct 1940 he was on staff of OKW/Wehrmacht.
Kptlt. Loewe began his U-boat training in Nov 1940 and finished in April 1941. He was sent as U-boat commander in training on the U-74 (Kentrat) during a patrol from 8 - 30 May 1941. Having gained valuable sea experience on combat U-boat he was sent to further familiarize himself with U-boats (Baubelehrung) during July - Aug 1941.
Kptlt. Axel-Olaf Loewe commissioned the new type IXC boat U-505 on 26 August 1941. He was very successful with this large boat during his 13 months of command, sinking 7 ships for almost 38,000 GRT on 3 patrols. On his second patrol he sank 4 ships during 86 days were he went deep into the South Atlantic.
On leaving the U-505 on 5 Sept 1941, to Oblt. Peter Zschech who would take part in making the boat famous for all the wrong reasons, he served on the operations staff of U-boat high command (BdU) until July 1944.
From July 1944 to April 1945 he served with the ministry for armaments and production (under Speer). He ended the war serving in a naval anti-tank regiment. After the surrender he was detained but let free on 30 Dec 1945.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Axel-Olaf Loewe
|1.||U-505||19 Jan 1942||Kiel||3 Feb 1942||Lorient||Patrol 1,||16 days|
|2.||U-505||11 Feb 1942||Lorient||7 May 1942||Lorient||Patrol 2,||86 days|
|3.||U-505||7 Jun 1942||Lorient||25 Aug 1942||Lorient||Patrol 3,||80 days|
|3 patrols, 182 days at sea|
Ships hit by Axel-Olaf Loewe
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|5 Mar 1942||U-505||Benmohr||5,920||br|
|6 Mar 1942||U-505||Sydhav||7,587||nw|
|3 Apr 1942||U-505||West Irmo||5,775||am|
|4 Apr 1942||U-505||Alphacca||5,759||nl|
|28 Jun 1942||U-505||Sea Thrush||5,447||am|
|29 Jun 1942||U-505||Thomas McKean||7,191||am|
|22 Jul 1942||U-505||Urious||153||co|
7 ships sunk (37,832 tons).