Korvettenkapitän (Crew 28)
19 ships sunk, total tonnage 97,489 GRT
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 18,811 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 1,190 tons
|Born||27 Feb 1908||Plauen, Vogtland|
|Died||8 Mar 1943||(35)||Atlantic, east of Barbados|
|U-156||4 Sep 1941||8 Mar 1943 (+)||5 patrols (294 days)|
Werner Hartenstein began his naval career in April 1928. He served a few years on the light cruiser Karlsruhe and then on a number of torpedo boats, in which he completed 65 patrols in the first years of the war. In March 1941 he transferred to the U-boat force.
On 4 September 1941 he commissioned the Type IXC U-156. On her second patrol the boat shelled the oil refinery on Aruba island, off Venezuela, and between February and Sep. 1942 sank 21 ships, including one destroyer, mostly in Caribbean waters (92,050 GRT). On her fourth patrol he sank the British troopship Laconia, resulting in the Laconia Incident. On her fifth patrol U-156 was sunk with all hands on 8 March 1943 by a US Navy aircraft east of Barbados (Niestlé, 1998).
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Patrol info for Werner Hartenstein
|1.||U-156||24 Dec 1941||Kiel||10 Jan 1942||Lorient||Patrol 1,||18 days|
|2.||U-156||19 Jan 1942||Lorient||17 Mar 1942||Lorient||Patrol 2,||58 days|
|3.||U-156||22 Apr 1942||Lorient||7 Jul 1942||Lorient||Patrol 3,||77 days|
|4.||U-156||20 Aug 1942||Lorient||16 Nov 1942||Lorient||Patrol 4,||89 days|
|5.||U-156||16 Jan 1943||Lorient||8 Mar 1943||Sunk||Patrol 5,||52 days|
|5 patrols, 294 days at sea|
Ships hit by Werner Hartenstein