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 on several torpedo boats, on 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 U-156. On her second patrol the boat attacked the refinery on Aruba with gunfire. On her fourth patrol U-156 was involved in the Laconia Incident. The boat was sunk on her fifth patrol with all hands by a US Navy aircraft on 8 March 1943 (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