WWI U-boat commanders

Hans Adam

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 4/01)

Successes
30 ships sunk with a total of 84,180 GRT
2 ships damaged with a total of 14,542 GRT

Born:5 Mar 1883 Wesel / Rhein 
Died:23 Jun 1948 Düsseldorf 

Hans Adam

Ranks

10 Apr 1901 Seekadett
22 Apr 1902 Fähnrich zur See
29 Sep 1904 Leutnant zur See
27 Apr 1907 Oberleutnant zur See
22 Mar 1913 Kapitänleutnant
18 Nov 1919 Korvettenkapitän (Charakter)
18 Nov 1919 Out of naval service
28 Feb 1945 Kapitän zur See

Decorations

prewar  Order of the Crown
 Iron Cross 2nd class
 Iron Cross 1st class
6 Nov 1917  Pour le Mérite

U-boat Commands

U 2326 Nov 1914 - 17 Dec 1914
U 8216 Sep 1916 - 29 Apr 1918

Notes

Hans Adam enlisted in the Marine Kaiserliche in 1901. Having completed his studies was embarked on a number of line units. He participated in courses at the Submarine School and became captain of the U 15 in July 1912. Being promoted to Kapitänleutnant on March 22 1913 he was appointed to command the IV Half Flotilla U Boote 1913-1915 while the torpedo boat SMTb D 10. He was transferred as Chief of Special Forces (Leiter des Marine-Spezialkommandos) at the Austrian Pola with the task of organizing and commanding the newly formed The U Boote Half Flotilla in the Mediterranean until August of 1916, when it was called back to Germany to take command of the new attack submarine oceanic SM U-82 into service in the IV Flotilla, with whom he gathered all his achievements with a total of almost 100,000 tons.

He was awarded the Order Pour le Mérite November 6 1917. From April to November 1918 commander of the U-boat flotilla at Constantinople. At the end of the war he remained for a short period in service being promoted to Korvettenkapitän on November 18, 1919.

Invoked at the beginning of the Kriegsmarine in the Second World War he was appointed an instructor at the Submarine Training School II Gotenhafen (2.U-Boot-Lehrdivision) from 1940 to 1941 and then to the base commander of Rotterdam Ispector Defense of the Netherlands (Niederlande Rüstungsinspektion) until November 1944. He was promoted to Kapitän zur See 1 September 1944 and left the service on grounds of age February 28, 1945. He died in Düsseldorf 23 June 1948.

Ships hit by Hans Adam

DateU-boat Name of shipTonsNat.
 
5 Dec 1916 U 82 Dorit242da
5 Dec 1916 U 82 Ella879nw
5 Dec 1916 UB 29-C19 Fede1,987it
6 Dec 1916 U 82 Christine196da
6 Dec 1916 U 82 Robert353da
10 Dec 1916 U 82 Gerda287da
 
2 Jan 1917 U 82 Omnium8,719fr
3 Jan 1917 U 82  Viking761da
4 Jan 1917 U 82 Calabro1,925it
5 Jan 1917 U 82  Ebro1,028da
6 Jan 1917 U 82 Beaufront1,720br
23 Apr 1917 U 82 Marita1,759nw
24 Apr 1917 U 82 Thistleard4,136br
25 Apr 1917 U 82 Hackensack4,060br
4 May 1917 U 82 Ellin (d.)4,577gr
11 Jun 1917 U 82 Zylpha2,917br
13 Jun 1917 U 82 Storegut2,557nw
14 Jun 1917 U 82 Highbury4,831br
14 Jun 1917 U 82 Ortolan1,727br
15 Jun 1917 U 82 Albertine Beatrice1,379nl
15 Jun 1917 U 82 Westonby3,795br
16 Jun 1917 U 82 Jessie2,256br
18 Jun 1917 U 82 Thistledhu4,026br
25 Jul 1917 U 82 Monkstone3,097br
31 Jul 1917 U 82 Orubian3,876br
31 Jul 1917 U 82 Quernmore7,302br
19 Sep 1917 U 82 Saint Ronald4,387br
15 Nov 1917 U 82 De Dollart243nl
 
19 Feb 1918 U 82 Glencarron5,117br
19 Feb 1918 U 82 Philadelphian5,165br
8 Apr 1918 U 82 Tainui (d.)9,965br
10 Apr 1918 U 82 Westfield3,453br
 98,722
30 ships sunk (84,180 tons) and 2 ships damaged (14,542 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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