Hans-Joachim Schwantke

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)

1 ship sunk, total tonnage 5,154 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 9,131 GRT

Born  30 Aug 1918 Hindenburg, Upper Silesia
Died  30 Jul 1943(24)North Atlantic


3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 May 1937 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Aug 1943 Kapitänleutnant (posthumous)


U-boat Commands

U-43 19 Mar 1942 30 Jul 1943  (+)  4 patrols (221 days) 

Crew of 1936

Hans-Joachim Schwantke was one of the Kriegsmarine's famous Olympia Crew. This Crew chose the Olympic rings as their symbol (the 1936 Olympic games were held in Berlin). It was the largest Crew, and produced more U-boat commanders than any other – of the 164 who 'graduated', 140 took command during the war.

Patrol info for Hans-Joachim Schwantke

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-43 4 Jul 1942  Kiel  15 Aug 1942  Lorient  Patrol 1,43 days
2. U-43 23 Sep 1942  Lorient  9 Dec 1942  Lorient  Patrol 2,78 days
3. U-43 9 Jan 1943  Lorient  31 Mar 1943  Lorient  Patrol 3,82 days
4. U-43 13 Jul 1943  Lorient  30 Jul 1943  Sunk  Patrol 4,18 days
4 patrols, 221 days at sea

Ships hit by Hans-Joachim Schwantke

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
18 Nov 1942U-43 Brilliant (t.)9,131amSC-109
3 Mar 1943U-43 Doggerbank5,154dt

2 ships sunk (14,285 tons).

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(t.) means the ship was a total loss (included in ships & tonnage lost).

About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

The Survivor

Herlin, Hans

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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