Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 35)

5 ships sunk, total tonnage 39,855 GRT
3 warships sunk, total tonnage 873 tons (lost aboard transport ships)
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 5,432 GRT

Born  2 Aug 1913 Friedrichshafen
Died  7 Feb 1943(29)Central North Atlantic


5 Apr 1935 Offiziersanwärter
25 Sep 1935 Seekadett
1 Apr 1936 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1939 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jan 1943 Kapitänleutnant


  Iron Cross 2nd Class
  Minesweeper War Badge
  U-boat War Badge 1939
  Iron Cross 1st Class

U-boat Commands

U-624 28 May 1942 7 Feb 1943  (+)  2 patrols (88 days) 

Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen joined the Kriegsmarine in 1935. Between Sept 1939 to March 1941 he served in minesweeping flotillas and units, joining the U-boat force in April 1941.

In Oct 1941 Obltnt. Soden-Fraunhofen was assigned as 1st Watch Officer to the successful U-552 (Topp). He went on two patrols with the boat, a total of 67 days at sea. Ironically, these were among the least successful of U-552's patrols, but the experience of serving under a veteran like Erich Topp was invaluable.

From March to May 1942 Soden-Fraunhofen received U-boat commander training prior to commissioning the type VIIC U-boat U-624 on 28 May. The first patrol (56 days in the North Atlantic) was highly successful, with a tally of seven ships sunk (35,616 GRT) and one damaged.

On the second patrol in the Atlantic Kptlt. Soden-Fraunhofen died with his entire crew (44) when U-624 was sunk by a British B-17 Flying Fortress.


Busch, R and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-624 10 Oct 1942  Kiel  4 Dec 1942  St. Nazaire  Patrol 1,56 days
2. U-624 7 Jan 1943  St. Nazaire  7 Feb 1943  Sunk  Patrol 2,32 days
2 patrols, 88 days at sea

Ships hit by Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
29 Oct 1942U-624 HMS LCT-2190 [Trans.]291brHX-212
29 Oct 1942U-624 HMS LCT-2192 [Trans.]291brHX-212
29 Oct 1942U-624 HMS LCT-2284 [Trans.]291brHX-212
29 Oct 1942U-624 Kosmos II16,966nwHX-212
29 Oct 1942U-624 Pan-New York7,701amHX-212
18 Nov 1942U-624 President Sergent5,344brONS-144
18 Nov 1942U-624 Parismina4,732amONS-144
18 Nov 1942U-624 Yaka (d.)5,432amONS-144
25 Jan 1943U-624 Lackenby5,112brSC-117

8 ships sunk (40,728 tons) and 1 ship damaged (5,432 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.
[Trans.] indicates the vessel was lost while being transported on another vessel.

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

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

(£ 38.25)

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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