Claus von Trotha

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)


Successes
1 ship sunk, total tonnage 10,218 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 11,195 GRT

Born  25 Mar 1914 Cologne
Died  31 Oct 1943(29)North Atlantic


Kriegsmarine crew book photo

Ranks

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

Decorations

  Iron Cross 2nd Class
  Iron Cross 1st Class
5 Jan 1944 German Cross in Gold (posthumous)

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-554 Mar, 1942 Sep, 1942   No war patrols 
U-306 21 Oct 1942 31 Oct 1943  (+)  5 patrols (161 days) 

Crew of 1936

Claus von Trotha 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 Claus von Trotha

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-306 25 Feb 1943  Kiel  9 May 1943  Brest  Patrol 1,74 days
2. U-306 10 Jun 1943  Brest  11 Aug 1943  Lorient  Patrol 2,63 days
3. U-306 23 Sep 1943  Lorient  24 Sep 1943  Brest  Patrol 3,2 days
4. U-306 7 Oct 1943  Brest  10 Oct 1943  Brest  Patrol 4,4 days
5. U-306 14 Oct 1943  Brest  31 Oct 1943  Sunk  Patrol 5,18 days
5 patrols, 161 days at sea

Ships hit by Claus von Trotha

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
22 Apr 1943U-306 Amerika10,218brHX-234
23 Apr 1943U-306 Silvermaple (d.)5,313brHX-234
16 Jul 1943U-306 Kaipara (d.)5,882brSL-133
 21,413

1 ship sunk (10,218 tons) and 2 ships damaged (11,195 tons).

Legend
We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.


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

Listing of all U-boat commanders