Harald Lange

Oberleutnant zur See (R)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  23 Dec 1903 Hamburg
Died  3 Mar 1967(63)


Date unknown Oberleutnant zur See (R)


U-boat Commands

U-180 Oct, 1943 7 Nov 1943   No war patrols 
U-505 8 Nov 1943 4 Jun 1944   2 patrols (90 days) 

Oblt. Harald Lange was brought onto the troubled U-505 in an attempt to restore the morale of the crew after the disappointing command of Kptlt. Peter Zschech and his suicide on board on 24 Oct 1943. Dönitz chose well as Lange at 40 years old one of the oldest U-boat commanders of WWII. He managed to bring the troubled boat again into proper fighting condition.

When the boat was attacked by the USS Guadalcanal hunter-killer group on 4 June 1944 the boat was in a very bad position, low on electricity and the odds were very much against her. Lange did well in saving all but one of his crew – although the capture of the boat was not ideal of course.

Patrol info for Harald Lange

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-505 25 Dec 1943  Lorient  2 Jan 1944  Lorient  Patrol 1,9 days
2. U-505 16 Mar 1944  Brest  4 Jun 1944    Patrol 2,81 days
2 patrols, 90 days at sea

Media links

Hunt and Kill

Savas, Theodore

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Twenty Million Tons under the Sea

Gallery, Daniel V., RAdm., USN, ret.

Admiral Dan Gallery

Gilliland, C. Herbert and Shenk, Robert

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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