Korvettenkapitän (Crew 35)
26 ships sunk, total tonnage 156,082 GRT
5 ships damaged, total tonnage 34,419 GRT
|Born||12 May 1915||Berlin-Steglitz|
|Died||18 Jan 2012||(96)||Calviá, Mallorca, Spain|
|U-29||3 Jan 1941||14 Sep 1941||No war patrols|
|U-160||16 Oct 1941||14 Jun 1943||4 patrols (328 days)|
For more than a year Georg Lassen was I WO on the very successful U-29 under Kptlt. Otto Schuhart. They sank 12 ships with a total of 80,688 tons as well as the aircraft carrier HMS Courageous. From January to September 1941, Kptlt. Lassen was the commander of U-29, which at this time was a training boat in the 24th (Training) Flotilla U-boat flotilla.
On 16 October 1941 Lassen commissioned the type IXC U-boat U-160, and on his first patrol as commander in March/April 1942 he sank or damaged six ships with a total of 43,560 tons. Also outstanding was his last patrol, in South African waters, where on 3/4 March, 1943 he sank or damaged six ships in less than five hours with a total of 41,076 tons. Three days later he received the Oak Leaves to his Knights Cross.
On 9 March, 1943 the daily Wehrmachtsbericht announced:
Der Oberste Befehlshaber verlieh dem Kapitänleutnant Georg Lassen als 208. Soldaten der deutschen Wehrmacht das Eichenlaub zum Ritterkreuz. Kapitänleutnant Lassen hat auf 4 Feindfahrten 31 Schiffe mit 212,544 BRT versenkt. Zwei weitere Schiffe wurden von ihm torpediert. Siebzehn Schiffe mit 101,860 BRT schoß er aus stark gesicherten Geleitzügen heraus.
Georg Lassen then became a tactics instructor and the chief of the "Offiziers-kompanie" in the 1st ULD (U-Boot-Lehrdivision, training division).
Georg Lassen died at Calviá, Mallorca, Spain on 18 Jan 2012 after an illness. He was 96 years old. His ashes were scattered in Santa Ponça Bay, with the ashes of his wife.
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Patrol info for Georg Lassen
|1.||U-160||24 Feb 1942||Wilhelmshaven||24 Feb 1942||Helgoland||1 days|
|2.||U-160||1 Mar 1942||Helgoland||28 Apr 1942||Lorient||Patrol 1,||59 days|
|3.||U-160||20 Jun 1942||Lorient||24 Aug 1942||Lorient||Patrol 2,||66 days|
|4.||U-160||23 Sep 1942||Lorient||9 Dec 1942||Lorient||Patrol 3,||78 days|
|5.||U-160||6 Jan 1943||Lorient||10 May 1943||Bordeaux||Patrol 4,||125 days|
|4 patrols, 328 days at sea|
Ships hit by Georg Lassen
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.