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Hans-Werner Kraus
File:Hans-Werner Kraus.jpg
Born (1915-07-01)July 1, 1915
Died May 25, 1990(1990-05-25) (aged 74)
Place of birth Beulwitz/Saalfeld
Place of death Wanger/Allgäu
Allegiance Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Nazi Germany
Service/branch War Ensign of Germany (1938–1945).svg Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1934–1945
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Unit SSS Gorch Fock
cruiser Karlsruhe
cruiser Königsberg
U-47
Commands held U-83, U-199
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hans-Werner Kraus (1 July 1915 – 25 May 1990) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross(German language:Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Kraus served as 1st watch officer on U-47 from January 1940 until November 1940 having replaced Engelbert Endrass. He later commanded U-83 and U-199. He was on board the latter when it was bombed and sunk by aircraft off the coast of Brazil on 31 July 1943. Captured, he was sent as a POW to the United States. Kraus was one of the 25 POWs who escaped from Camp Papago Park, Arizona, during the night of 23–24 December 1944.

Summary of careerEdit

Ships attackedEdit

DateU-boatShipNationalityTonnageFate[1][2]
12 October 1941 U-83 Corte Real Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal 2,044 Sunk
26 October 1941 U-83 HMS Anguani Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 6,746 Damaged
17 March 1942 U-83 Crista Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 2,590 Damaged
8 June 1942 U-83 Esther * Palestine-Mandate-Ensign-1927-1948.svg Mandatory Palestine 100 Sunk
8 June 1942 U-83 Said Flag of Egypt (1922–1958).svg Egypt 231 Sunk
9 June 1942 U-83 Typhoon * Palestine-Mandate-Ensign-1927-1948.svg Mandatory Palestine 175 Sunk
13 June 1942 U-83 HMS Farouk Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 96 Sunk
17 August 1942 U-83 Princess Marguerite Flag of Canada (1921–1957).svg Canada 5,875 Sunk
4 July 1943 U-199 Changri-Lá Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 20 Sunk
24 July 1943 U-199 Henzada Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 4,161 Sunk

* Sailing vessel

AwardsEdit

Wehrmachtbericht referenceEdit

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
22 March 1942 Bei den Unternehmungen gegen feindliche Kriegs- und Transportschiffe vor der Cyrenaika hat sich das Unterseeboot unter Führung von Kapitänleutnant Kraus besonders ausgezeichnet.[5] The submarine under the command of Kapitänleutnant Kraus distinguished itself in the operations before the Cyrenaica against enemy war and transport shipping.

ReferencesEdit

Citations
  1. "Patrols by U-83". uboat.net. http://uboat.net/boats/patrols/u83.html. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  2. "Patrols by U-199". uboat.net. http://uboat.net/boats/patrols/u199.html. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 225.
  4. Scherzer 2007, p. 471.
  5. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 2, p. 63
Bibliography
  • Busch, Hans-Joachim; Röll (2003) (in German). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939–1945 — Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 [The U-Boat War 1939–1945 — The Knight's Cross Bearers of the U-Boat Force from September 1939 to May 1945]. Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 978-3-8132-0515-2. 
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Kurowski, Franz (1995). Knight's Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-88740-748-2. 
  • Moore, John Hammond (2006). The Faustball Tunnel: German POWs in America and Their Great Escape. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-59114-526-4. 
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Navy]. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 978-3-87943-355-1. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, 1. Januar 1942 bis 31. Dezember 1943. München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.
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