Lange, Hans-Günther

Date of birth:
September 28th, 1916 (Hannover, Germany)
Date of death:
April 3rd, 2014 (Kiel/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 7th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 12th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 4th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant zur See
Unit:
Kommandant U 711 / 13.Unterseebootsflottille
Awarded on:
May 11th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Luitenant ter Zee 2e Klasse)
Unit:
Kommandant U 711 / 13.Unterseebootsflottille
Awarded on:
August 26th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his claimed successes as a late war U-Boat commander under the most difficult of conditions. They included the following…

I.) Sinking the US freighter “William S. Thaver” (with 7176 GRT) as well as 2 destroyers over the course of 7 war patrols. (Note: none of these are substantiated by post-war records).

II.) Unsuccessfully attacking the Soviet battleship “Archangelsk” on the 23.08.1944.

III.) Bombarding the Soviet radio stations at Pravdyi (18.09.1943) and Blagopolncija (24.09.1943) with the deck gun of his U-Boat.

IV.) Distracting convoy escorts on multiple occasions, thereby allowing other U-Boats to attack.
Details:
250th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Luitenant ter Zee 2e Klasse)
Unit:
Kommandant U 711 / 13. Unterseebootsflottille
Awarded on:
April 29th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for further claimed successes, including the following…

I.) Bombarding the Soviet radio station at Stereligowa (21.09.1944).

II.) Claiming the sinking of two freighters with 10200 GRT.

III.) Sinking the British corvette “Bluebell” on the 17.02.1945.
Details:
853rd Award
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 24th, 1940
Zerstörer-Kriegsabzeichen

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1998.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Kurowski F., Knight’s Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service, Schiffer Publishing, 1995
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001
    - Feldgrau.com

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