|Born||June 24, 1889
|Died||August 14, 1918 (aged 29)
|Years of service||1909 - 1918|
|Rank||Oberleutnant zur See|
|Commands held||SM UC-75, Mar 17, 1917 – Jan 30, 1918
SM UB-57, Jan 2, 1918 – Aug 14, 1918
|Battles/wars||U-boat Campaign (World War I)|
|Awards||Iron Cross 1st class
Pour le Mérite
World War I
Lohs saw action for the very first time on August 28, 1914 and was promoted Leutnant zur See in the autumn of 1915. He then moved to U-Bootschule for a period, but got his first U-boat command on UC-75 on the March 17, 1917, on which he did 9 patrols off the British coast. On January 2, 1918 he became Commanding officer of the UB-57, taking over the command of this boat from another legendary U-boat commander, Otto Steinbrinck. Lohs had also some very good ideas on U-boat warfare and new tactics and on April 24, 1918 he received the Pour le Mérite.
On August 3, 1918 he sailed from Zeebrugge for the last time. The last contact he made with the base was on the evening of the August 14, as UB-57 was homeward bound roughly in the area of the Sandiette Bank, east of the Strait of Dover. Nothing more was heard. UB-57 is believed to have run onto a mine. Lohs' body washed up on shore a week later and he is buried in the military cemetery at Vlissingen.
- Grogan, John. Johann Lohs: The Channel Hunter
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