Hans-Werner Kraus

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Hans-Werner Kraus
Hans-Werner Kraus.jpg
Born (1915-07-01)1 July 1915
Died 25 May 1990(1990-05-25) (aged 74)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1934–45
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Unit SSS Gorch Fock
cruiser Karlsruhe
cruiser Königsberg
Commands held U-83, U-199

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: 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.

Kraus was repatriated to Germany in February 1946 and released from imprisonment in the British zone of Allied-occupied Germany on 22 May 1946.[1]

Summary of career[edit]

Ships attacked[edit]

Date U-boat Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate[2][3]
12 October 1941 U-83 Corte Real  Portugal 2,044 Sunk
26 October 1941 U-83 HMS Anguani  Royal Navy 6,746 Damaged
17 March 1942 U-83 Crista  United Kingdom 2,590 Damaged
8 June 1942 U-83 Esther *  Mandatory Palestine 100 Sunk
8 June 1942 U-83 Said  Egypt 231 Sunk
9 June 1942 U-83 Typhoon *  Mandatory Palestine 175 Sunk
13 June 1942 U-83 HMS Farouk  Royal Navy 96 Sunk
17 August 1942 U-83 Princess Marguerite  Canada 5,875 Sunk
4 July 1943 U-199 Changri-Lá  Brazil 20 Sunk
24 July 1943 U-199 Henzada  United Kingdom 4,161 Sunk

* Sailing vessel




  1. ^ "Kraus, Hans Werner". Lexicon der Wehrmacht. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Patrols by U-83". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Patrols by U-199". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Busch & Röll 2003, p. 225.
  5. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 471.
  6. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 272.


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