Hans Howaldt

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Hans Howaldt
Hans Howaldt (1888-1970).jpg
Born12 November 1888
Kiel, German Empire
Died6 September 1970(1970-09-06) (aged 81)
Bad Schwartau, West Germany
Allegiance German Empire
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Imperial German Navy
 German Navy
Years of service1907–1918 and 1939–1945
RankKapitän zur See
UnitFlandern Flottille, Zeebrugge, and in 1939 a unit of minelayers in the Baltic Sea, including Kattegat and Skagerrak
Commands heldUC-4, UB-40 and UB-107
Minelayer Hansestadt Danzig
Battles/warsU-boat Campaign (World War I)
AwardsIron Cross
House Order of Hohenzollern
Pour le Mérite
Hanseatic Cross
War Merit Cross
RelationsHis grandfather August Howaldt was the builder of the first German submarine Brandtaucher.
Olympic medal record
Bronze medal – third place 1936 Berlin 8 metre class

Hans Howaldt (12 November 1888, Kiel – 6 September 1970) was a successful and highly decorated German U-boat commander in the Kaiserliche Marine during World War I and also active in World War II. By the end of World War I he was promoted Kapitänleutnant.

As a sportsman, Hans Howaldt won Bronze in the international 8 Metre class sailing at the 1936 Summer Olympics on the Bay of Kiel as skipper of Germania III, a keelboat designed and built by Abeking & Rasmussen and owned by crew-member Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach.

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  • Howaldt in: Biographisches Lexikon für Schleswig-Holstein und Lübeck, Vol. 12 Neumünster 2006, p. 198 ff. ISBN 3-529-02560-7

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