Hess, Hans Georg

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Hess, Hans Georg
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Hess, Hans Georg, born 06-05-1923 in Berlin  the son of a chemistry professor at the university there, joined the Kriegsmarine  as a volunteer in April 1940, when he was 16. He was initially assigned to the surface fleet, where he spent two years on minesweepers before transferring to the U-boat force  in April 1942. He was first assigned to U-466  under the command of Captain Gerhard Thäter   and was with her for her last five patrols, which were mostly spent in the North Atlantic. She broke into the Mediterranean during her last patrol, but was caught in Toulon during the Allied invasion of the south of France and was scuttled on 19-08-1944. Hess returned to Germany, having been promoted to Oberleutnant zur See  on 01-03-1944. Gerhard Thäter died old age 87 on 15-02-2004 in Wilhelmshaven.

Hess was appointed to command U-995  and took command on 10-10-1944. He eventually carried out a total of five patrols with her in the Arctic Sea, sinking a number of Soviet ships and causing one American one to be written off. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on 11-02-1945. With the end of the war, U-995 surrendered on 08-05-1945 in Trondheim. Hess was imprisoned by the Norwegians, eventually spending a year in captivity.

The U-995 sunk 3 ships, total tonnage 1,560 GRT, 1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 633 GRT, 1 warship sunk, total tonnage 105 tons, 1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,176 GRT.

Became the Norwegian submarine Kaura on 01-12-1952. Stricken in 1965. Returned to Germany where she became a museum ship on 13-03-1972, at the seaside of Lahoe near Kiel. It is situated in front of the Kriegsmarine museum and property of the  German Navy.

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Death and burial ground of Hess, Hans Georg.

  

After his release he returned to Germany, eventually becoming a lawyer in Hanover. He died on 29-03-2008 in Wunstorf-Idensen at the age of 84, and is buried at the village cemetery. Daniel Vlad sent me the grave picture.

 

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