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Hans-Joachim Förster

German World War II U-boat commander
The basics
Occupation Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Country Germany
Date of birth Groß Köris
Date of death Feb 24, 1945 English Channel
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, German Cross in Gold
The details

Hans-Joachim Förster (20 February 1920 in Groß Köris – 24 February 1945 west of the English Channel) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). He is credited with the sinking of two merchant ships for a total of 12,846 gross register tons (GRT) plus two warships for a total of 1,775 long tons (1,803 t), including the HMCS Alberni and HMS Loyalty. He and the entire crew of U-480 were killed when U-480 was sunk between 18 and 24 February 1945 in a minefield in position 50°22′04″N 01°44′10″W.


  • Minesweeper War Badge (1 February 1941)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (17 February 1942)
    • 1st Class
  • U-boat War Badge (1939) (18 May 1943)
  • German Cross in Gold on 12 September 1944 as Oberleutnant zur See on U-480/5. Unterseebootsflottille
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 18 October 1944 as Oberleutnant zur See and commander of U-480
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 484.
  • Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 118.
  • Scherzer 2007, p. 313.
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 183.

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