Hans-Ludwig Witt (25 December 1909 in Bautzen – 13 February 1980 in Hamburg-Poppenbüttel) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. With nineteen ships sunk for a total of 100,773 gross register tons (GRT), he was the thirty-second highest scoring U-Boat ace of World War II.
Witt joined the Reichsmarine in 1929, and in October 1940 entered U-boat training, taking command of U-161 as part of training flotilla 4th U-boat Flotilla in July 1941. He then took command of U-129 as a member of 2nd U-boat Flotilla in May 1942. Witt sailed on three successful combat patrols in the western Atlantic and the Caribbean between May 1942 and July 1943, sinking 19 ships for a total of 100,773 GRT, including Mexican tankers Tuxpam and Las Choapas.
Witt spent a year on the BdU staff, before returning to active duty in January 1945 commanding U-3524, one of the new Type XXI Elektroboote that were commissioned under U-boat commanders such as Adalbert Schnee, Peter-Erich Cremer, Carl Emmermann and Erich Topp to try and turn the tide in the Atlantic. However, Witt sailed on no combat patrols and sank no ships in his new U-boat. He died in 1980.
Summary of career
Summary of raiding history
|10 June 1942||L. A. Christensen||Norway||4,362||Sunk|
|12 June 1942||Hardwick Grange||United Kingdom||9,005||Sunk|
|17 June 1942||Millinrocket||United States||3,274||Sunk|
|27 June 1942||Las Choapas||Mexico||2,005||Sunk|
|27 June 1942||Tuxpam||Mexico||7,008||Sunk|
|1 July 1942||Taspe||Soviet Union||6,320||Sunk|
|12 July 1942||Tachirá||United States||2,325||Sunk|
|19 July 1942||Port Antonio||Norway||1,266||Sunk|
|23 July 1942||Onodaga||United States||2,309||Sunk|
|16 October 1942||Trafalgar||Norway||5,542||Sunk|
|23 October 1942||Reuben Tipton||United States||6,829||Sunk|
|30 October 1942||West Kebar||United States||5,620||Sunk|
|5 November 1942||Astrell||Norway||7,595||Sunk|
|5 November 1942||Meton||United States||7,027||Sunk|
|2 April 1943||Melbourne Star||United Kingdom||12,806||Sunk|
|24 April 1943||Santa Catalina||United States||6,507||Sunk|
|4 May 1943||Panam||Panama||7,277||Sunk|
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (23 August 1942)
- 1st Class (23 August 1942)
- U-boat War Badge (1939) (23 August 1942)
- U-boat Front Clasp (7 October 1944)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 17 December 1942 as Kapitänleutnant and commander of U-129
- Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-129". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
- ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 290.
- Scherzer 2007, p. 791.