Hermann Rasch (26 August 1914 – 10 June 1974) was a German U-boat commander of U-106 in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.
On 14 May 1942 Reinhard Suhren, commander of U-564, sunk the Mexican oil tanker Potrero del Llano. The sinking of this ship, compounded with U-106's attack on another tanker, the Faja de Oro, would bring Mexico to declare "A State of War" on the Axis powers.
Summary of career
As commander of U-106 Rasch is credited with the sinking of twelve ships for a total of 78,553 gross register tons (GRT), further damaged one ship of 4,639 GRT and damaging one auxiliary warship of 8,246 GRT.
|Date||U-boat||Name of Ship||Nationality||Tonnage||Fate|
|28 October 1941||U-106||King Malcolm||United Kingdom||5,120||Sunk|
|30 October 1941||U-106||USS Salinas||United States Navy||8,246||Damaged|
|24 January 1942||U-106||SS Empire Wildebeeste||United Kingdom||5,631||Sunk|
|26 January 1942||U-106||Traveller||United Kingdom||3,963||Sunk|
|30 January 1942||U-106||Rochester||United States||6,836||Sunk|
|3 February 1942||U-106||Amerikaland||Sweden||15,355||Sunk|
|6 February 1942||U-106||Opawa||United Kingdom||10,354||Sunk|
|5 May 1942||U-106||Lady Drake||Canada||7,985||Sunk|
|21 May 1942||U-106||SS Faja de Oro||Mexico||6,067||Sunk|
|26 May 1942||U-106||Carrabulle||United States||5,030||Sunk|
|27 May 1942||U-106||Atenas||United States||4,639||Damaged|
|28 May 1942||U-106||Mentor||United Kingdom||7,383||Sunk|
|1 June 1942||U-106||Hampton Roads||United States||2,689||Sunk|
|11 October 1942||U-106||Waterton||United Kingdom||2,140||Sunk|
- Wehrmacht Long Service Award 4th Class (8 April 1938)
- Spanish Cross in Bronze without Swords (6 June 1939)
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class
- 1st Class (11 July 1941)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 29 December 1942 as Kapitänleutnant and commander of U-106
- Mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht on 7 February 1942
- ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 295.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 350.
- Scherzer 2007, p. 613.