U 269 Commander

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U 269 Commander

Post by oldhoweboy » 21 Dec 2018 17:08

Greetings to all!
Foto shows on left, Fregattenkapitan Hans Cohauz with Kptlt. Karl-Heinrich Harlfinger of U 269 sometime in 1943 at Bergen.
I have never seen a clear foto of Harlfinger so if anyone can confirm my thought, please comment.
Karl-Heinrich Harlfinger committed suicide on 21 March 1944 (Busch & Röll, 1999). He was a member of Crew 1935 but his commissioning as a Leutnant zur See was delayed, resulting in his promotions through the officer ranks being with Crew 1936.

Harlfinger shot himself in Hotel Majestic in La Baule, France. He was actually a life-affirming man who contracted a sexually transmitted disease. Commander of the 6th Flotilla - Carl Emmermann - decided to pass on punishment for the matter. Harlfinger feared military punishment and service dismissal and stigma and decided to end his life.

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Christmas greetings to all menbers and many thanks to all who have helped to answer some of my postings
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Re: U 269 Commander

Post by stril » 10 Feb 2019 15:59

Hello
Its not Harflinger. Its Reinhart Reche of U 255 in Bergen.
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Re: U 269 Commander

Post by oldhoweboy » 10 Feb 2019 17:35

Hi.
Thanks! Will keep looking. I think this is Reche also
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Re: U 269 Commander

Post by hannibal2 » 14 Feb 2019 16:59

With reference to Reche and U 255, I happen to be the owner of an original Kriegsmarine sextant used by a U-boat man named Hermann Schulz who served as Obersteuermann (Quartermaster/Navigator) aboard Reche's U 255 from November 1941 until July 1943. In 1944 he was made a Kriegsoffiizier (officer promoted from the ranks), Leutnant zur See, after training for commander promoted to Oblt.z.S. and appointed captain of U 2369, then of U 2327. After the end of the war he made his living as a deck officer in the West German merchant marine in which capacity he used the sextant he had rescued from U 2327 before she was scuttled on May 6, 1945. He died in 1998 at age 85.
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Re: U 269 Commander

Post by hannibal2 » 15 Feb 2019 05:48

Here are some scans of the sextant. The white area on the instrument is where Schulz had post-war "de-nazified" it by filing off the forbidden eagle and swastika logo that was stamped on all Wehrmacht-issued hardware and equipment. The maker is Plath of Hamburg, a firm known for the high quality of its products. Despite its age and obvious use, the sextant is still in good working order.
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Re: U 269 Commander

Post by s3bpilot » 18 Feb 2019 00:48

Thanks Hannibal, that is awesome!

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