Kapitänleutnant (Crew 34)
8 ships sunk, total tonnage 51,859 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,190 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 1,999 GRT
|Born||13 Sep 1914||Friedrichshafen, Lake Constance|
|Died||6 Feb 1942||(27)||North Atlantic|
|U-82||14 May 1941||6 Feb 1942 (+)||3 patrols (102 days)|
Siegfried Rollmann joined the German Navy (Reichsmarine) in 1934. He served on the light cruiser Karlsruhe from Nov 39 to March 1940 when he switched to the U-boat force. He finished his U-boat training in Sept and in Oct he was sent as First Watch Officer (1WO) on the U-52 (Kptlt. Otto Salmann). On this boat Rollmann went out on two patrols during which 4 ships were sunk by the boat. He left the boat the following spring.
In March 1941 Oblt. Rollmann started his U-boat commander training with the 24th flotilla, finishing the course in April when he was sent to U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung).
On 14 May 1941 Oblt. Siegfried Rollmann took command of his boat, the brand new U-82. With this boat Rollmann was very successful. During 3 patrols the boat sank 10 ships with a total of over 53,000 GRT, and damaged another ship of 1,999 tons.
U-82 was sunk with all hands on 6 Feb 1942 by British warships HMS Rochester and HMS Tamarisk around convoy ON-18 while returning from the US coast (Niestlé, 1998). Rollmann had reported a small convoy while inbound to Lorient, France and was ordered to shadow it but nothing was heard from him again.
Patrol info for Siegfried Rollmann
|1.||U-82||12 Jul 1941||Kiel||13 Jul 1941||Horten||2 days|
|2.||U-82||20 Jul 1941||Horten||23 Jul 1941||Trondheim||4 days|
|3.||U-82||11 Aug 1941||Trondheim||18 Sep 1941||Lorient||Patrol 1,||39 days|
|4.||U-82||15 Oct 1941||Lorient||19 Nov 1941||La Pallice||Patrol 2,||36 days|
|5.||U-82||11 Jan 1942||La Pallice||6 Feb 1942||Sunk||Patrol 3,||27 days|
|3 patrols, 102 days at sea|
Ships hit by Siegfried Rollmann
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|10 Sep 1941||U-82||Empire Hudson||7,465||br||SC-42|
|11 Sep 1941||U-82||Bulysses||7,519||br||SC-42|
|11 Sep 1941||U-82||Gypsum Queen||3,915||br||SC-42|
|11 Sep 1941||U-82||Empire Crossbill||5,463||br||SC-42|
|11 Sep 1941||U-82||Scania (d.)||1,999||sw||SC-42|
|21 Oct 1941||U-82||Serbino||4,099||br||SL-89|
|21 Oct 1941||U-82||Treverbyn||5,281||br||SL-89|
|22 Jan 1942||U-82||Athelcrown||11,999||br||ON-56|
|23 Jan 1942||U-82||Leiesten||6,118||nw||ON-56|
|31 Jan 1942||U-82||HMS Belmont (H 46)||1,190||br||NA-2|
9 ships sunk (53,049 tons) and 1 ship damaged (1,999 tons).
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