Joachim Brünner

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 37b)


Successes
2 ships sunk, total tonnage 11,208 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 559 GRT

Born  12 Apr 1919 Breslau
Died  16 Sep 1944(25)Norwegian Sea, east of Iceland


Ranks

9 Oct 1937 Offiziersanwärter
1 Apr 1939 Fähnrich zur See
1 Mar 1940 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 May 1940 Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1942 Oberleutnant zur See

Decorations

1941 Iron Cross 2nd Class
27 Sep 1942 U-boat War Badge 1939
Oct 1943 Iron Cross 1st Class

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-703 6 Jul 1943 16 Sep 1944  (+)  6 patrols (132 days) 

Joachim Brünner joined the Kriegsmarine in 1937. From Dec 1940 to Oct 1941 he was a Divisional Officer and Watch Officer on the light cruiser Leipzig. He joined the U-boat force and began his training in Oct 1941, finishing his courses in March 1942. Brünner was in personnel reserve with the 27th flotilla from March to June 1942, and then at the U-boat base at Narvik until July, when he was assigned to the Type VIIC boat U-703.

He was First Watch Officer (1WO) from Aug 1942 to May 1943, after which he attended the U-boat Commander course with the 2. UAA and the 24th flotilla until July 1943.

Oblt. Joachim Brünner returned to take command of his old boat, U-703, on 6 July 1943. He went on six patrols, sinking three ships with a total tonnage of nearly 12,000 GRT. Brünner died with his entire crew of 54 when the boat went missing in the Norwegian Sea east of Iceland sometime after 16 Sept 1944 (Niestlé, 1998).

Sources

Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Niestle, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.

Patrol info for Joachim Brünner


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-703 19 Jul 1943  Trondheim  3 Aug 1943  Narvik  Patrol 1,16 days
2. U-703 14 Aug 1943  Narvik  16 Aug 1943  Hammerfest   3 days
3. U-703 17 Aug 1943  Hammerfest  9 Oct 1943  Harstad  Patrol 2,54 days
4. U-703 10 Oct 1943  Harstad  10 Oct 1943  Narvik   1 days
5. U-703 12 Oct 1943  Narvik  14 Oct 1943  Trondheim   3 days
6. U-703 18 Oct 1943  Trondheim  19 Oct 1943  Bergen   2 days
7. U-703 13 Jan 1944  Bergen  17 Jan 1944  Kiel   5 days
8. U-703 24 Feb 1944  Kiel  28 Feb 1944  Trondheim   5 days
9. U-703 29 Feb 1944  Trondheim  8 Mar 1944  Narvik  Patrol 3,9 days
10. U-703 8 Apr 1944  Narvik  5 May 1944  Trondheim  Patrol 4,28 days
11. U-703 29 Jul 1944  Trondheim  1 Aug 1944  Narvik   4 days
12. U-703 20 Aug 1944  Narvik  12 Sep 1944  Narvik  Patrol 5,24 days
13. U-703 16 Sep 1944  Narvik  16 Sep 1944  Sunk  Patrol 6,1 days
6 patrols, 132 days at sea

Ships hit by Joachim Brünner

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
30 Jul 1943U-703 T-911 (No 65)559sjBA-12
1 Oct 1943U-703 Sergej Kirov4,146sjVA-18
 
4 Mar 1944U-703 Empire Tourist7,062brRA-57
 11,767

3 ships sunk (11,767 tons).

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About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.

Media links


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders