Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)
|Born||13 Apr 1915||Sonderburg|
|Died||4 May 1945||(30)||Lillebaelt, Denmark|
|U-228||12 Sep 1942||Aug, 1944||5 patrols (224 days)|
|U-3028||27 Jan 1945||3 May 1945||No war patrols|
Erwin Christophersen joined the Kriegsmarine in 1936. He was seconded to Luftwaffe until Dec 1940 when he joined the U-boat force. He went through U-boat training from Jan to June 1941. From June 1941 to June 1942 he was the First Watch Officer on the U-753 where he went out on 4 partrols, 117 days at sea in total.
Christophersen went through U-boat Commander at the 24th flotilla from July to Aug 1942 when he began his U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) until Sept 1942.
He took command of the U-228 on 12 Sept 1942 and commanded the boat until Aug 1944. He commanded the boat on 5 patrols, over 220 days at sea. He was in reserve from Sept to Nov 1944 when he started his U-boat familiarization for the new type XXI boats in preparation for his next command. From 27 Jan to 3 May 1945 he commanded the new boat U-3028 when the boat was scuttled at Kiel.
He died as a passenger aboard the U-2503 when en route to Norway to take command of a combat ready boat. Kptlt. Erwin Christophersen and the boat's commander, Kptlt. Karl-Jürg Wächter, died when the boat was attacked around 1720 on 3 May 1945 and a rocket penetrated the control room killing 12 men.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Erwin Christophersen
|1.||U-228||6 Feb 1943||Kiel||29 Mar 1943||St. Nazaire||Patrol 1,||52 days|
|2.||U-228||4 May 1943||St. Nazaire||19 Jul 1943||Lorient||Patrol 2,||77 days|
|3.||U-228||18 Sep 1943||Lorient||19 Sep 1943||Brest||Patrol 3,||2 days|
|4.||U-228||27 Sep 1943||Brest||29 Sep 1943||Brest||Patrol 3,||3 days|
|5.||U-228||11 Oct 1943||Brest||12 Oct 1943||Brest||Patrol 3,||2 days|
|6.||U-228||23 Oct 1943||Brest||20 Dec 1943||Bordeaux||Patrol 3,||59 days|
|7.||U-228||24 Feb 1944||Bordeaux||26 Feb 1944||La Pallice||Patrol 4,||3 days|
|8.||U-228||4 Mar 1944||La Pallice||7 Mar 1944||La Pallice||Patrol 4,||4 days|
|9.||U-228||11 Mar 1944||La Pallice||13 Mar 1944||La Pallice||Patrol 4,||3 days|
|10.||U-228||19 Mar 1944||La Pallice||26 Mar 1944||St. Nazaire||Patrol 4,||8 days|
|11.||U-228||6 Jun 1944||St. Nazaire||16 Jun 1944||St. Nazaire||Patrol 5,||11 days|
|5 patrols, 224 days at sea|
Ships hit by Erwin Christophersen
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About ranks and decorations
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