Kapitänleutnant (Crew 33)
6 ships sunk, total tonnage 39,891 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 206 tons
|Born||30 Jun 1913||Altona|
|Died||24 Aug 1943||(30)||Central Atlantic, aboard U-185|
|U-149||13 Nov 1940||30 Nov 1941||1 patrol (24 days)|
|U-604||8 Jan 1942||11 Aug 1943||6 patrols (179 days)|
Horst Höltring joined the German Navy (Reichsmarine) in 1933. He went through U-boat training from March to Oct 1940. On 13 Nov 1940 he was given command of the small "duck" U-149, a training boat. He served on the boat for more than a year, giving up command on 30 Nov 1941 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
From Dec 1941 to Jan 1942 he went through U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) in preparation for his next command. On 8 Jan 1942 Kptlt. Horst Höltring commissioned the Type VIIC U-604 at Hamburg (Busch & Röll, 1999).
U-604 went on seven patrols, spending 203 days at sea. Six ships were sunk, totaling 40,000 tons (Rohwer, 1998). On the 7th patrol the boat was lost.
Loss of his boat and death of Horst Höltring
Horst Höltring survived the loss of his boat on 11 Aug 1943 after she was scuttled following an attack by two American aircraft (Niestlé, 1998). The entire crew of 45 men was rescued by two U-boats. He died together with 13 of his men when the boat that rescued half of his crew, U-185 (Kptlt. August Maus), was sunk 13 days later (Niestlé, 1998).
According to survivors, when U-185 was fatally hit and chlorine gas was spreading through the boat, Höltring, himself wounded, jumped from his bunk with a pistol and ran to the forward torpedo room where two badly wounded men from U-604 begged to be shot to avoid drowning or suffocating, which he did, before taking his own life (Blair, 1998). 14 men from U-604 died on U-185 (Niestlé, 1998).
Blair, C. (1998). Hitler’s U-boat War. The Hunted, 1942-1945.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.
Patrol info for Horst Höltring
|1.||U-149||18 Jun 1941||Gotenhafen||11 Jul 1941||Gotenhafen||Patrol 1,||24 days|
|2.||U-604||4 Aug 1942||Kiel||8 Sep 1942||Brest||Patrol 2,||36 days|
|3.||U-604||14 Oct 1942||Brest||5 Nov 1942||Brest||Patrol 3,||23 days|
|4.||U-604||26 Nov 1942||Brest||31 Dec 1942||Brest||Patrol 4,||36 days|
|5.||U-604||8 Feb 1943||Brest||9 Mar 1943||Brest||Patrol 5,||30 days|
|6.||U-604||22 Apr 1943||Brest||26 Apr 1943||Brest||Patrol 6,||5 days|
|7.||U-604||24 Jun 1943||Brest||11 Aug 1943||Sunk||Patrol 7,||49 days|
|7 patrols, 203 days at sea|
Ships hit by Horst Höltring
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|27 Jun 1941||U-149||M-99||206||sj|
|25 Aug 1942||U-604||Abbekerk||7,906||nl|
|27 Oct 1942||U-604||Anglo Mærsk||7,705||br||SL-125|
|30 Oct 1942||U-604||Président Doumer||11,898||br||SL-125|
|30 Oct 1942||U-604||Baron Vernon||3,642||br||SL-125|
|2 Dec 1942||U-604||Coamo||7,057||am||MKF-3|
|23 Feb 1943||U-604||Stockport||1,683||br||ON-166|
7 ships sunk (40,097 tons).
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.