Hans-Joachim Horrer

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 33)


Successes
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 417 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 2,847 GRT

Born  6 Feb 1908 Dortmund
Died  14 Sep 1942(34)Arctic Ocean


Ranks

1 Feb 1940 Kapitänleutnant
1 Sep 1942 Korvettenkapitän

Decorations

  Narvik Shield
  Iron Cross 2nd Class
  Iron Cross 1st Class

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-555 30 Jan 1941 25 Aug 1941   No war patrols 
U-589 25 Sep 1941 14 Sep 1942  (+)  7 patrols (96 days) 

Hans-Joachim Horrer joined the German Navy (Reichsmarine) in 1933 and went through the usual officer training. He was a Gunnery Officer and Watch Officer on the destroyer Z 9 Wolfgang Zenker from July 1938 to April 1940 when the destroyer was sunk during the fierce battles of Narvik, Norway.

Horrer then started his U-boat officer training which lasted from July 1940 to January 1941. He was then assigned to the almost completed Type VIIC U-555 as Baubelehrung commander on Jan 18, then taking command of the boat upon commission on Jan 30, 1941. He served on the boat until 25 Aug, 1941 but never went on patrol.

He again served as Baubelehrung commander with the 8. KLA from 26 Aug to 24 Sept. He then took command of the new Type VIIC boat U-589. He went on 8 patrols with the boat and was lost with his entire crew when the boat was sunk south-west of Spitzbergen on 14 Sep 1942.

Sources

Busch, R. & Röll, H. (1999). German U-boat Commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Hans-Joachim Horrer


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-589 23 Feb 1942  Kiel  26 Feb 1942  Helgoland   4 days
2. U-589 28 Feb 1942  Helgoland  21 Mar 1942  Kirkenes  Patrol 1,22 days
3. U-589 24 Mar 1942  Kirkenes  2 Apr 1942  Kirkenes  Patrol 2,10 days
4. U-589 8 Apr 1942  Kirkenes  20 Apr 1942  Kirkenes  Patrol 3,13 days
5. U-589 29 Apr 1942  Kirkenes  6 May 1942  Kirkenes  Patrol 4,8 days
6. U-589 8 May 1942  Kirkenes  12 May 1942  Skjomenfjord   5 days
7. U-589 16 May 1942  Skjomenfjord  23 May 1942  Narvik   8 days
8. U-589 26 May 1942  Narvik  28 May 1942  Bergen   3 days
9. U-589 17 Jul 1942  Bergen  12 Aug 1942  Skjomenfjord  Patrol 5,27 days
10. U-589 23 Aug 1942  Skjomenfjord  1 Sep 1942  Narvik  Patrol 6,10 days
11. U-589 9 Sep 1942  Narvik  14 Sep 1942  Sunk  Patrol 7,6 days
7 patrols, 96 days at sea

Ships hit by Hans-Joachim Horrer

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
1 May 1942U-589 Tsiolkovskij (d.)2,847sjQP-11
11 Oct 1942U-589 Musson (No 23) [Mine]417sj
 3,264

1 ship sunk (417 tons) and 1 ship damaged (2,847 tons).

Legend
(d.) means the ship was damaged.
[Mine] indicates the vessel was hit by a mine laid by said U-boat.

Media links


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders