Korvettenkapitän (Crew 32)
6 ships sunk, total tonnage 22,432 GRT
4 ships damaged, total tonnage 28,493 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 4,943 GRT
|Born||1 Oct 1913||Magdeburg|
|Died||22 Aug 1996||(82)|
|U-6||17 Dec 1938||26 Nov 1939||1 patrol (21 days)|
|U-59||18 Jul 1940||10 Nov 1940||5 patrols (58 days)|
|U-70||23 Nov 1940||7 Mar 1941||1 patrol (16 days)|
He was given his first command, the small "duck" U-6, on 17 Dec 1938. He commanded the boat until 26 Nov 1939. Matz took the boat on a 21-day patrol in the North Sea at the beginning of the war (Busch & Röll, 1997). He then served on the Staff of Chief of U-boats (BdU) until June 1940 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
On 18 July 1940 Joachim Matz was given command of another "duck", the U-59. With this boat he went out on 5 patrols, destroying 6 ships with a total of over 26,000 tons and damaging a large tanker of 8,000 tons.
Matz left the small U-59 on 10 Nov 1940 and on the 23rd took command of the brand-new larger type VIIC U-70 (Busch & Röll, 1999). On 26 Feb 1941, after working the boat and crew up to speed in the Baltic, he went out on his only patrol with the U-70 (Busch & Röll, 1997). His boat was sunk after Matz had hit his 4th ship on the patrol (1 sunk, 3 damaged). There were 25 survivors but 20 men died when the boat was sunk south-east of Iceland on 7 March 1941 (Niestlé, 1998).
Kptlt Joachim Matz was captured with the other survivors and spent more than 6 years in a POW camp, being released on 26 June 1947 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
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.
Patrol info for Joachim Matz
|1.||U-6||24 Aug 1939||Neustadt||13 Sep 1939||Kiel||Patrol 1,||21 days|
|2.||U-59||18 Jul 1940||Kiel||4 Aug 1940||Bergen||Patrol 2,||18 days|
|3.||U-59||8 Aug 1940||Bergen||19 Aug 1940||Lorient||Patrol 3,||12 days|
|4.||U-59||26 Aug 1940||Lorient||3 Sep 1940||Lorient||Patrol 4,||9 days|
|5.||U-59||7 Sep 1940||Lorient||21 Sep 1940||Lorient||Patrol 5,||15 days|
|6.||U-59||3 Oct 1940||Lorient||15 Oct 1940||Bergen||13 days|
|7.||U-59||17 Oct 1940||Bergen||20 Oct 1940||Kiel||Patrol 6,||4 days|
|8.||U-70||20 Feb 1941||7 Mar 1941||Sunk||Patrol 7,||16 days|
|7 patrols, 95 days at sea|
Ships hit by Joachim Matz
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|1 Aug 1940||U-59||Sigyn||1,981||sw|
|14 Aug 1940||U-59||Betty||2,339||br|
|30 Aug 1940||U-59||San Gabriel (t.)||4,943||gr||OB-205|
|30 Aug 1940||U-59||Anadara (d.)||8,009||br||OB-205|
|31 Aug 1940||U-59||Bibury||4,616||br||OB-205|
|7 Oct 1940||U-59||Touraine||5,811||nw||OB-225|
|12 Oct 1940||U-59||Pacific Ranger||6,865||br||HX-77|
|26 Feb 1941||U-70||Göteborg||820||sw|
|7 Mar 1941||U-70||Delilian (d.)||6,423||br||OB-293|
|7 Mar 1941||U-70||Athelbeach (d.)||6,568||br||OB-293|
|7 Mar 1941||U-70||Mijdrecht (d.)||7,493||nl||OB-293|
7 ships sunk (27,375 tons) and 4 ships damaged (28,493 tons).