Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,920 tons
|Born||3 Feb 1917||Mirschkowitz, Silesia|
|Died||2 May 1997||(80)|
|U-237||31 Jan 1943||14 May 1943||No war patrols|
|U-990||28 Jul 1943||25 May 1944||4 patrols (68 days)|
|U-2512||10 Oct 1944||7 May 1945||No war patrols|
Hubert Nordheimer joined the Kriegsmarine in 1936. He served as Cadet training officer on the light cruiser Emden from Dec 1939 to Sept 1940. He then went through U-boat training until March 1941. From April to May 1941 he was assigned to the U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) for the new type VIIC boat U-206 under construction at Kiel (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Upon commission of U-206 by Oblt. Herbert Opitz on 17 May 1941 Nordheimer served as its First Watch Officer (1WO) until the following October (Busch & Röll, 1999). During this time he went out on two patrols in the North Atlantic with the U-206 during which they sank 3 ships for 4,208 tons.
Nordheimer went through further training from Oct to Dec 1941 and then served as a Training Officer with the 2 ULD at Gotenhafen until Dec 1942 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
In Dec 1942 Nordheimer was assigned to another U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) course, this time to prepare him for his own command of the new Type VIIC boat U-237. He commissioned the boat on 30 Jan 1943 and then began working up boat and men in the Baltic (Busch & Röll, 1999). The boat was sunk during an American bombing raid on Kiel on 14 May 1943 (Niestlé, 1998). Nordheimer and his men were assigned to another boat, him commissioning the new U-990 on 28 July 1943 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Nordheimer sailed with the U-990 on 4 patrols from Jan to May 1944, all in the Arctic against the Russia convoys (Busch & Röll, 1997).
Rescue of survivors from fellow boat and eventual loss
On 24 May 1944 the U-476 (Oblt. Otto Niethmann) suffered a crippling damage from a British Catalina aircraft (Sqdn 210/V) and the boat was scuttled (Niestlé, 1998). Nordheimer in his U-990 rescued 21 of the men while 34 went down with the boat (Blair, 1998).
The men from U-476 brought no luck to the U-990 as it was sunk the next day by another aircraft, this time a British Liberator (Sqdn 59/S). 20 men from U-990 died in the sinking but 33 survived (Niestlé, 1998).
The German outpost boat V 5901 rescued 51 men from the sinking U-990, including 18 from the U-476 (3 died on the U-990). Nordheimer survived the sinking, as did the commander of U-476 Niethmann. Both were sent to Germany to command the new type XXI boats (Blair, 1998).
From July to Oct 1944 Nordheimer went through another U-boat familiarization program, this time for the revolutionary new type XXI Elektro boats. He then commissioned the U-2512 on 10 Oct 1944 and began training in the Baltic. The war ended before the boat was ready for combat patrol. Nordheimer scuttled his boat on 3 May 1945 at Eckernförde (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.
Patrol info for Hubert Nordheimer
|1.||U-990||22 Jan 1944||Kiel||23 Jan 1944||Marviken||2 days|
|2.||U-990||26 Jan 1944||Marviken||28 Feb 1944||Hammerfest||Patrol 1,||34 days|
|3.||U-990||4 Mar 1944||Hammerfest||27 Mar 1944||Narvik||Patrol 2,||24 days|
|4.||U-990||31 Mar 1944||Narvik||5 Apr 1944||Narvik||Patrol 3,||6 days|
|5.||U-990||8 Apr 1944||Narvik||12 Apr 1944||Bergen||5 days|
|6.||U-990||22 May 1944||Bergen||25 May 1944||Sunk||Patrol 4,||4 days|
|4 patrols, 68 days at sea|
Ships hit by Hubert Nordheimer
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|25 Feb 1944||U-990||HMS Mahratta (G 23)||1,920||br||JW-57|
1 ship sunk (1,920 tons).
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