Hans-Werner Offermann

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew X/39)

1 ship sunk, total tonnage 3,401 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,176 GRT

Born  2 Jul 1921 Offingen, Danube
Died  22 Apr 1945(23)North Atlantic


16 Sep 1939 Offiziersanwärter
1 Jul 1940 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1941 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Mar 1942 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1943 Oberleutnant zur See


  Iron Cross 2nd Class
  Iron Cross 1st Class
6 Nov 1943 German Cross in Gold

U-boat Commands

U-518 13 Jan 1944 22 Apr 1945  (+)  3 patrols (250 days) 

Oblt. Hans-Werner Offermann was one of the youngest U-boat commanders during WWII when he left on patrol with U-518 from Lorient, France on 23 Jan 1944. He was only 22 years old at the time. He brought his boat to Lorient 106 days later. He commanded the boat on another 102 day patrol before being lost with his entire crew 42 days into this third patrol on 22 April 1945 when U-518 was sunk by the US destroyer escorts USS Carter and USS Neal A. Scott (Niestlé, 1998).


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 Hans-Werner Offermann

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-518 23 Jan 1944  Lorient  7 May 1944  Lorient  Patrol 1,106 days
2. U-518 4 Jul 1944  Lorient  10 Jul 1944  Lorient   7 days
3. U-518 15 Jul 1944  Lorient  24 Oct 1944  Kristiansand  Patrol 2,102 days
4. U-518 25 Oct 1944  Kristiansand  28 Oct 1944  Flensburg   4 days
5. U-518 5 Mar 1945  Kiel  10 Mar 1945  Kristiansand   6 days
6. U-518 12 Mar 1945  Kristiansand  22 Apr 1945  Sunk  Patrol 3,42 days
3 patrols, 250 days at sea

Ships hit by Hans-Werner Offermann

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
7 Mar 1944U-518 Valera3,401pa
12 Sep 1944U-518 George Ade (d.)7,176am

1 ship sunk (3,401 tons) and 1 ship damaged (7,176 tons).

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(d.) means the ship was damaged.

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