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|
|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 for his 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 (Niestlé, 1998).
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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
|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 1944||U-518||Valera||3,401||pa|
|12 Sep 1944||U-518||George Ade (d.)||7,176||am|
1 ship sunk (3,401 tons) and 1 ship damaged (7,176 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.