Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 39/40)
1 ship sunk, total tonnage 2,190 GRT
|Born||19 Oct 1916||Neumünster|
|Died||27 Mar 1945||(28)||off Hebrides|
|U-983||16 Jun 1943||8 Sep 1943||No war patrols|
|U-722||15 Dec 1943||27 Mar 1945 (+)||3 patrols (94 days)|
His first name is in some sources shown as Hans-Heinrich.
Hans Reimers joined the Kriegsmarine during the winter of 1939/1940. He served as the Second Watch officer (2WO) on the U-454 (Kptlt. Burckhard Hackländer) from July 1941 to March 1943 (Busch & Röll, 1999). With the U-454 he served on 8 patrols, the first 5 in the Arctic and the last 3 in the North Atlantic (Busch & Röll, 1997). They sank 2 small ships and damaged another. He was then sent to the U-boat Commander training with the 24th Flotilla until May 1943 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
First Command and loss of boat in Baltic
In May 1943 he he began his U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) at Hamburg to prepare for his command of a new type VIIC boat. On 16 June 1943 Reimers commissioned the U-983 at Hamburg (Busch & Röll, 1999). During training in the Baltic the boat sank due to a collision with U-988 (Oblt. Erich Dobberstein), another U-boat in training, on 8 Sept 1943. 5 men died but 38 survived, including Commander Reimers (Niestlé, 1998). U-988 survived the collision.
From Oct to Dec 1943 Reimers went though another U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung), again at Hamburg to prepare for his command of another new boat (Busch & Röll, 1999).
On 15 Dec 1943 Oblt. Hans Reimers commissioned the U-722 and started training in the Baltic. He left for his first war patrol from Kiel, Germany on 7 Oct 1944. He sailed on 2 patrols in the North Atlantic, mostly around the British Isles from Oct to Dec 1944 (Busch & Röll, 1997). On his third patrol he sank his only ship, the British Inger Toft on 16 March (Rohwer, 1998).
Oblt. Hans Reimers was killed when U-772 was sunk on 27 March, 1945 in the North Atlantic near the Hebrides by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Fitzroy, HMS Redmill and HMS Byron, 44 dead (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.
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.
Patrol info for Hans Reimers
|1.||U-722||7 Oct 1944||Kiel||9 Oct 1944||Horten||3 days|
|2.||U-722||13 Oct 1944||Horten||14 Oct 1944||Marviken||2 days|
|3.||U-722||16 Oct 1944||Marviken||20 Nov 1944||St. Nazaire||Patrol 1,||36 days|
|4.||U-722||7 Dec 1944||St. Nazaire||29 Dec 1944||Bergen||Patrol 2,||23 days|
|5.||U-722||21 Feb 1945||Trondheim||27 Mar 1945||Sunk||Patrol 3,||35 days|
|3 patrols, 94 days at sea|
Ships hit by Hans Reimers
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|16 Mar 1945||U-722||Inger Toft||2,190||br||RU-156|
1 ship sunk (2,190 tons).