Stabsobermaschinist (Navy since 1933)
|Born||9 February, 1914||Beckedorf near Hannover|
|Died||16 May, 2001|
02/12/1939 : Iron Cross 2nd class (EK II)
29/12/1941 : Ubootskriegsabzeichen 1939
18/08/1942 : Iron Cross 1st class (EK I)
12/02/1944 : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (238.)
12/08/1944 : Knights Cross (116.)
|U-129||IXC||Obermaschinist, 10 patrols, 721 days||05.41 - 07.44|
|U-270||VIIC||Obermaschinist, 1 patrol, 3 days||08.44|
Heinrich Dammeier started his naval career in July 1933 at the age of 19. He got a technical training and then rode on the cruiser Deutschland (renamed Lützow in 1940). On the Deutschland he took part on a patrol in Spanish waters during the Civil War. He received the Spanish Cross with Swords.
In September 1940 he changed to the U-boat force and became the Obermaschinist on U-129. On 10 patrols he saved the boat on several occasions after it had been badly damaged during enemy attacks and thus became the first Obermaschinist to receive the Knights Cross.
Heinrich Dammeier on board
Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Bootwaffe
Band 1. A - J
Biblio-Verlag, Osnabrück, 1988