(Kriegsmarine since 1937)
|Born||18 January, 1919||Cranzahl/ Erzgebirge|
|Died||14 June, 1978||Lübeck|
Obersteuermann Horst Hofmann
25/02/1940 : Iron Cross 2nd class (EK II)
30/08/1940 : Iron Cross 1st class (EK I)
01/04/1943 : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (69)
20/05/1944 : Knights Cross (118)
|U-48||VIIB||9 (?) patrols, 224 (?) days||04.39 - 01.41|
|U-134||VIIC||7 patrols, 265 days*||07.41 - 03.43|
|U-672||VIIC||4 patrols, 155 days*||10.43 - 07.44|
* Hofmann did not command these boats
Horst Hofmann started his duty in the Kriegsmarine in November 1937. Since April 1938 he received an U-boat training and a year later he became a crew member of the newly commissioned U-48. He rode for nearly two years on U-48 before he left the boat.
From July 1941 he rode for one and half year on U-134 in the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic. In March 1943 he left U-134 and joined the Navigationsschule in Gotenhafen to became a Quartermaster (Obersteuermann). In this position he was on board of U-672, when the U-boat was sunk on 18 July, 1944 by depth charges from the British escort ship Balfour.
Obersteuermann Horst Hofmann was captured and spent more than 3 years in captivity before he returned in October 1947.
Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Bootwaffe
Band 1. A - J
Biblio-Verlag, Osnabrück, 1988