Herbert Kuppisch

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 33)


Successes
15 ships sunk, total tonnage 73,707 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 8,401 GRT

Born  10 Dec 1909 Hamburg
Died  27 Aug 1943(33)Middle Atlantic (Sargasso Sea)


Kaptlt. Herbert Kuppisch

Ranks

1 Apr 1933Offiziersanwärter
1 Jan 1934Fähnrich zur See
1 Sep 1935Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1936Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1937Oberleutnant zur See
1 Nov 1939Kapitänleutnant

Decorations

5 Dec 1939Iron Cross 2nd Class
4 May 1940Iron Cross 1st Class
4 May 1940U-boat War Badge 1939
14 May 1941Knights Cross

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-58 4 Feb 1939 30 Jun 1940   8 patrols (130 days) 
U-94 10 Aug 1940 29 Aug 1941   5 patrols (178 days) 
U-516 24 Jun 1943 30 Jun 1943   No war patrols 
U-847 1 Jul 1943 27 Aug 1943  (+)  1 patrol (30 days) 

Kuppisch
Kptlt. Kuppisch after a patrol.

Herbert Kuppisch began his naval career in 1933. He was one of those few officers who spent their entire careers in the U-boat force. He commanded U-58 and U-94 very successfully, and then spent over a year on the staff of BdU op.

In December 1942 he transferred for six months to the High Command of the Kriegsmarine (OKM), and then returned to patrol status in July 1943, taking command of the Type IXD2 boat U-847.

On her first patrol U-847 supported a few U-boats after the loss of two Milch Cows. On 27 August, 1943 she was sunk with all hands by aircraft from the US escort carrier USS Card (Niestlé, 1998).

Sources

Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.

Patrol info for Herbert Kuppisch


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-58 25 Aug 1939  Wilhelmshaven  9 Sep 1939  Kiel  Patrol 1,16 days
2. U-58 23 Oct 1939  Kiel  10 Nov 1939  Kiel  Patrol 2,19 days
3. U-58 29 Nov 1939  Kiel  5 Dec 1939  Kiel  Patrol 3,7 days
4. U-58 27 Dec 1939  Kiel  8 Jan 1940  Kiel  Patrol 4,13 days
5. U-58 20 Jan 1940  Kiel  25 Jan 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 5,6 days
6. U-58 27 Jan 1940  Wilhelmshaven  8 Feb 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 6,13 days
7. U-58 31 Mar 1940  Wilhelmshaven  3 May 1940  Kiel  Patrol 7,34 days
8. U-58 27 May 1940  Kiel  17 Jun 1940  Kiel  Patrol 8,22 days
9. U-94 20 Nov 1940  Kiel  31 Dec 1940  Lorient  Patrol 9,42 days
10. U-94 9 Jan 1941  Lorient  19 Feb 1941  Lorient  Patrol 10,42 days
11. U-94 29 Mar 1941  Lorient  18 Apr 1941  Lorient  Patrol 11,21 days
12. U-94 29 Apr 1941  Lorient  4 Jun 1941  St. Nazaire  Patrol 12,37 days
13. U-94 12 Jul 1941  St. Nazaire  16 Aug 1941  St. Nazaire  Patrol 13,36 days
14. U-847 6 Jul 1943  Kiel  20 Jul 1943  Bergen   15 days
15. U-847 29 Jul 1943  Bergen  27 Aug 1943  Sunk  Patrol 14,30 days
14 patrols, 338 days at sea

Ships hit by Herbert Kuppisch

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
1 Jan 1940U-58Herbert Kuppisch Lars Magnus Trozelli1,951sw
3 Jan 1940U-58Herbert Kuppisch Svartön2,475swHN-6
3 Feb 1940U-58Herbert Kuppisch Reet815es
1 Jun 1940U-58Herbert Kuppisch HMS Astronomer8,401br
2 Dec 1940U-94Herbert Kuppisch Stirlingshire6,022brHX-90
2 Dec 1940U-94Herbert Kuppisch Wilhelmina6,725brHX-90
11 Dec 1940U-94Herbert Kuppisch Empire Statesman5,306brSLS-56
 
20 Jan 1941U-94Herbert Kuppisch Florian3,174br
29 Jan 1941U-94Herbert Kuppisch West Wales4,353brSC-19
30 Jan 1941U-94Herbert Kuppisch Rushpool5,125brSC-19
4 Apr 1941U-94Herbert Kuppisch Harbledown5,414brSC-26
6 Apr 1941U-94Herbert Kuppisch Lincoln Ellsworth5,580nw
7 May 1941U-94Herbert Kuppisch Ixion10,263brOB-318
7 May 1941U-94Herbert Kuppisch Eastern Star5,658nwOB-318
20 May 1941U-94Herbert Kuppisch Norman Monarch4,718brHX-126
20 May 1941U-94Herbert Kuppisch John P. Pedersen6,128nwHX-126
 82,108

16 ships sunk (82,108 tons).

Legend
We have a picture of this vessel.


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.

Media links


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders