Korvettenkapitän (Crew 33)
12 ships sunk, total tonnage 67,126 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,190 tons
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 20,159 GRT
|Born||30 Jun 1912||Bremke, Lippe|
|Died||6 Nov 1995||(83)||Detmold-Dortmund, Germany|
|U-18||24 Nov 1939||2 Sep 1940||2 patrols (23 days)|
|U-143||18 Sep 1940||2 Nov 1940||No war patrols|
|U-101||18 Nov 1940||31 Dec 1941||6 patrols (186 days)|
|U-607||29 Jan 1942||18 Apr 1943||3 patrols (148 days)|
Ernst Karl Mengersen began his naval career in 1933 and served on the 'pocket battleship' Admiral Scheer and the torpedo boat Tiger.
In April 1939 he transferred to the U-boat force and then spent nearly four years commanding U-boats. In June 1943 he became the commander of the 20th Flotilla at Pillau. During the last three months of the war he served in the 25th Flotilla, and in April 1945 he was chosen to command the new 15th Flotilla.
Kapitänleutnant Mengersen among the crew of U-101 after patrol in December 1940.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Ernst Mengersen
|1.||U-18||18 Jan 1940||Kiel||26 Jan 1940||Wilhelmshaven||Patrol 1,||9 days|
|2.||U-18||11 Feb 1940||Wilhelmshaven||24 Feb 1940||Wilhelmshaven||Patrol 2,||14 days|
|3.||U-18||27 Feb 1940||Wilhelmshaven||28 Feb 1940||Kiel||2 days|
|4.||U-101||24 Nov 1940||Lorient||7 Dec 1940||Lorient||Patrol 3,||14 days|
|5.||U-101||23 Jan 1941||Lorient||19 Feb 1941||Lorient||Patrol 4,||28 days|
|6.||U-101||24 Mar 1941||Lorient||2 May 1941||Lorient||Patrol 5,||40 days|
|7.||U-101||28 May 1941||Lorient||4 Jul 1941||Lorient||Patrol 6,||38 days|
|8.||U-101||7 Aug 1941||Lorient||4 Sep 1941||St. Nazaire||Patrol 7,||29 days|
|9.||U-101||4 Oct 1941||St. Nazaire||6 Oct 1941||St. Nazaire||3 days|
|10.||U-101||11 Oct 1941||St. Nazaire||16 Nov 1941||Kiel||Patrol 8,||37 days|
|11.||U-607||9 Jul 1942||Kiel||10 Jul 1942||Kristiansand||2 days|
|12.||U-607||13 Jul 1942||Kristiansand||16 Aug 1942||St. Nazaire||Patrol 9,||35 days|
|13.||U-607||8 Sep 1942||St. Nazaire||23 Oct 1942||St. Nazaire||Patrol 10,||46 days|
|14.||U-607||2 Jan 1943||St. Nazaire||9 Mar 1943||St. Nazaire||Patrol 11,||67 days|
|11 patrols, 357 days at sea|
Ships hit by Ernst Mengersen
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.