Ernst Mengersen

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 33)


Successes
12 ships sunk, total tonnage 68,071 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)


Ernst Mengersen

Ranks

1 Apr 1933 Offiziersanwärter
23 Sep 1933 Seekadett
1 Jul 1934 Fähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1936 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1936 Leutnant zur See
1 Jun 1938 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940 Kapitänleutnant
1 Dec 1944 Korvettenkapitän

Decorations

27 Jan 1940 Iron Cross 2nd Class
23 Oct 1940 Spanish Cross in Bronze without Swords
10 Dec 1940 Iron Cross 1st Class
18 Nov 1941 Knights Cross
25 Feb 1942 U-boat War Badge 1939

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
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 Mengersen began his naval career in 1933 and served on the cruiser Admiral Scheer and on the torpedo boat Tiger.

In April 1939 he transferred to the U-boat force and then spent nearly four years on board various U-boats. In June 1943 he became the commander of the 20th Flotilla in Pillau. During the last three months of the war he was in the 25th Flotilla, and in April 1945 he was chosen as the commander of the new 15th Flotilla.

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Kapitänleutnant Mengersen among the crew of U-101 after patrol in December 1940.

Sources

Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Ernst Mengersen


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
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

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
23 Jan 1940U-18Ernst Mengersen Bisp1,000nw
30 Nov 1940U-101Ernst Mengersen Aracataca5,378br
1 Dec 1940U-101Ernst Mengersen Appalachee8,826brHX-90
1 Dec 1940U-101Ernst Mengersen Loch Ranza (d.)4,958brHX-90
2 Dec 1940U-101Ernst Mengersen Kavak2,782brHX-90
2 Dec 1940U-101Ernst Mengersen Lady Glanely5,497brHX-90
 
14 Feb 1941U-101Ernst Mengersen Holystone5,462brOB-284
17 Feb 1941U-101Ernst Mengersen Gairsoppa5,237brSL-64
4 Jun 1941U-101Ernst Mengersen Trecarrell5,271brOB-327
9 Jun 1941U-101Ernst Mengersen Trevarrack5,270brOB-329
18 Oct 1941U-101Ernst Mengersen HMS Broadwater (H 81)1,190brSC-48
 
26 Jul 1942U-607Ernst Mengersen Empire Rainbow (d.)6,942brON-113
4 Aug 1942U-607Ernst Mengersen Belgian Soldier7,167beON-115
14 Oct 1942U-607Ernst Mengersen Nellie4,826grSC-104
 
26 Jan 1943U-607Ernst Mengersen Kollbjørg (d.)8,259nwHX-223
15 Feb 1943U-607Ernst Mengersen Atlantic Sun11,355amON-165
 89,420

13 ships sunk (69,261 tons) and 3 ships damaged (20,159 tons).

Legend
We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.


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


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders