Fregattenkapitän (Crew 27)
23 ships sunk, total tonnage 103,821 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,025 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 9,494 GRT
|Born||21 Oct 1907||Kedabeg, Caucases, Russia|
|Died||26 Dec 1997||(90)|
|U-14||18 Jan 1936||4 Oct 1937||No war patrols|
|U-37||6 May 1940||26 Oct 1940||4 patrols (81 days)|
Kptlt. Oehrn amidst the crew of U-37.
Victor Oehrn began his naval career in 1927. He spent his first years mostly on the light cruisers Königsberg and Karlsruhe, but then was one of the first officers to transfer in July 1935 to the newly commissioned U-boat force. After a short program of U-boat training, he became commander of U-14 in January 1936, taking the boat into Spanish waters during the Civil War in July/September 1936.
After a year in officer training units he finished as one of the few U-boat officers in the German Marine-Akademie in summer 1939. In August 1939 he became Admiralstabsoffizier (Asto) in the staff of Dönitz (BdU org).
But after the torpedo crisis in Norwegian waters Kptlt. Oehrn was sent on patrol with U-37 to restore the U-boat men's trust in their torpedoes. This patrol became a great success when he sank ten ships with a total of 41,207 tons and torpedoed and damaged another ship of 9,494 tons.
His second patrol (seven ships with a total of 28,439 tons) and third patrol (six ships with a total of 28,210 tons) were also successful.
Korvkpt. Oehrn during his
North Africa mission
For the next year Victor Oehrn again served as first Admiralstabsoffizier (Asto) in the staff of Dönitz (BdU org). In November 1941 he took over command of the Mediterranean U-boats, and in February 1942 became the first Admiralstabsoffizier (Asto) on the Mediterranean U-boat staff.
During a mission in North Africa in July 1942, Victor Oehrn was severely wounded, captured, and brought to the British 19 General Hospital in Alexandria. Later he was sent to Camp 306 near the Bitter Seas on the Suez Canal. He was released in an exchange of prisoners in October 1943 and returned to Germany via Port Said, Barcelona and Marseilles in November 1943.
The remainder of the war he spent serving in several staff positions.
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Patrol info for Victor Oehrn
|1.||U-37||15 May 1940||Wilhelmshaven||9 Jun 1940||Wilhelmshaven||Patrol 1,||26 days|
|2.||U-37||1 Aug 1940||Wilhelmshaven||12 Aug 1940||Lorient||Patrol 2,||12 days|
|3.||U-37||17 Aug 1940||Lorient||30 Aug 1940||Lorient||Patrol 3,||14 days|
|4.||U-37||24 Sep 1940||Lorient||22 Oct 1940||Lorient||Patrol 4,||29 days|
|4 patrols, 81 days at sea|
Ships hit by Victor Oehrn