Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)
1 ship sunk, total tonnage 7,176 GRT
|Born||6 May 1915||Berlin|
|Died||27 Mar 2003||(87)||Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Germany|
|U-1202||27 Jan 1944||9 May 1945||2 patrols (118 days)|
Fähnrich Rolf Thomsen in 1938
Rolf Thomsen began his naval career in April 1936. After six months on a minesweeper he transferred to the Luftwaffe in October 1938 and received training as a naval aviator.
For more than three years he served in several air squadrons, including Kampfgeschwader 26, the only air group in the Luftwaffe which was equipped with air torpedoes.
In April 1943 Thomsen left the Luftwaffe and undertook the usual training to become a U-boat commander.
On 27 January, 1944 Kptlt. Rolf Thomsen commissioned U-1202. The boat made two patrols in the North Atlantic. Thomsen attacked many ships on these patrols, but most of his reported hits and sinkings could not be confirmed after the war, and he is only credited with one ship sunk.
After the surrender in May 1945 he spent eight months in British captivity. He joined the post-war German Navy and later retired as Flottillenadmiral a.D. im Bundesmarine.
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Patrol info for Rolf Thomsen
|1.||U-1202||21 Oct 1944||Kiel||24 Oct 1944||Horten||4 days|
|2.||U-1202||26 Oct 1944||Horten||28 Oct 1944||Kristiansand||3 days|
|3.||U-1202||30 Oct 1944||Kristiansand||1 Jan 1945||Bergen||Patrol 1,||64 days|
|4.||U-1202||4 Mar 1945||Bergen||26 Apr 1945||Bergen||Patrol 2,||54 days|
|2 patrols, 118 days at sea|
Ships hit by Rolf Thomsen
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|10 Dec 1944||U-1202||Rolf Thomsen||Dan Beard||7,176||am|
1 ship sunk (7,176 tons).
About ranks and decorations
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