Ernst Bauer

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 33)

24 ships sunk, total tonnage 111,564 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 450 tons (lost aboard transport ships)
4 ships damaged, total tonnage 31,304 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 6,996 GRT

Born  3 Feb 1914 Fürth, Bavaria
Died  12 Mar 1988(74)Westerland / Sylt, Germany

Kptlt. Ernst Bauer


1 Apr 1933 Offiziersanwärter
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 Mar 1941 Kapitänleutnant
1 Apr 1945 Korvettenkapitän


8 Nov 1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class
8 Nov 1939 U-boat War Badge 1939
1 Aug 1941 Iron Cross 1st Class
16 Mar 1942 Knights Cross
20 Apr 1944 War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords
1 Apr 1945 War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords

U-boat Commands

U-120 20 Apr 1940 25 Nov 1940   No war patrols 
U-126 22 Mar 1941 28 Feb 1943   5 patrols (391 days) 

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Kptlt. Ernst Bauer

Ernst Bauer began his naval career in April 1933. After more than a year on the light cruiser Königsberg, he transferred to the U-boat force in January 1938.

He was watch officer on U-10 and U-37 before commissioning the training boat U-120 in April 1940. He left the boat in November 1940 and then commissioned the type IXC U-boat U-126 in March 1941.

On his 5 successful patrols with U-126 he operated mostly in Caribbean and African waters. He left the boat in March 1943 and joined the 27th Flotilla where he served as a training officer.

In October 1944 he became the commander of the 27th Flotilla. He joined the 26th Flotilla in the last days of the war.

In 1955 he joined the German Bundesmarine and held several staff positions, retiring in 1972 as Kapitän zur See.


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

Patrol info for Ernst Bauer

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-126 5 Jul 1941  Kiel  24 Aug 1941  Lorient  Patrol 1,51 days
2. U-126 24 Sep 1941  Lorient  13 Dec 1941  Lorient  Patrol 2,81 days
3. U-126 2 Feb 1942  Lorient  29 Mar 1942  Lorient  Patrol 3,56 days
4. U-126 25 Apr 1942  Lorient  25 Jul 1942  Lorient  Patrol 4,92 days
5. U-126 19 Sep 1942  Lorient  7 Jan 1943  Lorient  Patrol 5,111 days
5 patrols, 391 days at sea

Ships hit by Ernst Bauer

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
20 Jul 1941U-126Ernst Bauer Canadian Star (d.)8,293br
27 Jul 1941U-126Ernst Bauer Erato1,335brOG-69
27 Jul 1941U-126Ernst Bauer Inga I1,304nwOG-69
4 Aug 1941U-126Ernst Bauer Robert Max172br
14 Aug 1941U-126Ernst Bauer Sud2,589yuHG-70
10 Oct 1941U-126Ernst Bauer HMS LCT-102 [Trans.]450brOS-7
10 Oct 1941U-126Ernst Bauer Nailsea Manor4,926brOS-7
19 Oct 1941U-126Ernst Bauer Lehigh4,983am
20 Oct 1941U-126Ernst Bauer British Mariner (t.)6,996br
13 Nov 1941U-126Ernst Bauer Peru6,961br
2 Mar 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Gunny2,362nw
5 Mar 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Mariana3,110am
7 Mar 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Barbara4,637am
7 Mar 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Cardonia5,104am
8 Mar 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Esso Bolivar (d.)10,389pa
9 Mar 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Hanseat8,241pa
12 Mar 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Texan7,005am
12 Mar 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Olga2,496am
13 Mar 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Colabee (d.)5,518am
3 Jun 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Høegh Giant10,990nw
15 Jun 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Dutch Princess125br
16 Jun 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Arkansan6,997am
16 Jun 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Kahuku6,062am
27 Jun 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Leiv Eiriksson9,952nw
29 Jun 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Mona Marie126ca
1 Jul 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Warrior7,551am
3 Jul 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Gulfbelle (d.)7,104am
1 Nov 1942U-126Ernst Bauer George Thatcher7,176am
4 Nov 1942U-126Ernst Bauer Oued Grou792br
5 Nov 1942U-126Ernst Bauer New Toronto6,568br

26 ships sunk (119,010 tons) and 4 ships damaged (31,304 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.
(t.) means the ship was a total loss (included in ships & tonnage lost).
[Trans.] indicates the vessel was lost while being transported on another vessel.

About ranks and decorations
Special thanks to Fernando Almeida for data on ranks and decorations.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Aces of the Reich

Williamson, Gordon

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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