Oberleutnant zur See (Crew X/39)
No ships sunk or damaged.
|Born ||25 Sep 1919|| ||Kempen, Posen|
|Died ||19 Apr 1945||(25)||Kattegat|
Kriegsmarine Crew photo
|16 Sep 1939|| ||Offiziersanwärter|
|1 Sep 1940|| ||Fähnrich zur See|
|1 Jul 1941|| ||Oberfähnrich zur See|
|1 Mar 1942|| ||Leutnant zur See|
|1 Oct 1943|| ||Oberleutnant zur See|
|U-591 ||15 May 1943 ||17 May 1943 || No war patrols |
|U-120 ||26 Jul 1943 ||14 Sep 1944 || No war patrols |
|U-56 ||23 Feb 1945 ||3 Apr 1945 || No war patrols |
In April 1945 Joachim Sauerbier was assigned to take command of U-324, stationed at Bergen, Norway. He boarded U-251 for Norway at Kiel as a passenger (Busch & Röll, 1999). U-251 was sunk on 19 April 1945 by British and Norwegian aircraft in the Kattegat west of Halmstad, Sweden (Niestlé, 1998). Oblt Sauerbier was not one of the four survivors (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Patrol info for Joachim Sauerbier
This commander did not go out on patrols with his boats.
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.