Helmut Vogler

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 35)


Successes
1 ship sunk, total tonnage 80 GRT

Born  23 Sep 1916 Bad Oldesloe
Died  21 Jul 1944(27)English Channel


Ranks

5 Apr 1935 Offiziersanwärter
1 Jul 1936 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1939 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jul 1942 Kapitänleutnant

Decorations

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-212 25 Apr 1942 21 Jul 1944  (+)  12 patrols (338 days) 

Helmut Vogler joined the Kriegsmarine in 1935. He went through U-boat training from Oct 1940 to March 1941. From March to April 1941 he went through U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) to prepare to serve as an officer on a new type VIIC U-boat. On 24 April 1941 the new U-567 was commissioned at Hamburg by Kptlt. Theodor Fahr (Busch & Röll, 1999).

Vogler served as the First Watch Officer on the boat until Dec 1941. The first 4 months were spent training in the Baltic (Busch & Röll, 1999). In the fall of 1941 Vogler went out on its first 2 war patrols, first with Fahr but the second patrol was with the famous ace Kptlt. Engelbert Endrass. Vogler spent 72 days at sea with the boat before leaving it prior to its fateful last patrol where it was sunk with all hands on 21 Dec 1941 (Niestlé, 1998).

From Dec 1941 to Feb 1942 Vogler went through U-boat Commander training with the 26th (Training) Flotilla and then began another U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung). This time Vogler was being prepared for his own command (Busch & Röll, 1999).

First command

On 25 April 1942 Oblt. Vogler commissioned the new type VIIC boat U-212 at Kiel (Busch & Röll, 1999). He then took the boat into the Baltic for almost 5 months of training. On 12 Sept 1942 he sailed for his first patrol as commander when he took the U-212 from Kiel (Busch & Röll, 1997).

Kptlt. Helmut Vogler sailed on his first 7 patrols with the U-212 in the Arctic Ocean against the Russia convoys. His 8th patrol was a transit to the French bases during which he operated in the North Atlantic for 53 days. From Jan 1944 on he sailed from La Pallice, France against the North Atlantic convoys (Busch & Röll, 1997).

Kptlt. Vogler sailed on 15 patrols with his U-212, spending 339 days at sea (Busch & Röll, 1997). He survived longer than many as 12 of these patrols were from March 1943 onwards against the massive Allied anti-submarine build-up.

Last patrol

On 5 July 1944 Kptlt. Helmut Vogler sailed from La Pallice towards the English Channel. This was a month after the D-Day landings - against the plentiful shipping to support the invasion of France.

Kptlt. Helmut Vogler and his entire crew, 49 men, were lost when U-212 was sunk on 21 July 1944 in the English Channel south of Brighton by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Curzon and HMS Ekins (Niestlé, 1998).

Sources

Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.

Patrol info for Helmut Vogler

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-212 12 Sep 1942  Kiel  26 Sep 1942  Narvik  Patrol 1,15 days
2. U-212 10 Oct 1942  Narvik  5 Nov 1942  Narvik  Patrol 2,27 days
3. U-212 19 Nov 1942  Narvik  25 Dec 1942  Narvik  Patrol 3,37 days
4. U-212 28 Dec 1942  Narvik  31 Dec 1942  Bergen   4 days
5. U-212 28 Feb 1943  Bergen  1 Mar 1943  Bergen  Patrol 4,2 days
6. U-212 8 Mar 1943  Bergen  7 Apr 1943  Narvik  Patrol 4,31 days
7. U-212 20 Apr 1943  Narvik  16 May 1943  Hammerfest  Patrol 5,27 days
8. U-212 3 Jun 1943  Hammerfest  12 Jul 1943  Narvik  Patrol 6,40 days
9. U-212 26 Jul 1943  Narvik  4 Aug 1943  Narvik  Patrol 7,10 days
10. U-212 5 Aug 1943  Narvik  10 Aug 1943  Bergen   6 days
11. U-212 11 Oct 1943  Bergen  2 Dec 1943  La Pallice  Patrol 8,53 days
12. U-212 10 Jan 1944  La Pallice  12 Mar 1944  La Pallice  Patrol 9,63 days
13. U-212 8 Apr 1944  La Pallice  10 Apr 1944  La Pallice   3 days
14. U-212 6 Jun 1944  La Pallice  9 Jun 1944  La Pallice  Patrol 10,4 days
15. U-212 12 Jun 1944  La Pallice  16 Jun 1944  La Pallice  Patrol 10,5 days
16. U-212 22 Jun 1944  La Pallice  24 Jun 1944  La Pallice  Patrol 11,3 days
17. U-212 28 Jun 1944  La Pallice  1 Jul 1944  Brest  Patrol 12,4 days
18. U-212 5 Jul 1944  Brest  21 Jul 1944  Sunk  Patrol 12,17 days
12 patrols, 338 days at sea

Ships hit by Helmut Vogler

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
5 Aug 1943U-212 Majakovski [Mine]80sj
 80

1 ship sunk (80 tons).

Legend
[Mine] indicates the vessel was hit by a mine laid by said U-boat.


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.

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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

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