Max Wintermeyer

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 34)


Successes
1 ship sunk, total tonnage 7,015 GRT

Born  2 Feb 1914 Essen
Died  4 May 1990(76)


Ranks

8 Apr 1934 Offiziersanwärter
1 Jul 1935 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1937 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1937 Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1939 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1942 Kapitänleutnant

Decorations

 Iron Cross 2nd Class
 Iron Cross 1st Class
 U-boat War Badge 1939

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-62 Sep, 1941 4 Nov 1941   No war patrols 
U-190 24 Sep 1942 5 Jul 1944   4 patrols (348 days) 

Max Wintermeyer joined the Kriegsmarine as part of Crew 34 in April 1934. He served as the First Watch Officer (IWO) on the U-105, going out on 2 patrols spending over 150 days at sea. From July to Sept 1941 he went through the U-boat commander course at the 24th (Training) Flotilla .

He took command of the small school boat U-62 in Sept, holding the command until 4 Nov. Wintermeyer served as an instructor with the 1st ULD at Neustadt (Pillau) from Nov 1941 to Aug 1942 when he was assigned to oversee construction of a new U-boat (Baubelehrung). He took command of the larger and brand new U-190 on 24 Sept 1942.

With his U-190 he went out on 4 patrols spending almost 350 days at sea - no mean feat especially as his first patrol was in Feb 1943 when things started to go really bad for the U-boat fleet. He left the boat on 5 July 1944 and served in several staff positions until the end of the war.

Sources

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

Patrol info for Max Wintermeyer

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-190 20 Feb 1943  Kiel  30 Mar 1943  Lorient  Patrol 1,39 days
2. U-190 1 May 1943  Lorient  19 Aug 1943  Lorient  Patrol 2,111 days
3. U-190 30 Sep 1943  Lorient  1 Oct 1943  Brest   2 days
4. U-190 7 Oct 1943  Brest  15 Jan 1944  Lorient  Patrol 3,101 days
5. U-190 7 Mar 1944  Lorient  8 Mar 1944  Lorient   2 days
6. U-190 11 Mar 1944  Lorient  12 Mar 1944  Lorient   2 days
7. U-190 16 Mar 1944  Lorient  20 Jun 1944  Lorient  Patrol 4,97 days
4 patrols, 348 days at sea

Ships hit by Max Wintermeyer

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
8 Mar 1943U-190 Empire Lakeland7,015brSC-121
 7,015

1 ship sunk (7,015 tons).


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.

Media links


Another Place, Another Time

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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim


Naval Officers Under Hitler

Rust, Eric C.

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