Joachim Zander

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)

1 ship sunk, total tonnage 10,342 GRT

Born  20 Apr 1917 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Died  22 Apr 1944(27)North Atlantic

Kriegsmarine crew book photo


3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 May 1937 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1943 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-3 3 Mar 1942 30 Sep 1942   No war patrols 
U-311 23 Mar 1943 22 Apr 1944  (+)  2 patrols (110 days) 

Crew of 1936

Joachim Zander was one of the Kriegsmarine's famous Olympia Crew. This Crew chose the Olympic rings as their symbol (the 1936 Olympic games were held in Berlin). It was the largest Crew, and produced more U-boat commanders than any other – of the 164 who 'graduated', 140 took command during the war.

Patrol info for Joachim Zander

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-311 25 Nov 1943  Kiel  26 Jan 1944  Brest  Patrol 1,63 days
2. U-311 7 Mar 1944  Brest  22 Apr 1944  Sunk  Patrol 2,47 days
2 patrols, 110 days at sea

Ships hit by Joachim Zander

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
19 Mar 1944U-311 Seakay10,342amCU-17

1 ship sunk (10,342 tons).

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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

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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