Joachim Zaubitzer

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37a)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  28 Apr 1918 Göttingen
Died  16 Dec 1999(81)Vordorf, Germany


3 Apr 1937 Offiziersanwärter
21 Sep 1937 Seekadett
1 May 1938 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1939 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Aug 1939 Leutnant zur See
1 Sep 1941 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1944 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-974 22 Apr 1943 8 Nov 1943   No war patrols 

Joachim Zaubitzer joined the Kriegsmarine in 1937. He served as No 2 Torpedo Officer on the heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer April - Sept 1941, then left for U-boat training (Busch & Röll, 1999).

From March 1942 to Feb 1943 Zaubitzer was 1st Watch Officer (I WO) on the very successful U-129 (Busch & Röll, 1999). He served with one of the most successful U-boat commanders, KrvKpt. Hans-Ludwig Witt. During Zaubitzer's service on the boat they went on two very long patrols, 195 days in total, to the Caribbean and South America on which 16 ships were sunk (74,183 GRT) (Rohwer, 1998).

First U-boat command

After this valuable experience Zaubitzer began U-boat Commander training with the 24th (Training) Flotilla in Feb 1943, and then U-boat construction familiarization (Baubelehrung) to prepare him for his own command of a new boat. On 22 April 1943 Oblt. Joachim Zaubitzer commissioned the type VIIC U-boat U-974 at Hamburg (Busch & Röll, 1999).

Zaubitzer spent the summer of 1943 training and getting his boat ready for combat. He never went on war patrol, handing over command to Oblt. Heinz Wolff on 8 Nov 1943 (Busch & Röll, 1999). U-974 was sunk by the Norwegian submarine HNoMS Ula on 19 April 1944 (eight survivors, 42 dead (Niestlé, 1998).

Kptlt. Zaubitzer served at the Torpedo School Flensburg-Mürwik as Training Leader from Nov 1943 until the end of the war (Busch & Röll, 1999).


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

Patrol info for Joachim Zaubitzer

This commander did not go out on patrols with his boats.

About ranks and decorations
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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

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