Herbert Zoller

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 38)


Successes
1 ship sunk, total tonnage 6,996 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 1,370 tons

Born  19 May 1919 Rottweil, Neckar


Ranks

1 Oct 1938 Offiziersanwärter
1 Jul 1939 Seekadett
1 Dec 1939 Fähnrich zur See
1 Aug 1940 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1941 Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1943 Oberleutnant zur See

Decorations

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-3 1 Oct 1942 18 May 1943   No war patrols 
U-315 10 Jul 1943 9 May 1945   11 patrols (265 days) 

Herbert Zoller joined the Kriegsmarine in 1938, and received initial training on the square-rigged school ship Gorch Fock from March to June 1939. He then spent two months on the light cruiser Emden before going through further training from Sept 1939 to April 1940. He was at the Military hospital at Kiel from May to June 1940 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

Zoller served on the battleship Gneisenau from July to Oct 1940 before joining the U-boat arm and undergoing standard instruction from Oct 1940 to March 1941, followed by U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) on a U-boat under construction (Busch & Röll, 1999).

On 8 May 1941 the type VIIC U-569 was commissioned at Hamburg by Kptlt. Hans-Peter Hinsch and Herbert Zoller took on his duties as a Watch Officer (WO). After three months of working up exercises in the Baltic they left on the first patrol from Trondheim, Norway on 11 Aug 1941 (Busch & Röll, 1997).

Zoller sailed on five patrols with U-569 from Aug 1941 to June 1942, spending 180 days at sea (Busch & Röll, 1997). He left the boat in July for his U-boat Commander training with the 24th (Training) Flotilla, which he completed in August. He briefly served as a supernumerary WO on the small school "duck" U-3 before taking command of the boat on 1 Oct 1942. Zoller left U-3 on 18 May 1943 for another U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung), this time to prepare him for his own command (Busch & Röll, 1999).

On 10 July 1943 Oblt. Herbert Zoller commissioned the type VIIC U-315 at Lübeck (Busch & Röll, 1999). After extensive training in the Baltic he left for his first war patrol from Bergen, Norway on 21 Feb 1944 (Busch & Röll, 1997).

Zoller sailed on 11 patrols, spending 265 days at sea. He sank two ships, both on his last patrol near the end of the war; Empire Kingsley on 22 March and the Canadian River class frigate HMCS Teme (K 458) on 29 March 1945 (Rohwer, 1998).


The steam merchant Empire Kingsley sunk by U-315 (Zoller) on 22 March 1945.

Oblt. Herbert Zoller arrived at Trondheim, Norway after his last patrol on 24 April 1945. The boat was stricken from the German Navy at Trondheim on 1 May and then surrendered to the Allies on 9 May 1945 (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 Herbert Zoller

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-315 17 Feb 1944  Kiel  20 Feb 1944  Bergen   4 days
2. U-315 21 Feb 1944  Bergen  9 Mar 1944  Narvik  Patrol 1,18 days
3. U-315 23 Mar 1944  Narvik  10 Apr 1944  Narvik  Patrol 2,19 days
4. U-315 19 Apr 1944  Narvik  14 May 1944  Bogenbucht  Patrol 3,26 days
5. U-315 25 May 1944  Bogenbucht  26 May 1944  Hammerfest   2 days
6. U-315 30 May 1944  Hammerfest  10 Jul 1944  Bergen  Patrol 4,42 days
7. U-315 28 Aug 1944  Bergen  4 Sep 1944  Narvik  Patrol 5,8 days
8. U-315 8 Sep 1944  Narvik  26 Sep 1944  Bogenbucht  Patrol 6,19 days
9. U-315 29 Sep 1944  Bogenbucht  3 Oct 1944  Hammerfest  Patrol 7,5 days
10. U-315 12 Oct 1944  Hammerfest  10 Nov 1944  Kilbotn  Patrol 8,30 days
11. U-315 19 Nov 1944  Kilbotn  21 Nov 1944  Skjomenfjord   3 days
12. U-315 21 Nov 1944  Skjomenfjord  6 Dec 1944  Harstad  Patrol 9,16 days
13. U-315 9 Dec 1944  Harstad  12 Dec 1944  Trondheim   4 days
14. U-315 25 Dec 1944  Trondheim  6 Jan 1945  Trondheim  Patrol 10,13 days
15. U-315 15 Feb 1945  Trondheim  24 Apr 1945  Trondheim  Patrol 11,69 days
11 patrols, 265 days at sea

Ships hit by Herbert Zoller

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
22 Mar 1945U-315 Empire Kingsley6,996brTBC-103
29 Mar 1945U-315 HMCS Teme (K 458) (t.)1,370caBTC-111
 8,366

2 ships sunk (8,366 tons).

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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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