Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 37b)
2 ships sunk, total tonnage 11,208 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 559 GRT
|Born||12 Apr 1919||Breslau|
|Died||16 Sep 1944||(25)||Norwegian Sea, east of Iceland|
|U-703||6 Jul 1943||16 Sep 1944 (+)||6 patrols (132 days)|
Joachim Brünner joined the Kriegsmarine in 1937. From Dec 1940 to Oct 1941 he was a Divisional Officer and Watch Officer on the light cruiser Leipzig. He joined the U-boat force and began his training in Oct 1941, finishing his courses in March 1942. Brünner was in personnel reserve with the 27th (Training) Flotilla from March to June 1942, and then at the U-boat base at Narvik until July, when he was assigned to the type VIIC boat U-703.
He was First Watch Officer (1WO) from Aug 1942 to May 1943, after which he attended the U-boat Commander course with the 2. UAA and the 24th (Training) Flotilla until July 1943.
Oblt. Joachim Brünner returned to take command of his old boat, U-703, on 6 July 1943. He went on six patrols, sinking three ships with a total tonnage of nearly 12,000 GRT. Brünner died with his entire crew of 54 when the boat went missing in the Norwegian Sea east of Iceland sometime after 16 Sept 1944 (Niestlé, 1998).
Patrol info for Joachim Brünner
|1.||U-703||19 Jul 1943||Trondheim||3 Aug 1943||Narvik||Patrol 1,||16 days|
|2.||U-703||14 Aug 1943||Narvik||16 Aug 1943||Hammerfest||3 days|
|3.||U-703||17 Aug 1943||Hammerfest||9 Oct 1943||Harstad||Patrol 2,||54 days|
|4.||U-703||10 Oct 1943||Harstad||10 Oct 1943||Narvik||1 days|
|5.||U-703||12 Oct 1943||Narvik||14 Oct 1943||Trondheim||3 days|
|6.||U-703||18 Oct 1943||Trondheim||19 Oct 1943||Bergen||2 days|
|7.||U-703||13 Jan 1944||Bergen||17 Jan 1944||Kiel||5 days|
|8.||U-703||24 Feb 1944||Kiel||28 Feb 1944||Trondheim||5 days|
|9.||U-703||29 Feb 1944||Trondheim||8 Mar 1944||Narvik||Patrol 3,||9 days|
|10.||U-703||8 Apr 1944||Narvik||5 May 1944||Trondheim||Patrol 4,||28 days|
|11.||U-703||29 Jul 1944||Trondheim||1 Aug 1944||Narvik||4 days|
|12.||U-703||20 Aug 1944||Narvik||12 Sep 1944||Narvik||Patrol 5,||24 days|
|13.||U-703||16 Sep 1944||Narvik||16 Sep 1944||Patrol 6,||1 days|
|6 patrols, 132 days at sea|
Ships hit by Joachim Brünner
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|30 Jul 1943||U-703||T-911 (No 65)||559||sj||BA-12|
|1 Oct 1943||U-703||Sergej Kirov||4,146||sj||VA-18|
|4 Mar 1944||U-703||Empire Tourist||7,062||br||RA-57|
3 ships sunk (11,767 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.