Hans-Jürgen Auffermann

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 34)


Successes
4 ships sunk, total tonnage 16,329 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 13,551 GRT
2 ships a total loss, total tonnage 8,202 GRT

Born  1 Oct 1914 Göttingen
Died  8 Jul 1943(28)


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 Sep 1941 Kapitänleutnant

Decorations

Jul 1941 Iron Cross 2nd Class
28 Aug 1941 U-boat War Badge 1939
1942 Iron Cross 1st Class
7 Jan 1944 German Cross in Gold (posthumous)

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-69 24 Aug 1941 28 Aug 1941   No war patrols 
U-514 24 Jan 1942 8 Jul 1943  (+)  4 patrols (199 days) 

Like many others Hans-Jürgen Auffermann went out with his first command under ever-increasing pressure from the Allies. He successfully operated his boat for almost 200 days at sea on his rather large type IXC boat U-514.

Auffermann and his entire crew was lost on 8 July 1943 when his boat was sunk by rockets from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 224/R) north-east of Cape Finisterre, Spain (Niestlé, 1998).

Sources

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

Patrol info for Hans-Jürgen Auffermann

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-514 12 Aug 1942  Kiel  13 Aug 1942  Sunk   2 days
2. U-514 15 Aug 1942  Kristiansand  9 Nov 1942  Sunk  Patrol 1,87 days
3. U-514 9 Dec 1942  Lorient  12 Feb 1943  Sunk  Patrol 2,66 days
4. U-514 15 Apr 1943  Lorient  22 May 1943  Sunk  Patrol 3,38 days
5. U-514 1 Jul 1943  Lorient  8 Jul 1943  Sunk  Patrol 4,8 days
4 patrols, 199 days at sea

Ships hit by Hans-Jürgen Auffermann

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
6 Sep 1942U-514 Helen Forsey167br
11 Sep 1942U-514 Cornwallis (d.)5,458ca
15 Sep 1942U-514 Kioto3,297br
28 Sep 1942U-514 Ozório (t.)2,730bz
28 Sep 1942U-514 Lages (t.)5,472bz
12 Oct 1942U-514 Steel Scientist5,688am
 
3 Jan 1943U-514 British Vigilance (d.)8,093brTM-1
27 Jan 1943U-514 Charles C. Pinckney7,177amUGS-4
 38,082

6 ships sunk (24,531 tons) and 2 ships damaged (13,551 tons).

Legend
We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.
(t.) means the ship was a total loss (included in ships & tonnage lost).


About ranks and decorations
Special thanks to Fernando Almeida for data on ranks and decorations.

Media links


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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