Ernst-Günter Heinicke

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 27)

2 ships sunk, total tonnage 14,018 GRT

Born  24 Sep 1908 Gera, Thüringen
Died  9 Aug 1971(62)


11 Oct 1927 Seekadett
1 Apr 1929 Fähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1931 Leutnant zur See
1 Feb 1934 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Oct 1936 Kapitänleutnant
1 Mar 1942 Korvettenkapitän


U-boat Commands

U-3 30 Sep 1937 Jul, 1938   No war patrols 
U-51 6 Aug 1938 Aug, 1939   No war patrols 
U-53 Aug, 1939 14 Jan 1940   2 patrols (74 days) 

Ernst-Günter Heinicke joined the Reichsmarine in 1927. He commanded the small coastal boat U-3 between Sept 1937 and July 1938 before moving on to the larger type VIIB U-51 in August 1938. He commanded U-51 for a year, and then transferred to U-53.

Heinicke took U-53 on two patrols, spending 72 days at sea, and sank two ships totalling 14,018 tons before leaving the U-boat force to join the merchant raider Widder in January 1940. He served on Widder until February 1941, after which he filled several staff and training positions, mostly concerning torpedoes.

In March 1945 he was assigned as Baubelehrung (U-boat construction familiarization) commander of the new type XXI electroboat U-2561, but the boat was still uncompleted at the end of hostilities, and was afterwards broken up on the stocks.

After Germany's surrender, Heinicke was a POW until 6 October 1945.


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).

Patrol info for Ernst-Günter Heinicke

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-53 29 Aug 1939  Wilhelmshaven  30 Sep 1939  Kiel  Patrol 1,33 days
2. U-53 21 Oct 1939  Kiel  30 Nov 1939  Kiel  Patrol 2,41 days
2 patrols, 74 days at sea

Ships hit by Ernst-Günter Heinicke

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
15 Sep 1939U-53 Cheyenne8,825br
17 Sep 1939U-53 Kafiristan5,193br

2 ships sunk (14,018 tons).

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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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