Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)
4 ships sunk, total tonnage 23,048 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,176 GRT
|Born||10 Oct 1917||Kempen|
|Died||9 Feb 1944||(26)||North Atlantic|
|U-272||7 Oct 1942||12 Nov 1942||No war patrols|
|U-238||20 Feb 1943||9 Feb 1944 (+)||3 patrols (80 days)|
The four ships sunk and one damaged in two separate attacks (on the 20th and 23rd) on convoy ON-202 in Sept 1943 was the best performance of any U-boat in the Atlantic for many months. Hepp proved to be a a highly successful commander under extremely difficult conditions on this first patrol.
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Patrol info for Horst Hepp
|1.||U-238||12 Aug 1943||Kiel||16 Aug 1943||Bergen||5 days|
|2.||U-238||24 Aug 1943||Bergen||26 Aug 1943||Trondheim||3 days|
|3.||U-238||5 Sep 1943||Trondheim||8 Oct 1943||Brest||Patrol 1,||34 days|
|4.||U-238||11 Nov 1943||Brest||12 Dec 1943||Brest||Patrol 2,||32 days|
|5.||U-238||27 Jan 1944||Brest||9 Feb 1944||Sunk||Patrol 3,||14 days|
|3 patrols, 80 days at sea|
Ships hit by Horst Hepp
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|20 Sep 1943||U-238||Frederick Douglass (d.)||7,176||am||ON-202|
|20 Sep 1943||U-238||Theodore Dwight Weld||7,176||am||ON-202|
|23 Sep 1943||U-238||Fort Jemseg||7,134||br||ON-202|
|23 Sep 1943||U-238||Oregon Express||3,642||nw||ON-202|
|23 Sep 1943||U-238||Skjelbred||5,096||nw||ON-202|
4 ships sunk (23,048 tons) and 1 ship damaged (7,176 tons).
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