Willi Hertin

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 35)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  11 Sep 1914 Balve, Westphalia
Died  28 Jul 1943(28)east of Shetland Islands

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5 Apr 1935 Offiziersanwärter
25 Sep 1935 Seekadett
1 Jul 1936 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1939 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Oct 1942 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-647 5 Nov 1942 28 Jul 1943  (+)  1 patrol (7 days) 

Willi Hertin took his boat, U-647, out from Kiel, Germany on his first patrol as U-boat commander on 22 July 1943. The boat was listed as missing 6 days later north of the Shetland Islands, position unknown, possibly mined (Niestlé, 1998).


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.

Patrol info for Willi Hertin

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-647 22 Jul 1943  Kiel  28 Jul 1943  Sunk  Patrol 1,7 days

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.

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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