Joachim Berger

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 34)

5 ships sunk, total tonnage 38,014 GRT

Born  23 Jun 1913 Berlin
Died  4 Mar 1943(29)North Atlantic


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 Nov 1941 Kapitänleutnant


30 Jan 1942 Iron Cross 2nd Class
28 Mar 1942 U-boat War Badge 1939
9 Jul 1942 Iron Cross 1st Class

U-boat Commands

U-87 19 Aug 1941 4 Mar 1943  (+)  5 patrols (260 days) 

Joachim Berger joined the German Navy (Reichsmarine) in 1934. He served as a training officer on the 2nd torpedo boat flotilla from Oct to Nov 1939 when he served he in a staff position until April 1940 when he joined the staff of Naval Commander Molde until March 1941. During March and April he was a relief instructor with the Naval Gunnery School.

Joachim Berger served with the 24th Flotilla from April to May 1941. He went through his U-boat Commander training and U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) from May to August 1941.

On 19 August 1941 Oblt. Joachim Berger commissioned the new type VIIB boat U-87. He commanded this boat for more than 18 months, during which he went out on 5 patrols, 260 days at sea, all over the North Atlantic - including a patrol to US waters in May - July 1942. He sank 5 ships with a total of over 38,000 GRT.

Kplt. Joachim Berger was killed along with his entire crew of 49 men when the boat was sunk on 4 March 1943 west of Leixoes, in position 41.36N, 13.31W, by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Shediac and the Canadian destroyer HMCS St. Croix (Niestlé, 1998).


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

Patrol info for Joachim Berger

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-87 24 Dec 1941  Kiel  30 Jan 1942  La Pallice  Patrol 1,38 days
2. U-87 22 Feb 1942  La Pallice  27 Mar 1942  St. Nazaire  Patrol 2,34 days
3. U-87 19 May 1942  St. Nazaire  8 Jul 1942  St. Nazaire  Patrol 3,51 days
4. U-87 31 Aug 1942  St. Nazaire  20 Nov 1942  Brest  Patrol 4,82 days
5. U-87 9 Jan 1943  Brest  4 Mar 1943  Sunk  Patrol 5,55 days
5 patrols, 260 days at sea

Ships hit by Joachim Berger

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
31 Dec 1941U-87 Cardita8,237brHX-166
17 Jan 1942U-87 Nyholt8,087nwON-52
16 Jun 1942U-87 Port Nicholson8,402brXB-25
16 Jun 1942U-87 Cherokee5,896amXB-25
11 Oct 1942U-87 Agapenor7,392br

5 ships sunk (38,014 tons).

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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.

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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