Alfred Manhardt von Mannstein
Fregattenkapitän (Crew 25)
3 ships sunk, total tonnage 23,117 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 6,908 GRT
|Born||9 Mar 1908||Laurut, Galicia, Poland|
|Died||13 May 1943||(35)||North Atlantic|
|U-753||18 Jun 1941||13 May 1943 (+)||7 patrols (252 days)|
Alfred Manhardt von Mannstein joined the Reichsmarine in 1925. He was a Naval Signals Officer (South) from March 1938 to June 1940, and then in the South-West zone from July to Oct 1940. He went through U-boat training from Oct 1940 to May 1941 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
In May 1941 Alfred Manhardt von Mannstein began U-boat construction familiarization (Baubelehrung) in preparation for his own command, and on 18 June 1941 he commissioned the new type VIIC U-boat U-753 at Wilhelmshaven (Busch & Röll, 1999). The next six months were spent working up boat and crew in the Baltic.
First War Patrol
On 24 Dec 1941 von Mannstein brought the boat out for its first war patrol. During the next 18 months he went on seven patrols, spending 252 days at sea (Busch & Röll, 1997). He sank three ships (23,117 GRT) and damaged two (6,908 GRT) (Rohwer, 1998).
Black May 1943
Alfred Manhardt von Mannstein and his entire crew of 47 were lost when the boat was sunk on 13 May 1943 by by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Drumheller, the British frigate HMS Lagan and from a Canadian Sunderland flying boat (RCAF Sqdn. 423/G) (Niestlé, 1998). This was during the massive convoy battles in the North Atlantic in May 1943 when the fortunes of war turned decisively against the U-boats, never to return.
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.
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.
Patrol info for Alfred Manhardt von Mannstein
|1.||U-753||24 Dec 1941||Kiel||30 Dec 1941||Sunk||Patrol 1,||7 days|
|2.||U-753||17 Jan 1942||Kiel||1 Feb 1942||Sunk||Patrol 2,||16 days|
|3.||U-753||26 Feb 1942||St. Nazaire||26 Mar 1942||Sunk||Patrol 3,||29 days|
|4.||U-753||22 Apr 1942||La Pallice||25 Jun 1942||Sunk||Patrol 4,||65 days|
|5.||U-753||1 Sep 1942||La Pallice||4 Sep 1942||Sunk||Patrol 5,||4 days|
|6.||U-753||20 Sep 1942||La Pallice||8 Dec 1942||Sunk||Patrol 5,||80 days|
|7.||U-753||28 Jan 1943||La Pallice||10 Mar 1943||Sunk||Patrol 6,||42 days|
|8.||U-753||5 May 1943||La Pallice||13 May 1943||Sunk||Patrol 7,||9 days|
|7 patrols, 252 days at sea|
Ships hit by Alfred Manhardt von Mannstein
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|20 May 1942||U-753||George Calvert||7,191||am|
|22 May 1942||U-753||E.P. Theriault (d.)||326||br|
|25 May 1942||U-753||Haakon Hauan (d.)||6,582||nw|
|27 May 1942||U-753||Hamlet||6,578||nw|
|22 Feb 1943||U-753||N.T. Nielsen-Alonso||9,348||nw||ON-166|
3 ships sunk (23,117 tons) and 2 ships damaged (6,908 tons).