Hartmut Graf von Matuschka, Freiherr von Toppolczan und Spaetgen
Kapitänleutnant (Crew 34)
4 ships sunk, total tonnage 31,611 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,010 tons
|Born||29 Dec 1914||Dresden-Blasewitz|
|Died||25 Nov 1944||(29)||Northern Channel|
|U-482||1 Dec 1943||25 Nov 1944 (+)||2 patrols (50 days)|
At the outbreak of war Graf von Toppolczan was an adjutant at Gotenhafen Naval HQ, and in 1940 he left the staff at the Coastal Artillery detachment there to serve on the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. He joined the Ubootwaffe (U-boat arm) in March 1943, commissioned U-482 in December, and died with the rest of her crew when she was sunk by depth charges in Nov 1944.
A younger brother of Kptlt. Graf von Toppolczan's died on active service in 1943. He was an Oberst (Group Captain) in the Luftwaffe when lost in action. Another brother survived the war and reached an advanced age.
Patrol info for Hartmut Graf von Matuschka, Freiherr von Toppolczan und Spaetgen
|1.||U-482||6 Aug 1944||Kiel||8 Aug 1944||Sunk||3 days|
|2.||U-482||14 Aug 1944||Horten||16 Aug 1944||Sunk||3 days|
|3.||U-482||16 Aug 1944||Bergen||26 Sep 1944||Sunk||Patrol 1,||42 days|
|4.||U-482||18 Nov 1944||Bergen||25 Nov 1944||Sunk||Patrol 2,||8 days|
|2 patrols, 50 days at sea|
Ships hit by Hartmut Graf von Matuschka, Freiherr von Toppolczan und Spaetgen
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|30 Aug 1944||U-482||Jacksonville||10,448||am||CU-36|
|1 Sep 1944||U-482||HMS Hurst Castle (K 416)||1,010||br|
|3 Sep 1944||U-482||Fjordheim||4,115||nw||ONF-251|
|8 Sep 1944||U-482||Empire Heritage||15,702||br||HX-305|
|8 Sep 1944||U-482||Pinto||1,346||br||HX-305|
5 ships sunk (32,621 tons).
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.