Konstantin von Puttkamer

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)

3 ships sunk, total tonnage 19,435 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,087 tons

Born  31 Jul 1917 Swinemünde
Died  23 Feb 1943(25)Mediterranean


3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 May 1937 Fähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Feb 1943 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-46 20 Nov 1941 Mar, 1942   No war patrols 
U-443 18 Apr 1942 23 Feb 1943  (+)  3 patrols (67 days) 

Konstantin von Puttkamer joined the Kriegsmarine in 1936, and was part of the Olympia Crew. From Aug. 1939 to March 1940 he served with Naval Artillery Detachment 121. He went through U-boat training from April to Oct. 1940 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

He was a Watch Officer on U-146 from Nov. to Dec. 1940. Von Puttkamer went through U-boat construction familiarization (Baubelehrung) for the type VIIB U-boat U-46 from Dec. 1940 to March 1941, afterwards serving as 2nd Watch Officer (II WO) from March to Aug. 1941 and 1st Watch Officer (I WO) until Oct 1941 on her under Kptlt. Engelbert Endrass (Busch & Röll, 1999). During three patrols over that period U-46 sank four ships (23,088 GRT) and damaged two others (10,520 GRT).

Oblt. von Puttkamer went through U-boat Commander training with the 24th (Training) Flotilla from Oct. to Nov. 1941, afterwards taking command of U-46 (from Grau) until March 1942.

Following a brief second Baubelehrung, he commissioned the type VIIC U-boat U-443 at Danzig on 18 April 1942. (Busch & Röll, 1999).

After working up exercises in the Baltic, U-443 left Kiel for her first patrol on 1 Oct. 1942 (Busch & Röll, 1997). She arrived at her new base at Brest 35 days later, having sunk two ships (17,843 GRT) on the way. (Rohwer, 1998).

The Mediterranean

For the second patrol, Kptlt. von Puttkamer was ordered to break into the Mediterranean through the Straits of Gibraltar. He left Brest on 29 Nov. and arrived at La Spezia, Italy on 22 Dec. 1942 with a further two ships added to his score (2,679 GRT), one being the British destroyer HMS Blean (L 47) (Busch & Röll, 1997), (Rohwer, 1998).

The British destroyer HMS Blean (L 47) sunk by U-443 (von Puttkamer) on 11 Dec. 1942.

Kptlt. Konstantin von Puttkamer left La Spezia in U-433 for her third patrol on 16 Feb. 1943. Eight days later she was sunk with all hands (48 men) off Algiers by depth charges from the British escort destroyers HMS Bicester, HMS Lamerton and HMS Wheatland (Niestlé, 1998).


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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 Konstantin von Puttkamer

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-443 1 Oct 1942  Kiel  4 Nov 1942  Brest  Patrol 1,35 days
2. U-443 29 Nov 1942  Brest  22 Dec 1942  La Spezia  Patrol 2,24 days
3. U-443 16 Feb 1943  La Spezia  23 Feb 1943  Sunk  Patrol 3,8 days
3 patrols, 67 days at sea

Ships hit by Konstantin von Puttkamer

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
22 Oct 1942U-443 Winnipeg II9,807brON-139
22 Oct 1942U-443 Donax8,036brON-139
11 Dec 1942U-443 HMS Blean (L 47)1,087brKMF-4
14 Dec 1942U-443 Edencrag1,592brTE-9

4 ships sunk (20,522 tons).

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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

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

(£ 38.25)

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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