Kapitänleutnant (Crew 33)
8 ships sunk, total tonnage 36,010 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 12,910 GRT
|Born||11 Jan 1914||Greifswald|
|Died||2 Jan 1986||(71)||Hamburg, Germany|
|U-575||19 Jun 1941||29 Jul 1943||8 patrols (395 days)|
Kptlt. Günther Heydemann after a patrol.
Günther Heydemann began his naval career in April 1933. He then sailed on the line ships Schlesien and Schleswig-Holstein before transferring to the U-boat force in April 1940.
After the usual training he made two patrols as watch officer on board U-69 under the command of Kptlt. Jost Metzler.
He left U-69 in April 1941 and two months later commissioned the type VIIC U-boat U-575.
He commanded this boat on eight relatively successful patrols and sank many ships. In July 1943 he left U-575 and became a training officer in the 23rd and 25th (Training) Flotilla training flotillas until the end of the war.
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Patrol info for Günther Heydemann
|1.||U-575||8 Sep 1941||Trondheim||9 Oct 1941||St. Nazaire||Patrol 1,||32 days|
|2.||U-575||9 Nov 1941||St. Nazaire||17 Dec 1941||St. Nazaire||Patrol 2,||39 days|
|3.||U-575||14 Jan 1942||St. Nazaire||26 Feb 1942||St. Nazaire||Patrol 3,||44 days|
|4.||U-575||24 Mar 1942||St. Nazaire||14 May 1942||St. Nazaire||Patrol 4,||52 days|
|5.||U-575||10 Jun 1942||St. Nazaire||7 Aug 1942||St. Nazaire||Patrol 5,||59 days|
|6.||U-575||16 Sep 1942||St. Nazaire||8 Nov 1942||Lorient||Patrol 6,||54 days|
|7.||U-575||17 Dec 1942||Lorient||18 Feb 1943||St. Nazaire||Patrol 7,||64 days|
|8.||U-575||22 Apr 1943||St. Nazaire||11 Jun 1943||St. Nazaire||Patrol 8,||51 days|
|8 patrols, 395 days at sea|
Ships hit by Günther Heydemann
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|2 Oct 1941||U-575||Günther Heydemann||Tuva||4,652||nl||ON-19A|
|16 Apr 1942||U-575||Günther Heydemann||Robin Hood||6,887||am|
|4 Jul 1942||U-575||Günther Heydemann||Norlandia||2,689||am|
|9 Jul 1942||U-575||Günther Heydemann||Empire Explorer||5,345||br|
|18 Jul 1942||U-575||Günther Heydemann||Comrade||69||br|
|18 Jul 1942||U-575||Günther Heydemann||Glacier||75||br|
|18 Jul 1942||U-575||Günther Heydemann||San Gaspar (d.)||12,910||br|
|29 Oct 1942||U-575||Günther Heydemann||Abosso||11,330||br|
|25 Jan 1943||U-575||Günther Heydemann||City of Flint||4,963||am||UGS-4|
8 ships sunk (36,010 tons) and 1 ship damaged (12,910 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.
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