Kapitänleutnant (Crew 33)
14 ships sunk, total tonnage 69,893 GRT
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 23,358 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 6,821 GRT
|Born||15 Jan 1914||Hamburg|
|Died||12 Jul 1943||(29)||North Atlantic near Spain|
|U-506||15 Sep 1941||12 Jul 1943 (+)||5 patrols (344 days)|
Erich Würdemann began his naval career in April 1933. Later he served on the destroyer Paul Jacoby, where he made 11 patrols in the first year of the war. In November 1940 he transferred to the U-boat force. After the usual training he served for one patrol on U-43 under Kptlt. Wolfgang Lüth.
In September 1941 he commissioned the ocean-going U-boat U-506 and operated on his first patrol in the North Atlantic. On his second patrol he sank no less than nine ships. On the third patrol U-506 was involved in the famous Laconia incident. Later the boat operated as a Monsun boat in the Indian Ocean.
Six days after leaving base on her fifth patrol, U-506 was bombed in the Atlantic west of Vigo, Spain by a USAAF aircraft on 12 July 1943. Kptlt. Erich Würdemann and all but 6 of his crew perished (Niestlé, 1998).
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Patrol info for Erich Würdemann
|1.||U-506||2 Mar 1942||Hamburg||3 Mar 1942||Helgoland||2 days|
|2.||U-506||9 Mar 1942||Helgoland||25 Mar 1942||Lorient||Patrol 1,||17 days|
|3.||U-506||6 Apr 1942||Lorient||15 Jun 1942||Lorient||Patrol 2,||71 days|
|4.||U-506||28 Jul 1942||Lorient||7 Nov 1942||Lorient||Patrol 3,||103 days|
|5.||U-506||14 Dec 1942||Lorient||8 May 1943||Lorient||Patrol 4,||146 days|
|6.||U-506||6 Jul 1943||Lorient||12 Jul 1943||Patrol 5,||7 days|
|5 patrols, 344 days at sea|
Ships hit by Erich Würdemann
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|3 May 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||Sama||567||ni|
|10 May 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||Aurora (d.)||7,050||am|
|13 May 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||Gulfpenn||8,862||am|
|14 May 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||David McKelvy (t.)||6,821||am|
|16 May 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||Sun (d.)||9,002||am|
|16 May 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||William C. McTarnahan (d.)||7,306||am|
|17 May 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||Gulfoil||5,189||am|
|19 May 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||Heredia||4,732||am|
|20 May 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||Halo||6,986||am|
|28 May 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||Yorkmoor||4,457||br|
|31 May 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||Fred W. Green||2,292||br|
|21 Aug 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||City of Wellington||5,733||br|
|23 Aug 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||Hamla||4,416||br|
|5 Sep 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||Myrmidon||6,278||br|
|13 Sep 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||Lima||3,764||sw|
|30 Sep 1942||U-506||Erich Würdemann||Siam II||6,637||br|
|7 Mar 1943||U-506||Erich Würdemann||Sabor||5,212||br|
|9 Mar 1943||U-506||Erich Würdemann||Tabor||4,768||nw|
15 ships sunk (76,714 tons) and 3 ships damaged (23,358 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.