Otto Salman

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 32)


Successes
13 ships sunk, total tonnage 56,333 GRT

Born  5 Jul 1908 Berlin-Schöneberg
Died  21 Apr 1970(61)


Kptlt. Otto Salman

Ranks

1 Apr 1932 Offiziersanwärter
1 Jan 1934 Fähnrich zur See
1 Sep 1935 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1936 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1937 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Nov 1939 Kapitänleutnant
1 Apr 1944 Korvettenkapitän

Decorations

  Iron Cross 2nd Class
9 Dec 1941 German Cross in Gold
  Iron Cross 1st Class
  Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-7 10 Feb 1938 5 Feb 1939   No war patrols 
U-7 31 May 1939 2 Jul 1939   No war patrols 
U-7 2 Aug 1939 1 Oct 1939   No war patrols 
U-7 25 Oct 1939 13 Nov 1939   No war patrols 
U-52 14 Nov 1939 9 Jun 1941   7 patrols (228 days) 

With the advantage of a thorough prewar U-boat training, Otto Salman commanded U-52 very successfully for more than a year. In June 1941 he became a staff member of the BdU op (5. Asto), before joining the BdU org staff in 1943, where he remained to the end of the war. Otto Salman was, with Admiral Friedeburg, one of only two naval recipients of the Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross (Ritterkreuz des Kriegsverdienstkreuzes).

Sources

Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Otto Salman


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-52 20 Feb 1940  Kiel  21 Feb 1940  Helgoland   2 days
2. U-52 25 Feb 1940  Helgoland  25 Feb 1940  Wilhelmshaven   1 days
3. U-52 27 Feb 1940  Wilhelmshaven  27 Feb 1940  Helgoland   1 days
4. U-52 27 Feb 1940  Helgoland  4 Apr 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 1,38 days
5. U-52 7 Apr 1940  Wilhelmshaven  29 Apr 1940  Kiel  Patrol 2,23 days
6. U-52 8 Jun 1940  Kiel  21 Jul 1940  Lorient  Patrol 3,44 days
7. U-52 27 Jul 1940  Lorient  13 Aug 1940  Kiel  Patrol 4,18 days
8. U-52 17 Nov 1940  Kiel  28 Dec 1940  Lorient  Patrol 5,42 days
9. U-52 22 Jan 1941  Lorient  24 Feb 1941  Lorient  Patrol 6,34 days
10. U-52 22 Mar 1941  Lorient  23 Mar 1941  Lorient   2 days
11. U-52 27 Mar 1941  Lorient  31 Mar 1941  Lorient   5 days
12. U-52 3 Apr 1941  Lorient  1 May 1941  Kiel  Patrol 7,29 days
7 patrols, 228 days at sea

Ships hit by Otto Salman

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
19 Jun 1940U-52Otto Salman The Monarch824br
19 Jun 1940U-52Otto Salman Ville de Namur7,463be
21 Jun 1940U-52Otto Salman Hilda1,144fi
14 Jul 1940U-52Otto Salman Thetis A.4,111gr
4 Aug 1940U-52Otto Salman King Alfred5,272brHX-60
4 Aug 1940U-52Otto Salman Gogovale4,586brHX-60
4 Aug 1940U-52Otto Salman Geraldine Mary7,244brHX-60
2 Dec 1940U-52Otto Salman Tasso1,586brHX-90
2 Dec 1940U-52Otto Salman Goodleigh5,448brHX-90
 
4 Feb 1941U-52Otto Salman Ringhorn1,298nwOB-280
10 Feb 1941U-52Otto Salman Canford Chine3,364brOG-52
10 Apr 1941U-52Otto Salman Saleier6,563nlOB-306
14 Apr 1941U-52Otto Salman Ville de Liège7,430be
 56,333

13 ships sunk (56,333 tons).

Legend
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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


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders