Kapitän zur See (Crew 21)
26 ships sunk, total tonnage 115,337 GRT
|Born ||11 Dec 1902|| ||Silstedt, Harz|
|Died ||26 Apr 1963||(60)||Ussel / Waldeck, Germany|
Werner Hartmann wearing his Knights Cross
|1 Apr 1923|| ||Fähnrich zur See|
|1 Oct 1925|| ||Leutnant zur See|
|1 Jul 1927|| ||Oberleutnant zur See|
|1 Oct 1933|| ||Kapitänleutnant|
|1 Jul 1937|| ||Korvettenkapitän|
|1 Apr 1941|| ||Fregattenkapitän|
|1 Apr 1943|| ||Kapitän zur See|
|U-26 ||11 May 1936 ||30 Sep 1938 || No war patrols |
|U-37 ||25 Sep 1939 ||6 May 1940 || 3 patrols (86 days) |
|U-198 ||3 Nov 1942 ||15 Jan 1944 || 1 patrol (200 days) |
Werner Hartmann spent the first years of his career as commander of the torpedo boats Seeadler and Albatros. In 1935 he transferred to the U-boat arm and remained there through the end of World War II. With his first U-boat, U-26, he patrolled in Spanish waters during the Spanish Civil War in 1937-38. I WO on board was the later famous Oberleutnant z. S. Günther Prien.
During the first months of the war Hartmann was Commander both of U-37 and of the 2nd Flotilla. In October 1939 an attempt was made to direct a wolfpack from another U-boat at sea. This leader was Korvkpt. Hartmann. But this strategy proved inefficient, and BdU decided henceforth to direct the boats from land.
After only three patrols Hartmann received the Knights Cross. Then for six months he was I. Asto in the BdU-staff. In November 1940 he became the
commander of the 2nd ULD and a year later took command of the 27th Flotilla in Gotenhafen.
In November 1942 he took over one of the large type IXD2 boats and completed with U-198 the third longest (200 days) patrol ever undertaken.
In 1944 he became FdU Mittelmeer (FdU Mediterranean) and in this function received the
Knights Cross with Oak Leaves.
Left: Werner Hartmann (left) just back from his incredible patrol.
After the war he spent several years in the Bundesmarine (German postwar Navy). He retired as Kapitän zur See.
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Patrol info for Werner Hartmann
| ||U-boat ||Departure
||Arrival|| || ||
||5 Oct 1939 ||Wilhelmshaven
||8 Nov 1939 ||Wilhelmshaven
||Patrol 1,||35 days||
||28 Jan 1940 ||Wilhelmshaven
||27 Feb 1940 ||Wilhelmshaven
||Patrol 2,||31 days||
||30 Mar 1940 ||Wilhelmshaven
||18 Apr 1940 ||Wilhelmshaven
||Patrol 3,||20 days||
||9 Mar 1943 ||Kiel
||24 Sep 1943 ||Bordeaux
||Patrol 4,||200 days||
|4 patrols, 286 days at sea||
Ships hit by Werner Hartmann
||Name of ship
|8 Oct 1939||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Vistula||1,018||sw|
|12 Oct 1939||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Aris||4,810||gr|
|15 Oct 1939||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Vermont||5,186||fr|
|17 Oct 1939||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Yorkshire||10,183||br||HG-3|
|24 Oct 1939||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Menin Ridge||2,474||br|
|24 Oct 1939||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Ledbury||3,528||br|
|24 Oct 1939||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Tafna||4,413||br|
|30 Oct 1939||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Thrasyvoulos||3,693||gr|
|4 Feb 1940||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Hop||1,365||nw|
|4 Feb 1940||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Leo Dawson||4,330||br|
|10 Feb 1940||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Silja||1,259||nw|
|11 Feb 1940||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Togimo||290||br|
|15 Feb 1940||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Aase||1,206||da|
|17 Feb 1940||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Pyrrhus||7,418||br||OG-18|
|18 Feb 1940||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Ellin||4,917||gr|
|18 Feb 1940||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||P.L.M. 15||3,754||fr||65-KS|
|10 Apr 1940||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Sveaborg||9,076||sw|
|10 Apr 1940||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Tosca||5,128||nw|
|12 Apr 1940||U-37||Werner Hartmann|| ||Stancliffe||4,511||br|
|17 May 1943||U-198||Werner Hartmann|| ||Northmoor||4,392||br||LMD-17|
|29 May 1943||U-198||Werner Hartmann|| ||Hopetarn||5,231||br|
|5 Jun 1943||U-198||Werner Hartmann|| ||Dumra||2,304||br|
|6 Jun 1943||U-198||Werner Hartmann|| ||William King||7,176||am|
|6 Jul 1943||U-198||Werner Hartmann|| ||Hydraios||4,476||gr|
|7 Jul 1943||U-198||Werner Hartmann|| ||Leana||4,742||br|
|1 Aug 1943||U-198||Werner Hartmann|| ||Mangkalihat||8,457||nl||BC-2|
26 ships sunk (115,337 tons).
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