Hans Eckermann

Fregattenkapitän (Crew 25)


Successes
1 ship sunk, total tonnage 5,258 GRT

Born  30 May 1905 Berlin-Schöneberg
Died  30 Mar 1985(79)


Ranks

1 Apr 1925Offiziersanwärter
1 Apr 1927Fähnrich zur See
1 Jun 1928Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1929Leutnant zur See
1 Jul 1931Oberleutnant zur See
1 Oct 1935Kapitänleutnant
1 Jan 1940Korvettenkapitän
1 Mar 1944Fregattenkapitän

Decorations

19 Mar 1941Iron Cross 2nd Class
26 Apr 1941U-boat War Badge 1939

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-20 1 Feb 1936 30 Sep 1937   No war patrols 
UA 1 Nov 1940 14 Feb 1942   5 patrols (193 days) 

Hans Christian Franz Eckermann joined the Reichsmarine (German Navy) in 1925. He commanded the small Type II U-20 from 1 Feb 1936 to 30 Sep 1937. In Oct 1937 Eckermann became the first commander of the Lohs Flotilla, later renamed the 3rd flotilla, remaining there until Dec 1939. He then took over the 1st U-boat flotilla from Jan to Oct 1940.

Eckermann took command of U-A, originally built for the Turkish navy, on 1 Nov 1940, taking the boat on five patrols totalling almost 200 days at sea, and sinking one ship. He left the boat on 14 Feb 1942 to take command of the 8th U-boat flotilla (training), holding the post until Jan 1943. Until the end of the war he served in several staff positions, including 11 months with U-boat command Norway.

Following the German surrender Eckermann was briefly detained by the Allies, being released on 20 July 1945.

Sources

Busch, R & Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Hans Eckermann


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. UA 25 Feb 1941  Kiel  18 Mar 1941  Lorient  Patrol 1,22 days
2. UA 14 Apr 1941  Lorient  26 Apr 1941  Lorient  Patrol 2,13 days
3. UA 3 May 1941  Lorient  30 Jul 1941  Lorient  Patrol 3,89 days
4. UA 7 Oct 1941  Lorient  9 Oct 1941  Lorient  Patrol 4,3 days
5. UA 21 Oct 1941  Lorient  25 Dec 1941  Lorient  Patrol 5,66 days
5 patrols, 193 days at sea

Ships hit by Hans Eckermann

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
8 Mar 1941UA Dunaff Head5,258brOB-293
 5,258

1 ship sunk (5,258 tons).

Legend
We have a picture of this vessel.


About ranks and decorations
Special thanks to Fernando Almeida for data on ranks and decorations.

Media links


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders