Helmut Frömsdorf

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew X/39)

1 ship sunk, total tonnage 5,353 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 430 tons

Born  26 Mar 1921 Schimmelwitz, Silesia
Died  6 May 1945(24)US waters

Kriegsmarine Crew photo


16 Sep 1939Offiziersanwärter
1 Jul 1940Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1941Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Mar 1942Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1943Oberleutnant zur See
1 Dec 1943Oberleutnant zur See


U-boat Commands

U-853 18 Jun 1944 9 Jul 1944   No war patrols 
U-853 1 Sep 1944 6 May 1945  (+)  1 patrol (73 days) 

Patrol info for Helmut Frömsdorf

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-853 6 Feb 1945  Kiel  11 Feb 1945  Horten   6 days
2. U-853 14 Feb 1945  Horten  17 Feb 1945  Stavanger   4 days
3. U-853 23 Feb 1945  Stavanger  6 May 1945  Sunk  Patrol 1,73 days

Ships hit by Helmut Frömsdorf

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
23 Apr 1945U-853 USS PE-56430am
5 May 1945U-853 Black Point5,353am

2 ships sunk (5,783 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.

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

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders