Kapitänleutnant (Crew 35)
6 ships sunk, total tonnage 37,287 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 3,359 GRT
|Born||17 Mar 1916||Düsseldorf|
|Died||19 Feb 1943||(26)||Mediterranean|
|U-58||7 Apr 1941||3 Sep 1941||No war patrols|
|U-562||4 Sep 1941||19 Feb 1943 (+)||8 patrols (241 days)|
Horst Hamm joined the Kriegsmarine in 1935. From August 1939 to May 1940 he served as the Second Watch Officer (2WO) on the U-26 spending 120 days at sea on 4 patrols. From June to Aug 1940 he served with the 1st flotilla before being sent as First Watch Officer on the famous U-96 in Sept.
With the U-96 Hamm went out on 3 patrols spending 70 days at sea. On his first patrol with this boat they sank 5 ships (37,037 GRT) and damaged 2 more (15,864). The second patrol was also successful but they third patrol saw the boat sink 7 ships with a total of 45,391 GRT.
190 days at sea during 7 patrols on 2 U-boats under very competent Commanders gave Oblt. Horst Hamm invaluable experience for his own command. He got his own boat on 7 April 1941 when he took command of the small school boat U-58 for 5 months.
He got his second boat, the larger U-562, on 4 Sept 1941. Oblt. Horst Hamm would take his U-562 out on 8 patrols, 241 days at sea, from Sept 1941. During this time he sank 6 ships with a total of 37,287 GRT and damaged one merchant of 3,359 GRT.
On 27 Nov 1941 U-562 passed the dangerous Straits of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean (Busch and Röll, 1997). The boat thus left the Atlantic for good, having completed one patrol there.
Kapitänleutnant Horst Hamm and his entire crew of 49 men died when the U-562 was sunk in the Mediterranean north-east of Benghazi, Libya by British warships and aircraft (Niestlé, 1998).
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Patrol info for Horst Hamm
|1.||U-562||11 Sep 1941||Brest||15 Oct 1941||Brest||Patrol 1,||35 days|
|2.||U-562||17 Nov 1941||Brest||6 Dec 1941||Messina||Patrol 2,||20 days|
|3.||U-562||6 Dec 1941||Messina||29 Dec 1941||Pola||Patrol 3,||24 days|
|4.||U-562||4 Apr 1942||Pola||11 May 1942||Pola||Patrol 4,||38 days|
|5.||U-562||22 Jun 1942||Pola||25 Jul 1942||La Spezia||Patrol 5,||34 days|
|6.||U-562||5 Sep 1942||La Spezia||18 Oct 1942||La Spezia||Patrol 6,||44 days|
|7.||U-562||22 Nov 1942||La Spezia||24 Dec 1942||La Spezia||Patrol 7,||33 days|
|8.||U-562||7 Feb 1943||La Spezia||19 Feb 1943||Sunk||Patrol 8,||13 days|
|8 patrols, 241 days at sea|
Ships hit by Horst Hamm
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|22 Sep 1941||U-562||Erna III||1,590||br||ON-16|
|2 Oct 1941||U-562||Empire Wave||7,463||br||ON-19|
|2 Dec 1941||U-562||Grelhead||4,274||br|
|29 Apr 1942||U-562||Alliance [Mine]||81||br|
|29 Apr 1942||U-562||Terpsithea [Mine]||157||br|
|14 Jul 1942||U-562||Adinda (d.)||3,359||nl|
|21 Dec 1942||U-562||Strathallan||23,722||br||KMF-5|
6 ships sunk (37,287 tons) and 1 ship damaged (3,359 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.