Freiherr Adolf-Wilhelm von Hammerstein-Equord
Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37a)
|Born||11 Mar 1918||Munich, Germany|
|Died||28 Apr 2010||(92)||Munich, Germany|
|U-149||1 Aug 1942||14 May 1944||No war patrols|
Adolf-Wilhelm von Hammerstein-Equord joined the Kriegsmarine in 1937. He went through U-boat training from Oct 1940 to April 1941. He went through U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung from April to May 1941 and then became First Watch officer (1WO) on the new U-402 (Kptlt. Siegfried von Forstner) from May to Oct 1941. He left the boat just prior to its first patrol at the end of Oct 1941 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
He then became the First Watch officer (1WO) on the U-71 (Kptlt. Walter Flachsenberg) in Oct 1941 and served on the boat until April 1942 (Busch & Röll, 1999). During this time he went out on 2 war patrols, 92 days at sea, and took part in sinking 5 ships for almost 39,000 tons.
Adolf-Wilhelm von Hammerstein-Equord took command of his old boat U-149 on 1 Aug 1942, commanding the boat until 14 May 1944 (Busch & Röll, 1999). The boat was a school boat and von Hammerstein-Equord never went out on patrol with it.
Leaving his boat he joined the Staff of the U-boat Command in Norway and stayed in staff positions there until the end of the war in May 1945 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
After the war Baron Adolf-Wilhelm von Hammerstein-Equord spent 1 year as a prisoner of war in England. After he returned to Germany in 1946 he lived in Prien a. Chiemsee, a little town between Munich and Salzburg at the lake Chiemsee.
From 1957 he lived with his family in Munich. He made a professional career and in the end became a director of an insurance company. He spent his retirement in Munich, Germany. He passed away on 28 April 2010 at the age of 92.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Ships hit by Adolf-Wilhelm von Hammerstein-Equord
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