Udo Heilmann

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 33)


Successes
10 ships sunk, total tonnage 50,256 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 6,833 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 9,718 GRT

Born  4 Mar 1913 Kiel
Died  20 Nov 1970(57)Münster, Germany


Ranks

1 Oct 1936 Leutnant zur See
1 Jun 1938 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Feb 1941 Kapitänleutnant
1 Apr 1945 Korvettenkapitän

Decorations

  Iron Cross 2nd Class
  Iron Cross 1st Class
6 Aug 1942 German Cross in Gold

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-24 30 Nov 1939 21 Aug 1940   4 patrols (51 days) 
U-97 28 Sep 1940 May, 1942   9 patrols (240 days) 

Udo Heilmann joined the German Navy (Reichsmarine) in 1933. He served as First Watch Officer on the small "duck" U-18 for over 2 years, from June 1937 to Oct 1939. He was thus one of the U-boat officers with extensive pre-war experience.

On 30 Nov 1939 he took command of the U-24, another "duck", taking the boat on 4 short patrols.

From Aug to Sept 1940 Udo Heilman went through U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) before taking command of the larger Type VIIC U-97 on 28 Sept. For the next year and a half he commanded the boat on 9 patrols and sank 10 merchants, one auxiliary warship and damaged a large merchant.

Break into the Mediterranean
After 4 patrols in the Atlantic with the U-97 Udo Heilman entered the Mediterranean through the Straits of Gibraltar on 26 Sept 1941 (Busch & Röll, 1997). He sank 2 small ships before arriving at the boat's new base at Salamis, Greece on 26 Oct. He would then take the boat on 4 patrols in the Mediterranean before handing command over in May 1942. Like all boats in the Med the U-97 would not return to the Atlantic.

He joined the 26th flotilla as torpedo attack instructor in June 1942 until March 1943 when he served as an adviser to FdU/Trg until the end of the war.

Sources

Busch, R and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).

Patrol info for Udo Heilmann

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-24 6 Jan 1940  Kiel  12 Jan 1940  Kiel  Patrol 1,7 days
2. U-24 27 Jan 1940  Kiel  9 Feb 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 2,14 days
3. U-24 14 Mar 1940  Wilhelmshaven  20 Mar 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 3,7 days
4. U-24 25 Mar 1940  Wilhelmshaven  26 Mar 1940  Kiel   2 days
5. U-24 9 Apr 1940  Kiel  10 Apr 1940  Wilhelmshaven   2 days
6. U-24 13 Apr 1940  Wilhelmshaven  5 May 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 4,23 days
7. U-24 6 May 1940  Wilhelmshaven  7 May 1940  Kiel   2 days
8. U-97 17 Feb 1941  Kiel  7 Mar 1941  Lorient  Patrol 5,19 days
9. U-97 20 Mar 1941  Lorient  10 Apr 1941  St. Nazaire  Patrol 6,22 days
10. U-97 1 May 1941  St. Nazaire  30 May 1941  St. Nazaire  Patrol 7,30 days
11. U-97 2 Jul 1941  St. Nazaire  8 Aug 1941  St. Nazaire  Patrol 8,38 days
12. U-97 20 Sep 1941  St. Nazaire  27 Oct 1941  Salamis  Patrol 9,38 days
13. U-97 23 Dec 1941  Salamis  9 Jan 1942  Salamis  Patrol 10,18 days
14. U-97 12 Jan 1942  Salamis  31 Jan 1942  Salamis  Patrol 11,20 days
15. U-97 3 Feb 1942  Salamis  8 Feb 1942  La Spezia   6 days
16. U-97 14 Mar 1942  La Spezia  30 Mar 1942  Salamis  Patrol 12,17 days
17. U-97 5 Apr 1942  Salamis  12 May 1942  La Spezia  Patrol 13,38 days
13 patrols, 291 days at sea

Ships hit by Udo Heilmann

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
24 Feb 1941U-97 Jonathan Holt4,973brOB-289
24 Feb 1941U-97 Mansepool4,894brOB-289
24 Feb 1941U-97 British Gunner6,894brOB-289
24 Feb 1941U-97 G.C. Brøvig (d.)9,718nwOB-289
23 Mar 1941U-97 Chama8,077brOG-56
24 Mar 1941U-97 Hørda4,301nwOG-56
4 Apr 1941U-97 Conus8,132brOB-304
6 May 1941U-97 HMS Camito (F 77)6,833br
6 May 1941U-97 Sangro6,466it
8 May 1941U-97 Ramillies4,553brOB-317
17 Oct 1941U-97 Samos1,208grCultivate
17 Oct 1941U-97 Pass of Balmaha758brCultivate
 66,807

11 ships sunk (57,089 tons) and 1 ship damaged (9,718 tons).

Legend
We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.

Men who sank over 50,000 tons

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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

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