Kapitänleutnant (Crew 34)
5 ships sunk, total tonnage 38,014 GRT
|Born||23 Jun 1913||Berlin|
|Died||4 Mar 1943||(29)||North Atlantic|
|U-87||19 Aug 1941||4 Mar 1943 (+)||5 patrols (260 days)|
Joachim Berger joined the German Navy (Reichsmarine) in 1934. He served as a training officer on the 2nd torpedo boat flotilla from Oct to Nov 1939 when he served he in a staff position until April 1940 when he joined the staff of Naval Commander Molde until March 1941. During March and April he was a relief instructor with the Naval Gunnery School.
Joachim Berger served with the 24th flotilla from April to May 1941. He went through his U-boat Commander training and U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) from May to August 1941.
On 19 August 1941 Oblt. Joachim Berger commissioned the new Type VIIB boat U-87. He commanded this boat for more than 18 months, during which he went out on 5 patrols, 260 days at sea, all over the North Atlantic - including a patrol to US waters in May - July 1942. He sank 5 ships with a total of over 38,000 GRT.
Kplt. Joachim Berger was killed along with his entire crew of 49 men when the boat was sunk on 4 March 1943 west of Leixoes, in position 41.36N, 13.31W, by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Shediac and the Canadian destroyer HMCS St. Croix (Niestlé, 1998).
Patrol info for Joachim Berger
|1.||U-87||24 Dec 1941||Kiel||30 Jan 1942||La Pallice||Patrol 1,||38 days|
|2.||U-87||22 Feb 1942||La Pallice||27 Mar 1942||St. Nazaire||Patrol 2,||34 days|
|3.||U-87||19 May 1942||St. Nazaire||8 Jul 1942||St. Nazaire||Patrol 3,||51 days|
|4.||U-87||31 Aug 1942||St. Nazaire||20 Nov 1942||Brest||Patrol 4,||82 days|
|5.||U-87||9 Jan 1943||Brest||4 Mar 1943||Sunk||Patrol 5,||55 days|
|5 patrols, 260 days at sea|
Ships hit by Joachim Berger
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|31 Dec 1941||U-87||Cardita||8,237||br||HX-166|
|17 Jan 1942||U-87||Nyholt||8,087||nw||ON-52|
|16 Jun 1942||U-87||Port Nicholson||8,402||br||XB-25|
|16 Jun 1942||U-87||Cherokee||5,896||am||XB-25|
|11 Oct 1942||U-87||Agapenor||7,392||br|
5 ships sunk (38,014 tons).
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