Kapitänleutnant (Crew 33)
|Born||30 May 1914||Leising, Saxony|
|Died||24 Jun 1943||(29)||Cape Ortegal|
|U-449||22 Aug 1942||24 Jun 1943 (+)||1 patrol (24 days)|
Hermann Otto joined the German Navy (Reichsmarine) in 1933. He served on the gunnery training ship Brummer from May 1939 to Jan 1941 when he began his U-boat training. He finished his courses in June 1941 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
He served as the First Watch officer (1WO) on the U-403 (Kptlt. Heinz-Ehlert Clausen) for the next year until June 1942 (Busch & Röll, 1999). He went out on 2 short patrols with the boat in the Arctic Sea, 37 days in all, sinking the British merchant Empire Holland on 16 April 1942.
Oblt. Hermann Otto went through U-boat Commander training from June to July 1942 when he began his U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) in preparation for his own command (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Hermann Otto commissioned the new type VIIC boat U-449 on 22 August 1942 and spent the next winter working up boat and crew in the Baltic. Finally on June 1 1943 Oblt. Hermann Otto departed for his first patrol from Kiel (Busch & Röll, 1997).
The boat was sunk 24 days later in the North Atlantic, north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 45.00N, 11.59W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Wren, HMS Woodpecker, HMS Kite and HMS Wild Goose. There were no survivors from the crew of 49 (Niestlé, 1998).
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).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Patrol info for Hermann Otto
|1.||U-449||1 Jun 1943||Kiel||24 Jun 1943||Sunk||Patrol 1,||24 days|
Ships hit by Hermann Otto
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