WWI U-boat commanders

Helmut Patzig

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 4/10)

Successes
24 ships sunk with a total of 87,326 GRT
1 ship damaged with a total of 5,189 GRT

Born:26 Oct 1890 Danzig 
Died:11 Mar 1984  

Helmut Patzig
Helmut Patzig in Kriegsmarine uniform

Ranks

1 Apr 1910 Seekadett
15 Apr 1911 Fähnrich zur See
27 Sep 1913 Leutnant zur See
22 Mar 1916 Oberleutnant zur See
22 Nov 1919 Out of naval service
21 Jan 1920 Kapitänleutnant (Charakter)

Decorations

11 May 1916  Iron Cross 2nd class
6 Mar 1917  Iron Cross 1st class
11 Jul 1918  Royal House Order of Hohenzollern

U-boat Commands

U 8626 Jan 1918 - 11 Nov 1918
U 901 Aug 1918 - 31 Aug 1918

Notes

Helmut Brümmer-Patzig entered the Germany Navy as member of class 1910. He served on the pre-dreadnaught battleship Pommern until Nov 1915 when he switched to the U-boat force. He was a Watch Officer on U A (Scherb) and U 55 (Werner) from Nov 1915 to Sep 1917. Brümmer-Patzig commanded the WWI U-boat U 86 from Jan 1918 to Aug 1918 when he took command of U 90 until the Armistice on 11 Nov.

Helmut Brümmer-Patzig was successful as a WWI U-boat commander and sank 24 ships (89,318 GRT) and damaged one (5,189 GRT). See his WWII page.

Sinking of the hospital ship Llandovery Castle
One of the worst atrocities of the Naval war was is reported to have happened on 27 June, 1918, when SM U-86 (Oblt.z.S. Helmut Patzig), against international law and standing orders of the Imperial German Navy, sank the hospital ship LLandovery Castle. On top of that, he ordered his U-boat to ram the life boats and shot at the survivors. Of a crew of 258 of the LLandovery Castle only 24 survived. For this war crime, Patzig and his watch officers were tried after the war before a German court at Leipzig and were condemned to four years imprisonment. Patzig could not be found to be tried and his officers "escaped" on the way to labor camp.

After WWI

When the Second World War broke out he offered his service again, serving past his retirement age. Brümmer-Patzig served on the BdU staff from Feb to Jun 1940, then in several staff positions until he took command of the former Dutch boat UD 4 on 28 Jan 1941. he commanded that boat, no patrols, until 15 Oct 1941 when he again served in staff positions until retirement on 3 May 1945.

Sources

Busch, R & Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Ships hit by Helmut Patzig

DateU-boat Name of shipTonsNat.
 
14 Feb 1918 U 86 Bessie Stephens119br
17 Feb 1918 U 86 Pinewood2,219br
19 Feb 1918 U 86 Wheatflower188br
20 Feb 1918 U 86 Djerv1,527br
23 Feb 1918 U 86 Ulabrand2,011nw
30 Apr 1918 U 86 Kafue6,044br
30 Apr 1918 U 86 Kempock255br
2 May 1918 U 86 Medora5,135br
5 May 1918 U 86 Tommi138br
6 May 1918 U 86 Leeds City4,298br
11 May 1918 U 86 San Andres1,656nw
12 May 1918 U 86 Inniscarra1,412br
16 May 1918 U 86 Tartary4,181br
22 May 1918 U 86 Meran656nw
21 Jun 1918 U 86 Eglantine339nw
26 Jun 1918 U 86 Atlantian9,399br
27 Jun 1918 U 86  Llandovery Castle11,423br
1 Jul 1918 U 86  Covington16,339am
1 Jul 1918 U 86 Origen3,545br
15 Aug 1918 U 90  Montanan6,659am
15 Aug 1918 U 90 J. M. J.54fr
16 Aug 1918 U 90  West Bridge (d.)5,189am
17 Aug 1918 U 90 Escrick4,151br
17 Aug 1918 U 90 Joseph Cudahy3,302am
24 Aug 1918 U 90 Graciosa2,276pt
 92,515
24 ships sunk (87,326 tons) and 1 ship damaged (5,189 tons).


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

Media links


Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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