Joachim Sauerbier

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew X/39)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  25 Sep 1919 Kempen, Posen
Died  19 Apr 1945(25)Kattegat

Kriegsmarine Crew photo


16 Sep 1939 Offiziersanwärter
1 Sep 1940 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1941 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Mar 1942 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1943 Oberleutnant zur See


U-boat Commands

U-591 15 May 1943 17 May 1943   No war patrols 
U-120 26 Jul 1943 14 Sep 1944   No war patrols 
U-56 23 Feb 1945 3 Apr 1945   No war patrols 

In April 1945 Joachim Sauerbier was assigned to take command of U-324, stationed at Bergen, Norway. He boarded U-251 for Norway at Kiel as a passenger (Busch & Röll, 1999). U-251 was sunk on 19 April 1945 by British and Norwegian aircraft in the Kattegat west of Halmstad, Sweden (Niestlé, 1998). Oblt Sauerbier was not one of the four survivors (Busch & Röll, 1999).

Patrol info for Joachim Sauerbier

This commander did not go out on patrols with his boats.

About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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