Kapitänleutnant (Crew 34)
1 ship sunk, total tonnage 7,015 GRT
|Born||2 Feb 1914||Essen|
|Died||4 May 1990||(76)|
|U-62||Sep, 1941||4 Nov 1941||No war patrols|
|U-190||24 Sep 1942||5 Jul 1944||4 patrols (348 days)|
Max Wintermeyer joined the Kriegsmarine as part of Crew 34 in April 1934. He served as the First Watch Officer (IWO) on the U-105, going out on 2 patrols spending over 150 days at sea. From July to Sept 1941 he went through the U-boat commander course at the 24th (Training) Flotilla .
He took command of the small school boat U-62 in Sept, holding the command until 4 Nov. Wintermeyer served as an instructor with the 1st ULD at Neustadt (Pillau) from Nov 1941 to Aug 1942 when he was assigned to oversee construction of a new U-boat (Baubelehrung). He took command of the larger and brand new U-190 on 24 Sept 1942.
With his U-190 he went out on 4 patrols spending almost 350 days at sea - no mean feat especially as his first patrol was in Feb 1943 when things started to go really bad for the U-boat fleet. He left the boat on 5 July 1944 and served in several staff positions until the end of the war.
Busch, R & Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Max Wintermeyer
|1.||U-190||20 Feb 1943||Kiel||30 Mar 1943||Lorient||Patrol 1,||39 days|
|2.||U-190||1 May 1943||Lorient||19 Aug 1943||Lorient||Patrol 2,||111 days|
|3.||U-190||30 Sep 1943||Lorient||1 Oct 1943||Brest||2 days|
|4.||U-190||7 Oct 1943||Brest||15 Jan 1944||Lorient||Patrol 3,||101 days|
|5.||U-190||7 Mar 1944||Lorient||8 Mar 1944||Lorient||2 days|
|6.||U-190||11 Mar 1944||Lorient||12 Mar 1944||Lorient||2 days|
|7.||U-190||16 Mar 1944||Lorient||20 Jun 1944||Lorient||Patrol 4,||97 days|
|4 patrols, 348 days at sea|
Ships hit by Max Wintermeyer
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|8 Mar 1943||U-190||Empire Lakeland||7,015||br||SC-121|
1 ship sunk (7,015 tons).
About ranks and decorations
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