Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 38)
1 ship sunk, total tonnage 6,996 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 1,370 tons
|Born||19 May 1919||Rottweil, Neckar|
|U-3||1 Oct 1942||18 May 1943||No war patrols|
|U-315||10 Jul 1943||9 May 1945||11 patrols (265 days)|
Herbert Zoller joined the Kriegsmarine in 1938, and received initial training on the square-rigged school ship Gorch Fock from March to June 1939. He then spent two months on the light cruiser Emden before going through further training from Sept 1939 to April 1940. He was at the Military hospital at Kiel from May to June 1940 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Zoller served on the battleship Gneisenau from July to Oct 1940 before joining the U-boat arm and undergoing standard instruction from Oct 1940 to March 1941, followed by U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) on a U-boat under construction (Busch & Röll, 1999).
On 8 May 1941 the type VIIC U-569 was commissioned at Hamburg by Kptlt. Hans-Peter Hinsch and Herbert Zoller took on his duties as a Watch Officer (WO). After three months of working up exercises in the Baltic they left on the first patrol from Trondheim, Norway on 11 Aug 1941 (Busch & Röll, 1997).
Zoller sailed on five patrols with U-569 from Aug 1941 to June 1942, spending 180 days at sea (Busch & Röll, 1997). He left the boat in July for his U-boat Commander training with the 24th (Training) Flotilla, which he completed in August. He briefly served as a supernumerary WO on the small school "duck" U-3 before taking command of the boat on 1 Oct 1942. Zoller left U-3 on 18 May 1943 for another U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung), this time to prepare him for his own command (Busch & Röll, 1999).
On 10 July 1943 Oblt. Herbert Zoller commissioned the type VIIC U-315 at Lübeck (Busch & Röll, 1999). After extensive training in the Baltic he left for his first war patrol from Bergen, Norway on 21 Feb 1944 (Busch & Röll, 1997).
Zoller sailed on 11 patrols, spending 265 days at sea. He sank two ships, both on his last patrol near the end of the war; Empire Kingsley on 22 March and the Canadian River class frigate HMCS Teme (K 458) on 29 March 1945 (Rohwer, 1998).
Oblt. Herbert Zoller arrived at Trondheim, Norway after his last patrol on 24 April 1945. The boat was stricken from the German Navy at Trondheim on 1 May and then surrendered to the Allies on 9 May 1945 (Niestlé, 1998).
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Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
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Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.
Patrol info for Herbert Zoller
|1.||U-315||17 Feb 1944||Kiel||20 Feb 1944||Bergen||4 days|
|2.||U-315||21 Feb 1944||Bergen||9 Mar 1944||Narvik||Patrol 1,||18 days|
|3.||U-315||23 Mar 1944||Narvik||10 Apr 1944||Narvik||Patrol 2,||19 days|
|4.||U-315||19 Apr 1944||Narvik||14 May 1944||Bogenbucht||Patrol 3,||26 days|
|5.||U-315||25 May 1944||Bogenbucht||26 May 1944||Hammerfest||2 days|
|6.||U-315||30 May 1944||Hammerfest||10 Jul 1944||Bergen||Patrol 4,||42 days|
|7.||U-315||28 Aug 1944||Bergen||4 Sep 1944||Narvik||Patrol 5,||8 days|
|8.||U-315||8 Sep 1944||Narvik||26 Sep 1944||Bogenbucht||Patrol 6,||19 days|
|9.||U-315||29 Sep 1944||Bogenbucht||3 Oct 1944||Hammerfest||Patrol 7,||5 days|
|10.||U-315||12 Oct 1944||Hammerfest||10 Nov 1944||Kilbotn||Patrol 8,||30 days|
|11.||U-315||19 Nov 1944||Kilbotn||21 Nov 1944||Skjomenfjord||3 days|
|12.||U-315||21 Nov 1944||Skjomenfjord||6 Dec 1944||Harstad||Patrol 9,||16 days|
|13.||U-315||9 Dec 1944||Harstad||12 Dec 1944||Trondheim||4 days|
|14.||U-315||25 Dec 1944||Trondheim||6 Jan 1945||Trondheim||Patrol 10,||13 days|
|15.||U-315||15 Feb 1945||Trondheim||24 Apr 1945||Trondheim||Patrol 11,||69 days|
|11 patrols, 265 days at sea|
Ships hit by Herbert Zoller
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|22 Mar 1945||U-315||Empire Kingsley||6,996||br||TBC-103|
|29 Mar 1945||U-315||HMCS Teme (K 458) (t.)||1,370||ca||BTC-111|
2 ships sunk (8,366 tons).
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