Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37b)
1 ship sunk, total tonnage 1,392 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 328 GRT
|Born||17 Aug 1918||Halle, Saale|
|U-1022||7 Jun 1944||9 May 1945||1 patrol (49 days)|
Hans-Joachim Ernst served as a torpedo officer on the destroyer Z22 Anton Schmitt from Dec 1939 to Mar 1940. He then went through naval aviation training from April to Oct 1940, becoming a pilot. He served as a pilot until June 1943 when he joined the U-boat force and began his training. he went though U-boat commander training from Jan to Jun 1944. He took command of his first and only U-boat U-1022 on 7 June 1944, taking her on one patrol in early 1945 sinking 2 small ships (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Hans-Joachim Ernst survived the war, was detained by the Allies until 1 Nov 1947. He later joined the Bundesmarine and served in NATO forces. He retired in Oldenburg, Germany as Fregattenkapitän and passed away around the year 2002.
Busch, R. & Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Hans-Joachim Ernst
|1.||U-1022||16 Jan 1945||Kiel||17 Jan 1945||Kalundborg||2 days|
|2.||U-1022||22 Jan 1945||Kalundborg||23 Jan 1945||Horten||2 days|
|3.||U-1022||29 Jan 1945||Horten||8 Feb 1945||Bergen||11 days|
|4.||U-1022||12 Feb 1945||Bergen||1 Apr 1945||Bergen||Patrol 1,||49 days|
Ships hit by Hans-Joachim Ernst
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|28 Feb 1945||U-1022||Alcedo||1,392||pa||UR-155|
|3 Mar 1945||U-1022||HMS Southern Flower (FY 332)||328||br|
2 ships sunk (1,720 tons).
About ranks and decorations
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