Korvettenkapitän (Crew 33)
7 ships sunk, total tonnage 24,811 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 8,882 GRT
|Born||11 Feb 1913||Otterberg, Kaiserslautern|
|Died||10 Sep 1944||(31)|
|U-18||3 Sep 1940||17 Dec 1940||No war patrols|
|U-202||22 Mar 1941||1 Sep 1942||6 patrols (236 days)|
Hans-Heinz Linder joined the Reichsmarine in 1933. He went through U-boat training from Nov 1939 to Aug 1940, and then commanded the small school boat U-18 from 3 Sept - 17 Dec 1940 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Kptlt. Linder then began U-boat construction familiarization (Baubelehrung) in preparation for his own command. He commissioned the new type VIIC U-boat U-202 at Kiel on 22 March 1941. The next three months were spent on working up execises in the Baltic (Busch & Röll, 1999).
U-202 left Kiel for the first patrol on 17 June 1941. Linder took U-202 on six patrols, spending 236 days at sea (Busch & Röll, 1997). He was a successful commander, sinking seven ships totalling almost 25,000 tons and damaging one large ship of 8,882 tons (Rohwer, 1998). Linder operated his boat very effectively and often escaped tough situations.
On 1 Sept 1942 Kptlt. Linder left U-202 to serve in the 1st Flotilla until Nov, when he joined the staff of 2/Adm U-boats (2nd in Command U-boats) until Jan 1943. From Jan 1943 to Sept 1944 he served as a Training Leader in the 25th (Training) Flotilla (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Kptlt. Hans-Heinz Linder died on 10 Sept 1944 in a Soviet air attack on Libau (Liepaja), Latvia (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.
Patrol info for Hans-Heinz Linder
|1.||U-202||17 Jun 1941||Kiel||23 Jul 1941||Brest||Patrol 1,||37 days|
|2.||U-202||11 Aug 1941||Brest||17 Sep 1941||Brest||Patrol 2,||38 days|
|3.||U-202||16 Oct 1941||Brest||13 Nov 1941||Brest||Patrol 3,||29 days|
|4.||U-202||13 Dec 1941||Brest||27 Dec 1941||Brest||Patrol 4,||15 days|
|5.||U-202||1 Mar 1942||Brest||26 Apr 1942||Brest||Patrol 5,||57 days|
|6.||U-202||27 May 1942||Brest||25 Jul 1942||Brest||Patrol 6,||60 days|
|6 patrols, 236 days at sea|
Ships hit by Hans-Heinz Linder
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|27 Aug 1941||U-202||Ladylove||230||br|
|11 Sep 1941||U-202||Scania||1,999||sw||SC-42|
|3 Nov 1941||U-202||Flynderborg||2,022||br||SC-52|
|3 Nov 1941||U-202||Gretavale||4,586||br||SC-52|
|22 Mar 1942||U-202||Athelviscount (d.)||8,882||br||ON-75|
|1 Apr 1942||U-202||Loch Don||5,249||br|
|22 Jun 1942||U-202||Rio Tercero||4,864||ar|
|1 Jul 1942||U-202||City of Birmingham||5,861||am|
7 ships sunk (24,811 tons) and 1 ship damaged (8,882 tons).