Hubert Nordheimer

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)

1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,920 tons

Born  3 Feb 1917 Mirschkowitz, Silesia
Died  2 May 1997(80)Eckernförde, Germany


3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 May 1937 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1943 Kapitänleutnant


  Iron Cross 2nd Class
  Iron Cross 1st Class
  U-boat War Badge 1939

U-boat Commands

U-237 31 Jan 1943 26 May 1943   No war patrols 
U-990 28 Jul 1943 25 May 1944   4 patrols (68 days) 
U-2512 10 Oct 1944 7 May 1945   No war patrols 

Hubert Nordheimer joined the Kriegsmarine in 1936, and was part of the Olympia Crew. He served as a Cadet training officer on the light cruiser Emden Dec 1939 - Sept 1940. He then went through U-boat training until March 1941. From April to May 1941 he was assigned to U-boat construction familiarization (Baubelehrung) for the new type VIIC U-boat U-206 under construction at Kiel (Busch & Röll, 1999).

Upon commission of U-206 by Oblt. Herbert Opitz on 17 May 1941 Nordheimer served as 1st Watch Officer (I WO) until the following October (Busch & Röll, 1999). He went on two patrols in the North Atlantic during which three ships totalling 4,208 tons were sunk.

Sharing a joke. From left; Oblt. Ernst Witendorff, WO Burchard, Kptlt. Hubert Nordheimer.

Nordheimer went through further training from Oct to Dec 1941 and then served as a Training Officer with the 2nd ULD at Gotenhafen until Dec 1942 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

In Dec 1942 Nordheimer was assigned to another Baubelehrung course, this time to prepare him for his own command, the new type VIIC U-237. He commissioned the boat on 30 Jan 1943 and then began working up boat and men in the Baltic (Busch & Röll, 1999). U-237 was sunk during an American bombing raid on Kiel on 14 May 1943 (Niestlé, 1998). Nordheimer and his men were assigned to another new boat, the type VIIC U-990 on 28 July 1943 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

Nordheimer sailed in U-990 on four patrols from Jan to May 1944, all in the Arctic against convoys to Russia (Busch & Röll, 1997).

The British destroyer HMS Mahratta sunk by U-990 (Nordheimer) on 24 Feb 1944.

Rescue of survivors from sister boat and eventual loss

On 24 May 1944 U-476 (Oblt. Niethmann) suffered crippling damage from an RAF Catalina (Sqdn 210/V) and the boat was scuttled (Niestlé, 1998). U-990 rescued 21 of the men, but 34 went down with their boat (Blair, 1998).

The men from U-476 had no better luck on U-990, as she was sunk the next day by another aircraft, this time a British B-24 Liberator (Sqdn 59/S). 20 died and 33 survived (Niestlé, 1998).

The German picket boat V 5901 rescued 51 men from the sinking of U-990, including 18 of U-476's crew (three died on U-990). Nordheimer survived, as did Niethmann, commander of U-476 . Both were sent to Germany to take command a new type of U-boat (Blair, 1998).

From July to Oct 1944 Nordheimer went through another Baubelehrung, this time for a revolutionary new type XXI Elektro U-boat Elektro boat. He commissioned U-2512 on 10 Oct 1944 and began training in the Baltic. The war ended before the boat was ready for active service, and Nordheimer scuttled U-2512 on 3 May 1945 at Eckernförde (Niestlé, 1998).

After the war he joined the Bundesmarine (Federal German Navy), and retired with the rank of Fregattenkapitän.


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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).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.

Patrol info for Hubert Nordheimer

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-990 22 Jan 1944  Kiel  23 Jan 1944  Marviken   2 days
2. U-990 26 Jan 1944  Marviken  28 Feb 1944  Hammerfest  Patrol 1,34 days
3. U-990 4 Mar 1944  Hammerfest  27 Mar 1944  Narvik  Patrol 2,24 days
4. U-990 31 Mar 1944  Narvik  5 Apr 1944  Narvik  Patrol 3,6 days
5. U-990 8 Apr 1944  Narvik  12 Apr 1944  Bergen   5 days
6. U-990 22 May 1944  Bergen  25 May 1944  Sunk  Patrol 4,4 days
4 patrols, 68 days at sea

Ships hit by Hubert Nordheimer

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
25 Feb 1944U-990 HMS Mahratta (G 23)1,920brJW-57

1 ship sunk (1,920 tons).

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U-Boat Attack Logs

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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

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