Amelung von Varendorff

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 35)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  20 Dec 1913 Kiel
Died  31 Jul 1942(28)North Atlantic

Oblt. Amelung von Varendorff


5 Apr 1935 Offiziersanwärter
25 Sep 1935 Seekadett
1 Jul 1936 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1939 Oberleutnant zur See


  Iron Cross 2nd Class
  U-boat War Badge 1939

U-boat Commands

U-213 30 Aug 1941 31 Jul 1942  (+)  3 patrols (120 days) 

Oberleutnant z. See Amelung von Varendorff was 2nd Watch Officer (II WO) on U-47 when the U-boat made its successful raid on the British base at Scapa Flow. He left the boat before U-47 went on her last patrol.

He died on the third patrol of U-213 when the boat was sunk by depth charges from HMS Erne, HMS Sandwich and HMS Rochester (L 50) during a convoy operation against OS-35. (Niestlé, 1998)


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 Amelung von Varendorff

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-213 24 Jan 1942  Kiel  25 Jan 1942  Helgoland   2 days
2. U-213 26 Jan 1942  Helgoland  20 Mar 1942  Brest  Patrol 1,54 days
3. U-213 23 Apr 1942  Brest  24 Apr 1942  Lorient   2 days
4. U-213 25 Apr 1942  Lorient  20 Jun 1942  Lorient  Patrol 2,57 days
5. U-213 20 Jun 1942  Lorient  21 Jun 1942  Brest   2 days
6. U-213 23 Jul 1942  Brest  31 Jul 1942  Sunk  Patrol 3,9 days
3 patrols, 120 days at sea

About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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