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Günther Heydemann

Günther Heydemann

German World War II U-boat commander
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Occupations Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Countries Germany
Gender male
Birth January 11, 1914 (Greifswald)
Death January 2, 1986 (Hamburg)
Günther Heydemann
The details

Günther Heydemann (11 January 1914 in Greifswald – 2 January 1986 in Hamburg-Wedel) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.
Prior to taking command of U-575, Heydemann made two war patrols as watch officer on board U-69 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Jost Metzler.

Summary of career

As commander of U-575 Günther Heydmann is credited with the sinking of eight ships for a total of 48,920 gross register tons (GRT).

Ships attacked

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
2 October 1941 Tuva  Netherlands 4,652 Sunk
16 April 1942 Robin Hood  United States 6,887 Sunk
4 July 1942 Norlandia  United States 2,689 Sunk
9 July 1942 Empire Explorer  United Kingdom 5,345 Sunk
18 July 1942 Comrade  United Kingdom 69 Sunk
18 July 1942 Glacier  United Kingdom 75 Sunk
18 July 1942 San Gaspar  United Kingdom 12,910 Damaged
29 July 1942 Abosso  United Kingdom 11,330 Sunk
25 January 1943 City of Flint  United States 4,963 Sunk


  • Wehrmacht Long Service Award 4th Class (1 April 1937)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (17 September 1939)
    • 1st Class (12 April 1941)
  • U-boat War Badge (1939) (12 April 1941)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 3 July 1943 Kapitänleutnant and commander of U-575
  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-575". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 364.
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 226.
  • Scherzer 2007, p. 389.

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