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).
|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.