Korvettenkapitän (Crew 33)
|Born||25 Dec 1913||Berlin-Charlottenburg|
|Died||12 Oct 1942||(28)||North Atlantic|
|U-6||Mar, 1941||Sep, 1941||No war patrols|
|U-597||20 Nov 1941||12 Oct 1942 (+)||2 patrols (78 days)|
Eberhard Bopst joined the Kreigsmarine in Sept 1933 and prior to transferring to the U-boat section served on the destroyers Georg Thiele (as 3rd Watch Officer, 1936-1937), Leberecht Maaß (1937-1938) and Bernd Von Arnim (Dec 1938-1940).
On the Bernd Von Arnim he saw action in the Spanish Civil War, receiving the Spanish Cross in Silver, and at the Battle of Narvik, receiving the Narvik Shield.
After the Norwegian campaign he returned to Germany, joining the U-boat arm in July 1940. His first command was U-6, a type IIA "duck" coastal boat, but he commissioned the type VIIC U-597 in Nov 1941. He went down with her when she was sunk with all hands by an RAF Liberator in Oct 1942.
He chose an edelweiss for the conning tower emblem on his boat, recalling childhood stays in the Bavarian Alps.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Eberhard Bopst
|1.||U-597||27 Jun 1942||Kiel||16 Aug 1942||Brest||Patrol 1,||51 days|
|2.||U-597||16 Sep 1942||Brest||12 Oct 1942||Sunk||Patrol 2,||27 days|
|2 patrols, 78 days at sea|
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