Oberleutnant zur See (Crew X/39)
2 ships sunk, total tonnage 8,371 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 750 GRT
|Born ||15 Jun 1910|| ||Löbejün, Saalkreis|
|Died ||1 Nov 1991||(81)|
Oblt. Heinrich Niemeyer
|16 Sep 1939|| ||Offiziersanwärter|
|1 Jul 1940|| ||Fähnrich zur See|
|1 Jul 1941|| ||Oberfähnrich zur See|
|1 Mar 1942|| ||Leutnant zur See|
|1 Feb 1944|| ||Oberleutnant zur See|
|U-547 ||18 Apr 1944 ||31 Dec 1944 || 2 patrols (142 days) |
|U-1233 ||15 Apr 1945 ||5 May 1945 || No war patrols |
Heinrich Niemeyer joined the Kriegsmarine in 1939. He served in the 15. Vorpostenbootflottille (Flak boat flotilla) 1940-42, and then underwent U-boat training Sep 1942 - Sep 1943, afterwards serving as I WO (1st Watch Officer) on U-515 (Henke) for a year. He then took over command of U-547 from Frgkpt. Kurt Sturm, which was, like U-515, a type IXC/40 U-boat.
After commanding U-547
between Apr - Oct 1944 (three patrols, three sinkings, total tonnage 9,121), Oblt. Niemeyer was intended to take command of the new type XXI
Elektro U-boat Elektro boat U-3532
being built at Schichau, Danzig.
The boat was not commissioned, but Niemeyer sailed from Hela with refugees from the oncoming Russian forces on 11 March 1945, arriving at Kiel the next day (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Niemeyer afterwards took command of U-1233 (Kuhn), another Type XIC/40 boat, from April 1945 until Germany's capitulation on 5 May, when he surrendered her at Baring Bay near Frederica, Denmark.
Patrol info for Heinrich Niemeyer
| ||U-boat ||Departure
||Arrival|| || ||
||30 Apr 1944 ||Lorient
||11 Aug 1944 ||Bordeaux
||Patrol 1,||104 days||
||23 Aug 1944 ||Bordeaux
||29 Sep 1944 ||Marviken
||Patrol 2,||38 days||
||1 Oct 1944 ||Marviken
||4 Oct 1944 ||Flensburg
|| ||4 days||
|2 patrols, 142 days at sea||
Ships hit by Heinrich Niemeyer
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.