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Oberleutnant.Ing. Heinz Clemens served on U-79 (promoted to Kapitänleutnant.Ing. while being a POW).

He made all the 6 war patrols of U-79.

Under command of Kapitänleutnant Wolfgang Kaufmann she was able to sink 3 ships, the Norwegian steam ship Havtor, the Dutch motor tanker Tibia damaged, British steam merchant Kellwyn, the British gunboat HMS Gnat (T 60) a total loss - beached.

 

U-79 was sunk 23.12.1941 in the Mediterranean north of Sollum, in position 32.15N, 25.19E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Hasty and HMS Hotspur.

The entire crew of 44 members did survive.

 

As a Prisoner of War Heinz Clemens did end up in No. 40 Internment Camp, Farnham, Quebec, Canada (Post Office Ottawa).

Farnham Camp re-opened as an internment camp on April 18, 1942 with the arrival of 597 enemy merchant seamen.

Prisoners left for the UK on May 22 1946 and the camp closed on June 17, 1946.

 

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Fregattenkapitän Wilhelm Dommes.

 

Kommandant U-431.

Kommandant U-178.

Ritterkreuz 2.12.1942.

 

1.3.1944 - 2.1.1945 Stützpunktleiter Penang (in Malaya)

3.1.1945 - 8.5.1945 Stützpunktleiter Shonan (= Singapore) und Chef der Marinestützpunkte (U-Boote) in Südostasien.

 

9.51945 - 1.10.1947

Japanese internment until 9.45, then British war captivity in Singapore and Great Britain.

POW Camp 23 Sudbury - Derby and POW Camp 200 II Llanover Park.

 

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Wilhelm Dommes is shown standing in the middle of the back row.

 

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Llanover Park POW Camp no 200 was situated at Llanover, Abergavenny Monmouthshire, in South Wales.

In 1944, before it became a POW Camp, the site was used by Amercan Troops who were training for the D-Day landings, they were to land on Utah Beach.

After they departed for Utah Beach the Camp was designated Pow Camp 200 and was used to accomodate both German and Italian prisoners.

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Agustin, John, Alberto and Bart, Gentlemen and friend, thank you for your kind replies.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Hello,

 

I want to add a very early letter from the commander of U 27, Oberleutnant zur See Johannes Franz, written from "POW Camp 1" to the former commander of the boat, Korvettenkapitän Hans Ibbeken. With a very interesting text, because Oberleutnant zur See Johannes Franz mentions the problems with his torpedos! Maybe someone can translate the text into english? Unfortunately, my english is not good enough.

A good addition to Eric-Jans post # 69, with the letter from Oberleutnant zur See Hermann Beckmann, served as 2.W.O. on U 27.

 

Best regards,

 

collani

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Hello,

 

today I want to add some interesting POW photos and documents from the estate of the former commander of U-516,

Oberleutnant z.S. Friedrich Petran. He was a prisoner of war in the Camp 18 at Featherstone Park, Haltwhistle,

Northumberland, P.O.W. No. B 132112

 

Oberleutnant z.S. Petran studied construction industry / civil engineer (Baulehre/ Bauingenieur) in the Camp.

Please note that the Camp administration uses captured German POW study booklets! I´ve never heard that

American or British prisoners could study in German captivity?

 

The first photo shows him as first watch officer on U-178.

 

Best regards,

 

Wolfgang

 

 

 

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Wolfgang,

 

Thank you for your fine contribution to this POW thread.

Very detailed and informative.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Dieter Edmund Bönisch.

02.10.1920.

UN.4775/40.S.

MtrOGfr.01.04.1942.

BtsMt.01.11.1943.

 

U-653, seven war patrols (not the two last war patrols)

U-427.

 

- Uboot Badge.31.03.1942.(U-653)

- E.K.2.08.07.1942.(U-653)

- E.K.1.17.09.1943.(U-653)

- Bronze Uboot Clasp.27.09.1944.

- Silver Uboot Clasp.11.05.1945.(U-427)

 

Letter to him.

Dated : 11.02.1946.

POW.

Camp : 106

POW Camp Stampford-Lines Great-Britain.

POW.NO. 202530

 

Camp : 106

Stamford Camp, Empingham Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England.

Standard type camp.

 

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Internment Camp 133.

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Base Post Office Ottawa, Canada.

 

November 1944.

 

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Internment Camp 133.

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Base Post Office Ottawa, Canada.

 

July 1943.

 

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Eric JB and Collani:

 

Hello gentlemen! Nice updates to topic, thank you for sharing with the Forum.

 

Best regards,

John

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Letter dated 29.10.1944 from Vienna Austria to Kapitänleutnant Siegfried Sterzing POW in Papago Park, prisoner of war camp, facility located in Papago Park in the eastern part of Phoenix, Arizona.

It consisted of five compounds, four for enlisted men and one for officers.

Sterzing did receive the letter on 30.1.1945.

German censorship stamp to be seen under his name.

US censorship strip removed from the left side.

 

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Sterzing was the I.WO on U-128.

U-128 was a successful boat with 12 ships sunk, total tonnage 83,639 GRT.

Sunk 17 May 1943 in the South Atlantic south of Pernambuco, in approximate position 10.00S, 35.35W, by gunfire from the US destroyers USS Moffett, USS Jouett and depth charges from two Mariner aircraft (Sqdn VP-74/P-6/P-5). 7 dead and 47 survivors.

 

Taken from :

REPORT ON THE

INTERROGATION OF SURVIVORS FROM U-128

SUNK ON MAY 17, 1943

 

 

"The commanding officer, Oberleutnant Hermann Steinert, was on his first patrol as a commander. He belongs to the 1936 term, and since most of his comrades of the same term have by now been promoted to Kapitänleutnant it may be assumed that his promotion to this rank will take place shortly. Nothing whatever is known about his previous career except that he has been in the U-boat arm for some time, probably serving as executive officer.

His experience, however, was not such that it inspired much confidence in his crew, who considered him overcautious.

His attitude towards the interrogating officers was always correct and polite, but, as his security consciousness was somewhat exaggerated, relations were not so cordial as with his executive officer" (= Sterzing)

 

"Kapitänleutnant Siegfried Sterzing, executive officer on U-128, though of the same term as his commanding officer (= indeed Sterzing was from the Crew of 1936), outranked him due to a

promotion received on the last patrol.
It was conceded, however, that Oberleutnant Steinert had more experience on U-boats, and there was no evidence of any conflict due to the peculiar situation created by Sterzing’s promotion.
The latter was found to be a pleasant and amiable officer.
In spite of the fact that he displayed strong leanings towards the Nazi doctrines, he was able to discuss the war as well as the political situation in a matter-of-fact manor.
His level of security consciousness was high but not carried to the extreme his commanding officer’s was.
Sterzing had come to U-128 as second officer about the end of August or early September 1942, in time for the fourth patrol; he remained in this capacity on the fifth patrol and was promoted to executive officer on the sixth and last patrol.
He had previously served on minesweepers, after carrying out the usual training periods in various types of surface ships. (O.N.I. Note: He has been reported as at Gotenhafen in April 1942.)"
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Kapitänleutnant Heinz Hungershausen.

 

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5.12.1916 Marburg/Lahn.

Crew 36, Kapitänleutnant 1.10.1943.

Zugführer 5.S.St.A., 4.1939 - 1.1940.

WO. und Kdt. M-15, 2.1940 - 9.1941.

U-Bootsausbildung 9.1941 - 3.1942.

WO. U-128, 3.1942 - 2.1943.

Kdt.Lehrgang, 24.U-Flottille, 2.1943 - 3.1943 (42.K.S.L.)

Lehrer S.A.S., 3.1943 - 4.1943.

Kdt. U-91, 20.4.1943 - 26.2.1944.

 

Sunk 25 Feb 1944 in Northern Atlantic, in position 49.45N, 26.20W by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Affleck, HMS Gore and HMS Gould. 36 dead and 16 survivors.

 

Taken from the interrogation report :

 

"Kapitänleutnant HEINZ HUNGERSHAUSEN, twenty-seven years of age, is a native of Marburg.

His brother, WALTER, also commanded a U-Boat which has been sunk.

HUNGERSHAUSEN had been in minesweepers and before joining U.91 he served in U.128 until January, 1943.

He impressed his interrogators rather favorably as a man of some education and considerable personal charm.

His mind, however, had succumbed to Nazi doctrines and through consequent lack of use, had become vague and unreliable.

He was well liked by his men, although some of them criticized him as lacking in aggression and being much to cautions to be a successful U-Boat commander.

He stated that he disliked the U-Boat Arm, and preferred serving in surface ships."

 

POW. 26.2.1944.

Camp No. 15.

POW. No. 103281.

 

POW card written to his wife on 19.6.1944.

 

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Camp No. 15 did have two locations.

- Shap Wells Camp, Cumberland, England, Country Hotel.

- Donaldsons School Camp, West Coates, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.

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Kapitänleutnant Mar.OAss.Arzt d.R. Dr. Erich Seehausen.

 

6.1.1915.

 

Mentioned as Marineoberstabsarzt in the Allied report on U-91.

It says that Seebacher was not interrogated.

 

In his own hand written on the POW card with the rank of Marinestabsarzt.

 

Surgeon-Lieutenant Dr. Erich Seehausen served as boat doctor on U-91 under command of Kapitänleutnant Heinz Hungerhausen (see post # 94 for further information)

 

POW card written to the wife of Kapitänleutnant Heinz Hungershausen, Liesl Hungershausen, 29.9.1946.

He writes among other things that his father died in March 1944 and that in January 1945 his wife while fleeing was shot dead by the Russians, I have lost everything......

 

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POW. 26.2.1944.

Address on card : 651 P.W. Work Coy. Donnington, Wellington.

Camp No. 651, South Camp, Donnington, Wellington, Shropshire, England.

POW. No. 59369.

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Kapitänleutnant Heinz Hungershausen.

 

(see post # 94 for further information)

 

He was later transferred to another POW camp.

 

POW card written to his wife on 7.11.1946.

 

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Camp No. 17, Lodge Moor Camp, Redmires Road, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.

Pre-First World War army camp.

Capacity substantially increased by the provision of tented accomodation.

Guarded by double wire perimeter fences and watch towers.

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Kapitänleutnant Mar.OAss.Arzt d.R. Dr. Erich Seehausen.

 

In his own hand written on the POW card with the rank of Marinestabsarzt.

 

Surgeon-Lieutenant Dr. Erich Seehausen served as boat doctor on U-91 under command of Kapitänleutnant Heinz Hungerhausen (see post # 94 for further information)

 

POW card written to the wife of Kapitänleutnant Heinz Hungershausen, Liesl Hungershausen, 29.9.1946.

He writes among other things that his father died in March 1944 and that in January 1945 his wife while fleeing was shot dead by the Russians, I have lost everything......

 

Very sad.. 

 

Excellent information you share with all of us EJ! We learn so much from threads like these. 

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Hi Agustin,

 

Thank you for you kind words my friend.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Internment Camp 133.

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Base Post Office Ottawa, Canada.

 

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Alfons Bieke.

Masch.Maat.

 

Born : 7. September 1920.

Died : 1983.

 

He served on U-458 under command of Kapitänleutnant Kurt Diggins.

U-458 was able to sink two ships, total tonnage 7,584 GRT.

Sunk 22 Aug 1943 in the Mediterranean south-east of Pantelleria, Italy, in position 36.25N, 12.39E, by depth charges from the British escort destroyer HMS Easton and the Greek escort destroyer Pindos.

8 dead and 39 survivors.

 

Bieke became a POW in Egypt.

a.o. Camp 306 Fayid / Bitter lake.

Couldn't find any information for Camp 313.
 

The big camps were mainly located at the Bitter lake area; from Suez to Ismailia and a bit to the west into desert as well.

Further some camps were nearby Alexandria and Cairo.

The labor camps were located in the neighborhood of the main camps nearby the Suez channel - the emphasis of the labor service companies.

 

Unlike to the soldiers of the Africa Corps who were fit for the tropics, the soldiers who were taken prisoner in Italy, Greece and it's islands, had heavy difficulties with the climate in Egypt.

Hot winch and sandstorms in spring, great heat in summer and severe cold in the winter impaired life in the strange climate.

 

In general the prisoners stayed in tents.

They improved them by their self to make it domestic.

For Officers were some huts made from loam available.

The bed consisted of a palliasse and two blankets or three blankets in winter.

 

Nowhere the morals of the prisoners were as bad than in Egypt.

The reasons for the suicides and a lot of cases of intellectual illness can be found in the climatic conditions only.

 

No. 313 Prisoner of War Camp, Egypt.

 

3. October 1943.

 

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