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Let's have a look at the crew of U-281 - Heinz von Davidson

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Lady (Jenny, as far as I know we only have one female here on our forum) and Gentlemen,

 

Many years ago I was able to buy a photo-album that once belonged to Oberbootsmannsmaat Rudolf Karl Grüske who served on U-281.

There wasn't much information going with the photos.

Knowing that the former CO. of U-281 was still alive, I was happy to be able to make contact with him.

I made reproductions of the photos and asked him if he was able to help me with identifying his former crewmembers on the photos.

The results were really fantastic, so many crewmember names that I did receive back from him.

And not only names, but also a couple of photos and the best crew-list I have ever seen for a German Uboat as that list did even show on which war-patrols a crewmember was onboard.

 

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Btsmt. Rudolf Grüske, Seem.Nr.2, Wachtmeister

 

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Indienststellung U281,  Bremen-Vegesack 27.02.43 (Briefstempel “Uboote Nordsee”, Stempel   “Personliches Andenken”)

 

v.l.n.r.

  IIWO. ObFähnr.z.S. Erwin Schumacher

  IWO. Lt.zS. Hermann Neumeister

  Kmdt. Oblt.z.S. Heinz von Davidson

  LI. Lt.(Ing.) Hans-G Schwessinger

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Grüske

 

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Offiziere wie 2, (Rückseite wie 2) rechts daneben v.l.n.r.

 

E.Masch.Gefr. Ludwig Krieg

1.Fk.Mt Willi Rehmer

D.Ob.Masch. Werner König, dahinter Ob.Stm. Gerhard Spiering

 

 

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Uboot legt an d. Ubena.

 

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Kmdt Heinz von Davidson.

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LI. Lt.(Ing.) Schwessinger.

 

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Seem.Nr.1. Btsmt. Edmund Vollmer.

 

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E.Masch.Gefr. Heinz Höhmann, Eingang zum U-Raum von d. Zentrale.

Meine Zeichnung (=Grüske)

 

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Menage. v.r.n.l.

Matr.Gefr. Bruno Filipiak – Koch/Smut, B.Arzt Mar.Ob.Ass.Arzt Dr. Rüdiger Rohrbach, 2.Fk.Mt. Gerhard Schneider.

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Ob.Stm. Spiering beim Koppeln.

 

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Matr.Gefr. Max Schulz b. Deckspülen.

 

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"Skat", oben Btsmt. Grüske, unten Torp.Mech.Mt. Heinz Sonnenburg.

 

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Rudergänger  Matr.Gefr. Alois Rudnitzky beim einsteigen.

 

 

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Seem.Nr.3 Btsmt. Wilhelm Schmitz, Zeugdienst.

 

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E-Maschine, v.l.n.r

E.Masch.Mt. Franz Donner, E.Masch.Gefr. Walter Reiss, E.Ob.Masch. Herbert Schmitz, E.Masch.Gefr. Ludwig Krieg.

 

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Wie 17.

 

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"Skat" im U-Offz. Raum, v.l.n.r.

Torp.Mech.Mt. Sonnenburg, Btsmt. Vollmer, Zentrale Masch.Mt Heinz Penk, Fk.Mt. Schneider, Im Koje – Grüske.

 

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Unser Smut Matr.Gefr. Filipik in d. Kombüse.

 

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Pillau 1942/43.     Tauchretter.

 

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v.l.n.r.

Torp.Mech.Mt Sonnenburg, Btsmt. Schmitz, Torp.Mech.Gefr. Karl Brejcha, Fk.Mt. Rehmer,

Art.Mech.Gefr. Josef Mock, Matr.Gefr. Bernd Ingenhaag, Zentrale Masch.Gefr. Walter Krumeich –

vorne u.li. sehend (hinten Ingenhaag u. Krumeich steht Grüske), Torp.Mech.Gefr. Heinz Ehnert.

Turm mit Stier, Spinne Emblem auf Mütze.

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Ob.Stm. Spiering     Tauch Probe.

 

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v.l.n.r. auf Wache Torp.Mech.Gefr. Ehnert, Btsmt. Grüske.

Pillau, “Pretoria”….O.diese Kalte.

 

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IWO. Schießt die Sonne      

Stehend - auf Wache Matr.Gefr. Hans Grossmann, Hela 1943

 

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Meldung Kmdt kommt auf die Brücke.

Da war doch ein Fisch zu sehen......

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Hello!

 

My friend Eric-Jan.

 

Always a pleasure to see nice KM items.This is the best Group I`ve seen since i began collecting.I especially like the photo showing the Pistol Holster.Thanks for sharing these with our Forum.

 

Best regards,Morten.

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Nicht auf U281, (U-62 ?) Nov.1942 Mittagspauze, v.l.n.r. FkMt Willi Metzger, Btsmt Grüske, Masch.Mt. Kuhu, Masch.Mt. Steinbach.

Oktober 42 “Klar beim Tauchretter, Alarm, einer Ubootfahrer” – Grüske.

 

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Grüske.

 

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U-62 taucht auf.

 

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Vorne v.l.n.r. IIWO.Lt.z.S. Schumacher, Kmdt Heinz von Davidson.

Hinten: Masch.Mt. Penk, Btsmt. Grüske.

 

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Febr. 1940.

Juli 1942.

 

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Stehend  v.l.n.r.

Btsmt. Vollmer, Torp.Mech.Mt. Sonnenburg, Btsmt. Schmitz, D.Masch.Mt. Heinz Neumann-Siegel, , E.Masch.Mt. Donner, 1.FkMt. Rehmer, Btsmt. Grüske.

Sitzend Mitte: 2.FkMt. Schneider.

Vorne l.: E.Masch.Mt. Erich Büdge, vorne r.: Zentrale Masch.Mt. Penk.      Unteroffiziere U281.

 

Tropenausgehanzug.

 

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Auch noch mit Pferd.

 

Portraits, nicht auf U-281.

 

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Photos I received from Heinz von Davidson

 

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Two from his time with Bordfliegerstaffel 1/196.

 

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The only known photo of U-281, showing the entire Uboat.

 

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A nice portrait photo of Heinz von Davidson, note his Luftwaffe Spange.

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It's like this: hard work equals incredible results! My friend EJ, you've done it again. Precise and complete revision on history about the crew of U-281. Huge, huge file that is most important to us WW2 fanatics! 

 

Thank you for taking the time to write it and sharing it here. 

 

:thumbsup:

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Another excellent, super researched and beautiful represented thread and source of information. Thanks for creating another valuable thread which makes HWMF what it is. I cannot add anything more, only I am so thankful. 

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I totally agree with Sepp.

 

Great photo's and text E-J.

 

Great images of the Arado's and i love the portrait of von Davidson wearing the Aufklarer spange.

 

Thanks for the effort here.

 

Regards,Martin.

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Eric-Jan

 

That is simply outstanding!

 

To be able to document the album in such a detailed, and totally verified manner, really is a achievement.

 

Excellent thread and excellent research!

 

 

Regards Richard.

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Gentlemen,

 

Morten, Agustin, Bart, Martin and Richard, I thank you all for your kind words.

 

It was a pleasure to post this thread here on our forum.

 

Many years ago the research did start, and with the help of the former commander Heinz von Davidson it did become a very interesting project giving those faces on the photos a name.

 

Many U-281 crewmembers are no longer with us, including Heinz von Davidson who died on May 25th, 2004.

 

May this thread be a tribute to the men of U-281.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Eric-Jan:

 

Hello my friend! Thank you for sharing U-281 crewman Rudolf Karl Grüske's photograph album with the Forum, absolutely fantastic acquisition.

 

Best regards,

John

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John,

 

My friend, thank you for your kind words.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Hello gentlmen! Thank you for the great thread Eric! I have much to add. First - U281 indienststellung small photo group 27.02.1943.

Each photo has such stamp on the reverse side.

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Also I want to show some Heinz von Davidson documents

1)Beobachterschein - he was in Bordfliegerstaffel 1./196

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2)His Marine regata fuehrerschein. Both in Beobachterschein and in fuehrerschein there is mistake in his name - Heinrich instead of Heinz

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3) And the most interesting - his Soldbuch! His award list is just outstandind - he had 5 spanges and 3 qualification badges!!!! :w00t:

http://en.ww2awards.com/person/50373#top

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Hi Dan,

 

Welcome aboard the HWMF.

Thank you for showing us your Heinz von Davidson material here on the forum.

During the contact that I did have with Herr von Davidson, it became known to me that the gentleman did still have his wartime material, but I never asked him what his future plans with his memorabilia were.

Only after his dead the material did surface up on the collectors market.

Congratulations with having these items in your collection.

Thank you for sharing them with us.

A fantastic addition to the U-281 thread.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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