Erdmenger, Hans Otto

    Date of birth:
    October 29th, 1903 (Gersthofen/Bavaria, Germany)
    Date of death:
    December 28th, 1943 (Gulf of Biskaij, France)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Hans Otto Erdmenger entered service with the Reichsmarine in 1922. He served as Kommandant T-Boot "Jaguar", Kommandant Torpedoboot Z-21 "Wilhelm Heidkamp" and as Chef 8. Zerstörerflottille aboard the Z-27. in this last function he was killed in action on December 28th, 1943, when the ship was sunk by H.M.S. Enterprise at approximately 11W / 46N.

    Promotions:
    October 1st, 1923: Seeoffizier-Anwärter;
    April 1st, 1924: Fähnrich zur See;
    October 1st, 1926: Leutnant zur See;
    July 1st, 1928: Oberleutnant zur See;
    June 1st, 1934: Kapitänleutnant;
    January 1st, 1938: Korvettenkapitän;
    March 1st, 1942: Fregattenkapitän;
    June 1st, 1943: Kapitän zur See.

    Career:
    April 1st, 1922: 19. (Bayerische) Infanterie-Regiment;
    May 1st, 1923: II. Schiffsstammabteilung, Reichsmarine;
    ?: Segelschulschiff Niobe;
    July 2nd, 1924: Kreuzer Berlin;
    March 30th, 1924: Fähnrichs-Hauptlehrgang, Marineschule Mürwik;
    November 1st, 1925: Kreuzer Berlin;
    November 20th, 1926: Kreuzer Emden;
    January 1st, 1929: Torpedoboot Kondor, II. Torpedobootsflottille;
    November 5th, 1930: Stab, Befehlshaber der Linienschiffe;
    November 4th, 1932: Kompanieoffizier, Torpedo- und Nachrichtenschule, Flensburg-Mürwik;
    November 1st, 1935: Kommandant, Torpedoboot Jaguar;
    November 1st, 1936: Kommandant Torpedoboot Wolf;
    November 1st, 1937: Referent, Torpedo-Erprobungs-Kommando;
    March 14th, 1939: Baubelehrung, Zerstörer Z 21 "Wilhelm Heidkamp";
    June 10th, 1939: Kommandant Zerstörer Z 21 "Wilhelm Heidkamp";
    April 1940: Kommandant Marinebataillon Erdmenger;
    May 31st, 1940: Marinestation der Nordsee;
    June 2nd, 1940: Referent, Amtsgruppe Torpedowaffe, Oberkommando der Marine;
    July 22nd, 1941: Baubelehrung Zerstörer Z 28;
    August 9th, 1941: Kommandant Zerstörer Z 28;
    March 18th, 1942: Chef, 8. Zerstörerflottille.

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    Rank:
    Käpitanleutnant (Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    Kommandant, Torpedoboot Jaguar, Kriesmarine
    Awarded on:
    October 2nd, 1936
    Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  2. Klasse, 18 Jahre
    Period:
    Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)
    Rank:
    Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander)
    Unit:
    Kommandant, Zerstörer Z 21 (Wilhelm Heidkamp), 2. Zerstörerflottille, Kriegsmarine
    Awarded on:
    August 21st, 1939
    Period:
    Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)
    Rank:
    Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander)
    Unit:
    Kommandant, Zerstörer Z 21 (Wilhelm Heidkamp), 2. Zerstörerflottille, Kriegsmarine
    Awarded on:
    June 6th, 1939
    Spanienkreuz, Bronze mit Schwertern
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander)
    Unit:
    Kommandant, Zerstörer Z 21 (Wilhelm Heidkamp), 2. Zerstörerflottille, Kriegsmarine
    Awarded on:
    October 28th, 1939
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander)
    Unit:
    Kommandant, Zerstörer Z 21 (Wilhelm Heidkamp), 2. Zerstörerflottille, Kriegsmarine
    Awarded on:
    November 15th, 1939
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander)
    Unit:
    Kommandant, Zerstörer Z 21 (Wilhelm Heidkamp), 2. Zerstörerflottille, Kriegsmarine
    Awarded on:
    1940
    Zerstörer-Kriegsabzeichen
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander)
    Unit:
    Kommandant, Zerstörer Z 21 (Wilhelm Heidkamp), 2. Zerstörerflottille, Kriegsmarine
    Awarded on:
    1940
    Awarded for:
    Operation Weserübung Nord
    Narvikschild in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander)
    Unit:
    Kommandant, Zerstörer Z 21 (Wilhelm Heidkamp), 2. Zerstörerflottille, Kriegsmarine
    Awarded on:
    November 3rd, 1940
    Awarded for:
    Operation Weserübung Nord
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander)
    Unit:
    Referent, Amtsgruppe Torpedowaffe, Oberkommando der Marine, Kriegsmarine
    Awarded on:
    March 11th, 1941
    Ordine della Corona d'Italia - Ufficiale
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Kapitän zur See (Captain Royal Navy)
    Unit:
    Chef, 8. Zerstörerflottille, Kriegsmarine
    Awarded on:
    December 31st, 1943
    Wehrmachtbericht

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