The Crew of U 480
 

U-480 CREW

List courtesy of Laboe Naval Museum in Kiel Germany.





Karl Blume - MaschOGfr - 19.03.1924 - 24.02.1945


Herbert Braun - ? - 24.02.1945


Hans Burghardt - FkOGfr - 12.05.1923 - 24.02.1945


Karl Eckleben - MtrHGfr - 02.06.1921 - 24.02.1945


Konrad Eichner - MtrOGfr - 05.02.1925 - 24.02.1945


Richard Faust - MtrOGfr - 12.02.1923 - 24.02.1945


Hans-joachim Förster - OLt.z.W - 20.02.1920 - 24.02.1945


Johann Gerhardter - MrfHGfr - 12.05.1923 - 24.02.1945


Hans-Rudolf Haas - MechOGfr - 30.09.1924 - 24.02.1945


Erich Haltner - Olt. z.S - 20.10.1922 - 24.02.1945


Jörg Haring - BtsMt - 18.06.1921 - 24.02.1945


Anton Heuser - MtrOGfr - 03.06.1921 - 24.02.1945


Otto hollube - FkGfr - 23.07.1925 - 24.02.1945


Hans Imhof - MaschOGfr - 23.02.1925 - 24.02.1945


Hans Körber - MaschMr - 08.06.1921 - 24.02.1945


Kurt Krause - MaschGfr - 01.11.1925 - 24.02.1945


Hermann Kuhn - SanMt - 21.04.1923 - 24.02.1945


Wilmelm Küppers - MaschOGfr - 06.12.1923 - 24.02.1945


Karl-Heinz Lange - BrsMt - 04.08.1923 - 24.02.1945


Herbert Laurenz - MechGfr - 06.09.1925 - 24.02.1945


Horst Lösken - MechMt - 13.10.1922 - 24.02.1945


Hermann Mittendorf - MaschOGfr - 02.10.1924 - 24-02-1945


Hans Morgner - MaschMt - 16.06.1921 - 24.02.1945


Helmut Müller - FkMt - 03-05-1921 - 24-02-1945


Karl-Heinz Müller - OLt.ing - 17-01-1923 - 24-02-1945


Friedhelm Neumann - Mtr - 13-10-1926 - 24-02-1945


Walter oppermann - MaschMt - 31-12-1919 - 24-02-1945


Georg Ortseifen - MaschMt - 10-11-1920 - 24-02-1945


Heinz Otto - Mtr - 07-09-1926 - 24-02-1945


Josef Parzmair - FkMt - 24-07-1926 - 24-02-1945


Heinz Pluta   ? - 24.01.1945


Karl-Heinz Riphahn  - Olt.z.S -? -24.02.1945


Peter Ripke - Lt.z.S - 08-04-1923 - 24-02-1945


Horst Rösner - ? - Still alive as of 2009 *


Heinz Scheidemantel - OStrm - 16-08-1918 - 24-02-1945


Johann Schmidt - MtrOGfr - 27-04-1923 - 24-02-1945



Rank description in British

equivalence supplied

by Klaus Schroeder




MaschOGfr  - Maschinenobergefreiter 

Stoker, 1st Class

MaschGfr  - Maschinengefreiter

Stoker, 2nd class

FkOGrf - Funk-Obergefreiter  

Telegraphist

FkGfr - Funkgefreiter 

Ordinary Telegraphist, 1st Class

FkMt  - Funkmaat

Ordinary Telegraphist, 2nd Class

MtrHGfr - Matrosenhauptgefreiter 

Seaman-First class

MtrOGfr- Matrosenobergefreiter

Able Seaman

MtrGfr - Matrosengefreiter

Ordinary Seaman, 1st Class

OLt.z.S - Oberleutnant zur See

Lieutenant

OLt.ing - Oberleutnant Ingenieur 

Lieutanant (Engineer Officer)

Lt.z.S  - Leutnant zur See 

Sub-Lieutenant

Mech OGfr - Mechanikerobergefreiter        Artificer, 1st Class

MechMt- Mechanikersmaat

P.O. Artificer, 2nd Class

BtsMt- Bootsmannsmaat 

Boatswain's Mate, 2nd Class

StMt - Sanitätermaat

Medic Mate

Mtr- Matrose 

Seaman

OStrm- Obersteuermann

Chief Q.M., 1st Class

Alois Schmied - MtrOGfr - 23-07-1923 - 24-02-1945


Heinz Schmitt - MtrOGfr - 26-07-1923 - 24-02-1945


Gerard Schulz - OMasch - 23-02-1917 - 24-02-1945


Theodor Schwab - MaschOGfr - 23-07-1924 - 24-02-1945


Alfred Spalt - OMasch - 11-05-1916 - 24-02-1945


Heinz Steffens - MtrOGfr - 16-01-1925 - 24-02-1945


Reinhold Steichele - MtrGfr - 17-08-1926 - 24-02-1945


Herbert Steldermann - MtrOGfr - 18-12-1924 - 24-02-1945


Rudolf Thiel - MaschOGfr - 01-01-1923 - 24-02-1945


Fritz Thiemke - MtrOGfr - 02-09-1923 - 24-02-1945


Hermann Wesener - BtsMt - 14-01-1924 - 24-02-1945


Xaver Wiedermann - MaschOGfr - 18-09-1924 - 24-02-1945


Friedrich Wirth - MaschOGfr - 07-05-1924 - 24-02-1945


Oskar Wolfrum - MaschOGfr - 17-04-1924 - 24-02-1945


*Horst Rösner is the only surviving crewman of U480. As fate would have it he chose not to board U480 on its final departure due to a premonition and his own superstition as while they were having repairs done to her hull a woman was allowed on board to tour the vessel.  Old maritime traditions of bad omens if a woman should set foot on board a ship before they set sail caused Horst to decline his post with U480 and went on to serve his country on another vessel, thus missing the fate of his fellow crewmen.