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Date: Thursday, 20 April 1944
Place: La Pallice, La Rochelle, Bay of Biscay, France
Some of the brave crew of the type IX D2 German submarine U-198 (commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Burkhard Heusinger von Waldegg) before her second war patrol at La Pallice, France, 20 April 1944. From left to right: unknown; Obermaschinist Otto Pick (17 March 1913 - 12 August 1944), DKiG 22 December 1943; unknown; Obermaschinist Hans Gottermeyer (29 December 1916), DKiG 22 December 1943; and another unknown. The two friends Otto Pick and Hans Gottermeyer both served together on U-103, and again on U-198, Hans was Diesel-Obermaschinist and Otto Engine-Obermaschinist, after U-198's first war patrol both received the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (German Cross in Gold). Due to skin problems (contained during the first war patrol) Hans couldn't join U-198 on her second war patrol. U-198 was then sunk on 12 August 1944 near the Seychelles, in position 03.35S, 52.49E, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Findhorn and the Indian sloop HMIS Godavari. 66 dead (all hands lost), but Hans Gottermeyer survived the war!
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