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U-35 Second Watch Officer Hans-Joachim ("Jonny") Roters

Jonny Roters was born on 07 October 1911 in Rastatt, and served in the merchant marine (Handelsmarine) from 1930 until 1935. He joined the Kriegsmarine on 01 April 1937 and was assigned to Crew 36 based on his experience.
The crew of U-35 in Spain. [44]
Jonny Roters is the tall officer, left center.
 
Hans-Bernhard Michalowski, Jonny Roters, and Werner Lott, on board U-35.

He was assigned POW Number 37424.

Prisoners of War being paraded on the streets of Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada:

Gerhard Stamer is the Naval Officer in the front row on the right, Rolf Dau (commander of U-42) is on the left, and Luftwaffe Major Massenbach is in the center; Heinz Erchen (U-35) and Jonny Roters are in the second and third rows, respectively. [4]

In the Gravenhurst POW camp, from left: Gerhard Stamer (U-35), Heinz Erchen (U-35), Hermann Beckmann (U-27), Albert Schrader (U-35), Werner Lott (U-35), Johannes Franz (U-27), Schilling (L.I. U-33), Hans Jenisch (U-32), Jonny Roters (U-35), Johannes Becker (U-33), Anton Thimm (LI, U-32), Fritz Erbshäuser (U-32), [unknown]. [76] The dog on the left was named "Hexe" (witch) and belonged to Jonny Roters; the dog on the right was named "Flaps" and belonged to Becker. [33]
 
U35U42.jpg (113746 bytes) U-35 and U-42 crewmembers assembled at a POW camp. Left to right: Gerhard Stamer (U-35), Heinz Erchen (U-35), Jonny Roters (U-35), Albert Schrader (U-35), Werner Lott (U-35), Rolf Dau (U-42), Siegfried Ludwig (U-42), Julius von Gosen (U-42), Otto Meye (U-42), Max Dünnebier (U-42). [53]
 
GrandeLigne1944.jpg (33662 bytes) U-35 crewmembers assembled at the Grande-Ligne POW camp in Quebec, Canada, 1944.
Back row, left to right: Gerhard Freier, Heinz Erchen, Jonny Roters, Gerhard Stamer, Paul Fichte
Front row (seated), left to right: Albert Schrader, Siegfried Kienast, Werner Lott, Peter Schwarz, Kurt Grosser. [33]

Jonny Roters was promoted to Oberleutnant zur See during captivity. After repatriation, he followed Siegfried Bruse to settle in North Bay, Ontario, Canada in 1952.
Siegfried Bruse and Jonny Roters in 1952. [20]
 
At the Bruse residence in 1973. Left picture: Front: Werner Lott and his wife Inge. Back: Siegfried Bruse and his wife Ingelore, Adelheid Grosser, Jonny Roters.
Right picture: Werner Lott, Jonny Roters, Kurt Grosser, Siegfried Bruse. [20]
At the Bruse residence in 1979: Seated, L-R: Irma Stamer, a fellow former POW, Jonny Roters. Standing, L-R: A fellow former POW, Siegfried Bruse, Gerhard Stamer. [20]
 
The 1980 reunion in Emden, Germany.
L-R: Albert Schrader, Jonny Roters, Friedrich-Wilhelm Vollmer, Willi Jacob, Paul Liebau, Heinz Pfeifer, Martin Müller, Gustav Horstkötter, Wilhelm Janssen, Werner Lott, Karl Sommerer, Erich Bartold May, Peter von der Helm, Gerhard Stamer. [55]

1982: Reunion in Neu�Ÿ on the Rhine, organized by Lucia and Erich Bartold May:
Photo: Augustusburg palace in Brühl. L-R: Inge Lott, Walter Konradt, Friedrich-Hermann Vollmer, Jonny Roters, Martha Konradt, unknown, Lucia May, Werner Lott, Charlotte Vollmer, Grete Balke, Wilhelm Silbernagel (guest), Mrs. Silbernagel, Änne Horstkötter Gustav Horstkötter, Karen (girlfriend of Jonny Roters), Albert Göbel (guest), unknown, Erich Bartold May, Inge Pfeifer, Heinz Pfeifer, Peter von der Helm, Martin Müller, Mrs. Schwarz, Maria Weigand, unknown, Willi Jacob, unknown, Johannes Weigand. [54]


Jonny Roters passed away on 06 October 1987.

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