Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 37b)
No ships sunk or damaged.
|Born ||17 Sep 1918|| ||Greifswald|
|9 Oct 1937||Offiziersanwärter|
|1 Apr 1939||Fähnrich zur See|
|1 Mar 1940||Oberfähnrich zur See|
|1 May 1940||Leutnant zur See|
|1 Apr 1942||Oberleutnant zur See|
|U-971 ||1 Apr 1943 ||24 Jun 1944 || 1 patrol (17 days) |
The Oswego, New York (USA) Palladium newspaper, July-Sept., 1959, interviewed Walter Zeplien, then 40 years old, who was captain of the German freighter Trahsorie of the Poseidon Line, out of Hamburg. According to his he became a merchant marine captain after the war.
Patrol info for Walter Zeplien
| ||U-boat ||Departure
||Arrival|| || ||
||21 May 1944 ||Kiel
||23 May 1944 ||Marviken
|| ||3 days||
||8 Jun 1944 ||Marviken
||24 Jun 1944 ||Sunk
||Patrol 1,||17 days||
Ships hit by Walter Zeplien
About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.