Dipl. Ing. Willi Lechtenbörger
Kapitänleutnant (Ing.) der Reserve
|Born||02 February, 1914||Bottrop/ Westfalen|
|Died||27 August, 1943||Middle Atlantic|
Maschinist Willi Lechtenbörger
10/09/1940 : Iron Cross 2nd class (EK II)
21/05/1941 : Iron Cross 1st class (EK I)
30/09/1942 : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (29)
04/09/1943 : Knights Cross (99)
13/03/1938 Maschinenmaat der Reserve
13/08/1938 Maschinist der Reserve
27/09/1939 Leutnant (Ing.) der Reserve
01/11/1941 Oberleutnant (Ing.) der Reserve
13/07/1944 Kapitänleutnant (Ing.) der Reserve (posthumous)
|U-60||IIC||LI; 3 patrols, 52 days *||08.40 - 10.40|
|U-201||VIIC||LI; 7 patrols, 235 days *||01.41 - 09.42|
|U-847||IX D2||LI; 1 patrol, 43 days *||01.43 - 08.43|
Willi Lechtenböger on board
Until the begin of the war Willi Lechtenbörger served only in some reserve courses. From February 1940 he got an U-boat training and became in August 1940 the chief engineer (LI) on U-60 under the command of Oblt. Schnee, the later Oak Leaves holder.
He left the U-boat along with his commander and they commissioned in January 1941 the type VIIC U-boat U-201. On seven patrols, mostly in the North Atlantic, he contributed with his technical knowledge to the great successes of the U-201.
In September 1942 he left U-201 and became in January 1943 the LI on the newly commissioned U-847. The U-boat, under the command of Kptlt. Kuppisch, was lost with all hands on the first patrol when it was sunk in August 1943 by US aircraft.
Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Bootwaffe
Band 2. K - Z
Biblio-Verlag, Osnabrück, 1989