WWI U-boat commanders

Arthur Metz

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 4/08)

Successes
3 ships sunk with a total of 15,267 GRT

Born:25 Feb 1890  
Died:24 Apr 1916 off the coast of Flanders 


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Ranks

27 Sep 1911Leutnant zur See
19 Sep 1914Oberleutnant zur See

Decorations

U-boat Commands

UB 177 Feb 1916 - 9 Mar 1916
UB 1312 Mar 1916 - 24 Apr 1916 (+)

Notes

As the Swedish cargo ship Rumina was detoured on 23 Oct 1915 by U-17 (Kptlt. Hans Walther), Oberleutnant Arthur Metz from U-17 came on board Rumina to oversee and ensure that the ship reached the new ordained destination. On Oct 24th at 0200 hrs the ship struck a mine and sank. 6 crew died and the remaining crew of 10 plus the captain and Mr. Metz reached shore rowing about 5 hours later.

Arthur Metz arrived in the same evening to Visby, Gotland with the remaining crew, and was received by his countrymen. He took command of his own boat, the UB-17 in Feb 1916.

Source: article in the newspaper Gotlands Allehanda 23/10 1915.

Media links


Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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