WWI U-boat commanders

Wilhelm Smiths

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 4/06)

Successes
5 ships sunk with a total of 996 GRT

Born:27 Nov 1886 Meyrich 
Died:22 Mar 1954 Bremen 

Wilhelm Smiths

Ranks

1 Apr 1906 Seekadett
6 Apr 1907 Fähnrich zur See
30 Sep 1909 Leutnant zur See
19 Sep 1912 Oberleutnant zur See
See below Kapitänleutnant
23 Aug 1920 Out of naval service.

Decorations

 Iron Cross 2nd class

U-boat Commands

UB 525 Mar 1915 - 21 Sep 1916
UB 267 Jan 1916 - 5 Apr 1916

Notes

Prisoner of war April 5, 1916. Smiths was promoted to Kapitänleutnant on January 30, 1920 with a seniority date of April 26, 1917, the date he would otherwise have been promoted to Kapitänleutnant had he not been captured.

After the war, Smiths became the German Consul in Messina and managed a company of production of agrumes essences.

Media links


Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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