WWI U-boat commanders

Wolfgang Steinbauer

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 4/08)

50 ships sunk with a total of 172,771 GRT
1 warship sunk with a total of 11,100 tons
11 ships damaged with a total of 42,080 GRT
1 warship damaged with a total of 18,400 tons

Born:6 May 1888 Strassburg, Elsass 
Died:27 Jan 1978 Köln 

Wolfgang Steinbauer


27 Sep 1911Leutnant zur See
19 Sep 1914Oberleutnant zur See
28 Apr 1918Kapitänleutnant


Iron Cross 2nd class
Iron Cross 1st class
Military Merit Order (Bayern)
9 Jan 1917Hausorden von Hohenzollern
3 Mar 1918Pour le Mérite

U-boat Commands

UB 474 Jul 1916 - 31 Mar 1917
UB 4811 Jun 1917 - 28 Oct 1918


Was awarded the Pour le Mérite for outstanding leadership and distinguished naval planning and successful submarine operations. During the previous 16 months on war patrol he sank a total of 49 enemy vessels which represented a loss of approximately 170.000 BRT.

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Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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