WWI U-boat commanders

Ralph Wenninger

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 4/07)

Successes
98 ships sunk with a total of 102,638 GRT
7 ships damaged with a total of 27,849 GRT
1 ship taken as prize with a total of 0 GRTNo ships sunk or damaged

Born:22 Apr 1890  
Died:13 Mar 1945 Italy 

Ralph Wenninger

Ranks

3 Apr 1907 Seekadett
21 Apr 1908 Fähnrich zur See
28 Sep 1910 Leutnant zur See
27 Sep 1913 Oberleutnant zur See
16 Nov 1917 Kapitänleutnant
1 Apr 1926 Korvettenkapitän

Decorations

 Iron Cross 2nd class
 Iron Cross 1st class
 Military Merit Order (Bavaria)
29 Mar 1916  Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
30 Mar 1918  Pour le Mérite
1918 or later  Hanseatic Cross

U-boat Commands

UB 114 Mar 1915 - 10 Mar 1915
UB 174 May 1915 - 6 Feb 1916
UB 1716 Apr 1916 - 27 Jun 1916
UC 1723 Jul 1916 - 21 May 1917
UB 551 Jul 1917 - 22 Apr 1918

Notes

Wenninger joined the U-boat force in December 1914. He first served on the UB 17 from 4 May 1915 on, then on UC 17 from 23 July 1916 and took command of UB 55 on 1 July 1917.

In November 1917 he was promoted to Kptlt. and on 30 March 1918 he was awarded the Pour le Mérite. He became a prisoner of war with a part of his crew on 22 April 1918 after UB 55 hit a mine in the Dover Barrage while running underwater. Between 15 and 20 men escaped from the sinking submarine, but only 8 were found alive by the British trawler Mate. One of the men died on the ship while being transported to Dover.

Wenninger remained in the navy and joined the Luftwaffe on 1 March 1935 as a Oberst, even became General der Flieger on the 1st November 1940. He died in Italy under unknown circumstances on the 13 March 1945.

He sank a total of 97 merchant vessels or 100.306 BRT.

Ships hit by Ralph Wenninger

DateU-boat Name of shipTonsNat.
 
18 Jul 1915 UB 17 Batoum (d.)4,054br
6 Aug 1915 UB 17 C.E.S.47br
6 Aug 1915 UB 17 Fisherman24br
6 Aug 1915 UB 17 Hesperus47br
6 Aug 1915 UB 17 Ivan44br
24 Aug 1915 UB 17 LEON MATHILDE (p.)unknownbe
23 Sep 1915 UB 17 Saint Pierre I303fr
9 Nov 1915 UB 17 Jesus Maria74fr
 
31 Jan 1916 UB 17 Arthur William56br
31 Jan 1916 UB 17 Hilda44br
31 Jan 1916 UB 17 Marguerite32be
31 Jan 1916 UB 17 Radium59br
1 Feb 1916 UB 17 Franz Fischer957br
6 Nov 1916 UC 17 Fanelly307fr
7 Nov 1916 UC 17 Furulund1,817nw
7 Nov 1916 UC 17 Suffolk Coast780br
7 Nov 1916 UC 17 Thuhaug948nw
10 Nov 1916 UC 17 Benton Castle283br
11 Nov 1916 UC 17 Seirstad995nw
14 Nov 1916 UC 17 Oiz Mendi2,104sp
14 Nov 1916 UC 17 Alcyon59fr
15 Nov 1916 UC 17 La Rochejacquelein2,199fr
15 Nov 1916 UC 17 Torridal688nw
16 Nov 1916 UC 17 Eugenie66fr
16 Nov 1916 UC 17 Petit Jean126fr
21 Nov 1916 UC 17 Faunus749sw
15 Dec 1916 UC 17 Constance Mary177br
17 Dec 1916 UC 17 Alerte176fr
18 Dec 1916 UC 17 La Vague167fr
18 Dec 1916 UC 17 Maria Louis108fr
18 Dec 1916 UC 17  Quo Vadis110fr
20 Dec 1916 UC 17 Otarie Ii109fr
20 Dec 1916 UC 17 SAINT ANTOINE DE PADOUE32fr
21 Dec 1916 UC 17 St. Ives325br
24 Dec 1916 UC 17 Bargany872br
25 Dec 1916 UC 17 Courlis181fr
28 Dec 1916 UC 17 Pitho150br
28 Dec 1916 UC 17 Union563nw
 
20 Jan 1917 UC 17  Standard217da
22 Jan 1917 UC 17 Gaulois76fr
22 Jan 1917 UC 17 O. A. Brodin1,798sw
23 Jan 1917 UC 17 Egypte2,416be
23 Jan 1917 UC 17 Ophelia159fr
31 Jan 1917 UC 17 Epsilon3,211nl
16 Feb 1917 UC 17  Hermine3,940fr
18 Feb 1917 UC 17 Thorgny734nw
19 Feb 1917 UC 17 Centurion1,828br
19 Feb 1917 UC 17 Picton Castle245br
20 Feb 1917 UC 17 Falls of Afton1,965nw
21 Feb 1917 UC 17 Manningham1,988sw
22 Feb 1917 UC 17 Ajax1,468nw
22 Feb 1917 UC 17 Saint Sauveur158fr
23 Feb 1917 UC 17 Belgier4,588br
23 Feb 1917 UC 17 Iser2,160br
23 Feb 1917 UC 17 Nyland1,824nw
24 Feb 1917 UC 17 Salamis995gr
25 Feb 1917 UC 17 Kleber95fr
26 Feb 1917 UC 17 Le Lamentin716fr
7 Mar 1917 UC 17 Antonio2,652br
19 Mar 1917 UC 17 Rhodora38fr
21 Mar 1917 UC 17 Huntscape (d.)2,933br
22 Mar 1917 UC 17 Curlew51br
22 Mar 1917 UC 17  Rotorua11,140br
23 Mar 1917 UC 17 Maine3,616br
23 Mar 1917 UC 17 Mexico (d.)5,549br
24 Mar 1917 UC 17 Alice61br
24 Mar 1917 UC 17 Boy Walter43br
24 Mar 1917 UC 17 Endeavour25br
24 Mar 1917 UC 17 Enigma24br
24 Mar 1917 UC 17 H.C.G.24br
24 Mar 1917 UC 17 May Flower38br
24 Mar 1917 UC 17 Qui Vive22br
24 Mar 1917 UC 17 Reindeer28br
24 Mar 1917 UC 17 Satanita30br
9 May 1917 UC 17 Marchiena170nl
10 May 1917 UC 17 Veni654nw
12 May 1917 UC 17 G.L.C.24br
12 May 1917 UC 17 Galicia5,922br
13 May 1917 UC 17 Anna610da
13 May 1917 UC 17 Hudson817nw
14 May 1917 UC 17 Farley3,692br
16 May 1917 UC 17 L’hermite (d.)2,189fr
19 May 1917 UC 17 Kumu (d.)315br
5 Nov 1917 UB 55 Clan Cumming (d.)4,808br
7 Dec 1917 UB 55 Proba105br
8 Dec 1917 UB 55 Corinto999nw
11 Dec 1917 UB 55 Argus100pt
11 Dec 1917 UB 55 LIGEIRO25pt
11 Dec 1917 UB 55 A Portuguesa107pt
11 Dec 1917 UB 55 VIGNEIRA or VIRGEIRA25pt
16 Dec 1917 UB 55 Foylemore3,831br
 
25 Jan 1918 UB 55 Eastlands3,113br
26 Jan 1918 UB 55 Manhattan (d.)8,001br
29 Jan 1918 UB 55 Addax40br
29 Jan 1918 UB 55 General Leman57br
29 Jan 1918 UB 55 Ibex42br
29 Jan 1918 UB 55 Perriton90br
29 Jan 1918 UB 55 Perseverance51br
30 Jan 1918 UB 55 Wellholme113br
14 Mar 1918 UB 55  A. A. Raven2,459am
21 Mar 1918 UB 55 Begonia3,070br
23 Mar 1918 UB 55 Chattahoochee8,007am
23 Mar 1918 UB 55 Madame Midas1,203br
23 Mar 1918 UB 55 Mar Baltico2,023sp
23 Mar 1918 UB 55 Venborg1,065nw
24 Mar 1918 UB 55 Fileur73fr
 130,487
99 ships sunk (102,638 tons) and 7 ships damaged (27,849 tons).


Legend
(d.) means the ship was damaged.
(p.) means the ship was taken as prize (included in ships & tonnage lost).
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Media links


Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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