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

27 Sep 1913Oberleutnant zur See
28 Sep 1910Leutnant zur See
16 Nov 1917Kapitänleutnant

Decorations

Iron Cross 2nd class
Iron Cross 1st class
Military Merit Order (Bayern)
29 Mar 1916Hausorden von Hohenzollern
30 Mar 1918Pour le Mérite

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.

Media links


Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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