Walter Boldt

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew XII/39)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  5 Dec 1921 Elbing
Died  14 Jun 1945(23)Flensburg, Germany

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1 Dec 1939 Offiziersanwärter
1 Nov 1940 Fähnrich zur See
1 Nov 1941 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1942 Leutnant zur See
1 Dec 1943 Oberleutnant zur See


23 Aug 1941 U-boat War Badge 1939
9 May 1943 Iron Cross 2nd Class
10 Jan 1944 Iron Cross 1st Class
22 Oct 1944 U-boat Front Clasp

U-boat Commands

U-720 1 Apr 1944 22 Nov 1944   No war patrols 

Walter Boldt joined the Kriegsmarine in 1939. From Aug 1942 to Jan 1944 he served as First Watch Officer (1WO). During Jan to March 1944 he went through U-boat commander training at the 3rd ULD and 23rd flotilla.

On 1 April 1944 he took command of U-720. He left the boat on 22 Nov and served with the 21st Flotilla until Jan 1945. In Feb he became an instructor with 1st ULD until March, when he underwent U-boat commander sea training on the new type XXI Elektro boat U-3033 from 8 March until 4 May 1945, when the boat was scuttled.

He suffered an accidental death in an explosion onboard the ship Danube at Mürwik, Flensburg, Germany.


Busch, R and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Walter Boldt

This commander did not go out on patrols with his boats.

About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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