Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)
2 ships sunk, total tonnage 443 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 35 tons
1 auxiliary warship damaged, total tonnage 1,005 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 56 tons
|Born||28 Jul 1915||Altona, Elbe|
|Died||10 May 1998||(82)||Hamburg, Germany|
|U-23||27 Mar 1942||26 Aug 1942||No war patrols|
|U-23||3 Jun 1943||19 Jun 1944||6 patrols (159 days)|
|U-2514||17 Oct 1944||8 Apr 1945||No war patrols|
|U-2541||20 Apr 1945||5 May 1945||No war patrols|
Crew of 1936
Rolf-Birger Wahlen was one of the Kriegsmarine's famous Olympia Crew. This Crew chose the Olympic rings as their symbol (the 1936 Olympic games were held in Berlin). It was the largest Crew, and produced more U-boat commanders than any other – of the 164 who 'graduated', 140 took command during the war.
Patrol info for Rolf-Birger Wahlen
|1.||U-23||27 Jun 1943||Konstanza||16 Jul 1943||Sevastopol||Patrol 1,||20 days|
|2.||U-23||18 Jul 1943||Sevastopol||19 Jul 1943||Konstanza||Patrol 1,||2 days|
|3.||U-23||10 Aug 1943||Konstanza||9 Sep 1943||Konstanza||Patrol 2,||31 days|
|4.||U-23||10 Oct 1943||Konstanza||11 Nov 1943||Konstanza||Patrol 3,||33 days|
|5.||U-23||14 Dec 1943||Konstanza||7 Jan 1944||Konstanza||Patrol 4,||25 days|
|6.||U-23||30 Mar 1944||Konstanza||24 Apr 1944||Konstanza||Patrol 5,||26 days|
|7.||U-23||17 May 1944||Konstanza||7 Jun 1944||Konstanza||Patrol 6,||22 days|
|6 patrols, 159 days at sea|
Ships hit by Rolf-Birger Wahlen
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|24 Aug 1943||U-23||Shkval||35||sj|
|15 Oct 1943||U-23||TSC-486 Sovetskaja Rossija (d.)||1,005||sj|
|23 Oct 1943||U-23||Tanais||372||sj|
|5 Apr 1944||U-23||SKA-099 (d.)||56||sj|
|29 May 1944||U-23||Smelyj||71||sj|
3 ships sunk (478 tons) and 2 ships damaged (1,061 tons).
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.
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