Eckehard Wolf

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37b)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  11 Mar 1918 Crossen
Died  26 Mar 1978(60)


9 Oct 1937 Offiziersanwärter
28 Jun 1938 Seekadett
1 Apr 1939 Fähnrich zur See
1 Mar 1940 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 May 1940 Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1942 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jan 1945 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-966 4 Mar 1943 10 Nov 1943   1 patrol (37 days) 

Eckehard wolf had graduated from Kriegsmarine promotion 1937b. Between March an October 1941 served as third officer in the U560, then became a second officer until July 1942. From August 1942 to March 1943 followed a few courses in the "8 K.L.A." and served aboard the U-459. March 4, took over the U-966. Kiel receive the ship wich was to be his emblem "Gut Holz", recalling the words spoken by the Commander to the seafaring in his introduction. Having sunk his boat in Cape Ortegal, Wolf and all the uboat crew was retained in Naval Station La Graña in Ferrol in December, 22 1943.

On September 12 1944 Wolf was suffering from a lung ailment, the Authorities gave a save passage to travel to Madrid, where he was was treated at the military hospital. Official documents indicated Wolf died there. But the reality was very different. A Lufthansa plane destined for Hamburg was carrying a passenger named Erich Weber, who was Eckehard Wolf. He was promoted to Kapitanleutnant and given command of a company of Marines to defend Hamburg the Allied troops.

After the war Wolf married and had two children. Years later he returned to "O Barqueiro" (Cape Ortegal), accompanied by his wife Anneliese. The visit was repeated many summers. So many that one of his sons ended marrying with a girl from O Barqueiro. In the summer of 1978 Eckehard Wolf dies. His last will and testament was to be cremated and thrown into the sea where the U-966 lies.

Patrol info for Eckehard Wolf

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-966 9 Sep 1943  Kiel  15 Sep 1943  Molde   7 days
2. U-966 17 Sep 1943  Molde  18 Sep 1943  Trondheim   2 days
3. U-966 5 Oct 1943  Trondheim  10 Nov 1943  Sunk  Patrol 1,37 days

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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

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