Karl-Heinz Wolff

Fregattenkapitän (Crew 28)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  16 Oct 1909 Danzig
Died  11 Jun 1970(60)


10 Oct 1928 Seekadett
1 Jan 1930 Fähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1932 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940 Korvettenkapitän
1 Apr 1944 Fregattenkapitän


U-boat Commands

U-509 4 Nov 1941 Sep, 1942   1 patrol (80 days) 

Wolff transferred to the Luftwaffe at some point in the mid-1930s and commanded the Aufklärungsstaffel See 88 of the Condor Legion in Spain in late 1936 and early 1937. He later transferred back to the Kriegsmarine, where he underwent U-boat training and took U-509 on one patrol. Wolff’s successful Luftwaffe service resulted in his rejoining the navy as effectively with Crew 1926 for promotion purposes.

The 1941 Rangliste lists Wolff as a korvettenkapitän as of October 1, 1940. It’s possible that Wolff achieved the rank of major in the Luftwaffe on that date and his transferred to the Kriegsmarine came later.

Patrol info for Karl-Heinz Wolff

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-509 25 Jun 1942  Kiel  12 Sep 1942  Lorient  Patrol 1,80 days

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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