Werner Zapf

Oberleutnant zur See

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  23 Jul 1915 Schwarzenbrunn, Thüringen
Died  3 May 1945(29)Blievenmstorf at Neustadt-Glewe / Mecklenburg, Germany


1 Oct 1941 Oberfunkmaat
1 May 1942 Fähnrich zur See [Umernennung]
1 May 1943 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Nov 1943 Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1945 Oberleutnant zur See


15 Sep 1940 Iron Cross 2nd Class
23 Aug 1941 Iron Cross 1st Class
23 Aug 1941 Merchant Raider Badge
13 Jan 1943 U-boat War Badge 1939
1 Nov 1944 U-boat Front Clasp

U-boat Commands

U-61 2 Dec 1944 27 Mar 1945   No war patrols 

Werner Zapf joined the Kriegsmarine in 1936. After undergoing U-boat training from Aug 1942 to Sept 1943, he served as a Watch Officer with the 11th Flotilla until Feb 1944.

He was assigned as Watch Officer to U-965 from Feb - Aug 1944 before beginning U-boat Commander Training with the 24th (Training) Flotilla. He then took over command of the small school boat U-61 on 2 Dec 1944.

From March 1945, Oblt. Zapf served in 3.ULD (U-Lehrdivision, U-boat Training Division) Naval Anti-tank Brigade until he met his death in combat in Germany on 3 May 1945.


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

Patrol info for Werner Zapf

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

About ranks and decorations
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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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