Dietrich Zehle

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew XII/39)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  17 Sep 1921 Hildesheim

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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


U-boat Commands

U-299 9 Aug 1944 3 Sep 1944   No war patrols 
U-1009 Nov, 1944 Feb, 1945   1 patrol (60 days) 

Following is a write-up from one of his post-war students
"He was one of my professors later at the University of Applied Science in Suderburg. He was for a long time Dean of this "small" on water and marine engineering specialized "‘school". He was famous for his abilities in math and especially on probability calculations and for his habit to write long formulas on the blackboard with his right and to clean it at the same time with his left hand. He didn't talk much about the war time. There is only one story that, on a student trip he suddenly got excited, stopped the bus, got out and pointed down to the bay telling the students "... look guys, there I had to give up my boat to the Brits ...".

In the world of Germans "water" engineers he was what we name in Germany the "‘graue eminenz’ der wasserwirtschaft". He was really loved by his students. He lived in the city of Uelzen and died only a few years ago (e-mail correspondence, 2010).

Patrol info for Dietrich Zehle

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-299 15 Aug 1944  Bergen  17 Aug 1944  Larvik   3 days
2. U-1009 28 Nov 1944  Bergen  3 Dec 1944  Bergen   6 days
3. U-1009 11 Dec 1944  Bergen  8 Feb 1945  Trondheim  Patrol 1,60 days

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Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

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