Ferdinand Graf von Arco
Oberleutnant zur See (Crew I/41)
|Born||6 Jun 1921||Gotschdorf, Jägerndorf, Sudetenland|
|Died||19 Feb 2004||(82)||Pörtschach, Germany|
|U-151||1 Sep 1944||5 May 1945||No war patrols|
Graf Ferdinand von Arco joined the Kriegsmarine in 1941. He went through base training and then U-boat training from Jan 1941 until June 1943 when he was sent to the training boat U-346 in the Baltic Sea to learn the ropes as a Watch Officer (WO).
First War patrol
On 28 Aug 1943 Ferdinand Graf von Arco sailed from Toulon, France on his first - and ultimately only - war patrol with U-617. They operated in the area east of the Straits of Gibraltar where they sank one British destroyer.
Their luck ran out on 12 Sept when the boat was forced aground off Morocco after being found and bombed at night by British Wellington aircraft and then another Wellington until the boat was grounded without loss of life. The wreck was destroyed afterwards by British forces (see photo on U-617's page).
All 49 men survived but were interned by Spain, finally returned to Germany in April 1944.
Patrol info for Ferdinand Graf von Arco
This commander did not go out on patrols with his boats.
About ranks and decorations
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