Wolf-Dietrich Damerow

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 37b)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  28 May 1919 Schwedt, Oder
Died  21 May 1944(24)Eberswalde, Germany


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


1940 Minesweeper War Badge
1941 Iron Cross 2nd Class
27 Mar 1943 U-boat War Badge 1939
1943 Wound Badge in Silver

U-boat Commands

U-106 20 Jun 1943 2 Aug 1943   1 patrol (6 days) 

Wolf-Dietrich Damerow joined the Kriegsmarine in Oct 1937 as part of Crew 37b. He served as a Watch Officer (WO) with the VP-boot (Vorposten, flak ship) flotilla from May 1940 to Sept 1941 when he started U-boat training.

On completing U-boat training in March 1942, he joined the future crew of U-521 for Baubelehrung (U-boat construction familiarization) before being assigned as the new boat's IWO (1st Watch Officer) in June 1942. Damerow served on U-521 until March 1943, when he began U-boat commander training.

Damerow finished his U-boat commander course and took command of U-106 on 20 June 1943, becoming the third commander of this combat seasoned boat.

The boat was sunk six days into its first patrol under Damerow on 2 Aug 1943. Damerow had called for assistance when being attacked for the second day running by Allied aircraft, and was sent JU 88 bombers and torpedo boats. The boats rescued Damerow and 35 of his crew, but 22 men died (Blair, 1998).

Wolf-Dietrich Damerow died in a military hospital at Eberswalde on 21 May 1944.


Blair, C. (1998). Hitler’s U-boat War. The Hunted, 1942-1945.
Busch, R & Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Wolf-Dietrich Damerow

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-106 28 Jul 1943  Lorient  2 Aug 1943  Sunk  Patrol 1,6 days

About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.

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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

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