Otto Eberlein

Oberleutnant zur See der Reserve (entry, Jahrgang 38)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  15 Nov 1913 Pirmasens, Pfalz
Died  9 Jan 1945(31)British Isles


1 Mar 1943 Oberleutnant zur See der Reserve


1 Sep 1941 War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords
1 Aug 1942 Minesweeper War Badge
9 May 1943 Iron Cross 2nd Class

U-boat Commands

U-1020 17 May 1944 9 Jan 1945  (+)  1 patrol (49 days) 

Otto Eberlein joined the Kriegsmarine in 1938. From Aug to Nov 1941 he served in Harbour Defence Flotilla at Trondheim, Norway. He then served in patrol boats with the 59th VP-Flotilla until July 1943.

From July 1943 to Jan 1944 he went through basic U-boat training, and then from Feb to March 1944 took the U-boat Commander Course. In March he was sent to Baubelehrung (U-boat familiarization) until May when he took command of his U-1020 on the 17th.

On his first patrol his boat went missing and no explanation exists for its loss. His official date of death listed as 3 Jan 1945.


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

Patrol info for Otto Eberlein

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-1020 14 Nov 1944  Kiel  17 Nov 1944  Horten   4 days
2. U-1020 22 Nov 1944  Horten  9 Jan 1945  Sunk  Patrol 1,49 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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