Wolfgang Leu

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 37b)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  6 Jul 1917 Kaltennordheim
Died  24 May 1944(26)off Trondheim


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


  Iron Cross 1st Class
  Iron Cross 2nd Class

U-boat Commands

U-921 30 May 1943 24 May 1944  (+)  No war patrols 

Wolfgang Leu joined the Kriegsmarine in 1937. After serving in the Luftwaffe (Air Force) 1940-41, he underwent U-boat training and then served as I WO (1st Watch Officer) on U-456 (Teichert) Oct 1942 - Mar 1943.

He was then assigned to U-boat commander training with the 24th (Training) Flotilla and U-boat construction familiarization (Baubelehrung) in preparation for his own command.

Oblt Leu commissioned U-921 on 3 May 1943 and commanded her as part of the 8th (Training) Flotilla until 31 May 1944. She left Kiel for the first war patrol on 18 May 1944.

A Canadian Sunderland flying boat (RCAF Sqdn 423/S, pilot F/L R.H. Nesbitt) attacked U-921 on 24 May 1944. The boat evaded the five depth charges it dropped, but three of the deck crew were wounded by strafing, including Oblt. Leu. As the boat crash-dived to escape the attack, Leu saw both wounded men below and then closed the hatch to prevent the boat sinking, thus sacrificing himself to save the boat and his crew. (Blair, 1998).

U-921 reached Trondheim, Norway on 26 May under the command of the I WO (1st Watch Officer). (An American submarine commander was awarded the Medal of Honor for the selfsame act of heroism in the Pacific). (Blair, 1998).


Blair, C. (1998). Hitler’s U-boat War. The Hunted, 1942-1945.

Patrol info for Wolfgang Leu

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-921 18 May 1944  Kiel  24 May 1944  *died at sea*   7 days

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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

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