Peter Lohmeyer

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 33)

2 ships sunk, total tonnage 11,639 GRT

Born  2 Jan 1911 Zanzibar
Died  28 May 2002(91)Schleswig, Germany


1 Jul 1934 Fähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1936 Leutnant zur See
1 Jun 1938 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Mar 1940 Kapitänleutnant
1 Sep 1944 Korvettenkapitän


U-boat Commands

U-19 20 Jun 1940 20 Oct 1940   No war patrols 
U-138 21 Oct 1940 31 Dec 1940   1 patrol (27 days) 
U-651 12 Feb 1941 29 Jun 1941   1 patrol (18 days) 

Peter Lohmeyer joined the Kriegsmarine in 1933. After standard training he was transferred to a Luftwaffe coastal squadron until Oct 1939, when he joined the U-boat force. He served as a Watch Officer on U-19 for seven months before taking command of that boat in June 1940. He then briefly commanded U-138 before being assigned to the larger type VIIC U-boat U-651 for Baubelehrung (U-boat construction familiarization) during her construction in Jan 1941. He took command on 12 Feb 1941 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

He sank two ships before U-651 was herself sunk shortly after sinking her second victim south of Iceland.

There were no casualties when U-651 was lost on 29 June 1941, and Peter Lohmeyer was captured and became a prisoner of war until 16 July 1947 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

From October 1965 to December 1968 he commanded the famous German naval school ship Gorch Fock. An interview with him appeared in the Scottish local newspaper Stornoway Gazette on 31 August 1968 when the Gorch Fock visited the Western Isles.

Kapitän zur See Peter Lohmeyer died on 28 May 2002 in Schleswig. He was 91 years old.

Photo: Peter Lohmeyer, captain of Gorch Fock.


Busch, R. & Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War Two
Kommandanten der GORCH FOCK.
Segelschulschiff Gorch Fock. Kapitän zur See Peter Lohmeyer

Patrol info for Peter Lohmeyer

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-138 5 Nov 1940  Lorient  1 Dec 1940  Kiel  Patrol 1,27 days
2. U-651 7 Jun 1941  Hamburg  11 Jun 1941  Bergen   5 days
3. U-651 12 Jun 1941  Bergen  29 Jun 1941  Sunk  Patrol 2,18 days
2 patrols, 45 days at sea

Ships hit by Peter Lohmeyer

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
24 Jun 1941U-651 Brockley Hill5,297brHX-133
29 Jun 1941U-651 Grayburn6,342brHX-133

2 ships sunk (11,639 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.

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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