Peter Matthes

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37b)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  9 Jan 1918 Probstheida, Saxony
Died  30 Apr 1945(27)Bay of Biscay

Kriegsmarine Crew photo


9 Oct 1937 Offiziersanwärter
1 Apr 1939 Fähnrich zur See
1 Mar 1940 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 May 1940 Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1942 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jan 1945 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-326 6 Jun 1944 30 Apr 1945  (+)  1 patrol (34 days) 

Missing, official date of death listed as 15 June 1945.

Peter Matthes died when his boat, U-326, was sunk on 30 April 1945 in the Bay of Biscay west of Brest in position 47.51N, 06.46W by retro bombs from a US Catalina aircraft (VP-63 USN/R) (Niestlé, 2014).


Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Niestlé, A. (2014). German U-boat losses during World War II.

Patrol info for Peter Matthes

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-326 23 Feb 1945  Kiel  25 Feb 1945  Horten   3 days
2. U-326 4 Mar 1945  Horten  10 Mar 1945  Stavanger   7 days
3. U-326 14 Mar 1945  Stavanger  22 Mar 1945  Bergen   9 days
4. U-326 28 Mar 1945  Bergen  30 Apr 1945  Sunk  Patrol 1,34 days

Ships hit by Peter Matthes

No entries found.

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.

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders