Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)
|Born||19 Feb 1918||Bochum|
|Died||3 Jan 2014||(95)||München, Germany|
|U-858||30 Sep 1943||14 May 1945||2 patrols (173 days)|
Thilo Bode joined the Kriegsmarine in 1936, and was part of the Olympia Crew. He served in the Spanish Civil War, and spent two years on the destroyer Z 6 Theodor Riedel before joining the U-boat force in 1942.
Oblt. Bode was First Watch Officer (1WO) on U-505 from Sept 1942 to March 1943. He took a one month U-boat Commander course at the 24th (Training) Flotilla during May 1943, after which he continued as 1WO on U-505 until August.
Following U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung), Kptlt. Bode commissioned the large type IXC/40 U-boat U-858 at Bremen on 30 Sept 1943. He took her on two patrols, one of 108 days in the North Atlantic, and one of 68 days off the US East coast. At the end of the second patrol he surrendered his boat to the US Navy at Cape May, New Jersey on 14 May 1945.
Kplt. Thilo Bode died on 3 Jan 2014 (Süddeutsche Zeitung).
Busch, R & Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Thilo Bode
|1.||U-858||12 Jun 1944||Kiel||27 Sep 1944||Farsund||Patrol 1,||108 days|
|2.||U-858||28 Sep 1944||Farsund||29 Sep 1944||Marviken||2 days|
|3.||U-858||1 Oct 1944||Marviken||4 Oct 1944||Flensburg||4 days|
|4.||U-858||2 Mar 1945||Kiel||9 Mar 1945||Horten||8 days|
|5.||U-858||11 Mar 1945||Horten||14 May 1945||Lewes, Delaware, USA||Patrol 2,||65 days|
|2 patrols, 173 days at sea|
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