Wilhelm-Heinrich Graf von Pückler und Limpurg

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 34)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  9 Mar 1913 Ludwigsburg
Died  10 May 1943(30)North Atlantic

Kriegsmarine Crew photo


8 Apr 1934 Offiziersanwärter
1 Jul 1935 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1937 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1937 Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1939 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1942 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-381 25 Feb 1942 10 May 1943  (+)  3 patrols (156 days) 

Wilhelm-Heinrich, Graf von Pückler und Limpurg joined the Reichsmarine in 1934. After time on the sailing school ship Gorch Fock and the light cruiser Emden he served on minesweepers, commanding the 2nd R-flotille May 1940 - Jan 1941. He began U-boat training in Jan 1941, and served as I WO (1st Watch Officer) on U-101 (Fraunheim) June - Nov 1941.

He commissioned his own boat, the type VIIC U-boat U-381, on 25 Feb 1942. After three patrols in the North Atlantic, she was listed as missing on 10 May 1943. Her last reported position was south of Greenland, on 9 May. There is no explanation for her loss.

Patrol info for Wilhelm-Heinrich Graf von Pückler und Limpurg

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-381 1 Oct 1942  Kiel  21 Nov 1942  St. Nazaire  Patrol 1,52 days
2. U-381 19 Dec 1942  St. Nazaire  19 Feb 1943  St. Nazaire  Patrol 2,63 days
3. U-381 31 Mar 1943  St. Nazaire  10 May 1943  Sunk  Patrol 3,41 days
3 patrols, 156 days at sea

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

Naval Officers Under Hitler

Rust, Eric C.

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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