Fregattenkapitän (Crew 27)
34 ships sunk, total tonnage 187,267 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 3,670 GRT
|Born||29 Jan 1908||Gotha|
|Died||27 Jul 1997||(89)||Eisenach / Thürigen, Germany|
|U-2||1 Oct 1936||31 Jan 1938||No war patrols|
|U-38||24 Oct 1938||22 Jul 1941||9 patrols (333 days)|
Heinrich Liebe began his naval career in April 1927. Starting in 1931 he served on the battleship Schleswig- Holstein, then in September 1935 transferred to the newly-formed U-boat force.
He was one of the few commanders with long and thorough pre-war U-boat experience. In October 1938 he commissioned U-38 and took her on a total of nine patrols. On his last patrol he sank eight ships with a total of 47,279 tons in the waters off Freetown, Africa. During this patrol he received the Oak Leaves to the Knights Cross.
In July 1941 he left U-38 and served for three years as a staff officer at OKM (Oberkommando der Kriegsmarine, Naval High Command).
From August 1944 to the end of the war he served on the staff of the BdU (Commander in Chief U-boats) as 2. SKL, BdU op.
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Patrol info for Heinrich Liebe
|1.||U-38||19 Aug 1939||Wilhelmshaven||18 Sep 1939||Wilhelmshaven||Patrol 1,||31 days|
|2.||U-38||14 Nov 1939||Wilhelmshaven||16 Dec 1939||Wilhelmshaven||Patrol 2,||33 days|
|3.||U-38||26 Feb 1940||Wilhelmshaven||5 Apr 1940||Wilhelmshaven||Patrol 3,||40 days|
|4.||U-38||8 Apr 1940||Wilhelmshaven||27 Apr 1940||Wilhelmshaven||Patrol 4,||20 days|
|5.||U-38||6 Jun 1940||Wilhelmshaven||2 Jul 1940||Wilhelmshaven||Patrol 5,||27 days|
|6.||U-38||1 Aug 1940||Wilhelmshaven||3 Sep 1940||Lorient||Patrol 6,||34 days|
|7.||U-38||25 Sep 1940||Lorient||24 Oct 1940||Lorient||Patrol 7,||30 days|
|8.||U-38||18 Dec 1940||Lorient||22 Jan 1941||Lorient||Patrol 8,||36 days|
|9.||U-38||9 Apr 1941||Lorient||29 Jun 1941||Lorient||Patrol 9,||82 days|
|9 patrols, 333 days at sea|
Ships hit by Heinrich Liebe