WWI U-boat commanders

Wilhelm Kiesewetter

Kapitänleutnant der Reserve (Crew 10/00)

1 ship sunk with a total of 6,824 GRT

Born:28 Oct 1878 Leipzig 

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25 Nov 1901 Vizesteuermann der Reserve
8 Dec 1906 Leutnant zur See der Reserve
25 Aug 1912 Oberleutnant zur See der Reserve
18 Aug 1916 Kapitänleutnant der Reserve
21 Jan 1920 Out of naval service


 Iron Cross 2nd class
 Iron Cross 1st class
 Hanseatic Cross

U-boat Commands

UC 561 Feb 1917 - 24 May 1918


Interned along with his boat in neutral Spain.

Wilhelm Kiesewetter would again command U-boats when he commanded the small UC-1 during World War Two. He was 62 years old at the time and the oldest submarine commander in the world. The small boat was only used for training.

Ships hit by Wilhelm Kiesewetter

DateU-boat Name of shipType of shipTonsNat.
26 Feb 1918 UC 56  Glenart CastleHospital ship6,824br
1 ship sunk (6,824 tons).

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Media links

Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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