WWI U-boat commanders

Arthur Metz

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 4/08)

3 ships sunk with a total of 15,267 GRT

Born:25 Feb 1890 Hamburg 
Died:24 Apr 1916 off the coast of Flanders 

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1 Apr 1908 Seekadett
10 Apr 1909 Fähnrich zur See
27 Sep 1911 Leutnant zur See
19 Sep 1914 Oberleutnant zur See


U-boat Commands

UB 177 Feb 1916 - 9 Mar 1916
UB 1312 Mar 1916 - 24 Apr 1916 (+)


As the Swedish cargo ship Rumina was detoured on 23 Oct 1915 by U-17 (Kptlt. Hans Walther), Oberleutnant Arthur Metz from U-17 came on board Rumina to oversee and ensure that the ship reached the new ordained destination. On Oct 24th at 0200 hrs the ship struck a mine and sank. 6 crew died and the remaining crew of 10 plus the captain and Mr. Metz reached shore rowing about 5 hours later.

Arthur Metz arrived in the same evening to Visby, Gotland with the remaining crew, and was received by his countrymen. He took command of his own boat, the UB-17 in Feb 1916.

Source: article in the newspaper Gotlands Allehanda 23/10 1915.

Ships hit by Arthur Metz

DateU-boat Name of shipType of shipTonsNat.
16 Mar 1916 UB 13  TubantiaPassenger steamer13,911nl
31 Mar 1916 UB 13  AlacritySteamer1,080br
12 Apr 1916 UB 13 PrøvenSailing vessel276da
3 ships sunk (15,267 tons).

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Media links

Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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