Lehmann-Willenbrock, Heinrich Christian Wilhelm

Date of birth:
December 11th, 1911 (Bremen, Germany)
Date of death:
April 18th, 1986 (Bremen, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant zur See (Luitenant ter Zee 3e Klasse)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Luitenant ter Zee 2e Klasse)
Unit:
Kommandant "U 5"
Awarded on:
April 20th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 14th, 1940
Action:
A submarine under the leadership of Captain Lieutenant Lehmann-Willenbrock sunk on its patrol against the enemy a total of 40,900 GRT. A partial result of its undertaking was announced earlier.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Luitenant ter Zee 2e Klasse)
Unit:
Kommandant "U 96"
Awarded on:
December 31st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Luitenant ter Zee 2e Klasse)
Unit:
Kommandant "U 96"
Awarded on:
January 2nd, 1941
U-boot Kriegsabzeichen (ohne Brillianten)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 25th, 1941
Action:
The boat Captain Lieutenant Lehmann-Willenbrock has prominently contributed 55,600 GRT to the success of the submarine arm. Captain Lieutenant Lehmann-Willenbrock thus has destroyed 125,580 GRT of enemy merchant ship in the shortest period of time.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Luitenant ter Zee 2e Klasse)
Unit:
Kommandant "U 96"
Awarded on:
February 26th, 1941
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Action:
Awarded for his achievements during his first three war patrols with U 96. In that time he sunk 14 ships (with 115580 GRT) and damaged a further 2 (with 15864 GRT). The largest ship sunk was the British freighter "Almeda Star" (14935 GRT), which was struck on the 17.01.1941.
Details:
61st Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 20th, 1941
Action:
A submarine under the leadership of Captain Lieutenant Lehmann-Willenbrock sunk from convoys British tankers totalling 33,000 GRT.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Luitenant ter Zee 2e Klasse)
Awarded on:
November 1st, 1941
Croce Al Valore di Guerra
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Luitenant ter Zee 2e Klasse)
Unit:
Kommandant "U 96"
Awarded on:
December 31st, 1941
Action:
Awarded for further successes with U 96 over the course of another five war patrols. During these he sunk another 10 ships with 58746 GRT.
Details:
51st Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Luitenant ter Zee 2e Klasse)
Awarded on:
May 8th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän (Luitenant ter Zee 1e Klasse)
Awarded on:
January 30th, 1944
Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2.Klasse mit Schwertern

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