Kapitänleutnant (Crew 34)
|Born||29 Mar 1910||Dresden|
|Died||14 Apr 1992||(82)|
|U-231||14 Nov 1942||13 Jan 1944||3 patrols (125 days)|
When the damaged-beyond-repair U-231 was abandoned Wenzel, "apparently in a state of despondence attempted suicide by firing a revolved bullet to the mouth". Incredibly the bullet lodged harmlessly in the back of the throat. All 50 men from the boat escaped the wreck but 7 died of exposure before being rescued by Allied destroyers. The bullet was removed from Wenzel's throat by a doctor on the American escort carrier USS Block Island (Blair, 1998).
Wolfgang Wenzel, a former merchant marine officer, resumed that career after the war. He spent his POW time in Arizona and was released on May 17, 1946 (Rust, 2009).
Blair, C. (1998). Hitler’s U-boat War. The Hunted, 1942-1945.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Rust, E. (2009) E-mail correspondence. Author of Naval Officers under Hitler.
Patrol info for Wolfgang Wenzel
|1.||U-231||13 Apr 1943||Kiel||31 May 1943||La Pallice||Patrol 1,||49 days|
|2.||U-231||27 Jul 1943||La Pallice||29 Jul 1943||La Pallice||3 days|
|3.||U-231||23 Sep 1943||La Pallice||24 Sep 1943||Bordeaux||2 days|
|4.||U-231||27 Sep 1943||Bordeaux||22 Nov 1943||La Pallice||Patrol 2,||57 days|
|5.||U-231||26 Dec 1943||La Pallice||13 Jan 1944||Sunk||Patrol 3,||19 days|
|3 patrols, 125 days at sea|
Ships hit by Wolfgang Wenzel
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About ranks and decorations
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