Alois Zech

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 32)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  14 Sep 1907 Langerringen, Landsberg am Lech
Died  29 Jul 1999(91)Langerringen Landsberg am Lech, Germany

Kapitänleutnant Alois Zech


1 Sep 1935 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1936 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1937 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Oct 1939 Kapitänleutnant
1 Aug 1943 Korvettenkapitän


U-boat Commands

U-119 2 Apr 1942 16 Apr 1943   1 patrol (55 days) 

Alois Zech joined the Reichsmarine in 1925. He was an instructor in the Mine Warfare School from Oct 1937 to May 1940. He then served with the 3rd Minesweeping flotilla until May 1941.

Zech joined the U-boat force and started his training in May 1941, finishing in Dec 1941. He went to serve with the 2. UAA training flotilla in Dec 1941, spending three months there.

In Feb 1942 Zech was to oversee new U-boat construction before taking command of the large mine-laying boat U-119 on 2 April 1942. On 6 Feb 1943 Zech left Kiel with U-119 on her first patrol. The boat arrived in Bordeaux, France on 1 April after 55 days at sea.

After delivering U-119 Zech joined the 12th Flotilla in Bordeaux as an advisor. In July he joined the the Naval Mines Inspectorate, serving there until the German surrender.


Busch, R & Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Alois Zech

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-119 4 Aug 1942  Kiel  5 Aug 1942  Frederikshavn   2 days
2. U-119 7 Aug 1942  Frederikshavn  10 Aug 1942  Kiel   4 days
3. U-119 6 Feb 1943  Kiel  1 Apr 1943  Bordeaux  Patrol 1,55 days

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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