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Willi Lechtenbörger

Dipl.-Ing. Willi Lechtenbörger
Born 2 February 1914

27 August 1943 (1943-08-28) (aged 29)
Sargasso Sea
28°19′N 37°58′W / 28.317°N 37.967°W / 28.317; -37.967

Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1934–1943
Rank Kapitänleutnant (Ing.) of the Reserves (posthumous)
Unit U-60

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Dipl.-Ing. Willi Lechtenbörger[Notes 1] (2 February 1914 in Bottrop – 27 August 1943 in the Sargasso Sea) was a German chief engineer (Leitender Ingenieur or LI) on a U-boat in World War II and a posthumous recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Willi Lechtenbörger was chief engineer under the command of Adalbert Schnee on board of U-60 and U-201. He and the entire crew of U-847 under the command of Herbert Kuppisch were killed by aircraft from the US escort carrier USS Card on 27 August 1943.




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External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht

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