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Willi Lechtenbörger

Recipient of the Knight's Cross
The basics
Date of birth Bottrop
Date of death Aug 27, 1943 Sargasso Sea
The details

Dipl.-Ing. Willi Lechtenbörger (2 February 1914 in Bottrop – 27 August 1943 in the Sargasso Sea) was a German chief engineer (Leitender Ingenieur - 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 Card on 27 August 1943.


  • U-boat War Badge (1939) (10 September 1940)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (10 September 1940)
    • 1st Class (21 May 1941)
  • German Cross in Gold on 30 September 1942 as Oberleutnant (Ing.) of the Reserves on U-201 in the 1st U-boat Flotilla
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 4 September 1943 (posthumous) as Oberleutnant (Ing.) of the Reserves and chief engineer on U-847
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 382.
  • Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 272.
  • Scherzer 2007, p. 498.

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