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U-35 crew member Otto Wagner

Otto Wagner was born on 11 December 1916, and reported to U-35 on 01 January 1938.
Wilhelm Strauss and Otto Wagner in 1938. [72]
 
1938. Standing: unknown, Karl Schnute, Erich Herrmann, Otto Wagner, Erich Blume. Seated: Rudi Schmidt, unknown, Heinz Sandmüller, Johann van der Pütten. [72]

 

The U-35 crew in Spain. Otto Wagner is on the left. [64]
 
RoloffGruppe2.jpg (32982 bytes)On board U-35 in Cadiz, April 1939. From left: Helmut Parthum, Otto Wagner, Karl-Heinz Schmidt, Walter Roloff, Martin Müller, Hans-Bernhard Michalowski, Karl Schnute.
U-35 crewmembers: Stefan Döbele, Richard Menzel, Wilhelm Strauss, Lindemann, Martin Müller, Otto Wagner, Karl Fehr. [47,72]
 
Otto Wagner removing identification from U-35 prior to the first war patrol. [55,72]

In early September 1939, after U-35's last pre-war patrol, Otto Wagner transferred to U 101 for training prior to its commissioning, and served on it from its commissioning through several successful cruises.
After further training, he was transferred to U-80, which was a school boat.
Otto Wagner was subsequently transferred to U-575, which was ready to depart Norway but one crewmember was unavailable due to illness. He served on board U-575 for four long patrols, including off America and Newfoundland.
He was then transferred to the Naval school in Kiel. On 01 October 1942 he was promoted to Obermaschinist and awarded an Iron Cross.
Otto Wagner in 1942. [72]

Otto Wagner was then transferred to U-278 at commissioning, serving on patrols in the Arctic until November 1944. By this time he had served 630 days at sea.

After the war, Otto Wagner served for 32 years as a fireman, in charge of a firehouse employing 40 men.

Otto Wagner and his wife in 1998. [72]

Otto Wagner
passed away on 07 September 2007; he was a major contributor to this website.
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