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Gottfried Lenneffer

Maschinengefreiter Gottfried Lenneffer (1920-1941)
(Photo courtesy of his nephew Lanny Lenneffer)
Born: 23 September, 1920 in Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany.

Died: 27 May, 1941 aboard Bismarck.

Age (at the time of Bismarck's sinking): 20.

Rank (at the time of Bismarck's sinking): Maschinengefreiter.

Position (at the time of Bismarck's sinking): ?.

Additional notes: Gottfried Lenneffer was born in Bergisch-Gladbach near Cologne; he grew up and went to school there. He was later trained as a mechanic. Gottfried Lenneffer was the son of Gerhard (vintage 1894) and Anna Kierspel (vintage 1891), and had three brothers, Anton, Oskar and Heinz. The father, Gerhard, was a veteran of both World Wars, and served both times in France. Gottfried's oldest brother, Anton (Toni), was a Captain in the army, he fought on the Russian front, and was later a POW there for six years. His younger brothers both served in the Kriegsmarine. Oskar in the U-boat arm and Heinz on minesweepers. All three brothers survived the war, but have died since, the last being Heinz who passed away in 1988.


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