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.