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Fritz Poske

German World War II U-boat commander
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About
Occupation Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Country Germany
Date of birth Berlin
Date of death Oct 01, 1984 Wachtberg
Authority VIAF id
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Biography

Hans-Georg Friedrich "Fritz" Poske (23 October 1904 in Berlin-Schöneberg – 1 October 1984 in Wachtberg) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and 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. He also commanded the Aviso Grille, Adolf Hitler's state yacht.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

As commander of U-504 Fritz Poske is credited with the sinking of 15 ships for a total of 78,123 gross register tons (GRT) and further damaging another ship of 7,176 GRT that it had to be considered a total loss.

Date Name Nationality Tonnage Fate
22 February 1942 Republic  United States 5,287 Sunk
23 February 1942 W.D. Anderson  United States 10,227 Sunk
26 February 1942 Mamura  Netherlands 8,245 Sunk
16 March 1942 Stangarth  United Kingdom 5,966 Sunk
29 May 1942 Allister  United Kingdom 1,597 Sunk
8 June 1942 Rosenborg  United Kingdom 1,512 Sunk
8 June 1942 Tela  Honduras 3,901 Sunk
11 June 1942 American  United States 4,846 Sunk
11 June 1942 Crijnssen  Netherlands 4,282 Sunk
14 June 1942 Regent  Latvia 3,280 Sunk
17 October 1942 Empire Chaucer  United Kingdom 5,970 Sunk
23 October 1942 City of Johannesburg  United Kingdom 5,669 Sunk
26 October 1942 Anne Hutchinson  United States 7,176 Total loss
31 October 1942 Empire Guidon  United Kingdom 7,041 Sunk
31 October 1942 Reynolds  United Kingdom 5,113 Sunk
3 November 1942 Porto Alegre  Brazil 5,187 Sunk

Awards

  • Wehrmacht Long Service Award 4th and 3rd Class (2 October 1936)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (2 October 1939)
    • 1st Class (3 April 1942)
  • U-boat War Badge (1939) (2 April 1942)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 6 November 1942 as Korvettenkapitän and commander of U-504
  • War Merit Cross
    • 2nd Class with Swords (1 September 1944)
    • 1st Class with Swords (30 January 1945)
  • Mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht on 21 March 1942
  • Officer's Cross, Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (30 March 1963)
  • Busch & Röll 2003, pp. 273–274.
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 274.
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 343.
  • Busch & Röll 2003, p. 275.
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