Günther Seibicke (30 August 1911 – 26 May 1943) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He and the entire crew of U-436 were killed on 26 May 1943 by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Test and the corvette HMS Hyderabad.
Summary of career
As commander of U-436 Günther Seibicke is credited with sinking six merchant ship of 36,208 gross register tons (GRT), one warship of 291 long tons (296 tonnes), and damaging two ships of 15,575 GRT.
|1 March 1942||RT-19 Komintern||Soviet Union||577||Sunk|
|13 April 1942||Kiev||Soviet Union||5,823||Sunk|
|27 October 1942||Frontenac||Norway||7,350||Damaged|
|27 October 1942||Gurney E. Newlin||United States||8,225||Damaged|
|27 October 1942||HMS LCT-2281*||Royal Navy||291||Sunk|
|27 October 1942||Sourabaya||United Kingdom||10,107||Sunk|
|29 October 1942||Barrwhin||United Kingdom||4,998||Sunk|
|8 January 1943||Albert L. Ellsworth||Norway||5,283||Sunk|
|8 January 1943||Oltenia II||United Kingdom||6,394||Sunk|
* Carried by Sourabaya
- Sudetenland Medal (20 December 1939)
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (17 September 1939)
- 1st Class (16 May 1940)
- U-boat War Badge (1939) (24 April 1942)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 27 March 1943 as Kapitänleutnant and commander of U-436
- Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-436". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
- ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 335.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 397.
- Scherzer 2007, p. 699.