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Günther Seibicke

German World War II U-boat commander
The basics
About
Occupation Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Country Germany
Date of birth Eggersdorf
Date of death May 26, 1943 North Atlantic
The details
Biography

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

Ships attacked

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.

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate
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

Awards

  • 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.
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