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Hermann Stuckmann

German World War II U-boat commander
The basics
Occupation Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Country Germany
Date of birth Wuppertal
Date of death Aug 18, 1944 Bay of Biscay
The details

Hermann Stuckmann (2 January 1921 in Wuppertal-Barmen – 23 August 1944 in the Bay of Biscay) 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. In his short combat career he sank one ship, and damaged two others.


Stuckmann joined the Kriegsmarine in September 1939. After training aboard the ship Schleswig-Holstein, he took part in the occupation of Denmark in April 1940. In July 1941 he joined the U-boat force and served as Watch Officer for more than a year aboard U-571 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Helmut Möhlmann.

In August 1943 Stuckmann commissioned the Type VIIC U-boat U-316, and was promoted to Oberleutnant zur See in October 1943. He commanded U-316 as a school boat in the Baltic Sea until May 1944, when he took command of the combat boat U-621. During the summer of 1944 he operated against Allied landing ships in the English Channel.

Stuckmann died on 18 August 1944, when U-621 was sunk with all hands in the Bay of Biscay near La Rochelle by depth charges from the Canadian destroyers Ottawa, Kootenay and Chaudière.

Ships attacked
Date Ship Tons Nationality Fate
15 June 1944 USS LST-280 1,625  United States Navy Damaged
29 July 1944 HMS Prince Leopold 2,938  Royal Navy Sunk
30 July 1944 Ascanius 10,048  United Kingdom Damaged


  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (11 May 1942)
    • 1st Class (18 November 1942)
  • U-boat War Badge (1939) (15 May 1942)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 11 August 1944 as Oberleutnant zur See and commander of U-621
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 468.
  • Scherzer 2007, p. 732.
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 416.

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