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Johann-Otto Krieg

German World War II U-boat commander and Bundesmarine officer
The basics
Occupation Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Country Germany
Date of birth Stara Łomnica, Gmina Bystrzyca Kłodzka, Kłodzko County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship
Date of death Jan 02, 1999 Bonn, Cologne Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Awards German Cross in Gold, Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
The details

Johann-Otto Krieg (14 March 1919 – 2 January 1999) was a Kapitänleutnant with the Kriegsmarine during World War II. He first served as 2nd watch officer on U-81 then under the command of Friedrich Guggenberger before taking command of the U-boat. He was born in Lommitz in the district of Hirschberg/Silesia. He later served in the Bundesmarine of the Bundeswehr. During World War II he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for his command of the Kleinkampfflottille 361.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

As commander of U-81, Krieg is credited with the sinking of 13 merchant ships totaling 15,837 gross register tons (GRT), damaging another ship of 7,472 GRT that it had to be considered a total loss, and further damaging a ships of 6,671 GRT.

Date Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate
10 February 1943 Saroena United Kingdom 6,671 Damaged
11 February 1943 Al Kasbanah* Egypt 110 Sunk
11 February 1943 Dolphin* Palestine 135 Sunk
11 February 1943 Husni* Lebanese French flag.svg Lebanon 107 Sunk
11 February 1943 Sabah al Kheir* Egypt 36 Sunk
20 March 1943 Bourgheih* Egypt 244 Sunk
20 March 1943 Mawahab Allah* Flag of Syria (1932-1958; 1961-1963).svg Syria 77 Sunk
28 March 1943 Rouisdi* Egypt 133 Sunk
17 June 1943 Yoma United Kingdom 8,131 Sunk
25 June 1943 Nisr* Egypt 80 Sunk
26 June 1943 Nelly* Flag of Syria (1932-1958; 1961-1963).svg Syria 80 Sunk
26 June 1943 Toufic Allah* Flag of Syria (1932-1958; 1961-1963).svg Syria 75 Sunk
27 June 1943 Michalios Greece 3,742 Sunk
22 July 1943 Empire Moon United Kingdom 7,472 Total loss
18 November 1943 Empire Dunstan United Kingdom 2,887 Sunk

* Sailing vessel


  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (23 September 1941)
    • 1st Class (13 March 1942)
  • U-boat War Badge (1939) (23 September 1941)
  • Wound Badge (1939) in Black (17 April 1945)
  • Italian War Merit Cross (30 March 1942)
  • German Cross in Gold (19 November 1943)
  • Bewährungsabzeichen der Kleinkampfmittel (Small Units Badge) (December 1944)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 8 July 1944 as Oberleutnant zur See and chief of Kleinkampfflottille 361
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