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Siegfried Lüdden

German World War II U-boat commander
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About
Occupation Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Date of birth Neubrandenburg
Date of death Jan 13, 1945 Kiel
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Biography

Siegfried Lüdden (20 May 1916 – 13 January 1945) 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. Lüdden is credited with the sinking of eight ships of 49,725 gross register tons (GRT) and one warship, HMS Beverley, and damaging a further ship of 9,977 GRT. Among others, he and Korvettenkapitän Wilhelm Franken were killed on 13 January 1945 when a fire broke out on the accommodation ship Daressalem in Kiel harbor.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

As commander of U-188 Siegfried Lüdden is credited with the sinking of eight 49,725 gross register tons (GRT) and one warship, HMS Beverley, and damaging a further ship of 9,977 GRT.

Date Name of ship Flag Tonnage Fate
11 April 1943 HMS Beverley  Royal Navy 1,190 Sunk at 52°19′N 40°28′W / 52.317°N 40.467°W / 52.317; -40.467 (HMS Beverley (ship))
21 September 1943 Cornelia P. Spencer  United States 7,176 Sunk at 02°08′N 50°10′E / 2.133°N 50.167°E / 2.133; 50.167 (Cornelia P. Spencer (ship))
5 October 1943 Britannia  United Kingdom 9,977 Damaged at 24°21′N 58°02′E / 24.350°N 58.033°E / 24.350; 58.033 (Britannia (ship))
20 January 1944 Fort Buckingham  United Kingdom 7,122 Sunk at 08°19′N 66°40′E / 8.317°N 66.667°E / 8.317; 66.667 (Fort Buckingham (ship))
25 January 1944 Fort la Maune  United Kingdom 7,130 Sunk at 13°04′N 56°30′E / 13.067°N 56.500°E / 13.067; 56.500 (Fort la Maune (ship))
26 January 1944 Samouri  United Kingdom 7,219 Sunk at 13°13′N 55°56′E / 13.217°N 55.933°E / 13.217; 55.933 (Samouri (ship))
26 January 1944 Surada  United Kingdom 5,427 Sunk at 13°00′N 55°15′E / 13.000°N 55.250°E / 13.000; 55.250 (Surada (ship))
29 January 1944 Olga E. Embiricos  Greece 4,677 Sunk at 12°30′N 50°10′E / 12.500°N 50.167°E / 12.500; 50.167 (Olga E. Embiricos (ship))
3 February 1944 Chung Cheng  China 7,176 Sunk at 13°00′N 54°20′E / 13.000°N 54.333°E / 13.000; 54.333 (Chung Cheng (ship))
9 February 1944 Viva  Norway 3,798 Sunk at 12°30′N 57°50′E / 12.500°N 57.833°E / 12.500; 57.833 (Viva (ship))

Awards

  • Sudetenland Medal (20 December 1939)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (18 December 1941)
    • 1st Class (8 April 1942)
  • U-boat War Badge (1939) (29 December 1941)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 11 February 1944 as Kapitänleutnant and commander of U-188
  • U-boat Front Clasp (27 September 1944)
  • Busch & Röll 2003, p. 424.
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 425.
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 297.
  • Scherzer 2007, p. 517.
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