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Siegfried Strelow

German World War II U-boat commander
The basics
About
Occupation Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Country Germany
Date of birth Kiel
Date of death Jul 09, 1943 Atlantic Ocean
The details
Biography

Siegfried Strelow (15 April 1911 – 15 July 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), awarded for extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He and the entire crew of U-435 were killed in action west of Figueira da Foz Municipality, Portugal, in position 39°48′N 14°22′W when their boat was sunk by four depth charges from a Royal Air Force (RAF) Vickers Wellington bomber of No. 179 Squadron RAF.

Summary of career

Ships Attacked

As commander of U-435 Strelow is credited with the sinking of nine merchant ships for a total of 53,712 gross register tons (GRT), further sinking one auxiliary warship of 2,456 GRT and three warships of 855 long tons (869 t).

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate
30 March 1942 Effingham  United States 6,421 Sunk
13 April 1942 El Occidente  Panama 6,008 Sunk
13 April 1942 Harpalion  United Kingdom 5,486 Sunk
20 September 1942 HMS Leda (J 93)  Royal Navy 835 Sunk
22 September 1942 Bellingham  United States 5,345 Sunk
22 September 1942 Grey Ranger  United Kingdom 3,313 Sunk
22 September 1942 Ocean Voice  United Kingdom 7,174 Sunk
29 December 1942 Empire Shackleton  United Kingdom 7,068 Sunk
29 December 1942 Norse King  Norway 5,701 Sunk
30 December 1942 HMS Fidelity (D57)  Royal Navy 2,456 Sunk
30 December 1942 HMS LCV-752  Royal Navy 10 Sunk
30 December 1942 HMS LCV-754  Royal Navy 10 Sunk
17 March 1943 William Eustis  United States 7,196 Sunk

Awards

  • Wehrmacht Long Service Award (2 October 1936)
  • Sudetenland Medal (1 August 1939)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (25 April 1940)
    • 1st Class (25 May 1940)
  • Destroyer War Badge (19 February 1941)
  • U-boat War Badge (1939) (15 April 1942)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 27 October 1942 as Kapitänleutnant and commander of U-435
  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit hy U-435". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. 
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 270.
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 415.
  • Scherzer 2007, p. 731.
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