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Ulrich Folkers

German World War II U-boat commander
The basics
About
Occupation Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Country Germany
Date of birth Kiel
Date of death May 06, 1943 Atlantic Ocean
The details
Biography

Ulrich Folkers (6 March 1915 in Kiel – killed in action 6 May 1943 in the North Atlantic) 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. U-125 was fatally damaged at 52°30′N 45°20′W by the British destroyer Oribi and gunfire from the British corvette Snowflake.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

As commander of U-125, Folkers is credited with the sinking of 17 merchant ships totalling 82,873 gross register tons (GRT).

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate
26 January 1942 West Ivis  United States 5,666 Sunk
23 April 1942 Lammot Du Pont  United States 5,102 Sunk
3 May 1942 San Rafael  Dominican Republic 1,973 Sunk
4 May 1942 Tuscaloosa City  United States 5,687 Sunk
6 May 1942 Empire Buffalo  United Kingdom 6,404 Sunk
6 May 1942 Green Island  United States 1,946 Sunk
9 May 1942 Calgarolite  Canada 11,941 Sunk
14 May 1942 Comayagua  Honduras 2,493 Sunk
18 May 1942 Mercury Sun  United States 8,893 Sunk
18 May 1942 William J. Salman  United States 2,616 Sunk
1 September 1942 Ilorin  United Kingdom 815 Sunk
23 September 1942 Bruyère  United Kingdom 5,335 Sunk
29 September 1942 Baron Ogilvy  United Kingdom 3,391 Sunk
30 September 1942 Empire Avocet  United Kingdom 6,015 Sunk
30 September 1942 Kumsang  United Kingdom 5,447 Sunk
8 October 1942 Glendene  United Kingdom 4,412 Sunk
4 May 1943 Lorient  United Kingdom 4,737 Sunk

Awards

  • Bulgarian Order of Military Merit 4th Class with Crown (1 November 1936)
  • Wehrmacht Long Service Award 4th Class (8 April 1938)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (15 January 1940)
  • U-boat War Badge (1939) (26 March 1941)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 27 March 1943 as Kapitänleutnant and commander of U-125
  • Mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht on 22 May 1942
  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-125 - U-boat Successes". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 338.
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 339.
  • Scherzer 2007, p. 314.
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