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Alfred Eick
Born 9 March 1916(1916-03-09) (age 104)
Place of birth Essen
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1937–1945
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Unit destroyer Z4 Richard Beitzen
Commands held U-510

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work tax adviser

Alfred Eick (born 9 March 1916) is a former German U-boat commander and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership in World War II. He was born in Essen and lives in Bielefeld today.

At the 25 anniversary of Eick's sinking of the SS Point Pleasant Park, the surviving crew created a monument to those that died in Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Eick sent $30 ($180 in 2013) for a wreath to be placed at the base of the monument.[1]

Summary of career[edit | edit source]

Ships attacked[edit | edit source]

As a U-boat commander of U-510 Alfred Eick is credited with the sinking of eight ships for a total of 56,972 gross register tons (GRT), one auxiliary warship of 249 metric tons (245 long tons; 274 short tons), damaging one ship of 3,702 GRT, and severely damaging one ship that it was considered a total loss of 9,970 GRT.

Date Name of ship Flag Tonnage Fate
8 July 1943 B. P. Newton  Norway 10,324 Sunk
8 July 1943 Eldena  USA 6,900 Sunk
8 July 1943 Everagra  Latvia 3,702 Damaged
10 July 1943 Scandinavia  Sweden 1,641 Sunk
22 February 1944 E. G. Seubert  USA 9,181 Sunk
22 February 1944 Erling Brøving  Norway 9,970 Total loss
22 February 1944 San Alvaro  United Kingdom 7,385 Sunk
7 March 1944 Tarifa  Norway 7,299 Sunk
7 March 1944 John A. Poor  USA 7,176 Sunk
27 March 1944 HMS Maaløy  United Kingdom 249 Sunk
23 February 1945 SS Point Pleasant Park  Canada 7,136 Sunk

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Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit | edit source]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
31 March 1944 An den Versenkungserfolgen der letzten Zeit ist das Unterseeboot unter Führung von Oberleutnant zur See Eick hervorragend beteiligt.[5] The submarine led by Lieutenant at Sea Eick contributed outstandingly to the recent sinking success.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://www.downhomelife.com/article.php?id=1309
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 440.
  3. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 100.
  4. Scherzer 2007, p. 291.
  5. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, p. 70.
  • Busch, Rainer & Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939-1945 - Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 3-8132-0515-0.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall (in German). ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

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