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Gerd Kelbling
Born (1912-06-12)12 June 1912
Died 9 June 2005(2005-06-09) (age 14)
Place of birth Salzbrunn, Silesia
Place of death Dießen am Ammersee
Allegiance Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Nazi Germany
Service/branch War Ensign of Germany (1938–1945).svg Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1934–1945
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Unit SSS Gorch Fock
cruiser Karlsruhe
steamer Hecht
Panzerschiff Deutschland
Minesweeper M-132
U-557
Commands held U-593
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Gerd Kelbling (12 June 1912 – 9 June 2005) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German language:Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. As a U-boat commander he is credited with the sinkinking of nine merchant vessels for a total of 38,290 gross register tons (GRT) and three warships for a total of 2,902 tons, including the USS Skill and HMS Tynedale. He further damaged one ship of 4,853 GRT and one warship of 1,625 tons. A further vessel of 8,426 GRT and one warship 1,625 tons were so heavily damaged that they were a total loss. U-593 was sunk on 13 December 1943 in the western Mediterranean by depth charges from the US destroyer USS Wainwright and the British escort destroyer HMS Calpe. The entire crew, without loss of life, was taken prisoner of war.

Summary of careerEdit

Ships attackedEdit

Date Name of Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate[1]
14 May 1942 Stavros 4,853 Flag of Greece.svg Greece Damaged
25 May 1942 Persephone 8,426 Flag of Panama.svg Panama Damaged for total loss
5 August 1942 Spar 3,616 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Sunk
12 November 1942 Browning 5,332 Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Sunk
18 March 1943 Dafila 1,940 Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Sunk
18 March 1943 Kaying 2,626 Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Sunk
27 March 1943 City of Guildford 5,157 Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Sunk
11 April 1943 Runo 1,858 Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Sunk
22 June 1943 USS LST-333 1,625 US flag 48 stars.svg United States Damaged for total loss
22 June 1943 USS LST-387 1,625 US flag 48 stars.svg United States Damaged
5 July 1943 Devis 6,054 Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Sunk
21 September 1943 William W. Gerhard 7,176 US flag 48 stars.svg United States Sunk
25 September 1943 USS Skill 815 US flag 48 stars.svg United States Sunk
3 November 1943 Mont Viso 4,531 Flag of France.svg France Sunk
12 December 1943 HMS Tynedale 1,000 Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Sunk
12 December 1943 HMS Holcombe 1,087 Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Sunk

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ReferencesEdit

Citations
  1. "Ships hit by U-593 - U-boat Successes - German U-boats - uboat.net". uboat.net. http://uboat.net/boats/successes/u593/html. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  2. Busch and Röll 2003, p. 373.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 374.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 252.
  5. Scherzer 2007, p. 435.
Bibliography
  • Busch, Rainer and 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 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 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.
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