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Siegfried Strelow
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Born (1911-04-15)15 April 1911
Died 9 July 1943(1943-07-09) (age 76)
Place of birth Kiel
Place of death North Atlantic
Buried at (39°48′N 14°22′W / 39.8°N 14.367°W / 39.8; -14.367 (U-156 (U-boat)))
Allegiance Weimar Republic Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag of Weimar Republic (jack).svg Reichsmarine
War Ensign of Germany (1938–1945).svg Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1931–1943
Rank Korvettenkapitän (posthumous)
Unit SSS Niobe
cruiser Karlsruhe
torpedo boat Seeadler
Schleswig-Holstein
Panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee
destroyer Z4 Richard Beitzen
cruiser Leipzig
Commands held torpedo boat G-11
torpedo boat Albatros
torpedo boat Löwe
U-435
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

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 language: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 / 39.8°N 14.367°W / 39.8; -14.367 (U-435 (U-boat)) when their boat was sunk by 4 depth charges from a Royal Air Force (RAF) Vickers Wellington bomber of No. 179 Squadron RAF.

Summary of careerEdit

Ships attackedEdit

As a U-boat 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 metric tons (2,417 long tons; 2,707 short tons) and three warships of 855 t (841 long tons; 942 short tons).

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[1]
30 March 1942 Effingham US flag 48 stars.svg USA 6,421 Sunk
13 April 1942 El Occidente Flag of Panama.svg Panama 6,008 Sunk
13 April 1942 Harpalion Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 5,486 Sunk
20 September 1942 HMS Leda (J 93) Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 835 Sunk
22 September 1942 Bellingham US flag 48 stars.svg USA 5,345 Sunk
22 September 1942 Grey Ranger Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 3,313 Sunk
22 September 1942 Ocean Voice Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 7,174 Sunk
29 December 1942 Empire Shackleton Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 7,068 Sunk
29 December 1942 Norse King Flag of Norway.svg Norway 5,701 Sunk
30 December 1942 HMS Fidelity (D57) Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 2,456 Sunk
30 December 1942 HMS LCV-752 Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 10 Sunk
30 December 1942 HMS LCV-754 Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 10 Sunk
17 March 1943 William Eustis US flag 48 stars.svg USA 7,196 Sunk

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

Citations
  1. http://uboat.net/boats/successes/u435/html
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 270.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 415.
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. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
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