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Günther Heydemann

Günther Heydemann
Rösing decorates Heydemann with the Knight's Cross
Born (1914-01-11)11 January 1914
Died 2 January 1986(1986-01-02) (aged 71)
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1933–1945
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Unit SSS Gorch Fock
cruiser Karlsruhe
Commands held U-575

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Günther Heydemann (11 January 1914 in Greifswald – 2 January 1986 in Hamburg-Wedel) 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.

Prior to taking command of U-575, Heydemann made two war patrols as watch officer on board U-69 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Jost Metzler.

Summary of career

As a U-boat commander of U-575 Günther Heydmann is credited with the sinking of eight ships for a total of 36,010 gross register tons (GRT) and damaging one warship of 12,910 GRT.

Ships attacked

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
2 October 1941 Tuva  Netherlands 4,652 Sunk
16 April 1942 Robin Hood  USA 6,887 Sunk
4 July 1942 Norlandia  United Kingdom 2,689 Sunk
9 July 1942 Empire Explorer  United Kingdom 5,345 Sunk
18 July 1942 Comrade  United Kingdom 69 Sunk
18 July 1942 Glacier  United Kingdom 75 Sunk
18 July 1942 San Gaspar  United Kingdom 12,910 Damaged
29 July 1942 Abosso  United Kingdom 11,330 Sunk
25 January 1943 City of Flint  United Kingdom 4,963 Sunk



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