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Hans-Joachim Förster

Hans-Joachim Förster
File:Hans-Joachim von Förster.jpg
Born (1920-02-20)20 February 1920
Groß Köris near Teltow
Died 24 February 1945(1945-02-24) (aged 25)
English Channel
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1938–1945
Rank Oberleutnant zur See
Unit SSS Albert Leo Schlageter
cruiser Emden
destroyer Z29
Commands held U-348
U-479
U-480
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hans-Joachim Förster (20 February 1920 in Groß Köris – 24 February 1945 west of the English Channel) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). He is credited with the sinking of two merchant ships for a total of 12,846 gross register tons (GRT) plus two warships for a total of 1,775 GRT, including the HMCS Alberni and HMS Loyalty. He and the entire crew of U-480 were killed when U-480 was sunk between 18 and 24 February 1945 in a minefield in position 50°22′04″N 01°44′10″W / 50.36778°N 1.73611°W / 50.36778; -1.73611 (U-480 (U-boat)).[1]

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  • 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.
  • 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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