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Nicolai Clausen

Asmus Nicolai Clausen
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Born (1911-06-02)2 June 1911

16 May 1943(1943-05-16) (aged 31)
South Atlantic
33°55′N 20°35′W / 33.917°N 20.583°W / 33.917; -20.583

Allegiance Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
Years of service 1929–1943
Rank Korvettenkapitän (posthumous)
Commands held German submarine U-142 (19402)
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Asmus Nicolai Clausen (2 June 1911 – 16 May 1943) was a German U-boat commander of the Second World War. He is credited with sinking 23 ships for a total of 73,428 gross register tons (GRT) of Allied shipping. He was also a 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.

Clausen and U-182 were lost with all hands, sunk on 16 May 1943 by the American destroyers USS MacKenzie and USS Lamb.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

As a U-boat commander of U-37, U-129 and U-182 Nicolai Clausen is credited with the sinking of 23 ships for a total of 73,428 gross register tons (GRT) and sinking one French submarine, the Sfax (Q 182), of 1,379 metric tons (1,357 long tons; 1,520 short tons).

Date U-boat Name of Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate[1][2][3]
1 December 1940 U-37 Palmella  United Kingdom 1,578 Sunk
2 December 1940 U-37 Gwalia  Sweden 1,258 Sunk
2 December 1940 U-37 Jeanne M.  United Kingdom 2,465 Sunk
4 December 1940 U-37 Daphne  Sweden 1,513 Sunk
16 December 1940 U-37 San Carlos  Spain 223 Sunk
19 December 1940 U-37 Rhône  France 2,785 Sunk
19 December 1940 U-37 Sfax (Q 182)  France 1,379 Sunk
9 February 1941 U-37 Courland  United Kingdom 1,325 Sunk
9 February 1941 U-37 Estrellano  United Kingdom 1,983 Sunk
10 February 1941 U-37 Brandenburg  United Kingdom 1,473 Sunk
7 March 1941 U-37 Mentor  Greece 3,050 Sunk
12 March 1941 U-37 Petursey  Iceland 91 Sunk
20 February 1942 U-129 Nordvangen  Norway 2,400 Sunk
23 February 1942 U-129 George L. Torian  Canada 1,754 Sunk
23 February 1942 U-129 Lennox  Canada 1,904 Sunk
23 February 1942 U-129 West Zeda  United States 5,658 Sunk
28 February 1942 U-129 Bayou  Panama 2,605 Sunk
3 March 1942 U-129 Mary  United States 5,104 Sunk
7 March 1942 U-129 Steel Age  United States 6,188 Sunk
15 January 1943 U-182 Ocean Courage  United Kingdom 7,173 Sunk
17 February 1943 U-182 Llanashe  United Kingdom 4,836 Sunk
10 March 1943 U-182 Richard D. Spaight  United States 7,177 Sunk
5 April 1943 U-182 Aloe  United Kingdom 5,047 Sunk
1 May 1943 U-182 Adelfotis  Greece 5,838 Sunk


Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Thursday, 12 March 1942 Bei den Unternehmungen in Amerikanischen Gewässern zeichneten sie die Unterseeboote unter Führung der Kapitänleutnante Achilles und Nico Clausen besonders aus.[6]

Submarines under the commands of Kapitänleutnante Achilles and Nico Clausen distinguished themselves in operations in the American sea.


  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 2, 1. Januar 1942 bis 31. Dezember 1943 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

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