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Siegfried Strelow

Siegfried Strelow
Born (1911-04-15)15 April 1911
Died 9 July 1943(1943-07-09) (aged 32)
North Atlantic
Buried at ()
Allegiance Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
Years of service 1931–1943
Rank Korvettenkapitän (posthumous)
Unit SSS Niobe
cruiser Karlsruhe
torpedo boat Seeadler
Panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee
destroyer Z4 Richard Beitzen
cruiser Leipzig
Commands held torpedo boat G-11
torpedo boat Albatros
torpedo boat Löwe

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: 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 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 career

Ships Attacked

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
30 March 1942 Effingham  United States 6,421 Sunk
13 April 1942 El Occidente  Panama 6,008 Sunk
13 April 1942 Harpalion  United Kingdom 5,486 Sunk
20 September 1942 HMS Leda (J 93)  Royal Navy 835 Sunk
22 September 1942 Bellingham  United States 5,345 Sunk
22 September 1942 Grey Ranger  United Kingdom 3,313 Sunk
22 September 1942 Ocean Voice  United Kingdom 7,174 Sunk
29 December 1942 Empire Shackleton  United Kingdom 7,068 Sunk
29 December 1942 Norse King  Norway 5,701 Sunk
30 December 1942 HMS Fidelity (D57)  Royal Navy 2,456 Sunk
30 December 1942 HMS LCV-752  Royal Navy 10 Sunk
30 December 1942 HMS LCV-754  Royal Navy 10 Sunk
17 March 1943 William Eustis  United States 7,196 Sunk



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  2. ^ a b c d e f Busch and Röll 2003, p. 270.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 415.
  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939–1945 — Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 [The U-Boat War 1939–1945 — The Knight's Cross Bearers of the U-Boat Force from September 1939 to May 1945] (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn.  

External links

  • "Siegfried Strelow". Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  • "Siegfried Strelow". Lexikon der Wehrmacht (in German). Retrieved 4 July 2013. 

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