Claus Korth

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Claus Korth
Born (1911-11-07)7 November 1911
Berlin
Died 24 January 1988(1988-01-24) (aged 76)
Kiel
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
 Kriegsmarine
 German Navy
Years of service 1932–1945, 1955–1970
Rank Korvettenkapitän (Wehrmacht)
Kapitän zur See (Bundeswehr)
Unit SSS Niobe
cruiser Köln
Panzerschiff Deutschland
Commands held U-57
U-93
Marine-Torpedo-Versuchsstation
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Claus Korth (7 November 1911 – 24 January 1988) was a Korvettenkapitän with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and commander of U-57 and U-93. He is 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.

Claus Korth is credited with the sinking of thirteen ships for a total of 54,584 tons of Allied merchant shipping, including the RMS Durham Castle by mine. He was one of 40 survivors of the Niobe sinking on 26 July 1932.

Summary of career[edit]

Ships attacked[edit]

Date U-boat Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[1][2]
17 November 1939 U-57 Kaunas  Lithuania 1,566 Sunk
19 November 1939 U-57 Stanbrook  United Kingdom 1,383 Sunk
13 December 1939 U-57 Mina  Estonia 1,173 Sunk
20 January 1940 U-57 Miranda  Norway 1,328 Sunk
26 January 1940 U-57 HMS Durham Castle  United Kingdom 8,240 Sunk (mine)
14 February 1940 U-57 Gretafield  United Kingdom 10,191 Total loss
21 February 1940 U-57 Loch Maddy  United Kingdom 4,996 Damaged
25 March 1940 U-57 Daghestan  United Kingdom 5,742 Sunk
15 October 1940 U-93 Hurunui  United Kingdom 9,331 Sunk
17 October 1940 U-93 Dokka  Norway 1,168 Sunk
17 October 1940 U-93 Uskbridge  United Kingdom 2,715 Sunk
29 January 1941 U-93 Aikatern  Greece 4,929 Sunk
29 January 1941 U-93 King Robert  United Kingdom 5,886 Sunk
29 January 1941 U-93 W.B. Walker  United Kingdom 10,468 Sunk
4 February 1941 U-93 Dione II  United Kingdom 2,660 Sunk
21 May 1941 U-93 Elusa  Netherlands 6,235 Sunk

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ http://uboat.net/boats/successes/u.57/html
  2. ^ http://uboat.net/boats/successes/u93html
  3. ^ a b c d e f Busch and Röll 2003, p. 137.
  4. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 467.
Bibliography
  • 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. ISBN 978-3-8132-0515-2. 
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Kurowski, Franz (1995). Knight's Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-88740-748-2. 
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Navy]. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 978-3-87943-355-1. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 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 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

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