Günther Seibicke

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Günther Seibicke
Born (1911-08-30)30 August 1911
Eggersdorf
Died 26 May 1943(1943-05-26) (aged 31)
North Atlantic
Buried at (48°16′N 05°33′W / 48.267°N 5.550°W / 48.267; -5.550 (U-436 (U-boat)))
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
 Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1932–1943
Rank Korvettenkapitän (posthumous)
Unit cruiser Köln
Schleswig-Holstein
cruiser Königsberg
Commands held U-436
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Günther Seibicke (30 August 1911 – 26 May 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). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He and the entire crew of U-436 were killed on 26 May 1943 by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Test and the corvette HMS Hyderabad.

Summary of career[edit]

Ships attacked[edit]

As a U-boat commander of U-436 Günther Seibicke is credited with sinking six merchant ship of 36,208 gross register tons (GRT), one warship of 291 metric tons (286 long tons; 321 short tons), and damaging two ships of 15,575 GRT.

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[1]
1 March 1942 RT-19 Komintern  Soviet Union 577 Sunk
13 April 1942 Kiev  Soviet Union 5,823 Sunk
27 October 1942 Frontenac  Norway 7,350 Damaged
27 October 1942 Gurney E. Newlin  USA 8,225 Damaged
27 October 1942 HMS LCT-2281*  United Kingdom 291 Sunk
27 October 1942 Sourabaya  United Kingdom 10,107 Sunk
29 October 1942 Barrwhin  United Kingdom 4,998 Sunk
8 January 1943 Albert L. Ellsworth  Norway 5,283 Sunk
8 January 1943 Oltenia II  United Kingdom 6,394 Sunk

* Carried by Sourabaya

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ http://uboat.net/boats/successes/u436/html
  2. ^ a b c d Busch and Röll 2003, p. 335.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 397.
Bibliography
  • Busch, Hans-Joachim; Röll (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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