Siegfried Lüdden

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Siegfried Lüdden
Born 20 May 1916
Neubrandenburg
Died 13 January 1945(1945-01-13) (aged 28)
Kiel
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1936–45
Rank Korvettenkapitän (posthumous)
Unit U-141
Commands held U-188
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Siegfried Lüdden (20 May 1916 – 13 January 1945) 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. Lüdden is credited with the sinking of eight ships of 49,725 gross register tons (GRT) and one warship, HMS Beverley, and damaging a further ship of 9,977 GRT. Among others, he and Korvettenkapitän Wilhelm Franken were killed on 13 January 1945 when a fire broke out on the accommodation ship Daressalem in Kiel harbor.

Summary of career[edit]

Ships attacked[edit]

As commander of U-188 Siegfried Lüdden is credited with the sinking of eight 49,725 gross register tons (GRT) and one warship, HMS Beverley, and damaging a further ship of 9,977 GRT.

Date Name of ship Flag Tonnage Fate
11 April 1943 HMS Beverley  Royal Navy 1,190 Sunk at 52°19′N 40°28′W / 52.317°N 40.467°W / 52.317; -40.467 (HMS Beverley (ship))
21 September 1943 Cornelia P. Spencer  United States 7,176 Sunk at 02°08′N 50°10′E / 2.133°N 50.167°E / 2.133; 50.167 (Cornelia P. Spencer (ship))
5 October 1943 Britannia  United Kingdom 9,977 Damaged at 24°21′N 58°02′E / 24.350°N 58.033°E / 24.350; 58.033 (Britannia (ship))
20 January 1944 Fort Buckingham  United Kingdom 7,122 Sunk at 08°19′N 66°40′E / 8.317°N 66.667°E / 8.317; 66.667 (Fort Buckingham (ship))
25 January 1944 Fort la Maune  United Kingdom 7,130 Sunk at 13°04′N 56°30′E / 13.067°N 56.500°E / 13.067; 56.500 (Fort la Maune (ship))
26 January 1944 Samouri  United Kingdom 7,219 Sunk at 13°13′N 55°56′E / 13.217°N 55.933°E / 13.217; 55.933 (Samouri (ship))
26 January 1944 Surada  United Kingdom 5,427 Sunk at 13°00′N 55°15′E / 13.000°N 55.250°E / 13.000; 55.250 (Surada (ship))
29 January 1944 Olga E. Embiricos  Greece 4,677 Sunk at 12°30′N 50°10′E / 12.500°N 50.167°E / 12.500; 50.167 (Olga E. Embiricos (ship))
3 February 1944 Chung Cheng  China 7,176 Sunk at 13°00′N 54°20′E / 13.000°N 54.333°E / 13.000; 54.333 (Chung Cheng (ship))
9 February 1944 Viva  Norway 3,798 Sunk at 12°30′N 57°50′E / 12.500°N 57.833°E / 12.500; 57.833 (Viva (ship))

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 424.
  2. ^ a b c d Busch & Röll 2003, p. 425.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 297.
  4. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 517.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [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. 
  • 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 Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

External links[edit]

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Siegfried Lüdden". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 20 April 2015.