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 8 ships of 49,725 gross register tons (GRT) and one warship, the 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

Ships attacked

As a U-boat commander of U-188 Siegfried Lüdden is credited with the sinking of eight 49,725 gross register tons (GRT) and one warship, the 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 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
21 September 1943 Cornelia P. Spencer  United States 7,176 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
5 October 1943 Britannia  United Kingdom 9,977 Damaged at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
20 January 1944 Fort Buckingham  United Kingdom 7,122 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
25 January 1944 Fort la Maune  United Kingdom 7,130 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
26 January 1944 Samouri  United Kingdom 7,219 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
26 January 1944 Surada  United Kingdom 5,427 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
29 January 1944 Olga E. Embiricos  Greece 4,677 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
3 February 1944 Chung Cheng  China 7,176 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
9 February 1944 Viva  Norway 3,798 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.

Awards

References

Citations

  1. Busch & Röll 2003, p. 424.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Busch & Röll 2003, p. 425.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 297.
  4. Scherzer 2007, p. 517.

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 (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 978-3-8132-0515-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Kurowski, Franz (1995). Knight's Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-88740-748-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 978-3-87943-355-1. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Siegfried Lüdden". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 20 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>