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Siegfried Lüdden

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

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  United Kingdom 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  Chile 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))



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