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Heinrich Petersen (naval officer)

This article is about the Kriegsmarine naval officer. For the Waffen-SS officer, see Heinrich Petersen (SS officer).
Heinrich Petersen
Born (1902-11-03)3 November 1902
Died 6 June 1963(1963-06-06) (aged 60)
Allegiance Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Reichsmarine
Years of service 1919–1945
Rank Oberleutnant zur See of the Reserves
Unit Berlin
tender Nordsee
minesweeper M-75
torpedo boat T-152, T-155

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Heinrich Petersen (3 November 1902 – 6 June 1963) was a German U-boat machinist 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 participated on eight war patrols on U-23 before transferring to U-99 for further eight war patrols. All of his war patrols were made under the command of Otto Kretschmer.

Kretschmer had recommended Petersen for the Knight's Cross after twelve war patrols for saving U-99 from enemy detection. Petersen was taken prisoner of war on 17 March 1941 when U-99 was scuttled after depth charging by HMS Walker.



  • Busch, Rainer and 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 3-8132-0515-0.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.

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