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Siegfried Koitschka

Siegfried Koitschka
Erich Topp (white cap)
Born (1917-08-06)6 August 1917
Siebitz, district of Bautzen
Died 17 May 2002(2002-05-17) (aged 84)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1937–1945
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Unit SSS Gorch Fock
cruiser Emden
cruiser Admiral Hipper
Commands held U-7

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Veterinary in Lohra, district Marburg-Biedenkopf

Dr. med. vet. Siegfried Koitschka[Note 1] (6 August 1917 – 17 May 2002) 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 is credited with the sinking of the USS Buck (DD-420).

Before taking command of his first U-boat, Koitschka served as watch officer on U-552 under the command of Erich Topp. Koitschka and his entire crew were taken prisoner of war following the scuttling of U-616 on 17 May 1944. U-616 sank in position 36°46′N 00°52′E / 36.767°N 0.867°E / 36.767; 0.867 (scuttling of U-616) after three days of sustained depth charging from the US destroyers USS Nields, USS Gleaves, USS Ellyson, USS Macomb, USS Hambleton, USS Rodman and USS Emmons, and by depth charges from a British Vickers Wellington aircraft from No. 36 Squadron.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

Date Name of Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate
9 October 1943 USS Buck  USA 1,570 Sunk
11 October 1943 HMS LCT-553  United Kingdom 611 Sunk
14 May 1944 Fort Fidler  United Kingdom 7,127 Damaged
14 May 1944 G.S. Walden  United Kingdom 10,627 Damaged




  • Williamson, Gordon & Bujeiro, Ramiro (2005). Knight's Cross and Oak Leaves Recipients 1941-45. Osprey Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-84176-642-9.

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