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
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|
|21 September 1943||Cornelia P. Spencer||United States||7,176||Sunk at|
|5 October 1943||Britannia||United Kingdom||9,977||Damaged at|
|20 January 1944||Fort Buckingham||United Kingdom||7,122||Sunk at|
|25 January 1944||Fort la Maune||United Kingdom||7,130||Sunk at|
|26 January 1944||Samouri||United Kingdom||7,219||Sunk at|
|26 January 1944||Surada||United Kingdom||5,427||Sunk at|
|29 January 1944||Olga E. Embiricos||Greece||4,677||Sunk at|
|3 February 1944||Chung Cheng||China||7,176||Sunk at|
|9 February 1944||Viva||Norway||3,798||Sunk at|
- Sudetenland Medal (20 December 1939)
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (18 December 1941)
- 1st Class (8 April 1942)
- U-boat War Badge (1939) (29 December 1941)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 11 February 1944 as Kapitänleutnant and commander of U-188
- U-boat Front Clasp (27 September 1944)
- Busch & Röll 2003, p. 424.
- ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 425.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 297.
- Scherzer 2007, p. 517.