Siegfried Strelow (15 April 1911 – 15 July 1943) 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), awarded for extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He and the entire crew of U-435 were killed in action west of Figueira da Foz Municipality, Portugal, in position 39°48′N 14°22′W when their boat was sunk by four depth charges from a Royal Air Force (RAF) Vickers Wellington bomber of No. 179 Squadron RAF.
Summary of career
As commander of U-435 Strelow is credited with the sinking of nine merchant ships for a total of 53,712 gross register tons (GRT), further sinking one auxiliary warship of 2,456 GRT and three warships of 855 long tons (869 t).
|30 March 1942||Effingham||United States||6,421||Sunk|
|13 April 1942||El Occidente||Panama||6,008||Sunk|
|13 April 1942||Harpalion||United Kingdom||5,486||Sunk|
|20 September 1942||HMS Leda (J 93)||Royal Navy||835||Sunk|
|22 September 1942||Bellingham||United States||5,345||Sunk|
|22 September 1942||Grey Ranger||United Kingdom||3,313||Sunk|
|22 September 1942||Ocean Voice||United Kingdom||7,174||Sunk|
|29 December 1942||Empire Shackleton||United Kingdom||7,068||Sunk|
|29 December 1942||Norse King||Norway||5,701||Sunk|
|30 December 1942||HMS Fidelity (D57)||Royal Navy||2,456||Sunk|
|30 December 1942||HMS LCV-752||Royal Navy||10||Sunk|
|30 December 1942||HMS LCV-754||Royal Navy||10||Sunk|
|17 March 1943||William Eustis||United States||7,196||Sunk|
- Wehrmacht Long Service Award (2 October 1936)
- Sudetenland Medal (1 August 1939)
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (25 April 1940)
- 1st Class (25 May 1940)
- Destroyer War Badge (19 February 1941)
- U-boat War Badge (1939) (15 April 1942)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 27 October 1942 as Kapitänleutnant and commander of U-435
- Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit hy U-435". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net.
- ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 270.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 415.
- Scherzer 2007, p. 731.