Ulrich Folkers (6 March 1915 in Kiel – killed in action 6 May 1943 in the North Atlantic) 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. U-125 was fatally damaged at 52°30′N 45°20′W by the British destroyer Oribi and gunfire from the British corvette Snowflake.
Summary of career
As commander of U-125, Folkers is credited with the sinking of 17 merchant ships totalling 82,873 gross register tons (GRT).
|26 January 1942||West Ivis||United States||5,666||Sunk|
|23 April 1942||Lammot Du Pont||United States||5,102||Sunk|
|3 May 1942||San Rafael||Dominican Republic||1,973||Sunk|
|4 May 1942||Tuscaloosa City||United States||5,687||Sunk|
|6 May 1942||Empire Buffalo||United Kingdom||6,404||Sunk|
|6 May 1942||Green Island||United States||1,946||Sunk|
|9 May 1942||Calgarolite||Canada||11,941||Sunk|
|14 May 1942||Comayagua||Honduras||2,493||Sunk|
|18 May 1942||Mercury Sun||United States||8,893||Sunk|
|18 May 1942||William J. Salman||United States||2,616||Sunk|
|1 September 1942||Ilorin||United Kingdom||815||Sunk|
|23 September 1942||Bruyère||United Kingdom||5,335||Sunk|
|29 September 1942||Baron Ogilvy||United Kingdom||3,391||Sunk|
|30 September 1942||Empire Avocet||United Kingdom||6,015||Sunk|
|30 September 1942||Kumsang||United Kingdom||5,447||Sunk|
|8 October 1942||Glendene||United Kingdom||4,412||Sunk|
|4 May 1943||Lorient||United Kingdom||4,737||Sunk|
- Bulgarian Order of Military Merit 4th Class with Crown (1 November 1936)
- Wehrmacht Long Service Award 4th Class (8 April 1938)
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (15 January 1940)
- U-boat War Badge (1939) (26 March 1941)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 27 March 1943 as Kapitänleutnant and commander of U-125
- Mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht on 22 May 1942
- Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-125 - U-boat Successes". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
- ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 338.
- ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 339.
- Scherzer 2007, p. 314.