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✠ Erich Topp (2 July 1914 – 26 December 2005) RK 20.06.1941 Oberleutnant zur See, Kdt. U-552 [87. EL] 11.04.1942 Kapitänleutnant, Kdt. U-552 [17. Sw] 17.08.1942 Kapitänleutnant, Kdt. U-552

✠ Erich Topp (2 July 1914 – 26 December 2005) RK 20.06.1941 Oberleutnant zur See, Kdt. U-552 [87. EL] 11.04.1942 Kapitänleutnant, Kdt. U-552 [17. Sw] 17.08.1942 Kapitänleutnant, Kdt. U-552

Kapitänleutnant Günther Prien, returning to Germany after sinking HMS Royal Oak. The "Bull of Scapa Flow" would receive the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross for his actions, and U-47 would go on to sink 30 more ships and damage 8 more under his leadership, making it one of the most successful U-boats of the war. Like most U-boat crewmen of the Kriegsmarine, Prien and U-47 did not survive the war. They disappeared in March of 1941 off the coast of Iceland.

siegseuphorie: “ Heinrich Günther Prien, Navy U-boat Commander, was born on January 1908 in Osterfeld& the son of a judge. In he joined the German Merchant Navy, receiving his.

1940 The Wolfpack moves on to Convoy HX79. Kapitänleutnant  Otto Kretschmer, also known as Otto der Schweigsame (Silent Otto), November 1940.

1940 The Wolfpack moves on to Convoy Kapitänleutnant Otto Kretschmer, also known as Otto der Schweigsame (Silent Otto), November

Fritz-Julius Lemp

U-Boats ~ Fritz-Julius Lemp February 1913 – 9 May was captured after being depth charged and he was not amongst the survivors.

Großadmiral Karl Dönitz (1891-1980), Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine und Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote, Ritterkreuz 21.04.1940, Eichenlaub (223) 06.04.1943

Großadmiral Karl Donitz, Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine (Commander-in-Chief of the German Navy) Flag Officer, Submarines

Korvettenkapitän Reinhard Hardegen is a German U-boat commander who sank 22 ships, amounting to 115,656 gross register tons sunk, making him the 24th most successful commander in World War II.

Korvettenkapitän Reinhard Hardegen is a German U-boat commander who sank 22 ships, amounting to gross register tons sunk, making him the most successful commander in World War II.

Major Joachim Müncheberg (1918 – 1943), Luftwaffe fighter ace credited with shooting down 135 enemy aircraft including 46 Supermarine Spitfire fighters. He succumbed to battle wounds, on 23 March 1943. Iron Cross, 2nd Class, 1st Class, German Cross in Gold, Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords.

Major Joachim Müncheberg – Luftwaffe fighter ace, credited with shooting down 135 enemy aircraft including 46 Supermarine Spitfire fighters, including in the Battle of Britain. He succumbed to battle wounds on 23 March

Three type VIIC-boats and the type IXA boat U 37 (second boat from the left) at the beginning of 1942 in Gotenhafen. U 37 and the VII C-boat of the 22. U-Flottille where they served as training boats for new crews. All the boats are fitted with removable ice protection structures on their bows. In the background is the ex norwegian passenger liner Vega which was used as a depot ship and had been renamed Wega by the Kreigsmarine.

Three type VIIC-boats and the type IXA boat U 37 (second boat from the left) at…

Kapitänleutnant Ulrich Heyse (1906-1970), Kommandant Unterseeboote "U 128", Ritterkreuz 21.01.1943

Kapitänleutnant Ulrich Heyse Kommandant Unterseeboote "U Ritterkreuz

1941- German U-Boat hero Lieutenant-Commander Joachim Schepke. Seventh recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

German U-Boat hero Lieutenant-Commander Joachim Schepke. Seventh recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Otto Kretschmer, ranked top U-boat commander of WWII, with approximately 46 ships/270,000 tons sunk

Otto Kretschmer, ranked top U-boat commander of WWII, with approximately 46 tons sunk

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