Johann-Otto Krieg

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 37b)


Successes
13 ships sunk, total tonnage 15,837 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,671 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,472 GRT

Born  14 Mar 1919 Somnitz, Riesengebirge
Died  2 Jan 1999(79)


Ranks

9 Oct 1937 Offiziersanwärter
1 Apr 1939 Fähnrich zur See
1 Mar 1940 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 May 1940 Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1942 Oberleutnant zur See

Decorations

Sep, 1941 U-boat War Badge 1939
1942 Iron Cross 2nd Class
1942 Iron Cross 1st Class
19 Nov 1943 German Cross in Gold
8 Jul 1944 Knights Cross

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-142 13 Sep 1942 24 Dec 1942   No war patrols 
U-81 25 Dec 1942 9 Jan 1944   8 patrols (148 days) 

After commanding the Type IID U-142 school boat for two months at the end of 1942, Johann-Otto Krieg took over the Type VIIC U-81 for 12 months service in the Mediterranean. He sank 15 ships, mostly small coastal sailing vessels, in her, earning the German Cross in Gold.

He left U-81 in January 1944 to join the K-Verband (Midget Submarine Group), and commanded K-Verband Flotilla 361 from March to July 1944, during which time he was awarded the Knights Cross. He stayed with the K-Verband as a staff and training officer until the end of the war.

Sources

Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Johann-Otto Krieg


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-81 30 Jan 1943  Pola  19 Feb 1943  Salamis  Patrol 1,21 days
2. U-81 6 Mar 1943  Salamis  7 Apr 1943  Pola  Patrol 2,33 days
3. U-81 6 Jun 1943  Pola  4 Jul 1943  Salamis  Patrol 3,29 days
4. U-81 14 Jul 1943  Salamis  25 Jul 1943  Pola  Patrol 4,12 days
5. U-81 1 Aug 1943  Pola  10 Aug 1943  Pola  Patrol 5,10 days
6. U-81 20 Sep 1943  Pola  13 Oct 1943  Pola  Patrol 6,24 days
7. U-81 10 Nov 1943  Pola  23 Nov 1943  Pola  Patrol 7,14 days
8. U-81 30 Dec 1943  Pola  3 Jan 1944  Pola  Patrol 8,5 days
8 patrols, 148 days at sea

Ships hit by Johann-Otto Krieg

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
10 Feb 1943U-81 Saroena (d.)6,671nl
11 Feb 1943U-81 Al Kasbanah110ag
11 Feb 1943U-81 Dolphin135pl
11 Feb 1943U-81 Husni107lb
11 Feb 1943U-81 Sabah el Kheir36ag
20 Mar 1943U-81 Bourghieh244ag
20 Mar 1943U-81 Mawahab Allah77sy
28 Mar 1943U-81 Rousdi133ag
17 Jun 1943U-81 Yoma8,131brGTX-2
25 Jun 1943U-81 Nisr80ag
26 Jun 1943U-81 Toufic Allah75sy
26 Jun 1943U-81 Nelly80sy
27 Jun 1943U-81 Michalios3,742gr
22 Jul 1943U-81 Empire Moon (t.)7,472br
18 Nov 1943U-81 Empire Dunstan2,887brAH-9
 29,980

14 ships sunk (23,309 tons) and 1 ship damaged (6,671 tons).

Legend
We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.
(t.) means the ship was a total loss (included in ships & tonnage lost).


About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.

Media links


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders