Korvettenkapitän (Crew 36)
8 ships sunk, total tonnage 49,725 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,190 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 9,977 GRT
|Born||20 May 1916||Neubrandenburg, Stargard|
|Died||13 Jan 1945||(28)||Kiel (fire on barracks ship Daressalam)|
|U-188||5 Aug 1942||9 Aug 1944||3 patrols (356 days)|
Leutnant zur See Siegfried Lüdden was transferred to the Luftwaffe in 1938 and began the war serving in East Baltic Coastal Command, but in April 1940 he returned to start U-boat officer training. Following a short term on the school boat U-141, he served as an adjutant in various U-boat flotillas for ten months.
On 11 April 1943, on his first patrol commanding the newly-commissioned U-188, he sank the British destroyer HMS Beverley (Rohwer, 1998). His second patrol took him to Penang, and then Singapore, where he loaded 100 tons of tin and other badly-needed materials for the German war industry and transported them to his French base in June 1944. He later served in staff positions in Lorient, Plön, and Kiel.
Fire aboard the barracks ship Daressalam
On 13 Jan. 1945 a fire broke out on the naval Wohnschiffes (accommodation ship) Daressalam in Kiel harbour. Three U-boat commanders died In the fire: Oblt. Georg von Bitter and the Knights Cross winners KrvKpt. Wilhelm Franken and Kptlt. Siegfried Lüdden (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Patrol info for Siegfried Lüdden
|1.||U-188||4 Mar 1943||Kiel||4 May 1943||Lorient||Patrol 1,||62 days|
|2.||U-188||30 Jun 1943||Lorient||30 Oct 1943||Penang||Patrol 2,||123 days|
|3.||U-188||1 Jan 1944||Penang||19 Jun 1944||Bordeaux||Patrol 3,||171 days|
|3 patrols, 356 days at sea|
Ships hit by Siegfried Lüdden
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|11 Apr 1943||U-188||Siegfried Lüdden||HMS Beverley (H 64)||1,190||br||ON-176|
|21 Sep 1943||U-188||Siegfried Lüdden||Cornelia P. Spencer||7,176||am|
|5 Oct 1943||U-188||Siegfried Lüdden||Britannia (d.)||9,977||nw|
|20 Jan 1944||U-188||Siegfried Lüdden||Fort Buckingham||7,122||br|
|25 Jan 1944||U-188||Siegfried Lüdden||Fort la Maune||7,130||br|
|26 Jan 1944||U-188||Siegfried Lüdden||Samouri||7,219||br|
|26 Jan 1944||U-188||Siegfried Lüdden||Surada||5,427||br|
|29 Jan 1944||U-188||Siegfried Lüdden||Olga E. Embiricos||4,677||gr||CB-7|
|3 Feb 1944||U-188||Siegfried Lüdden||Chung Cheng||7,176||ch|
|9 Feb 1944||U-188||Siegfried Lüdden||Viva||3,798||nw|
9 ships sunk (50,915 tons) and 1 ship damaged (9,977 tons).
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.