Günther Seibicke

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 32)


Successes
6 ships sunk, total tonnage 36,208 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 291 tons (lost aboard transport ships)
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 15,575 GRT

Born  30 Aug 1911 Eggersdorf, Lebus
Died  26 May 1943(31)North Atlantic west of Cape Ortegal


Günther Seibicke

Ranks

1 Apr 1932 Offiziersanwärter
4 Nov 1932 Seekadett
1 Jan 1934 Fähnrich zur See
1 Sep 1935 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1936 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1937 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1940 Kapitänleutnant
1 Jun 1943 Korvettenkapitän (posthumous)

Decorations

17 Sep 1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class
16 May 1940 Iron Cross 1st Class
24 Apr 1942 U-boat War Badge 1939
27 Mar 1943 Knights Cross

U-boat Commands

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U-436 27 Sep 1941 26 May 1943  (+)  8 patrols (214 days) 

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Kapitänleutnant Günther Seibicke

Günther Seibicke began his naval career in August 1932. This was four months later than usual, due to an accident in June 1932 in which the German sailing school ship Niobe sank after capsizing. Most of the cadets (27 men) of Crew 1932 died in this accident; they were replaced by young men selected from across Germany.

After serving on the light cruiser Königsberg, Seibicke spent more than four years in minesweepers, starting in 1936. For the first years of the war he commanded minesweeper M 4, and was awarded both the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class in 1939. In April 1941 he transferred to the U-boat force, and following standard training commissioned U-436 in September 1941.

He took her on eight patrols, mostly in Arctic and northern waters, but also in the North Atlantic, until U-436 was sunk with all hands on 26 May 1943. (Niestlé, 1998)

Sources

Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.

Patrol info for Günther Seibicke


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-436 2 Feb 1942  Kiel  17 Feb 1942  Kirkenes  Patrol 1,16 days
2. U-436 26 Feb 1942  Kirkenes  24 Mar 1942  Kirkenes  Patrol 2,27 days
3. U-436 7 Apr 1942  Kirkenes  20 Apr 1942  Kirkenes  Patrol 3,14 days
4. U-436 29 Apr 1942  Kirkenes  4 May 1942  Trondheim  Patrol 4,6 days
5. U-436 12 May 1942  Trondheim  27 May 1942  Skjomenfjord  Patrol 5,16 days
6. U-436 30 May 1942  Skjomenfjord  1 Jun 1942  Trondheim   3 days
7. U-436 7 Jun 1942  Trondheim  11 Jun 1942  Kiel   5 days
8. U-436 12 Jun 1942  Kiel  13 Jun 1942  Danzig   2 days
9. U-436 20 Sep 1942  Danzig  21 Sep 1942  Kiel   2 days
10. U-436 6 Oct 1942  Kiel  12 Nov 1942  Lorient  Patrol 6,38 days
11. U-436 17 Dec 1942  Lorient  19 Feb 1943  St. Nazaire  Patrol 7,65 days
12. U-436 25 Apr 1943  St. Nazaire  26 May 1943  Sunk  Patrol 8,32 days
8 patrols, 214 days at sea

Ships hit by Günther Seibicke

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
1 Mar 1942U-436Günther Seibicke RT-19 Komintern577sj
13 Apr 1942U-436Günther Seibicke Kiev5,823sjQP-10
27 Oct 1942U-436Günther Seibicke Frontenac (d.)7,350nwHX-212
27 Oct 1942U-436Günther Seibicke Gurney E. Newlin (d.)8,225amHX-212
27 Oct 1942U-436Günther Seibicke HMS LCT-2281 [Trans.]291brHX-212
27 Oct 1942U-436Günther Seibicke Sourabaya10,107brHX-212
29 Oct 1942U-436Günther Seibicke Barrwhin4,998brHX-212
 
8 Jan 1943U-436Günther Seibicke Albert L. Ellsworth8,309nwTM-1
8 Jan 1943U-436Günther Seibicke Oltenia II6,394brTM-1
 52,074

7 ships sunk (36,499 tons) and 2 ships damaged (15,575 tons).

Legend
We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.
[Trans.] indicates the vessel was lost while being transported on another vessel.


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


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders