Korvettenkapitän (Crew 32)
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|
|U-436||27 Sep 1941||26 May 1943 (+)||8 patrols (214 days)|
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)
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Patrol info for Günther Seibicke
|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||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|1 Mar 1942||U-436||RT-19 Komintern||577||sj|
|13 Apr 1942||U-436||Kiev||5,823||sj||QP-10|
|27 Oct 1942||U-436||Frontenac (d.)||7,350||nw||HX-212|
|27 Oct 1942||U-436||Gurney E. Newlin (d.)||8,225||am||HX-212|
|27 Oct 1942||U-436||HMS LCT-2281 [Trans.]||291||br||HX-212|
|27 Oct 1942||U-436||Sourabaya||10,107||br||HX-212|
|29 Oct 1942||U-436||Barrwhin||4,998||br||HX-212|
|8 Jan 1943||U-436||Albert L. Ellsworth||8,309||nw||TM-1|
|8 Jan 1943||U-436||Oltenia II||6,394||br||TM-1|
7 ships sunk (36,499 tons) and 2 ships damaged (15,575 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.