Kapitänleutnant (Crew 34)
13 ships sunk, total tonnage 74,067 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 10,172 GRT
2 warships damaged, total tonnage 64 tons
|Born||14 Feb 1915||Wolfenbüttel|
|Died||13 Jan 1994||(78)||Detmold-Dortmund, Germany|
|U-66||22 Jun 1942||1 Sep 1943||4 patrols (308 days)|
Friedrich Wilhelm Karl Markworth began his naval career in April 1934. He served on the light cruiser Königsberg and the heavy cruiser Blücher before transferring to the U-boat force in July 1940. He had two patrols on U-103 as I WO (1st Watch Officer). In June 1942 he took over the very successful U-66, one of the five Operation Drumbeat boats, from Korvkpt. Richard Zapp.
On his first patrol on U-66 he sank nine ships with a total of 48,896 tons, mostly in Caribbean waters. He also laid mines at Port Castries on Santa Lucia on 20 July 1942, which sank three small Allied warships two weeks later.
During the third patrol Markworth was severely wounded when U-66 was attacked on 3 August 1943 by aircraft from the US escort carrier USS Card. On 6 August, U-66 met the fuel supply boat U-117, whose WO, Oblt. Frerks, took over command from Markworth and brought U-66 back to base. U-117 herself was sunk while U-66 was at her side (Niestlé, 1998).
Kptlt. Markworth left U-66 and in October 1943 became a training officer in the 23rd (Training) Flotilla. In March 1945 he transferred to the 25th (Training) Flotilla where he remained until the end of the war.
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Patrol info for Friedrich Markworth
|1.||U-66||23 Jun 1942||Lorient||29 Sep 1942||Sunk||Patrol 1,||99 days|
|2.||U-66||9 Nov 1942||Lorient||11 Nov 1942||Sunk||Patrol 2,||3 days|
|3.||U-66||6 Jan 1943||Lorient||24 Mar 1943||Sunk||Patrol 3,||78 days|
|4.||U-66||27 Apr 1943||Lorient||1 Sep 1943||Sunk||Patrol 4,||128 days|
|4 patrols, 308 days at sea|
Ships hit by Friedrich Markworth
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|9 Jul 1942||U-66||Triglav||6,363||yu|
|26 Jul 1942||U-66||Tamandaré||4,942||bz|
|28 Jul 1942||U-66||Weirbank||5,150||br|
|2 Aug 1942||U-66||HMS MTB-339 (d.) [Mine]||32||br|
|2 Aug 1942||U-66||HMS MTB-342 (d.) [Mine]||32||br|
|6 Aug 1942||U-66||Rozewie||766||po|
|29 Aug 1942||U-66||Topa Topa||5,356||am|
|30 Aug 1942||U-66||Sir Huon||6,049||pa|
|30 Aug 1942||U-66||West Lashaway||5,637||am|
|31 Aug 1942||U-66||Winamac||8,621||br||TRIN-3|
|9 Sep 1942||U-66||Peiping||6,390||sw|
|1 Feb 1943||U-66||Joseph Elise||113||fr|
|27 Feb 1943||U-66||St. Margaret||4,312||br||ON-165|
|10 Jun 1943||U-66||Esso Gettysburg||10,173||am|
|2 Jul 1943||U-66||Bloody Marsh||10,195||am|
|22 Jul 1943||U-66||Cherry Valley (d.)||10,172||am|
13 ships sunk (74,067 tons) and 3 ships damaged (10,236 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.