Korvettenkapitän (Crew 31)
9 ships sunk, total tonnage 53,712 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 2,456 GRT
3 warships sunk, total tonnage 855 tons
|Born||15 Apr 1911||Kiel|
|Died||9 Jul 1943||(32)||North Atlantic|
|U-435||30 Aug 1941||9 Jul 1943 (+)||8 patrols (249 days)|
Kapitänleutnant Siegfried Strelow after patrol
Siegfried Strelow began his naval career in April 1931. He served as torpedo officer on the battleships Schleswig-Holstein, Admiral Graf Spee and on the destroyer Richard Beitzen. He spent a year on E-boats (Schnellboot) S-9 and S-11 and then commanded the torpedo boat G-11 for a year.
During the war he commanded the torpedo boats Albatros and Löwe for six months each before serving as torpedo officer on the light cruiser Leipzig.
Having gained experience of almost every type of vessel in the Kriegsmarine, Strelow joined the U-boat force in April 1941.
He commissioned the type VIIC U-boat U-435 in August 1941, and despite lacking prior combat experience on U-boats went on to become one of the most experienced and successful commanders operating in northern and Arctic waters.
During six patrols in action against PQ and QP convoys he sank seven ships totalling some 35,000 GRT, for which he was awarded the Knights Cross. In January 1943 he moved base to Brest, France and was from then on attached to the 1st Flotilla. On her second patrol in the Atlantic U-435 was sunk with all hands by a British Wellington bomber on 9 July 1943. (Niestlé, 1998)
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Patrol info for Siegfried Strelow
|1.||U-435||20 Jan 1942||Kiel||16 Feb 1942||Sunk||Patrol 1,||28 days|
|2.||U-435||18 Feb 1942||Kirkenes||22 Feb 1942||Sunk||5 days|
|3.||U-435||16 Mar 1942||Trondheim||5 Apr 1942||Sunk||Patrol 2,||21 days|
|4.||U-435||7 Apr 1942||Kirkenes||26 Apr 1942||Sunk||Patrol 3,||20 days|
|5.||U-435||18 Jun 1942||Kiel||20 Jun 1942||Sunk||3 days|
|6.||U-435||25 Jun 1942||Hela||26 Jun 1942||Sunk||2 days|
|7.||U-435||18 Jul 1942||Kiel||25 Jul 1942||Sunk||8 days|
|8.||U-435||25 Jul 1942||Narvik||31 Aug 1942||Sunk||Patrol 4,||38 days|
|9.||U-435||16 Sep 1942||Skjomenfjord||28 Sep 1942||Sunk||Patrol 5,||13 days|
|10.||U-435||30 Sep 1942||Skjomenfjord||3 Oct 1942||Sunk||4 days|
|11.||U-435||30 Nov 1942||Bergen||10 Jan 1943||Sunk||Patrol 6,||42 days|
|12.||U-435||18 Feb 1943||Brest||25 Mar 1943||Sunk||Patrol 7,||36 days|
|13.||U-435||20 May 1943||Brest||9 Jul 1943||Sunk||Patrol 8,||51 days|
|8 patrols, 249 days at sea|
Ships hit by Siegfried Strelow
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|30 Mar 1942||U-435||Siegfried Strelow||Effingham||6,421||am||PQ-13|
|13 Apr 1942||U-435||Siegfried Strelow||El Occidente||6,008||pa||QP-10|
|13 Apr 1942||U-435||Siegfried Strelow||Harpalion||5,486||br||QP-10|
|20 Sep 1942||U-435||Siegfried Strelow||HMS Leda (J 93)||835||br||QP-14|
|22 Sep 1942||U-435||Siegfried Strelow||Bellingham||5,345||am||QP-14|
|22 Sep 1942||U-435||Siegfried Strelow||Grey Ranger||3,313||br||QP-14|
|22 Sep 1942||U-435||Siegfried Strelow||Ocean Voice||7,174||br||QP-14|
|29 Dec 1942||U-435||Siegfried Strelow||Empire Shackleton||7,068||br||ONS-154|
|29 Dec 1942||U-435||Siegfried Strelow||Norse King||5,701||nw||ONS-154|
|30 Dec 1942||U-435||Siegfried Strelow||HMS Fidelity (D 57)||2,456||br||ONS-154|
|30 Dec 1942||U-435||Siegfried Strelow||HMS LCV-752 [Trans.]||10||br||ONS-154|
|30 Dec 1942||U-435||Siegfried Strelow||HMS LCV-754 [Trans.]||10||br||ONS-154|
|17 Mar 1943||U-435||Siegfried Strelow||William Eustis||7,196||am||HX-229|
13 ships sunk (57,023 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.