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 ships Schleswig-Holstein, Admiral Graf Spee and on the destroyer Richard Beitzen. He served for a year on the speedboats S-9 and S-11 and for another year on the torpedo boat G-11 as commander.
During the war he commanded the torpedo boats Albatros and Löwe for six months each before he became torpedo officer on the light cruiser Leipzig.
After having gained experience of almost all types of vessels in the Kriegsmarine, Strelow then joined the U-boat force in April 1941.
Without any prior combat experience on U-boats he commissioned the Type VIIC U-boat U-435 in August 1941, and with this boat became one of the experienced and successful commanders in the Arctic Ocean.
On six patrols he fought against several PQ and QP convoys with some success. In January 1943 he reached base at Brest, France and was from then on attached to the 1st flotilla. On his second patrol in the Atlantic U-435 was sunk with all hands by a British Wellington aircraft on 9 July 1943 (Niestlé, 1998).
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Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Patrol info for Siegfried Strelow
|1.||U-435||20 Jan 1942||Kiel||16 Feb 1942||Kirkenes||Patrol 1,||28 days|
|2.||U-435||18 Feb 1942||Kirkenes||22 Feb 1942||Trondheim||5 days|
|3.||U-435||16 Mar 1942||Trondheim||5 Apr 1942||Kirkenes||Patrol 2,||21 days|
|4.||U-435||7 Apr 1942||Kirkenes||26 Apr 1942||Kiel||Patrol 3,||20 days|
|5.||U-435||18 Jun 1942||Kiel||20 Jun 1942||Hela||3 days|
|6.||U-435||25 Jun 1942||Hela||26 Jun 1942||Kiel||2 days|
|7.||U-435||18 Jul 1942||Kiel||25 Jul 1942||Narvik||8 days|
|8.||U-435||25 Jul 1942||Narvik||31 Aug 1942||Skjomenfjord||Patrol 4,||38 days|
|9.||U-435||16 Sep 1942||Skjomenfjord||28 Sep 1942||Skjomenfjord||Patrol 5,||13 days|
|10.||U-435||30 Sep 1942||Skjomenfjord||3 Oct 1942||Bergen||4 days|
|11.||U-435||30 Nov 1942||Bergen||10 Jan 1943||Brest||Patrol 6,||42 days|
|12.||U-435||18 Feb 1943||Brest||25 Mar 1943||Brest||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.