Dietrich Giersberg

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37a)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  26 Nov 1917 Berlin-Dahlem

Kriegsmarine Crew photo


3 Apr 1937 Offiziersanwärter
21 Sep 1937 Seekadett
1 May 1938 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1939 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Aug 1939 Leutnant zur See
1 Sep 1941 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1944 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-419 18 Nov 1942 8 Oct 1943   1 patrol (26 days) 

When the boat was sunk it was reported that about 15 survivors were in the water but Giersberg, the captain, was the only survivor. He suffered a broken leg and was rescued by the destroyer Orwell (Blair, 1998).


Blair, C. (1998). Hitler’s U-boat War. The Hunted, 1942-1945.

Patrol info for Dietrich Giersberg

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-419 31 Aug 1943  Kiel  3 Sep 1943  Bergen   4 days
2. U-419 13 Sep 1943  Bergen  8 Oct 1943  Sunk  Patrol 1,26 days

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

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

As an Amazon Associate earns a commission from qualifying purchases.