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FRIEDERICH "FRITZ" GUGGENBERGER  (269-1987)

Kriegsmarine, U-Bootwaffe

 

Born in München 6 March 1915, GUGGENBERGER was in the Academy Class of 1934, commanded two U-Boats and sank the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL in the western Mediterranean.  In the same attack, he damaged the battleship HMS MALAYA so badly that she was in the yards for about a full year.  "GERRY" RICHTER (214-1986) was his radioman who sent back the report of the successful attack.  "HANNO" KRIEG (199-1986) was I.W.O. aboard U-81 at the time and later took command of the boat when GUGGENBERGER took command of his new boat, U-513.

He was decorated with the Knights Cross on 10 December 1941

He was decorated with the Oak Leaf on 8 January 1943
                     
The photo directly below is GUGGENBERGER receiving his Oak Leaf from Hitler.  On the left is:
KARL-FRIEDERICH MERTEN (23-1984), next is Wolfgang Lüth, 3rd is GUGGENBERGER then Walter Tonniges, an S-Boat Skipper.

   
U-81  

Most of his successes came while he was in command of U-81 but GUGGENBERGER was later posted to command U-513.  He was taken prisoner when that boat was sunk off the coast of Brazil.

In later life, he sadly succumbed to Alzheimer's and was in a home for the elderly and one day, perhaps he had a moment of reality in which he saw what his life had become or perhaps he just forgot how to get back to the home - either way, he walked out of the facility and disappeared.  It was about two years later that his remains were found in the forest.

Enjoy your morning coffee with Captain GUGGENBERGER.  Click on the
image of the Sharkhunters Historic Coffee Mug here for more information.

 

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