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Hermann Stuckmann
Born (1921-01-02)2 January 1921
Died 18 August 1944(1944-08-18) (aged 23)
Place of birth Wuppertal-Barmen
Place of death Bay of Biscay
Buried at (45°52′N 02°36′W / 45.867°N 2.6°W / 45.867; -2.6 (Hermann Stuckmann (death)))
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1939–1944
Rank Oberleutnant zur See
Unit 22nd U-boat Flotilla
23rd U-boat Flotilla
Commands held U-316
(5 August 1943–4 May 1944)
(15 May–18 August 1944)

World War II

Awards Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class
U-boat War Badge
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hermann Stuckmann (2 January 1921 in Wuppertal-Barmen – 23 August 1944 in the Bay of Biscay) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German language: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. In his short combat career he sank one ship, and damaged two others.[1]


Stuckmann joined the Kriegsmarine in September 1939. After training aboard the ship Schleswig-Holstein, he took part in the occupation of Denmark in April 1940. In July 1941 he joined the U-boat force and served as Watch Officer for more than a year aboard U-571 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Helmut Möhlmann.[1]

In August 1943 Stuckmann commissioned the Type VIIC U-boat U-316, and was promoted to Oberleutnant zur See in October 1943. He commanded U-316 as a school boat in the Baltic Sea until May 1944, when he took command of the combat boat U-621. During the summer of 1944 he operated against Allied landing ships in the English Channel.[1]

Stuckmann died on 18 August 1944, when U-621 was sunk with all hands in the Bay of Biscay near La Rochelle by depth charges from the Canadian destroyers Ottawa, Kootenay and Chaudière.[2]

Ships attacked [1]
Date Ship Tons Nationality Fate
15 June 1944 USS LST-280 1,625 United States Damaged
29 July 1944 HMS Prince Leopold 2,938  United Kingdom Sunk
30 July 1944 SS Ascanius 10,048  United Kingdom Damaged



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Oberleutnant zur See Hermann Stuckmann". Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  2. "The Type VIIC U-boat U-621". Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  3. Scherzer 2007, p. 732.
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