Alfred Eick

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Alfred Eick
Kapitänleutnant Alfred Eick.jpg
Born (1916-03-09)9 March 1916
Essen, Rhine Province, German Empire
Died 12 April 2015(2015-04-12) (aged 99)
Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Federal Republic of Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1937–45
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Unit destroyer Z4 Richard Beitzen
Commands held U-510
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work tax adviser

Alfred Eick (9 March 1916 – 12 April 2015) was a German U-boat commander and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership in World War II. He was born in Essen and lived in Bielefeld until his death.[1]

Alfred Eick was in French captivity from May 1945 to 26 July 1947. After his release, he studied business management at the University of Hamburg and later worked as a tax adviser.

At the 25th anniversary of Eick's sinking of the SS Point Pleasant Park, the surviving crew created a monument to those that died in Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Eick sent $30 ($180 in 2013) for a wreath to be placed at the base of the monument.[2]

Summary of military career

Ships attacked

As a U-boat commander of U-510, Alfred Eick is credited with the sinking of eight ships for a total of 56,972 gross register tons (GRT), one auxiliary warship of 249 metric tons (245 long tons; 274 short tons), damaging one ship of 3,702 GRT, and severely damaging one ship that it was considered a total loss of 9,970 GRT.

Date Name of ship Flag Tonnage Fate
8 July 1943 B. P. Newton  Norway 10,324 Sunk
8 July 1943 Eldena  United States 6,900 Sunk
8 July 1943 Everagra  Latvia 3,702 Damaged
10 July 1943 Scandinavia  Sweden 1,641 Sunk
22 February 1944 E. G. Seubert  United States 9,181 Sunk
22 February 1944 Erling Brøving  Norway 9,970 Total loss
22 February 1944 San Alvaro  United Kingdom 7,385 Sunk
7 March 1944 Tarifa  Norway 7,299 Sunk
7 March 1944 John A. Poor  United States 7,176 Sunk
27 March 1944 HMS Maaløy  Royal Navy 249 Sunk
23 February 1945 Point Pleasant Park  Canada 7,136 Sunk

Awards

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
31 March 1944 An den Versenkungserfolgen der letzten Zeit ist das Unterseeboot unter Führung von Oberleutnant zur See Eick hervorragend beteiligt.[7] The submarine led by Lieutenant at Sea Eick contributed outstandingly to the recent sinking success.

References

Citations

  1. Obituary of Alfred Eick. In: Neue Westfälische of 16 April 2015. Retrieved on 17 April 2015.
  2. http://www.downhomelife.com/article.php?id=1309
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Busch & Röll 2003, p. 440.
  4. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 100.
  5. Scherzer 2007, p. 291.
  6. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 171.
  7. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, p. 70.

Bibliography

  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939–1945 — Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 978-3-8132-0515-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Kurowski, Franz (1995). Knight's Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-88740-748-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 978-3-87943-355-1. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Alfred Eick". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 2 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Deutsche Marinearchiv