Egon Reiner Freiherr von Schlippenbach
Korvettenkapitän (Crew 34)
4 ships sunk, total tonnage 15,850 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 835 tons
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 16,610 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 1,705 tons
|Born||10 Apr 1914||Cologne-Lindenthal|
|Died||11 May 1979||(65)||Kiel, Germany|
|U-121||31 Mar 1941||8 Jul 1941||No war patrols|
|U-453||9 Jul 1941||6 Dec 1943||14 patrols (332 days)|
Freiherr von Schlippenbach began his naval career in April 1934. He later served on the battleship Schleswig-Holstein and as a training officer before transferring to the U.bootwaffe in 1939.
After time on several U-boats as Watch Officer, in March 1941 he took over command of the type IIB U-boat school boat U-121. In July 1941 he moved to the larger type VIIC U-boat U-453, and on his first patrol in December 1941 managed to break through the Straits of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean. During the next two years he became one of the most experienced commanders stationed there, and was awarded the Knights Cross in 1943.
In 1944 he took a staff position in the OKM (Naval High Command) and at Marineschule Mürwik (Naval Academy). He spent last six weeks of the war serving in the infantry in the defence of central Germany. After the war he spent three months in a US POW Camp.
He joined the Bundesmarine (Federal German Navy) in January 1956, in which he served mostly in staff positions. He retired as Kapitän zur See in September 1972.
Patrol info for Egon Reiner Freiherr von Schlippenbach
|1.||U-453||12 Nov 1941||Kiel||17 Dec 1941||La Spezia||Patrol 1,||36 days|
|2.||U-453||17 Jan 1942||La Spezia||1 Feb 1942||Pola||Patrol 2,||16 days|
|3.||U-453||22 Mar 1942||Pola||21 Apr 1942||Pola||Patrol 3,||31 days|
|4.||U-453||25 May 1942||Pola||14 Jun 1942||Salamis||Patrol 4,||21 days|
|5.||U-453||18 Jun 1942||Salamis||21 Jul 1942||Pola||Patrol 5,||34 days|
|6.||U-453||31 Aug 1942||Pola||10 Sep 1942||Salamis||11 days|
|7.||U-453||17 Sep 1942||Salamis||15 Oct 1942||La Spezia||Patrol 6,||29 days|
|8.||U-453||29 Nov 1942||La Spezia||17 Dec 1942||La Spezia||Patrol 7,||19 days|
|9.||U-453||11 Jan 1943||La Spezia||16 Feb 1943||Pola||Patrol 8,||37 days|
|10.||U-453||1 Apr 1943||Pola||5 May 1943||Pola||Patrol 9,||35 days|
|11.||U-453||23 Jun 1943||Pola||24 Jul 1943||Pola||Patrol 10,||32 days|
|12.||U-453||31 Jul 1943||Pola||14 Aug 1943||Pola||Patrol 11,||15 days|
|13.||U-453||21 Oct 1943||Pola||27 Oct 1943||Pola||Patrol 12,||7 days|
|14.||U-453||2 Nov 1943||Pola||13 Nov 1943||Pola||Patrol 13,||12 days|
|15.||U-453||24 Nov 1943||Pola||1 Dec 1943||Pola||Patrol 14,||8 days|
|14 patrols, 332 days at sea|
Ships hit by Egon Reiner Freiherr von Schlippenbach
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|13 Dec 1941||U-453||Badalona||4,202||sp|
|7 Apr 1942||U-453||HMHS Somersetshire (d.)||9,716||br|
|20 Jan 1943||U-453||Jean Jadot||5,859||be||KMS-7|
|30 Jun 1943||U-453||Oligarch (d.)||6,894||br||GTX-3|
|6 Jul 1943||U-453||Shahjehan||5,454||br||MWS-36|
|15 Nov 1943||U-453||HMS Quail (G 45) (t.) [Mine]||1,705||br|
|20 Nov 1943||U-453||Jela [Mine]||335||yu|
|22 Nov 1943||U-453||HMS Hebe (J 24) [Mine]||835||br|
6 ships sunk (18,390 tons) and 2 ships damaged (16,610 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.