Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 37b)
13 ships sunk, total tonnage 15,807 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,671 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,472 GRT
|Born||14 Mar 1919||Somnitz, Riesengebirge|
|Died||2 Jan 1999||(79)||Bonn, Germany|
|U-142||13 Sep 1942||24 Dec 1942||No war patrols|
|U-81||25 Dec 1942||9 Jan 1944||8 patrols (148 days)|
After commanding the type IID U-boat U-142 school boat for two months at the end of 1942, Johann-Otto Krieg took over the type VIIC U-boat U-81 for 12 months service in the Mediterranean. He sank 15 ships, mostly small coastal sailing vessels, in her, earning the German Cross in Gold.
He left U-81 in January 1944 to join the K-Verband (Midget Submarine Group), and commanded K-Verband Flotilla 361 from March to July 1944, during which time he was awarded the Knights Cross. He stayed with the K-Verband as a staff and training officer until the end of the war.
After the war he joined the post-war German Navy, Bundesmarine, and later retired as Fregattenkapitän.
Special thanks to Mr. Fernando Almeida for details on date of death and post-war career.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Johann-Otto Krieg
|1.||U-81||30 Jan 1943||Pola||19 Feb 1943||Salamis||Patrol 1,||21 days|
|2.||U-81||6 Mar 1943||Salamis||7 Apr 1943||Pola||Patrol 2,||33 days|
|3.||U-81||6 Jun 1943||Pola||4 Jul 1943||Salamis||Patrol 3,||29 days|
|4.||U-81||14 Jul 1943||Salamis||25 Jul 1943||Pola||Patrol 4,||12 days|
|5.||U-81||1 Aug 1943||Pola||10 Aug 1943||Pola||Patrol 5,||10 days|
|6.||U-81||20 Sep 1943||Pola||13 Oct 1943||Pola||Patrol 6,||24 days|
|7.||U-81||10 Nov 1943||Pola||23 Nov 1943||Pola||Patrol 7,||14 days|
|8.||U-81||30 Dec 1943||Pola||3 Jan 1944||Pola||Patrol 8,||5 days|
|8 patrols, 148 days at sea|
Ships hit by Johann-Otto Krieg
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|10 Feb 1943||U-81||Saroena (d.)||6,671||nl|
|11 Feb 1943||U-81||Al Kasbanah||110||ag|
|11 Feb 1943||U-81||Dolphin||135||pl|
|11 Feb 1943||U-81||Husni||107||lb|
|11 Feb 1943||U-81||Sabah el Kheir||36||ag|
|20 Mar 1943||U-81||Bourghieh||244||ag|
|20 Mar 1943||U-81||Mawahab Allah||77||sy|
|28 Mar 1943||U-81||Rousdi||133||ag|
|17 Jun 1943||U-81||Yoma||8,131||br||GTX-2|
|25 Jun 1943||U-81||Nisr||80||ag|
|26 Jun 1943||U-81||Toufic Allah||75||sy|
|26 Jun 1943||U-81||Nelly||80||sy|
|27 Jun 1943||U-81||Michalios||3,742||gr|
|22 Jul 1943||U-81||Empire Moon (t.)||7,472||br|
|18 Nov 1943||U-81||Empire Dunstan||2,887||br||AH-9|
14 ships sunk (23,309 tons) and 1 ship damaged (6,671 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.