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Lichtenberg, Philipp
*September 9th, 1908 (Koblenz-Moselweis/Rhineprovince, Germany)
+December 14th, 1993 (Kiel/Schleswick-Holstein, Germany)
Knights Cross: March 31st, 1945
As: Kapitänleutnant (Ing.) Leitender Ingenieur, "U 516", 33. Unterseebootsflottille,
Awarded the Knight’s Cross for making his heavily damaged U-Boat once again capable of diving after full application of all of his engineering abilities.
Postwar signed photo measuring 4” x 5 ½” plus signed card hard to find U-Boat KC holder
Philipp Lichtenberg joined the Reichsmarine in April 1928. He served for some years on torpedo boats and on minesweepers. When during late summer of 1935 the first U-boats were commisisoned he became a Maschinenmaat on U-10. So he was one of the rare U-boat men, who served nearly ten years in the U-boat force.
His first patrols he served on U-18 as Obermaschinist. In 1941 Lichtenberg became an officer and served then for 8 months as leading engineer (LI) on U-652. Later he was training officer in the 22nd flotilla, before he in May 1943 became the LI on U-516. After war he spent 10 months in British captivity.
From 1956 he served in the Bundesmarine in several staff positions. In 1964 he retired as Fregattenkapitän decorated with the Federal Merit Cross (Bundesverdienstkreuz).
U-boat Career
U-10 IIB Maschinenmaat 09.35 - 03.36
U-16 IIB Maschinenmaat 02.37 - 10.37
U-18 IIB Obermaschinist, 6 patrols, 77 days 10.37 - 06.40
U-96 VIIC LI 10.40 - 11.40
U-652 VIIC LI; 5 patrols, 96 days 04.41 - 12.41
U-37 IX LI 04.42 - 03.43
U-516 IXC LI; 4 patrols, 386 days 05.43 - 05.45
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