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Thursday, 07 May 2009 07:58

Lieutenant Walther Schwieger

Born: April 7, 1885, Berlin

Died: September 5, 1917, North Sea

Age: 32

Cause of death: Entombed in U-Boat after hitting mine.

Notable because: As U Boat Commander sank 49 ships, including the Lusitania with 1,198 lives lost.

Walther Schwieger  was a German U-boat commander during the First World War.

In the year 1903 he joined the Kaiserliche Marine and from 1911 onwards he served with the U-boatwaffe. In 1912 he took over the command of the U-14. After the outbreak of World War I in 1914 he was promoted to Kapitänleutnant and given command of the U-20.

On May 7, 1915, Schwieger was responsible for U-20's torpedoing of the passenger liner RMS Lusitania leading to the deaths of 1,198 people, an event that played a role in the United States' later entry into World War I. He also torpedoed SS Hesperian on September 4, and SS Cymric on May 8, 1916.

Schwieger was killed when his U-boat, U-88, was chased by HMS Stonecrop, hit a British mine, and sank on September 5, 1917, north of Terschelling.

At the time of his death, Schwieger had sunk 49 ships with 183,883 gross register tons (GRT) with three submarines on 34 missions. He was the sixth most successful submarine commander of World War I. His body remains entombed in U-88.

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