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Erich Zürn
23 July 1906(1906-07-23) – 9 August 1965 (aged 59)
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Place of birth Stuttgart
Place of death Großholzleute near Isny
Allegiance Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
 Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1925-1945
Rank Kapitänleutnant (Ing.)
Unit heavy cruiser "Admiral Hipper"
U 3
U 26
U 48
Battles/wars Spanish Civil War
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Erich Zürn (23 July 1906 – 9 August 1965) was a German U-boat engineer (Ing.) in World War II and the first engineer to be awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

Military career

Oberleutnant (Ing.) and later Kapitänleutnant (Ing.) Zürn contributed to the success of U 48 under the command of Herbert Schultze, Hans-Rudolf Rösing and Heinrich Bleichrodt. He served as chief engineer on nine patrols on one of the most successful U-boats of World War II. As flotilla engineer in the 5. Unterseebootsflottille, Zürn introduced a number of improvements which helped the flotilla operate at peak efficiency.

Awards

References

Citations
  1. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 809.
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 3-8132-0515-0.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Kurowski, Franz. Knight's Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service. Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 1995. ISBN 0-88740-748-X.
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 3-87943-355-0.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 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.
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