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Berger, Horst (Kleinkampfflottille 361)

Date of birth:
September 30th, 1926
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

17 year old Matrose Horst Berger served with the K-Flottille 361 at Anzio and on the Normandy coast in 1944, operating manned "Neger" torpedoes with great success.
After participating in attacks at Anzio, Berger and his unit was at Normandy where he participated in the sinking of the minesweepers "HMS Magic" and "HMS Cato" on July 6.
It was for this action at Normandy that Berger recieved the German Cross in Gold from Admiral Heyse, commanding Admiral of the Kleinkampfverbände, and he was also promoted to Bootsmannsmaat.
Bootsmannsmaat Berger survived the war.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Matrosengefreiter (Ordinary Seaman)
Unit:
Einmanntorpedofahrer, Kleinkampfflottille 361, Kommando der Kleinkampfverbände, Kriegsmarine
Awarded on:
July 8th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

Sources

  • Photo: - Die Kriegsmarine 1944 08 02 nr 16 (PDF) | Wartime Press
  • - Dörr, Manfred. Internationales Militaria-Magazin Nr. 112. Heinz Nickel Verlag, Zweibrücken, Germany, April-Mai 2004
    - Blocksdorf H., Das Kommando der Kleinkampfverbände der Kriegsmarine, Motorbuch Verlag, 2003.

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