How many if any crewmembers of Bismarck are still alive?

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How many if any crewmembers of Bismarck are still alive?

Post by Seekanone » Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:42 pm

I was wondering how many crewmen are still alive? It would seem as the ship was sunk almost 70 years ago, that not many would be alive. Does anyone have that information? :D

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Re: How many if any crewmembers of Bismarck are still alive?

Post by RF » Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:23 pm

As far as I am aware, there are no Bismarck survivors left - seventy years on.
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Post by Herr Nilsson » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:17 pm

When I visited Josef Kaiser in January we counted the survivors he knows and which are still living. IIRC it was about 4 or 5.
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Re: How many if any crewmembers of Bismarck are still alive?

Post by Seekanone » Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:24 pm

Thank you both for the information. As it is seventy years since the sinking, I would expect that there would be very few of the 118 (or so) survivors still with us. :(

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Post by Olaf » Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:48 pm

Another sad news...
On September 29 Otto Höntzsch passed away at the age of 93. I received an invitation from Ottos family to the memorial service scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 05 at 1400hrs in the chapel on the Pattensen cemetry near Winsen/Luhe. The funeral will be in approx. 14 days in a woodland cemetry.

My sincerest sympathy goes out to family and friends. Rest in peace, Otto, I feel so lucky to have known you - if only I would have met you earlier.


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Re: How many if any crewmembers of Bismarck are still alive?

Post by José M. Rico » Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:59 pm

Sad news indeed Olaf, :(

If you have the opportunity please extend our deep condolences to the family in behalf of our naval community here.

I will drop a message on facebook. Thanks for posting.

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Post by Olaf » Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:27 pm

Will do so. Btw., can you please edit my message, I mis-spelled Rest in Peace ... :oops:

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Post by José M. Rico » Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:43 pm

sure no problem.
The editing function of the forum is set to expire after 60 minutes of posting. Sorry about that.

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Post by George Roumbos » Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:38 pm

Looks like the last one died 3 days ago, March 8th.
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