Gunter Jahn

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Gunter Jahn
Born 27 September 1910
Hamburg
Died 12 April 1992(1992-04-12) (aged 81)
Krailling
Allegiance  Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
 Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1931–45
Rank Korvettenkapitän
Commands held U-596 13 November 1941–27 July 1943
29th U-boat Flotilla
Awards U-boat War Badge
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Gunter Jahn (27 September 1910 – 12 April 1992) was German U-boat commander during World War II. He was born in Hamburg, Germany and began his naval career in April 1931 as a Seekadett. He first served on the light cruiser Nürnberg for more than two years, including nine patrols in the first year of the war.

In March 1941 Jahn joined the U-boat force and his first patrol were on board U-98 in September 1941. Later in November he commissioned U-596. On his second patrol he broke through the Strait of Gibraltar and went on to become one of the most successful U-boat commanders in the Mediterranean Sea. In July 1943 he left the boat and became the commander of the 29th U-boat Flotilla. In September 1944 he fell into French captivity, where he spent nearly two years.

Summary of career[edit]

Awards[edit]

Ships attacked[edit]

Date Name Nationality Convoy Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate
16 August 1942 Suecia  Sweden SC-95 4,966 Sunk
20 September 1942 Empire Hartebeeste  United Kingdom SC-100 5,676 Sunk
7 February 1943 HMS LCI (L) 162  Royal Navy 246 Sunk
9 March 1943 Empire Standard  United Kingdom KMS-10 7,047 Damaged
30 March 1943 Fort Norman  United Kingdom KMS-10 7,133 Damaged
30 March 1943 Fort a la Corne  United Kingdom ET-16 7,133 Sunk
30 March 1943 Hallanger  Norway ET-16 9,551 Sunk

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 349.
  2. ^ a b c d Busch & Röll 2003, p. 350.
  3. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 416.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939–1945 — Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 [The U-Boat War 1939–1945 — The Knight's Cross Bearers of the U-Boat Force from September 1939 to May 1945] (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 978-3-8132-0515-2. 
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 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 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

External links[edit]

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Gunter Jahn". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Korvettenkapitän Fritz Frauenheim
Commander of the 29th U-boat Flotilla
August 1943 – September 1944
Succeeded by
disbanded