Jürgen Oesten

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Jürgen Oesten
Born (1913-10-24)24 October 1913
Grunewald, Berlin, Germany
Died 5 August 2010(2010-08-05) (aged 96)
Hamburg, Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1933–45
Rank Korvettenkapitän
Unit SSS Gorch Fock
Karlsruhe
Admiral Graf Spee
U-20
Commands held U-61
U-106
U-861
Battles/wars

Spanish Civil War


World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Jürgen Oesten (24 October 1913 – 5 August 2010) was a Korvettenkapitän in the Kriegsmarine during World War II. He commanded the U-boats U-61 and U-106, and then served as a staff officer before returning to command U-861. He sank nineteen ships for a total of 101,744 gross register tons (GRT), and damaged four others for 51,668 GRT to become number 29 on the list of the highest scoring U-Boat aces of World War II.

Career[edit]

Born in Grunewald, Berlin, Oesten joined the Reichsmarine in April 1933. After serving aboard the cruisers Admiral Graf Spee and Karlsruhe he transferred to the U-boat arm in May 1937, and was appointed watch officer of U-20.

World War II[edit]

U-61[edit]

In August 1939 Oesten commissioned U-61, sailing on nine patrols, and sinking five ships.

U-106[edit]

Taking command of U-106 in September 1940, he sailed on three patrols sinking another ten ships. On 20 March 1941 during an attack on convoy SL-68 he damaged the British battleship HMS Malaya.

9th Flotilla[edit]

In October 1941 Oesten became the first commander of the 9th U-boat Flotilla based in Brest, France. In March 1942 he joined the staff of FdU Nordmeer directing the U-boat war in the Norwegian Sea.

U-861[edit]

In September 1943 Oesten returned to active duty in U-861, sailing first to Brazilian waters where he sank another two ships and then around the Cape of Good Hope to join the Monsun Gruppe of U-boats operating in the Indian Ocean. He sank another two ships, bringing his career total to 19 ships sunk, totalling 101,744 GRT, and four ships damaged (51,668 GRT), before reaching Penang on 23 September 1944. U-861 left Soerabaya, Dutch East Indies, in January 1945 carrying a cargo of vital materials, but only two torpedoes, and reached Trondheim, Norway, in April, just before the German surrender.[1]

Post War[edit]

Oesten was a technical advisor for the 2005 submarine simulator Silent Hunter III.[2]

Summary of career[edit]

Ships attacked[edit]

As commander of U-61, U-106 and U-861 Oesten is credited with the sinking of 18 ships for a total of 100,007 gross register tons (GRT) and one auxiliary warship 1,737 GRT. He further damaged three ships of 20,568 GRT and one warship, the HMS Malaya, of 31,100 long tons (31,600 tonnes).

Date U-boat Ship Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate
22 December 1939 U-60 Gryfevale  United Kingdom 4,434 Damaged (Mine)
22 January 1940 U-60 Sydfold  Norway 2,434 Sunk at 58°40′N 0°30′W / 58.667°N 0.500°W / 58.667; -0.500
18 February 1940 U-60 El Sonador  Panama 1,406 Sunk
18 February 1940 U-60 Sangstad  Norway 4,297 Sunk at 59°0′N 0°25′E / 59.000°N 0.417°E / 59.000; 0.417
10 July 1940 U-60 Alwaki  Netherlands 4,533 Sunk at 58°46′N 4°46′W / 58.767°N 4.767°W / 58.767; -4.767
16 July 1940 U-60 Scottish Minstrel  United Kingdom 6,998 Sunk at 56°10′N 10°20′W / 56.167°N 10.333°W / 56.167; -10.333
17 January 1941 U-106 Zealandic  United Kingdom 10,578 Sunk at 58°28′N 20°43′W / 58.467°N 20.717°W / 58.467; -20.717
29 January 1941 U-106 Sesostris  Egypt 2,962 Sunk at 56°00′N 15°23′W / 56.000°N 15.383°W / 56.000; -15.383
11 March 1941 U-106 Memnon  United Kingdom 7,506 Sunk at 20°41′N 21°00′W / 20.683°N 21.000°W / 20.683; -21.000
16 March 1941 U-106 Almkerk  Netherlands 6,810 Sunk at 13°21′N 20°25′W / 13.350°N 20.417°W / 13.350; -20.417
17 March 1941 U-106 Andalusian  United Kingdom 3,082 Sunk at 14°33′N 21°06′W / 14.550°N 21.100°W / 14.550; -21.100
17 March 1941 U-106 Tapanoeli  Netherlands 7,034 Sunk at 15°56′N 20°49′W / 15.933°N 20.817°W / 15.933; -20.817
20 March 1941 U-106 HMS Malaya  Royal Navy 31,100 Damaged at 20°02′N 25°50′W / 20.033°N 25.833°W / 20.033; -25.833
20 March 1941 U-106 Meekerk  Netherlands 7,995 Damaged at 20°00′N 26°00′W / 20.000°N 26.000°W / 20.000; -26.000
24 March 1941 U-106 Eastlea  United Kingdom 4,267 Sunk at 16°18′N 22°05′W / 16.300°N 22.083°W / 16.300; -22.083
30 May 1941 U-106 Silveryew  United Kingdom 6,373 Sunk at 16°42′N 25°29′W / 16.700°N 25.483°W / 16.700; -25.483
31 May 1941 U-106 Clan Macdougall  United Kingdom 6,843 Sunk at 16°50′N 25°10′W / 16.833°N 25.167°W / 16.833; -25.167
6 June 1941 U-106 Sacramento Valley  United Kingdom 4,573 Sunk at 17°10′N 30°10′W / 17.167°N 30.167°W / 17.167; -30.167
20 July 1944 U-861 Vital de Oliveira  Brazil 1,737 Sunk at 22°29′S 41°09′W / 22.483°S 41.150°W / -22.483; -41.150
24 July 1944 U-861 William Gaston  United States 7,177 Sunk at 26°42′S 46°12′W / 26.700°S 46.200°W / -26.700; -46.200
20 August 1944 U-861 Berwickshire  United Kingdom 7,464 Sunk at 30°58′S 38°50′E / 30.967°S 38.833°E / -30.967; 38.833
20 August 1944 U-861 Daronia  United Kingdom 8,139 Damaged at 31°10′S 38°00′E / 31.167°S 38.000°E / -31.167; 38.000
5 September 1944 U-861 Ioannis Fafalios  Greece 5,670 Sunk at 4°20′S 43°57′E / 4.333°S 43.950°E / -4.333; 43.950

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Korvettenkapitän Jürgen Oesten". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Softpedia News talks with the creators of Silent Hunter III". news.softpedia.com. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Busch & Röll 2003, p. 114.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 329.

Bibliography[edit]

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  • 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. 
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