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Karl Neitzel

Karl Neitzel

German World War II U-boat commander
The basics
Quick Facts
Occupations Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Gender male
Birth January 30, 1901 (Kołobrzeg)
Death November 13, 1966 (Kiel)
Karl Neitzel
The details
Biography

Karl Neitzel (30 January 1901 – 13 November 1966) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

As commander of U-510, Neitzel is credited with the sinking of three merchant ships totalling 14,128 gross register tons (GRT), damaging another two ships of 14,368 GRT that they had to be considered a total loss and damaging seven further ships of 49,587 GRT.

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate
2 August 1942 Maldonado  Uruguay 5,285 Sunk
10 August 1942 Alexia  United Kingdom 8,016 Damaged
19 August 1942 Cressington Court  United Kingdom 4,971 Sunk
31 October 1942 Alaska  Norway 5,681 Damaged
9 March 1943 George C. Meade  United States 7,176 Damaged
9 March 1943 James K. Polk  United States 7,177 Total loss
9 March 1943 James Smith  United States 7,181 Damaged
9 March 1943 James Rodman Drake  United States 7,181 Damaged
9 March 1943 Kelvinbank  United Kingdom 3,872 Sunk
9 March 1943 Mark Hanna  United States 7,176 Damaged
9 March 1943 Tabitha Brown  United States 7,176 Sunk
9 March 1943 Thomas Ruffin  United States 7,191 Total loss

Awards

  • Wehrmacht Long Service Award 4th to 2nd Class (2 October 1936)
  • Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (10 January 1940)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 1st Class (23 March 1940)
  • Minesweeper War Badge (1940)
  • U-boat War Badge (1939) (September 1942)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 27 March 1943 as Korvettenkapitän and commander of U-510
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 332.
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 333.
  • Scherzer 2007, p. 564.

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