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
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.
|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|
- 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.