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Karl Neitzel

German World War II U-boat commander
The basics
About
Occupation Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Date of birth Kołobrzeg
Date of death Nov 13, 1966 Kiel
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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