Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)
2 ships sunk, total tonnage 12,556 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 4,970 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 1,300 tons
|Born||2 May 1916||Oberweissbach, Thüringen|
|Died||4 May 1945||(29)||Baltic Sea|
|U-223||6 Jun 1942||12 Jan 1944||4 patrols (155 days)|
|U-2503||12 Nov 1944||4 May 1945 (+)||No war patrols|
Crew of 1936
Karl-Jürg Wächter was one of the Kriegsmarine's famous Olympia Crew. This Crew chose the Olympic rings as their symbol (the 1936 Olympic games were held in Berlin). It was the largest Crew, and produced more U-boat commanders than any other – of the 164 who 'graduated', 140 took command during the war.
Patrol info for Karl-Jürg Wächter
|1.||U-223||12 Jan 1943||Kiel||6 Mar 1943||St. Nazaire||Patrol 1,||54 days|
|2.||U-223||15 Apr 1943||St. Nazaire||24 May 1943||St. Nazaire||Patrol 2,||40 days|
|3.||U-223||14 Sep 1943||St. Nazaire||16 Oct 1943||Toulon||Patrol 3,||33 days|
|4.||U-223||20 Nov 1943||Toulon||17 Dec 1943||Toulon||Patrol 4,||28 days|
|4 patrols, 155 days at sea|
Ships hit by Karl-Jürg Wächter
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|3 Feb 1943||U-223||Dorchester||5,649||am||SG-19|
|23 Feb 1943||U-223||Winkler||6,907||pa||ON-166|
|2 Oct 1943||U-223||Stanmore (t.)||4,970||br||KMS-27|
|11 Dec 1943||U-223||HMS Cuckmere (K 299) (t.)||1,300||br||KMS-34|
4 ships sunk (18,826 tons).
About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.
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