Karl-Jürg Wächter

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


3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 May 1937 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jun 1943 Kapitänleutnant


  Iron Cross 2nd Class
  Iron Cross 1st Class
28 Dec 1943 German Cross in Gold

U-boat Commands

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

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
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 1943U-223 Dorchester5,649amSG-19
23 Feb 1943U-223 Winkler6,907paON-166
2 Oct 1943U-223 Stanmore (t.)4,970brKMS-27
11 Dec 1943U-223 HMS Cuckmere (K 299) (t.)1,300brKMS-34

4 ships sunk (18,826 tons).

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(t.) means the ship was a total loss (included in ships & tonnage lost).

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.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

(£ 38.25)

The Twilight of the U-Boats

Edwards, Bernard

Sea of Glory

Wales, Ken

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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