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Gunter Jahn
Born (1910-09-27)September 27, 1910
Died 12 April 1992(1992-04-12) (aged 81)
Place of birth Hamburg
Place of death Krailling
Allegiance  Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
Years of service 1931 – 1945
Rank Korvettenkapitän
Commands held U-596 13 November 1941–27 July 1943
29th U-boat Flotilla
Awards Iron Cross 1st Class
U-boat War Badge
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Gunter Jahn (27 September 1910 – 12 April 1992) was German U-boat commander during World War II. He was born in Hamburg, Germany and began his naval career in April 1931 as a Seekadett. He first served on the light cruiser Nürnberg for more than two years, including nine patrols in the first year of the war.

In March 1941 Jahn joined the U-boat force and his first patrol were on board U-98 in September 1941. Later in November he commissioned U-596. On his second patrol he broke through the Strait of Gibraltar and went on to become one of the most successful U-boat commanders in the Mediterranean Sea. In July 1943 he left the boat and became the commander of the 29th U-boat Flotilla. In September 1944 he fell into French captivity, where he spent nearly two years.

Summary of career[]


Ships attacked[]

Date Name Nationality Convoy Tonnage
16 August 1942 Suecia  Sweden SC-95 4,966 Sunk
20 September 1942 Empire Hartebeeste  United Kingdom SC-100 5,676 Sunk
7 February 1943 HMS LCI (L) 162  United Kingdom 246 Sunk
9 March 1943 Empire Standard  United Kingdom KMS-10 7,047 Damaged
30 March 1943 Fort Norman  United Kingdom KMS-10 7,133 Damaged
30 March 1943 Fort a la Corne  United Kingdom ET-16 7,133 Sunk
30 March 1943 Hallanger  Norway ET-16 9,551 Sunk


  1. Busch and Röll 2003, p. 349.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 350.
  3. Scherzer 2007, p. 416.
  • Busch, Rainer & Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939-1945 - Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 3-8132-0515-0.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Korvettenkapitän Fritz Frauenheim
Commander of the 29th U-boat Flotilla
August 1943 – September 1944
Succeeded by

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