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

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