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Gustav Poel
Born (1917-08-02)2 August 1917
Died 16 January 2009(2009-01-16) (aged 91)
Place of birth Hamburg
Place of death Hamburg
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1933–1945
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Commands held U-413
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Gustav Poel (2 August 1917 – 16 January 2009) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German language: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. On 20 February 1944 U-413 under the command of Poel sank the HMS Warwick.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

As a U-boat commander of U-413 Gustav Poel is credited with the sinking of four ships for a total of 34,525 gross register tons (GRT) and sinking one warship of 1,100 metric tons (1,100 long tons; 1,200 short tons).

Warwick Castle

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate
14 November 1942 Warwick Castle  United Kingdom 20,107 Sunk
22 January 1943 Mount Mycale  Greece 3,556 Sunk
5 February 1943 West Portal United States 5,376 Sunk
21 April 1943 Wanstead  United Kingdom 5,486 Sunk
20 February 1944 HMS Warwick  United Kingdom 1,100 Sunk

Awards

References

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 429.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 430.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 341.
Bibliography
  • 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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