Obersteuermann (Navy since 1937)
|Born||20 December, 1912||Gladbeck/ Westfalen|
|Died||7 December, 1984||Gladbeck/ Westfalen|
Karl Jäckel after his decoration
: Ubootskriegsabzeichen 1939
: Iron Cross 1st class (EK I)
28/10/1944 : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (-444-)
08/05/1945 : Knights Cross (-144-)
|U-29||VIIA||Steuermann, 4 patrols, 129 days||04.40 - 10.41|
|U-160||IXC||Steuermann, 4 patrol, 321 days||10.41 - 06.43(?)|
|U-907||VIIC||Steuermann, 2 patrol, 86 days||05.44 - 05.45|
Karl Jäckel joined the Navy in April 1937 at the age of 23. Since April 1940 he rode on U-29 under the command of Kptlt. Schuhart. When the first watch officer Georg Lassen left the U-29 and commissioned U-160 he requested that Karl Jäckel would follow him which he did. He was then for 4 patrols on board and luckily left the U-boat along with Georg Lassen, before U-160 was sunk a month later. Georg Lassen called him his "number one man".
In 1944 he became the Obersteuermann on the type VIIC U-boat U-907. After the surrender Karl Jäckel was one of the crew members that had to bring the U-boat to Loch Ryan, Scotland for Operation Deadlight.
Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Bootwaffe
Band 1. A - J
Biblio-Verlag, Osnabrück, 1988