Günther Pulst

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37b)


Successes
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,176 GRT

Born  26 Mar 1918 Braunschweig
Died  5 Jan 1991(72)


Kapitänleutnant Günther Pulst

Ranks

9 Oct 1937Offiziersanwärter
28 Jun 1938Seekadett
1 Apr 1939Fähnrich zur See
1 Mar 1940Oberfähnrich zur See
1 May 1940Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1942Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jan 1945Kapitänleutnant

Decorations

11 Feb 1940Iron Cross 2nd Class
1940Narvik Shield
21 Feb 1942U-boat War Badge 1939
19 Nov 1944U-boat Front Clasp
18 Dec 1944Iron Cross 1st Class
21 Dec 1944Knights Cross

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-978 12 May 1943 9 May 1945   2 patrols (124 days) 


Kapitänleutnant Günther Pulst
after his last patrol in April 1945

Günther Pulst began his naval career in October 1937. In December 1939 he began service on the destroyer Wolfgang Zenker. When the destroyer was sunk in the Norwegian Campaign, Günther Pulst fought for a few weeks in the battle ashore. For this he was awarded the Narvik shield, a decoration received by only a few men of the U-boat force (e.g., Rolf Thomsen). In autumn 1940 he became a training officer in the Marineschule Flensburg-Mürwik before joining the U-boat force in April 1942.

He made two patrols on U-752 as I WO. In March 1943 he left the boat and in May 1943 commissioned the Type VIIC U-boat U-978.

His first patrol with U-978 was notable due to the fact that he made the whole patrol of 68 days underwater, using the Schnorchel. He attacked three ships and is credited with one certain sinking.

After his second patrol the war was over and Günther Pulst brought his U-boat from Norway to England at the end of May, 1945. He then spent nearly three years in British captivity.

In September 1957 he became a civilian staff member of the Bundeswehr and worked for some years in the 1960s as Financial Controller NATO in Paris. He retired in March 1983. He was decorated in 1980 with the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Federal Merit Cross) and in 1983 with the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal (USA).

Sources

Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).

Patrol info for Günther Pulst


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-978 22 Aug 1944  Kiel  24 Aug 1944  Horten   3 days
2. U-978 5 Sep 1944  Horten  7 Sep 1944  Flekkefjord   3 days
3. U-978 13 Sep 1944  Flekkefjord  13 Sep 1944  Egersund   1 days
4. U-978 7 Oct 1944  Egersund  8 Oct 1944  Bergen   2 days
5. U-978 9 Oct 1944  Bergen  16 Dec 1944  Bergen  Patrol 1,69 days
6. U-978 25 Feb 1945  Bergen  20 Apr 1945  Trondheim  Patrol 2,55 days
2 patrols, 124 days at sea

Ships hit by Günther Pulst

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
23 Nov 1944U-978Günther Pulst William D. Burnham (t.)7,176amTMC-44
 7,176

1 ship sunk (7,176 tons).

Legend
(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


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders