Jürgen von Rosenstiel
Kapitänleutnant (Crew 33)
14 ships sunk, total tonnage 78,843 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 23,797 GRT
|Born||23 Nov 1912||Kiel|
|Died||5 Jul 1942||(29)||Bay of Biscay|
|U-143||20 Mar 1941||30 Mar 1941||No war patrols|
|U-502||31 May 1941||6 Jul 1942||4 patrols (180 days, * died during this patrol)|
Jürgen von Rosenstiel joined the Reichsmarine (German Navy) on 1 April 1933 as part of Crew 33. During his training he sailed on ships such as Gorch Fock and then the cruiser Karlsruhe (239 day world trip in 1933 and again 55 days in Spanish waters in 1936-1937). Lastly he sailed on the school ship Schlesien from Oct 1938 to March 1939 (126 days) (WASt).
He then joined the school ship an official capacity, serving as radio technical officer and a watch officer on the school ship from July 1939 to March 1940 Jürgen von Rosenstiel transferred to the U-boat force (Busch and Röll, 1999).
From April to August 1940 Rosenstiel went through U-boat training and then joined the 2nd flotilla as a supernumerary watch officer until Sept 1940 (Busch and Röll, 1999).
He was Second Watch Officer (2WO) on the U-38 from Sep to Nov 1940 and then the boats first Watch Officer (1WO) until Feb 1941 when he began his U-boat Commander training with the 24 flotilla and then with the 22nd flotilla (WASt).
In preparation of taking command of a new boat Rosenstiel went through U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) at Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg from 17 April 1941 (WASt).
On 31 May 1941 Kptlt. Jürgen von Rosenstiel commissioned the new type IXC boat U-502 at Hamburg (Busch and Röll, 1999). He spent the next 4 months in the Baltic training his crew and preparing the boat for combat. On 29 Sept 1941 he took the boat out on its first of three war patrols (Busch and Röll, 1997). he would be very successful sinking 14 ships (78,843 tons) and damaging two more ships (23,797 GRT).
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).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
WASt (2011). Career information on Jürgen von Rosenstiel.
Patrol info for Jürgen von Rosenstiel
|1.||U-502||29 Sep 1941||Kiel||9 Nov 1941||Lorient||Patrol 1,||42 days|
|2.||U-502||18 Dec 1941||Lorient||22 Dec 1941||Lorient||Patrol 2,||5 days|
|3.||U-502||19 Jan 1942||Lorient||16 Mar 1942||Lorient||Patrol 3,||57 days|
|4.||U-502||22 Apr 1942||Lorient||6 Jul 1942||Sunk||Patrol 4,||75 days||*|
|4 patrols, 179 days at sea|
* Jürgen von Rosenstiel died during this patrol on 5 Jul 1942
Ships hit by Jürgen von Rosenstiel
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.