Karl-Adolf Schlitt

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37b)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  16 Apr 1918 Laboe
Died  7 Apr 2009(90)


9 Oct 1937 Offiziersanwärter
1 Apr 1939 Fähnrich zur See
1 Mar 1940 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 May 1940 Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1942 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Mar 1944 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-1206 Jul, 1944 14 Apr 1945   1 patrol (9 days) 

Karl-Adolf Schlitt, on his first real patrol in enemy waters, suffered one of the more unusual losses of a U-boat when series of events resulting from improper use of the boats high-tech underwater toilet forced the boat to surface right under enemy aircraft (Brennecke, 2001). More on this on the U-1206 page.


Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Brennecke, J. (2001). Jäger und Gejagte. Deutsche U- Boote 1939 - 1945

Patrol info for Karl-Adolf Schlitt

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-1206 28 Mar 1945  Kiel  30 Mar 1945  Horten   3 days
2. U-1206 2 Apr 1945  Horten  3 Apr 1945  Kristiansand   2 days
3. U-1206 6 Apr 1945  Kristiansand  14 Apr 1945  Sunk  Patrol 1,9 days

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