Kapitänleutnant (Crew 32)
13 ships sunk, total tonnage 20,758 GRT
2 auxiliary warships sunk, total tonnage 864 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 10,516 GRT
|Born||18 Mar 1913||Wilhelmshaven|
|Died||28 Nov 1940||(27)||North Atlantic|
|U-59||4 Mar 1939||17 Jul 1940||8 patrols (113 days)|
|U-104||19 Aug 1940||28 Nov 1940 (+)||1 patrol (17 days)|
Harald Jürst joined the Reichsmarine in 1932. He served as a Watch Officer (WO) on the U-36 from Dec 1936 or early 1937 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Kptlt. Harald Jürst commanded the small "duck" type IIC boat U-59 from 4 Mar 1939 to 17 Jul 1940 (Busch & Röll, 1999). He went out on 8 patrols with the boat, spending 113 days at sea. He was successful with this boat, sinking 14 ships (13,382 GRT) (Rohwer, 1998).
From July to Aug 1940 Jürst went through U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) to prepare him for his command of a new boat, this time the much larger type IX boats (Busch & Röll, 1999).
On 27 Nov 1940, during its first patrol, U-104 sank the motor tanker Charles F. Meyer (10,516 GRT) and damaged the steam merchant Diplomat (8,240 GRT) (Rohwer, 1998). After this the boat went missing from 28 Nov north-west of Ireland in approximate position 55.30N, 08.00W. There is a chance he was lost to minefield SN 44 off Tory Island (Niestlé, 1998).
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.
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.
Patrol info for Harald Jürst
|1.||U-59||29 Aug 1939||Helgoland||11 Sep 1939||Sunk||Patrol 1,||14 days|
|2.||U-59||22 Oct 1939||Kiel||9 Nov 1939||Sunk||Patrol 2,||19 days|
|3.||U-59||30 Nov 1939||Kiel||8 Dec 1939||Sunk||Patrol 3,||9 days|
|4.||U-59||14 Dec 1939||Wilhelmshaven||19 Dec 1939||Sunk||Patrol 4,||6 days|
|5.||U-59||14 Jan 1940||Kiel||22 Jan 1940||Sunk||Patrol 5,||9 days|
|6.||U-59||29 Jan 1940||Wilhelmshaven||8 Feb 1940||Sunk||Patrol 6,||11 days|
|7.||U-59||14 Mar 1940||Wilhelmshaven||20 Mar 1940||Sunk||Patrol 7,||7 days|
|8.||U-59||31 Mar 1940||Wilhelmshaven||7 May 1940||Sunk||Patrol 8,||38 days|
|9.||U-104||12 Nov 1940||Kiel||28 Nov 1940||Sunk||Patrol 9,||17 days|
|9 patrols, 130 days at sea|
Ships hit by Harald Jürst
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|28 Oct 1939||U-59||St. Nidan||565||br|
|28 Oct 1939||U-59||Lynx II||250||br|
|30 Oct 1939||U-59||HMS Northern Rover (4.58)||655||br|
|6 Dec 1939||U-59||HMS Washington [Mine]||209||br|
|12 Dec 1939||U-59||Marwick Head [Mine]||496||br|
|16 Dec 1939||U-59||Lister||1,366||sw|
|16 Dec 1939||U-59||Glitrefjell||1,568||nw|
|17 Dec 1939||U-59||Bogø||1,214||da|
|17 Dec 1939||U-59||Jaegersborg||1,245||da|
|19 Jan 1940||U-59||Quiberon||1,296||fr|
|1 Feb 1940||U-59||Ellen M.||498||br|
|2 Feb 1940||U-59||Creofield||838||br|
|2 Feb 1940||U-59||Portelet||1,064||br|
|6 Apr 1940||U-59||Navarra||2,118||nw|
|27 Nov 1940||U-104||Charles F. Meyer (d.)||10,516||br||HX-87|
|27 Nov 1940||U-104||Diplomat||8,240||br||HX-88|
15 ships sunk (21,622 tons) and 1 ship damaged (10,516 tons).
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.