Korvettenkapitän (Crew 32)
10 ships sunk, total tonnage 50,873 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 4,887 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 5,445 GRT
|Born||26 Feb 1909||Altshausen, Württemberg|
|Died||29 Sep 1975||(66)||Bavendorf-Ravensburg, Germany|
|U-69||2 Nov 1940||28 Aug 1941||4 patrols (117 days)|
|U-847||1 Feb 1943||30 Jun 1943||No war patrols|
Kapitänleutnant Jost Metzler
Before Jost Metzler joined the Reichsmarine he spent eight years in the Merchant Navy, some of them on sailing ships. He joined the Reichsmarine in October 1933 as a HSO (Handelschiffoffizier, merchant ship officer). He first served on the torpedo boat T-196 and on several minesweepers. In April 1940, after 13 patrols on the Aviso Grille (previously Adolf Hitler's official yacht), he transferred to the U-boat arm. After seven months of training he commissioned U-69 in November 1940. On his first patrol, sailing from Kiel to St. Nazaire, he sank three ships with a total of 18,576 tons.
Metzler's third patrol on U-69 was very successful. He laid 16 mines in the harbour of Lagos, where they later sank a British steamer. All in all on this patrol in African waters he sank five ships with a total of 25,544 tons. Unfortunately he was taken ill with renal colic some days after leaving St. Nazaire on his fourth patrol, forcing the boat to return to port. After two months in hospital he became the leading training officer for the 25th (Training) Flotilla and 27th Flotillas holding this post until February 1943.
He took over command of U-847 for four months in 1943, and then in autumn 1943 for two months he was deputy commander of the 5th (Training) Flotilla then from October 1943 to the end of war, Metzler commanded the 19th (Training) Flotilla first in Pillau and later in Kiel.
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Patrol info for Jost Metzler
|1.||U-69||10 Feb 1941||Kiel||1 Mar 1941||Lorient||Patrol 1,||20 days|
|2.||U-69||18 Mar 1941||Lorient||11 Apr 1941||Lorient||Patrol 2,||25 days|
|3.||U-69||5 May 1941||Lorient||8 Jul 1941||St. Nazaire||Patrol 3,||65 days|
|4.||U-69||21 Aug 1941||St. Nazaire||27 Aug 1941||St. Nazaire||Patrol 4,||7 days|
|4 patrols, 117 days at sea|
Ships hit by Jost Metzler
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|17 Feb 1941||U-69||Siamese Prince||8,456||br|
|19 Feb 1941||U-69||Empire Blanda||5,693||br||HX-107|
|23 Feb 1941||U-69||Marslew||4,542||br||OB-288|
|30 Mar 1941||U-69||Coultarn||3,759||br||OB-302|
|3 Apr 1941||U-69||Thirlby (d.)||4,887||br||SC-26|
|21 May 1941||U-69||Robin Moor||4,999||am|
|21 May 1941||U-69||Tewkesbury||4,601||br|
|31 May 1941||U-69||Sangara (t.)||5,445||br|
|4 Jun 1941||U-69||Robert Hughes [Mine]||2,879||br|
|27 Jun 1941||U-69||Empire Ability||7,603||br||SL-78|
|27 Jun 1941||U-69||River Lugar||5,423||br||SL-78|
|3 Jul 1941||U-69||Robert L. Holt||2,918||br||OB-337|
11 ships sunk (56,318 tons) and 1 ship damaged (4,887 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.