Jürgen Nissen

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)

5 ships sunk, total tonnage 24,513 GRT

Born  28 May 1916 Sintrup
Died  2 Jun 1943(27)off Dakar


3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 May 1937 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1943 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-146 8 Sep 1942 Oct, 1942   No war patrols 
U-105 29 Oct 1942 2 Jun 1943  (+)  2 patrols (163 days) 

Jürgen Nissen joined the Kriegsmarine in 1936. From March 1939 to June 1941 he served as a Watch Officer and a Gunnery Officer on the destroyer Karl Galster (Z 20). He went through U-boat training from June to Dec 1941 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

Nissen served as a Watch Officer with the 2nd Flotilla from Dec 1941 to July 1942, when he began his U-boat Commander training with the 24th (Training) Flotilla, completed in Sept 1942 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

Nissen commanded the small 'duck' school boat U-146 from Sept to Oct 1942. On 25 Oct 1942 he took over the much larger type IXB U-boat U-105 (Busch & Röll, 1999). He took this boat on two patrols, first to the Caribbean and then to the coast of west Africa (Busch & Röll, 1997). He sank five ships totalling over 24,000 GRT (Rohwer, 1998).

Kptlt. Jürgen Nissen and his entire crew of 53 died when U-105 was sunk on 2 June 1943 near Dakar by depth charges from a one-of-a-kind Potez-CAMS 141 flying boat named Antarés from Flotille d'exploration 4E of the French Naval Air Force (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 Jürgen Nissen

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-105 23 Nov 1942  Lorient  14 Feb 1943  Lorient  Patrol 1,84 days
2. U-105 16 Mar 1943  Lorient  2 Jun 1943  Sunk  Patrol 2,79 days
2 patrols, 163 days at sea

Ships hit by Jürgen Nissen

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
14 Dec 1942U-105 Orfor6,578br
12 Jan 1943U-105 C.S. Flight67br
24 Jan 1943U-105 British Vigilance8,093brTM-1
27 Jan 1943U-105 Cape Decision5,106am
15 May 1943U-105 Maroussio Logothetis4,669gr

5 ships sunk (24,513 tons).

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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

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