Rechel, Curt

Date of birth:
December 1st, 1902 (Iserlohn/Westphalia, Germany)
Date of death:
August 10th, 1973 (Farchant/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Kurt Rechel reached the rank of Kapitän zur See.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander)
Unit:
Kommandant, "Z 29", 8. Zerstörerflottille, Kriegsmarine
Awarded on:
November 20th, 1941
Details:
The name is written in Patzwall / Scherzer as Kurt.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Fregattenkapitän (Commander)
Unit:
Kommandant, "Z 29", 8. Zerstörerflottille, Kriegsmarine
Awarded on:
April 30th, 1943
Medaglia d'argento al Valore Militare
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Fregattenkapitän (Commander)
Unit:
Kommandant, "Z 29", 8. Zerstörerflottille, Kriegsmarine
Awarded on:
May 8th, 1943
Action:
The following press article (dated 13.05.1943) describes how Rechel would receive the Knight’s Cross…

“Fregattenkapitän Kurt Rechel, born on 01.12.1902 in Iserlohn (Westphalia), has been a destroyer captain since the beginning of the war. Fregattenkapitän Rechel had already distinguished himself during the occupation of Norway through his outstanding achievements. His mission here was to land part of the initial wave of occupation troops, a task which was fully carried out. During a naval battle that saw the destruction of 4 enemy destroyers, Rechel’s destroyer was heavily involved and can be credited as having a major share in the victory. In the Mediterranean theatre, as commander of the destroyer “Hermes”, he has completed many difficult operations successfully. He is responsible for the sinking of an English submarine as well as the secure escorting of many convoys. Fregattenkapitän Rechel owes his success to his personal courage, outstanding seamanship and daring leadership of his destroyer.”

In total Rechel’s destroyer was directly responsible for the sinking of the Norwegian coastal defense ship “Norge” and the British submarine “Splendid”, and shared in the sinking of a further 2 English destroyers. His ship also shot down 11 enemy aircraft.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 3rd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 6th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 1st, 1940
Narvikschild
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 19th, 1940
Zerstörer-Kriegsabzeichen

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