Klaus Bargsten began his naval career in April 1936. Previous to this he had been in the merchant navy. He joined the U-boat force in April 1939. After a short time on U-6, he transferred to U-99 and accompanied the boat on all her successful patrols except the last one under Kptlt. Otto Kretschmer.
He left U-99 in January 1941 and in March commissioned U-563. On his second patrol he sank the British destroyer HMS Cossack (1,960 tons). After the third patrol he left the boat and three months later commissioned U-521. This boat was sunk on 2 June, 1943 by the US sub chaser PC 565 100 nautical miles east of Cape Hatteras. Kptlt. Bargsten was the only survivor and was later picked up by PC-565 and delivered to naval authorites off Norfolk, Virginia. He spent more than three years in Allied captivity.
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