Loebell, Kurt, born 26-07-1890 in Zwingenberg, Hessen, entered the Army as a cadet in the Naval School, on 01-04-1910, age 19. He was a sea cadet on board of the School ship “Hansa”. He was involved in the first war as a II Radio Operator on the liner “Helgoland”.
06-05-1918 he followed the U-boat Torpedo Officers Course aboard the artillery school ship, Württemberg. 19-07-1918, familiarization aboard the submarine U-110, Flanders Flotille, here being repaired at Swan Hunter’s dry dock in 1918, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Werner “Fips” Fürbringer, who achieved the rank of Konteradmiral in WWII, the UB-110 was a Type UB 111 submarine armed with 5 torpedo tubes and one 105mm deck gun and crewed by 34 officers and men. On 19-07-1918 the UB 110 was damaged by depth charges while attempting to attack a large convoy of the Yorkshire North Coast. Forched to surface, the submarine was rammed twice and sunk by the British destroyer HMS Garry, commanded by Lieutenant-Commander Charles Herbert Lightoller whose own ship received considerable damage in the process. Lightoller died of chronic heart disease on 08-12-1952, aged 78, in Richmond, London. A long-time pipe smoker, he died during London’s Great Smog of 1952. His body was cremated, and his ashes were scattered at the Commonwealth “Garden of Remembrance” at Mortlake Crematorium in Richmond, Surrey.
Kapitänleutnant Fürbringer, Oberleutnant zur See Loebell and only 11 other crew members survived the loss of their boat. Immidiately after the boat had surfaced, it was sprayed with machinegun fire from the convoy escorts and aircraft. Loebbell was hit by a piece of shrapnel while on the conning tower and and by a bullet in the thigh after abandoning the boat, Kapitänleutnant Fürbringer personnaly kept Loevbell afloat until he could be hauled aboard a lifeboat lowered from one of the merchant vessel. On 17-01-1919 Lightoller received a bar to his Distinguisted Service Cross for sinking the UB 110. Charles Herbert Lightoller is perhaps best remembered as the Second Officer of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. He was the senior ranking memebr of the ship’s crew to survive the sinking of the ocean liner after it struck an iceberg on 14-04-1912. Kapitänleutnant Werner “Fips” Fürbringer, survived two wars and 08-02-1982, aged 93, in Braunschweig.
Kurt Loebell ended the war in British captivity and retired on 27-08-1920. He entered Hermann Göring’s Luftwaffe (did you know) as a Supplement Officer on the Air signals School Halle/Saale. With the start of World War II he was the Radio and Flight Security Administrator with the Higher Signals Leader of Air School Command I until 02-11-1939. Special Agent for flight Security Regulations with the Chief of Signals Liaison Affairs RLM until 26-03-1941. He was Higher Signals leader with Luftwaffe Command East and commander of the 35th Air Signals Regiment to 01-10-1942. Signals Leader with X Flying Corps to 30-09-1943. He ended the war as Flight Security Inspector with the chief of Communications Affairs to 08-05-1945.
Death and burial ground of Loebell, Kurt.
Loebell, not a battlefield General was not in Allied captivity and retired in Wiesbaden, where he at the age of 77 died, on 21-04-1968 and is buried with his wife Magarethe, who died age 81 in 1979, on the cemetery of Dotzheim, a suburb of Wiesbaden.
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