Korvettenkapitän (Crew 33)
3 ships sunk, total tonnage 14,983 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 840 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 9,382 GRT
|Born||6 Sep 1909||Breslau|
|Died||8 Jan 1990||(80)||Bremen, Germany|
|U-653||25 May 1941||30 Sep 1943||7 patrols (412 days)|
Gerhard Feiler joined the German Navy (Reichsmarine) in 1933. He served on the destroyer Z 20 Karl Galster from Oct 1938 to June 1940. He then joined the U-boat training programme in July and finished the training during Jan 1941.
From Jan 1941 to April 1941 he trained as U-boat commander with the 24th and 7th U-boat flotillas. He was then assigned as Baubelehrung (construction) commander before taking command of his Type VIIC boat U-653 on 25 May 1941.
He served on the boat for more than 2 years before being sent to shore duty. First he served with the 1st flotilla from Oct 1943 - Jan 1944 but then he spent 3 months as a training officer with the 20th training flotilla. Feiler was the training commander of the 19th flotilla to the end of the war.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Gerhard Feiler
|1.||U-653||13 Dec 1941||Kiel||13 Jan 1942||Brest||Patrol 1,||32 days|
|2.||U-653||31 Jan 1942||Brest||30 Mar 1942||Brest||Patrol 2,||59 days|
|3.||U-653||25 Apr 1942||Brest||6 Jul 1942||Brest||Patrol 3,||73 days|
|4.||U-653||5 Aug 1942||Brest||31 Aug 1942||Brest||Patrol 4,||27 days|
|5.||U-653||27 Oct 1942||Brest||29 Dec 1942||Brest||Patrol 5,||64 days|
|6.||U-653||28 Jan 1943||Brest||31 Mar 1943||La Pallice||Patrol 6,||63 days|
|7.||U-653||10 Jun 1943||La Pallice||11 Sep 1943||Brest||Patrol 7,||94 days|
|7 patrols, 412 days at sea|
Ships hit by Gerhard Feiler
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|28 Feb 1942||U-653||Leif||1,582||nw|
|17 May 1942||U-653||Peisander||6,225||br|
|7 Jun 1942||U-653||USS Gannet (AVP 8)||840||am|
|24 Feb 1943||U-653||Madoera (d.)||9,382||nl||ON-166|
|12 Mar 1943||U-653||Thomas Hooker||7,176||am||ON-168|
4 ships sunk (15,823 tons) and 1 ship damaged (9,382 tons).
About ranks and decorations
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