Gerhard Feiler

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 33)


Successes
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


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Ranks

8 Apr 1934 Offiziersanwärter
1 Jul 1935 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1937 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1937 Leutnant zur See
1 Jun 1938 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Nov 1940 Kapitänleutnant
1 Jan 1945 Korvettenkapitän

Decorations

1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class
1940 Destroyer War Badge
1 Apr 1942 U-boat War Badge 1939
1942 Iron Cross 1st Class
14 Feb 1944 German Cross in Gold

U-boat Commands

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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.

Sources

Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Gerhard Feiler

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
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 1942U-653 Leif1,582nw
17 May 1942U-653 Peisander6,225br
7 Jun 1942U-653 USS Gannet (AVP 8)840am
 
24 Feb 1943U-653 Madoera (d.)9,382nlON-166
12 Mar 1943U-653 Thomas Hooker7,176amON-168
 25,205

4 ships sunk (15,823 tons) and 1 ship damaged (9,382 tons).

Legend
We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.


About ranks and decorations
Special thanks to Fernando Almeida for data on ranks and decorations.

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

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