Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 35)
2 ships sunk, total tonnage 17,651 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,085 tons
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 1,085 tons
|Born||15 Apr 1915||Kiel|
|Died||12 Apr 1945||(29)||Norwegian Sea|
|U-486||22 Mar 1944||12 Apr 1945 (+)||2 patrols (55 days)|
Gerhard Meyer joined the Kriegsmarine in 1935. He served as a Watch Officer (WO) on the destroyer Z 15 Erich Steinbrinck from March 1942 to May 1943. He joined the U-boat force and went through U-boat training, including Commander courses, from May 1943 to Jan 1944 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
To prepare for his own U-boat Command he began his U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) in Jan 1944. On 22 March 1944 he commissioned the brand new Type VIIC boat U-486 at Kiel and started his work-up training in the Baltic (Busch & Röll, 1999).
On 26 Nov 1944 he sailed from Egersund, Norway for his first war patrol (Busch & Röll, 1997). His destination was the English Channel. This was to be one of the mos successful war patrols in the last year of the war. He sank or destroyed 4 ships; including the 11,506 BRT troopship Leopoldville on 24 Dec and the British frigates HMS Affleck (K-462) and HMS Capel (K 470) on 26 Dec (Rohwer, 1998). He returned to Bergen, norway on 15 Jan 1945 after 51 days at sea (Busch & Röll, 1997).
This performance, under constant Allied sub-hunting, should have ensured a Knight's Cross for him but the Allies spread disinformation that the Leopoldville was a hospital ship and also BdU seemed oddly unaware of his exploits.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.
Patrol info for Gerhard Meyer
|1.||U-486||6 Nov 1944||Kiel||9 Nov 1944||Horten||4 days|
|2.||U-486||17 Nov 1944||Horten||20 Nov 1944||Egersund||4 days|
|3.||U-486||26 Nov 1944||Egersund||15 Jan 1945||Bergen||Patrol 1,||51 days|
|4.||U-486||9 Apr 1945||Bergen||12 Apr 1945||Sunk||Patrol 2,||4 days|
|2 patrols, 55 days at sea|
Ships hit by Gerhard Meyer
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|18 Dec 1944||U-486||Silverlaurel||6,142||br||BTC-10|
|24 Dec 1944||U-486||Leopoldville||11,509||be||WEP-3|
|26 Dec 1944||U-486||HMS Affleck (K 462) (t.)||1,085||br|
|26 Dec 1944||U-486||HMS Capel (K 470)||1,085||br|
4 ships sunk (19,821 tons).