Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37b)
2 ships sunk, total tonnage 7,564 GRT
2 warships sunk, total tonnage 604 tons
|Born||5 Mar 1919||Berlin|
|Died||24 Jan 1983||(63)||Maseru / Lesotho (South Africa)|
|U-957||1 Apr 1943||21 Oct 1944||7 patrols (162 days)|
|U-2551||20 Apr 1945||5 May 1945||No war patrols|
Gerhard Schaar began his naval career in October 1937. He served on the destroyer Erich Giese, which was sunk during the occupation of Norway in April 1940. After some months on shore in Narvik, he served as training officer in the Marineschule Mürwik (Naval Academy) before transferring to the U-boat force in February 1942.
After two patrols in U-704, in April 1943 he took over command of the Type VIIC U-957, which was attached to the 11th Flotilla and was in action in Arctic and northern waters. Schaar won his Knights Cross for leading the landing operation on the Russian island of Sterligova, where a radio station was destroyed in September 1944.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Gerd Schaar
|1.||U-957||14 Dec 1943||Kiel||12 Jan 1944||Narvik||Patrol 1,||30 days|
|2.||U-957||24 Jan 1944||Narvik||2 Feb 1944||Hammerfest||Patrol 2,||10 days|
|3.||U-957||6 Feb 1944||Hammerfest||20 Feb 1944||Narvik||Patrol 3,||15 days|
|4.||U-957||22 Feb 1944||Narvik||25 Feb 1944||Hammerfest||4 days|
|5.||U-957||26 Feb 1944||Hammerfest||4 Mar 1944||Bergen||Patrol 4,||8 days|
|6.||U-957||29 Apr 1944||Bergen||2 May 1944||Narvik||4 days|
|7.||U-957||11 May 1944||Narvik||8 Jun 1944||Narvik||Patrol 5,||29 days|
|8.||U-957||14 Jun 1944||Narvik||15 Jun 1944||Tromsö||2 days|
|9.||U-957||23 Jun 1944||Tromsö||23 Jun 1944||Tromsö||1 days|
|10.||U-957||26 Jun 1944||Tromsö||28 Jun 1944||Tromsö||3 days|
|11.||U-957||2 Jul 1944||Tromsö||3 Jul 1944||Narvik||2 days|
|12.||U-957||18 Jul 1944||Narvik||20 Jul 1944||Hammerfest||3 days|
|13.||U-957||23 Jul 1944||Hammerfest||3 Sep 1944||Hammerfest||Patrol 6,||43 days|
|14.||U-957||7 Sep 1944||Hammerfest||3 Oct 1944||Narvik||Patrol 7,||27 days|
|15.||U-957||6 Oct 1944||Narvik||8 Oct 1944||Trondheim||3 days|
|16.||U-957||17 Oct 1944||Trondheim||21 Oct 1944||Narvik||5 days|
|7 patrols, 162 days at sea|
Ships hit by Gerd Schaar
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|26 Jan 1944||U-957||Gerd Schaar||Fort Bellingham||7,153||br||JW-56A|
|26 Jan 1944||U-957||Gerd Schaar||USS PTC-38||54||am||JW-56A|
|26 Aug 1944||U-957||Gerd Schaar||Nord||411||sj|
|23 Sep 1944||U-957||Gerd Schaar||Brilliant (No 29)||550||sj||VD-1|
4 ships sunk (8,168 tons).
About ranks and decorations
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