Gerd Schaar

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37b)


Successes
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)


Gerhard Schaar

Ranks

9 Oct 1937Offiziersanwärter
28 Jun 1938Seekadett
1 Apr 1939Fähnrich zur See
1 Mar 1940Oberfähnrich zur See
1 May 1940Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1942Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jan 1945Kapitänleutnant

Decorations

15 May 1940Iron Cross 2nd Class
14 Feb 1944German Cross in Gold
1 Oct 1944Knights Cross

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
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 in February 1942 to the U-boat force.

After two patrols on U-704, in April 1943 he took command of the Type VIIC boat U-957, which was attached to the 11th Flotilla and was in action in the Arctic Ocean. Schaar won his Knights Cross for leading the landing operation on the Soviet island Sterligova, where a radio station was destroyed in September 1944.

In April 1945 Schaar commissioned the Type XXI U-boat U-2551, which was scuttled one month later.

Sources

Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Gerd Schaar


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
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 1944U-957Gerd Schaar Fort Bellingham7,153brJW-56A
26 Jan 1944U-957Gerd Schaar USS PTC-3854amJW-56A
26 Aug 1944U-957Gerd Schaar Nord411sj
23 Sep 1944U-957Gerd Schaar Brilliant (No 29)550sjVD-1
 8,168

4 ships sunk (8,168 tons).

Legend
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About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.

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

Listing of all U-boat commanders