Georg Schewe

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 30)

16 ships sunk, total tonnage 85,779 GRT

Born  24 Nov 1909 Ueckermünde, Pomerania
Died  14 Oct 1990(80)

Georg Schewe


1 Apr 1930Offiziersanwärter
1 Jul 1934Fähnrich zur See
1 Sep 1935Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1936Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1937Oberleutnant zur See
1 Oct 1939Kapitänleutnant
1 Aug 1943Korvettenkapitän


20 Dec 1939Iron Cross 2nd Class
24 Jan 1940U-boat War Badge 1939
13 Jun 1940Iron Cross 1st Class
23 May 1941Knights Cross

U-boat Commands

U-60 22 Jul 1939 19 Jul 1940   6 patrols (104 days) 
U-105 10 Sep 1940 6 Jan 1942   4 patrols (236 days) 

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Kapitänleutnant Georg Schewe at the periscope

Georg Schewe started his naval career in October 1928 as seaman. Since 1932 he attended the officer courses and became in 1936 an officer. In the same year he changed to the U-boat force and got the solid pre war training. In July 1939 he commissioned the Type IIC boat U-60. After 6 patrols with one success he left the boat in August 1940 and commissioned in the some month U-105.

From January 1941 he operated mostly in Atlantic waters. But his peak he reached on his second patrol when he sank during the spring of 1941 in the middle of the Atlantic 12 ships with a total of 71,450 tons. It was the second most successful patrol of the whole war, second only to Hessler's incredible patrol on U-107. Georg Schewe left the boat in February 1942.

He then became a staff member of the FdU Mittelmeer (FdU Mediterranean). After more than two years in this position he was during the autumn 1944 for a month the flotilla commander of the 33rd Flotilla. From October 1944 he was staff member of the OKM (Naval High Command). After the surrender he spent a year in allied captivity.


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Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.

Patrol info for Georg Schewe

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-60 4 Nov 1939  Kiel  21 Nov 1939  Kiel  Patrol 1,18 days
2. U-60 4 Dec 1939  Kiel  4 Dec 1939  Wilhelmshaven   1 days
3. U-60 12 Dec 1939  Wilhelmshaven  19 Dec 1939  Kiel  Patrol 2,8 days
4. U-60 9 Jan 1940  Kiel  21 Jan 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 3,13 days
5. U-60 14 Feb 1940  Wilhelmshaven  29 Feb 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 4,16 days
6. U-60 4 Apr 1940  Wilhelmshaven  27 Apr 1940  Kiel  Patrol 5,24 days
7. U-60 18 May 1940  Kiel  11 Jun 1940  Kiel  Patrol 6,25 days
8. U-105 24 Dec 1940  Kiel  31 Jan 1941  Lorient  Patrol 7,39 days
9. U-105 22 Feb 1941  Lorient  13 Jun 1941  Lorient  Patrol 8,112 days
10. U-105 3 Aug 1941  Lorient  20 Sep 1941  Lorient  Patrol 9,49 days
11. U-105 8 Nov 1941  Lorient  13 Dec 1941  Lorient  Patrol 10,36 days
10 patrols, 340 days at sea

Ships hit by Georg Schewe

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
19 Dec 1939U-60Georg Schewe City of Kobe [Mine]4,373brFS-56
9 Jan 1941U-105Georg Schewe Bassano4,843br
26 Jan 1941U-105Georg Schewe Lurigethan3,564brSLS-61
8 Mar 1941U-105Georg Schewe Harmodius5,229brSL-67
18 Mar 1941U-105Georg Schewe Medjerda4,380brSL-68
19 Mar 1941U-105Georg Schewe Mandalika7,750nlSL-68
21 Mar 1941U-105Georg Schewe Clan Ogilvy5,802brSL-68
21 Mar 1941U-105Georg Schewe Benwyvis5,920brSL-68
21 Mar 1941U-105Georg Schewe Jhelum4,038brSL-68
5 Apr 1941U-105Georg Schewe Ena de Larrinaga5,200br
6 May 1941U-105Georg Schewe Oakdene4,255brOG-59
13 May 1941U-105Georg Schewe Benvrackie6,434brOB-312
15 May 1941U-105Georg Schewe Benvenue5,920brOB-314
16 May 1941U-105Georg Schewe Rodney Star11,803br
1 Jun 1941U-105Georg Schewe Scottish Monarch4,719brOB-319
11 Sep 1941U-105Georg Schewe Montana1,549pa

16 ships sunk (85,779 tons).

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[Mine] indicates the vessel was hit by a mine laid by said U-boat.

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.

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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

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