Otto Schuhart

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 29)


Successes
12 ships sunk, total tonnage 67,277 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 22,500 tons

Born  1 Apr 1909 Hamburg
Died  26 Feb 1990(80)


Otto Schuhart

Ranks

1 Apr 1929 Offiziersanwärter
10 Oct 1929 Seekadett
1 Jan 1931 Fähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1933 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1933 Leutnant zur See
1 Jun 1935 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Aug 1938 Kapitänleutnant
1 Apr 1943 Korvettenkapitän

Decorations

26 Sep 1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class
26 Sep 1939 Iron Cross 1st Class
16 Dec 1939 U-boat War Badge 1939
16 May 1940 Knights Cross

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-8 2 Sep 1938 29 Oct 1938   No war patrols 
U-25 10 Dec 1938 3 Apr 1939   No war patrols 
U-29 4 Apr 1939 2 Jan 1941   7 patrols (219 days) 

Otto Schuhart began his naval career in April 1929. Later he spent two years on the battleship Schleswig-Holstein. In 1936 he joined the U-boat force. On his first war patrol he sank the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous (Rohwer, 1998). This was the first outstanding sinking of the U-boat arm, and the whole crew received the EK II (Iron Cross) and as commander Schuhart received both the EK I and the EK II.

In 1941 he became an instructor in the 1st ULD (Unterseeboots-Lehr-Division), and in June 1943 became commander of the 21st Flotilla. The last months of the war he spent in the Marineschule Flensburg-Mürwik.

Otto Schuhart joined the Bundesmarine in 1955, retiring in 1967 with a rank of Kapitän zur See.

Sources

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).
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.

Patrol info for Otto Schuhart


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-29 19 Aug 1939  Wilhelmshaven  26 Sep 1939  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 1,39 days
2. U-29 14 Nov 1939  Wilhelmshaven  16 Dec 1939  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 2,33 days
3. U-29 6 Feb 1940  Wilhelmshaven  7 Feb 1940  Helgoland  Patrol 3,2 days
4. U-29 11 Feb 1940  Helgoland  12 Mar 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 3,31 days
5. U-29 17 Apr 1940  Wilhelmshaven  23 Apr 1940  Trondheim   7 days
6. U-29 27 Apr 1940  Trondheim  4 May 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 4,8 days
7. U-29 27 May 1940  Wilhelmshaven  11 Jul 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 5,46 days
8. U-29 2 Sep 1940  Wilhelmshaven  5 Sep 1940  Bergen   4 days
9. U-29 11 Sep 1940  Bergen  1 Oct 1940  Lorient  Patrol 6,21 days
10. U-29 26 Oct 1940  Lorient  3 Dec 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 7,39 days
7 patrols, 219 days at sea

Ships hit by Otto Schuhart

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
8 Sep 1939U-29Otto Schuhart Regent Tiger10,176br
13 Sep 1939U-29Otto Schuhart Neptunia798br
14 Sep 1939U-29Otto Schuhart British Influence8,431br
17 Sep 1939U-29Otto Schuhart HMS Courageous (50)22,500br
 
3 Mar 1940U-29Otto Schuhart Cato [Mine]710br
4 Mar 1940U-29Otto Schuhart Thurston3,072br
4 Mar 1940U-29Otto Schuhart Pacific Reliance6,717brHX-19
16 Mar 1940U-29Otto Schuhart Slava [Mine]4,512yu
26 Jun 1940U-29Otto Schuhart Dimitris5,254gr
1 Jul 1940U-29Otto Schuhart Adamastos7,466gr
2 Jul 1940U-29Otto Schuhart Santa Margarita4,919pa
2 Jul 1940U-29Otto Schuhart Athellaird8,999brOB-176
25 Sep 1940U-29Otto Schuhart Eurymedon6,223brOB-217
 89,777

13 ships sunk (89,777 tons).

Legend
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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.

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