Korvettenkapitän (Crew 32)
16 ships sunk, total tonnage 85,779 GRT
|Born||24 Nov 1909||Ueckermünde, Pomerania|
|Died||14 Oct 1990||(80)||Hamburg, Germany|
|U-60||22 Jul 1939||19 Jul 1940||6 patrols (104 days)|
|U-105||10 Sep 1940||6 Jan 1942||4 patrols (236 days)|
Kapitänleutnant Georg Schewe at the periscope
Georg Schewe began his naval career as a seaman in October 1928. In 1932 he commenced officer training and received his commission in 1936. In the same year he transferred to the U-boat force, receiving a thorough pre-war training. In July 1939 he commissioned the type IIC U-boat U-60. After six patrols (with only one sinking) he left the boat in August 1940 to commission the much larger type IXB U-boat U-105.
From January 1941 U-105 operated mostly in Atlantic waters. During her second patrol in spring 1941 Kptlt Schewe achieved remarkable success when he sank 12 ships with a total of 71,450 tons. It was the second most successful patrol of the whole war, only beaten by Hessler's with U-107 a few months later. Georg Schewe left U-105 in February 1942 for a shore posting.
He became a staff member of the FdU Mittelmeer (U-boat Command Mediterranean). After more than two years in this position, in autumn 1944 he took over command of the 33rd Flotilla for a month. From October 1944 he was on the OKM (Naval High Command) staff. Following Germany's surrender he spent a year in allied captivity.
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Patrol info for Georg Schewe
|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||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|19 Dec 1939||U-60||City of Kobe [Mine]||4,373||br||FS-56|
|9 Jan 1941||U-105||Bassano||4,843||br|
|26 Jan 1941||U-105||Lurigethan||3,564||br||SLS-61|
|8 Mar 1941||U-105||Harmodius||5,229||br||SL-67|
|18 Mar 1941||U-105||Medjerda||4,380||br||SL-68|
|19 Mar 1941||U-105||Mandalika||7,750||nl||SL-68|
|21 Mar 1941||U-105||Clan Ogilvy||5,802||br||SL-68|
|21 Mar 1941||U-105||Benwyvis||5,920||br||SL-68|
|21 Mar 1941||U-105||Jhelum||4,038||br||SL-68|
|5 Apr 1941||U-105||Ena de Larrinaga||5,200||br|
|6 May 1941||U-105||Oakdene||4,255||br||OG-59|
|13 May 1941||U-105||Benvrackie||6,434||br||OB-312|
|15 May 1941||U-105||Benvenue||5,920||br||OB-314|
|16 May 1941||U-105||Rodney Star||11,803||br|
|1 Jun 1941||U-105||Scottish Monarch||4,719||br||OB-319|
|11 Sep 1941||U-105||Montana||1,549||pa|
16 ships sunk (85,779 tons).
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.