Gerhard Schötzau

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  16 Apr 1917 Fylitz, Neidenburg
Died  16 Apr 1945(28)North Atlantic

Kriegsmarine crew book photo


3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Kadett der Marinewaffenwesen
1 May 1937 Fähnrich der Marinewaffenwesen
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant der Marinewaffenwesen
1 Oct 1940 Oberleutnant der Marinewaffenwesen
1 Sep 1943 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-880 11 May 1944 16 Apr 1945  (+)  1 patrol (34 days) 

Gerhard Schötzau was a Waffenoffizier (weapons officer) specializing in mines before switching to the line branch and becoming a U-boat officer.

Crew of 1936

Gerhard Schötzau was one of the Kriegsmarine's famous Olympia Crew. This Crew chose the Olympic rings as their symbol (the 1936 Olympic games were held in Berlin). It was the largest Crew, and produced more U-boat commanders than any other – of the 164 who 'graduated', 140 took command during the war.

Patrol info for Gerhard Schötzau

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-880 11 Jan 1945  Kiel  15 Jan 1945  Horten   5 days
2. U-880 23 Jan 1945  Horten  29 Jan 1945  Bergen   7 days
3. U-880 7 Feb 1945  Bergen  9 Feb 1945  Bergen   3 days
4. U-880 14 Mar 1945  Bergen  16 Apr 1945  Sunk  Patrol 1,34 days

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

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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