Günter Unverzagt

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew XII/39)



No ships sunk or damaged.


Born  3 May 1921 Offenbach
Died  30 Mar 1945(23)north of Scotland


Ranks

1 Dec 1939 Offiziersanwärter
1 Nov 1940 Fähnrich zur See
1 Nov 1941 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 May 1942 Leutnant zur See
1 Dec 1943 Oberleutnant zur See

Decorations

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-965 7 Jun 1944 30 Mar 1945  (+)  6 patrols (121 days) 

Günter Unverzagt joined the Kriegsmarine in 1939. He went through U-boat training from May 1941 to Jan 1942, then served as a section leader with 2nd ULD (U-Boots-Lehr-Division, training division) Jan - Sept 1942 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

From Oct to Nov 1942 he attended U-boat construction familiarization (Baubelehrung) to prepare for service on a new type VIIC U-boat being built at Lübeck. U-307 was commissioned by Ltn. Friedrich-Georg Herrle on 18 Nov with Unverzagt as 1st Watch Officer (I WO) (Busch & Röll, 1999). Unverzagt went on four war patrols in her, all in Arctic and northern waters, spending 123 days at sea (Busch & Röll, 1997).

Günter Unverzagt took command of his own boat, U-965, from Klaus Ohling on 7 Jun 1944. He took her on six patrols (121 days at sea), all except the last in northern waters, harassing convoys to Russia (Busch & Röll, 1997).

On 5 March 1945 U-965 sailed from Trondheim, Norway on her last patrol, heading southwest towards the British Isles. She was was sunk with all hands (51 dead) on 30 March 1945, north of Scotland in position 58.19N 05.31W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Rupert and HMS Conn (Niestlé, 1998).

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).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.

Patrol info for Günter Unverzagt

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-965 23 Jun 1944  Bogenbucht  23 Jul 1944  Narvik  Patrol 1,31 days
2. U-965 19 Aug 1944  Narvik  22 Aug 1944  Hammerfest   4 days
3. U-965 1 Sep 1944  Hammerfest  3 Sep 1944  Narvik   3 days
4. U-965 8 Sep 1944  Narvik  9 Sep 1944  Tromsö   2 days
5. U-965 16 Sep 1944  Tromsö  19 Sep 1944  Altafjord   4 days
6. U-965 21 Sep 1944  Altafjord  23 Sep 1944  Tromsö   3 days
7. U-965 26 Sep 1944  Tromsö  3 Oct 1944  Narvik  Patrol 2,8 days
8. U-965 15 Oct 1944  Narvik  23 Oct 1944  Hammerfest   9 days
9. U-965 24 Oct 1944  Hammerfest  11 Nov 1944  Kilbotn  Patrol 3,19 days
10. U-965 13 Nov 1944  Kilbotn  14 Nov 1944  Narvik   2 days
11. U-965 21 Nov 1944  Narvik  14 Dec 1944  Kilbotn  Patrol 4,24 days
12. U-965 17 Dec 1944  Kilbotn  20 Dec 1944  Trondheim   4 days
13. U-965 15 Feb 1945  Trondheim  27 Feb 1945  Trondheim  Patrol 5,13 days
14. U-965 5 Mar 1945  Trondheim  30 Mar 1945  Sunk  Patrol 6,26 days
6 patrols, 121 days at sea


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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