Theodor Fahr

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 30)

1 ship sunk, total tonnage 3,485 GRT

Born  30 Nov 1909 Zwötzen, Gera
Died  12 Nov 1944(34)

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1 Apr 1930 Offiziersanwärter
10 Oct 1930 Seekadett
1 Jan 1932 Fähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1934 Leutnant zur See
1 Jun 1936 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jun 1939 Kapitänleutnant
1 Jun 1943 Korvettenkapitän


29 Nov 1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class
14 Sep 1941 U-boat War Badge 1939
1 Sep 1943 War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords
30 Jan 1944 War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords
16 May 1944 Fleet War Badge
9 Sep 1944 Iron Cross 1st Class

U-boat Commands

U-567 24 Apr 1941 14 Oct 1941   1 patrol (39 days) 

Theodor Fahr joined the German Navy (Reichsmarine) in 1930. he served as a gunnery officer on the battleship Gneisenau from May 1938 to July 1940. In that role he took part in sinking the British aircraft carrier HMS Glorious and destroyers HMS Acasta and HMS Ardent on 8 June 1940.

Kptlt. Theodor Fahr joined the U-boat force and began his training in July 1940, finishing in Jan 1941 when he was sent to the U-123 (Kptlt. Karl-Heinz Moehle) as U-boat Commander in training. Fahr went out on 1 patrol with the boat, spending 46 days at sea. During the patrol U-123 sank 4 ships for 22,186 tons.

First U-boat Command
On 24 April 1941 Kptlt. Theodor Fahr commissioned the new type VIIC boat U-567. After 4 months in training Fahr took the boat out on his first and only war patrol as commander. He sank one ship and returned to base after 39 days. He was replaced as commander by the ace Engelbert Endrass.

Fahr was a gunnery officer on the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper from Oct to Nov 1941 and then served in staff position with Naval Group West until Jan 1944. Fahr became the Second Gunnery Officer on the super battleship Tirpitz in Jan 1944.

Theodor Fahr served as the second artillery officer on the battleship Tirpitz from January 1944. He died on 12 Nov, 1944 when the mighty ship was finally sunk by the British at Tromso, Norway after repeated attempts (Busch & Röll, 1999). About 1000 German sailors perished with their ship on that day (about 700 survived).


Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Theodor Fahr

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-567 5 Aug 1941  Trondheim  12 Sep 1941  St. Nazaire  Patrol 1,39 days

Ships hit by Theodor Fahr

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
3 Sep 1941U-567 Fort Richepanse3,485br

1 ship sunk (3,485 tons).

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About ranks and decorations
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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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