Fregattenkapitän (Crew 26)
19 ships sunk, total tonnage 77,143 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,561 GRT
|Born||15 Dec 1907||Cuxhaven|
|Died||13 Jan 1943||(35)||South Atlantic|
|U-507||8 Oct 1941||13 Jan 1943 (+)||4 patrols (227 days)|
Korvettenkapitän Harro Schacht
Harro Schacht began his naval career, like Merten, von Stockhausen, and Rollmann, in April 1926. He served some years on the light cruisers Emden and Nürnberg, and in 1937 took a staff position at OKM (Naval High Command).
In June 1941 he joined the U-boat force, and his standard training was followed by a short patrol on the "Red Devil Boat" U-552 under Erich Topp, as a Kommandantenschüler (Commander-in-training).
In October 1941 he commissioned the type IXC U-boat U-507. During his third patrol in the South Atlantic in August 1942, Schacht sank six Brazilian ships outside Brazilian territorial waters. The Brazilian government used this as a reason to declare war on Germany. A month later U-507 took part in the rescue operations following the Laconia incident.
Harro Schacht died when U-507 was sunk with all hands on 13 January 1943 in the South Atlantic off the coast of Brazil by bombs from a US Catalina flying boat (Niestlé, 1998).
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Patrol info for Harro Schacht
|1.||U-507||7 Mar 1942||Hamburg||8 Mar 1942||Helgoland||2 days|
|2.||U-507||12 Mar 1942||Helgoland||25 Mar 1942||Lorient||Patrol 1,||14 days|
|3.||U-507||4 Apr 1942||Lorient||4 Jun 1942||Lorient||Patrol 2,||62 days|
|4.||U-507||4 Jul 1942||Lorient||12 Oct 1942||Lorient||Patrol 3,||101 days|
|5.||U-507||24 Nov 1942||Lorient||26 Nov 1942||Lorient||Patrol 4,||3 days|
|6.||U-507||28 Nov 1942||Lorient||13 Jan 1943||Sunk||Patrol 4,||47 days|
|4 patrols, 227 days at sea|
Ships hit by Harro Schacht
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|30 Apr 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Federal||2,881||am|
|4 May 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Norlindo||2,686||am|
|5 May 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Munger T. Ball||5,104||am|
|5 May 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Joseph M. Cudahy||6,950||am|
|6 May 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Alcoa Puritan||6,759||am|
|7 May 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Ontario||3,099||ho|
|8 May 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Torny||2,424||nw|
|12 May 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Virginia||10,731||am|
|13 May 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Gulfprince (d.)||6,561||am|
|16 May 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Amapala||4,148||ho|
|16 Aug 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Baependy||4,801||bz|
|16 Aug 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Araraquara||4,872||bz|
|16 Aug 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Annibal Benévolo||1,905||bz|
|17 Aug 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Itagiba||2,169||bz|
|17 Aug 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Arará||1,075||bz|
|19 Aug 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Jacyra||89||bz|
|22 Aug 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Hammaren||3,220||sw||OS-36|
|27 Dec 1942||U-507||Harro Schacht||Oakbank||5,154||br|
|3 Jan 1943||U-507||Harro Schacht||Baron Dechmont||3,675||br|
|8 Jan 1943||U-507||Harro Schacht||Yorkwood||5,401||br|
19 ships sunk (77,143 tons) and 1 ship damaged (6,561 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.
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