Gerhard Thäter

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  18 Nov 1916 Keil
Died  15 Feb 2004(87)Ronnenberg, Germany


3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 May 1937 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Oct 1943 Kapitänleutnant


  Iron Cross 2nd Class
  Iron Cross 1st Class
  U-boat War Badge 1939

U-boat Commands

U-466 17 Jun 1942 19 Aug 1944   5 patrols (182 days) 
U-3506 14 Oct 1944 2 May 1945   No war patrols 

Crew of 1936

Gerhard Thäter 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.

After the war he joined the Bundesmarine (Federal German Navy), and retired with the rank of Fregattenkapitän (Commander).

Special thanks to Mr. Fernando Almeida for details on date of death and post-war career.

Patrol info for Gerhard Thäter

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-466 12 Jan 1943  Kiel  11 Feb 1943  La Pallice  Patrol 1,31 days
2. U-466 17 Apr 1943  La Pallice  26 May 1943  La Pallice  Patrol 2,40 days
3. U-466 29 Jun 1943  La Pallice  16 Aug 1943  La Pallice  Patrol 3,49 days
4. U-466 29 Sep 1943  La Pallice  30 Sep 1943  La Pallice   2 days
5. U-466 16 Oct 1943  La Pallice  19 Nov 1943  La Pallice  Patrol 4,35 days
6. U-466 4 Mar 1944  La Pallice  30 Mar 1944  Toulon  Patrol 5,27 days
5 patrols, 182 days at sea

Ships hit by Gerhard Thäter

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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

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