Korvettenkapitän (Crew 30)
1 ship sunk, total tonnage 3,485 GRT
|Born||30 Nov 1909||Zwötzen, Gera|
|Died||12 Nov 1944||(34)|
|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
|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 1941||U-567||Fort Richepanse||3,485||br|
1 ship sunk (3,485 tons).
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