Werner Gebauer

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew XII/39)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  10 Sep 1922 Bad Soden

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


U-boat Commands

U-681 2 Aug 1944 11 Mar 1945   1 patrol (25 days) 

Oblt. Werner Gebauer was one of the youngest U-boat commanders during WWII when he left for his patrol with U-681 from Kiel, Germany on 8 Feb 1945. He was only 22 years old at the time (Busch & Röll, 1999). He brought his boat to Horten, Norway 6 days later (Busch & Röll, 1997). His boat was lost on the second patrol on 11 March 1945 (Niestlé, 1998).


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 Werner Gebauer

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-681 8 Feb 1945  Kiel  13 Feb 1945  Horten   6 days
2. U-681 14 Feb 1945  Horten  10 Mar 1945  Sunk  Patrol 1,25 days

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

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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