Gerhard Remus

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)

4 ships sunk, total tonnage 24,944 GRT

Born  10 May 1916 Schneidemühl, Germany
Died  1 Mar 1975(58)Schneidemühl, Germany


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


U-boat Commands

U-34 20 Nov 1941 15 Jun 1942   No war patrols 
U-566 25 Jul 1942 24 Jan 1943   2 patrols (66 days) 
U-2364 Apr, 1945 5 May 1945   No war patrols 

Gerhard Remus joined the Kriegsmarine in 1936, and was part of the Olympia Crew. He served on the light cruiser Emden June 1938 - Oct 1940 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

Oblt. Gerhard Remus went through U-boat training from Nov 1940 to March 1941. From April to Oct 1941 he was 1st Watch Officer (IWO) on U-652 under Oblt. Georg-Werner Fraatz. He served on the boat for two war patrols, during which one small ship was sunk and three damaged with a total of 20,825 tons. He left the boat in Oct 1941 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

From Oct to Nov 1941 Remus went through U-boat Commander training before taking command of U-34, a school boat retired from active service, on 20 Nov 1941. He left in June 1942 to take command of U-566. After two patrols in the Atlantic he left to lead the torpedo attack section of the 24th (Training) Flotilla. From Oct 1944 to Feb 1945 he commanded the 24th (Training) Flotilla. He then joined the torpedo attack section of the 26th (Training) Flotilla until April 1945 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

At the end of the war Remus took over the type XXIII Elektro U-boat U-2364, which he scuttled in Gelting Bay on 5 May 1945 (Niestlé, 1998). For the last few days of the war he joined the staff of U-boat Command. Kplt. Gerhard Remus was detained by the Allies, but released on 3 Aug 1945 (Busch & Röll, 1999).


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Patrol info for Gerhard Remus

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-566 6 Aug 1942  Brest  5 Sep 1942  Brest  Patrol 1,31 days
2. U-566 28 Oct 1942  Brest  1 Dec 1942  Brest  Patrol 2,35 days
2 patrols, 66 days at sea

Ships hit by Gerhard Remus

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
17 Aug 1942U-566 Triton6,607nwSL-118
28 Aug 1942U-566 City of Cardiff5,661brSL-119
28 Aug 1942U-566 Zuiderkerk8,424nlSL-119
7 Nov 1942U-566 Glenlea4,252brON-142

4 ships sunk (24,944 tons).

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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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