Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37a)
|Born||9 May 1916||Stettin|
|Died||11 Mar 2013||(96)||Bad Pyrmont, Germany|
|U-737||5 Feb 1943||24 Nov 1944||8 patrols (163 days)|
Kptlt. Paul Brasack after receiving his Knights Cross
Paul Brasack spent the first years of his service career, like Reinhard Hardegen, in the Luftwaffe. In March 1942 he joined the Kriegsmarine, where he completed a six month U-boat officer training course.
After one patrol in U-590 as watch officer, he took over command of U-737 in February 1943. His eight combat patrols in U-737 all took place in northern waters, where he attacked several northern-route convoys, but without sinking anything. In November 1944 Kptlt. Brasack left active service to become a training officer in the 25th (Training) Flotilla. After the German surrender in May 1945 he spent over two years in Allied captivity.
In 1957 he joined the west German Bundesmarine. Among other positions, he was commander of the destroyer Z-2 and for more than three years Federal German naval attache in the USA. He retired in 1974 as Kapitän zur See.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Paul Brasack
|1.||U-737||20 Jul 1943||Kiel||29 Jul 1943||Hammerfest||10 days|
|2.||U-737||8 Aug 1943||Hammerfest||20 Sep 1943||Hammerfest||Patrol 1,||44 days|
|3.||U-737||4 Oct 1943||Hammerfest||23 Oct 1943||Harstad||Patrol 2,||20 days|
|4.||U-737||24 Oct 1943||Harstad||24 Oct 1943||Narvik||1 days|
|5.||U-737||27 Oct 1943||Narvik||29 Oct 1943||Trondheim||3 days|
|6.||U-737||13 Jan 1944||Trondheim||15 Jan 1944||Narvik||3 days|
|7.||U-737||16 Jan 1944||Narvik||10 Feb 1944||Hammerfest||Patrol 3,||26 days|
|8.||U-737||11 Feb 1944||Hammerfest||12 Feb 1944||Narvik||2 days|
|9.||U-737||28 Feb 1944||Narvik||29 Feb 1944||Hammerfest||2 days|
|10.||U-737||1 Mar 1944||Hammerfest||8 Mar 1944||Narvik||Patrol 4,||8 days|
|11.||U-737||9 Mar 1944||Narvik||12 Mar 1944||Trondheim||4 days|
|12.||U-737||2 May 1944||Trondheim||4 May 1944||Narvik||3 days|
|13.||U-737||8 May 1944||Narvik||8 May 1944||Hammerfest||1 days|
|14.||U-737||13 May 1944||Hammerfest||7 Jun 1944||Bogenbucht||Patrol 5,||26 days|
|15.||U-737||11 Jun 1944||Bogenbucht||12 Jun 1944||Hammerfest||2 days|
|16.||U-737||14 Jun 1944||Hammerfest||18 Jun 1944||Hammerfest||5 days|
|17.||U-737||24 Jun 1944||Hammerfest||9 Jul 1944||Bogenbucht||Patrol 6,||16 days|
|18.||U-737||15 Jul 1944||Bogenbucht||17 Jul 1944||Trondheim||3 days|
|19.||U-737||16 Sep 1944||Trondheim||21 Sep 1944||Narvik||6 days|
|20.||U-737||22 Sep 1944||Narvik||22 Sep 1944||Tromsö||1 days|
|21.||U-737||24 Sep 1944||Tromsö||3 Oct 1944||Narvik||Patrol 7,||10 days|
|22.||U-737||12 Oct 1944||Narvik||24 Oct 1944||Hammerfest||Patrol 8,||13 days|
|23.||U-737||25 Oct 1944||Hammerfest||31 Oct 1944||Trondheim||7 days|
|8 patrols, 163 days at sea|
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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