Korvettenkapitän (Crew 31)
24 ships sunk, total tonnage 136,266 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 10,549 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 2,588 GRT
|Born||14 Jan 1911||Berlin-Charlottenburg|
|Died||26 Apr 1989||(78)||Wilhelmshaven, Germany|
|U-98||12 Oct 1940||23 Mar 1942||6 patrols (194 days)|
|U-177||24 Mar 1942||16 Oct 1943||2 patrols (312 days)|
Robert Gysae began his naval career in April 1931. After some years on torpedo boats (Albatros, Leopard and T-107) Kapitänleutnant Robert Gysae transferred to the U-boat arm in April 1940. Six months later in October of 1940 he commissioned the U-98, and in March 1941 set out on his first patrol with that boat. What is amazing is that Robert Gysae started his career as a U-boat commander without serving any time as IWO or "Kommandantenschüler" on any other boats. Very few men were shown such trust by BdU.
Kptlt. Gysae, well shaved
Korvkpt. Gysae, with a proud beard after patrol
After six patrols with U-98, he took over the larger U-177. On two long-range patrols into the Indian Ocean Gysae sank 14 ships with a total of 87,388 tons. During the second patrol he received the Oak Leaves. In October 1943 he left the boat and in January 1944 he became the commander of the 25th (Training) Flotilla . In the last month of the war (April 1945) he was the commander of the Marinepanzerjagd-Regiment 1 (Navy tank-hunter regiment).
Flotillenadmiral Robert Gysae
After the war's end he spent some weeks in captivity before going on to serve for more than two years in the German minesweeping service (Deutscher Minenräumdienst).
During the postwar period he joined the Bundesmarine (post-war German Navy). There he served for four years as Navy attache in the USA and then spent three years as Flottillenadmiral and Commander of the Marinedivision Nordsee before retiring in March 1970.
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Patrol info for Robert Gysae
|1.||U-98||12 Mar 1941||Kiel||14 Apr 1941||Lorient||Patrol 1,||34 days|
|2.||U-98||1 May 1941||Lorient||29 May 1941||St. Nazaire||Patrol 2,||29 days|
|3.||U-98||23 Jun 1941||St. Nazaire||23 Jul 1941||St. Nazaire||Patrol 3,||31 days|
|4.||U-98||31 Aug 1941||St. Nazaire||26 Sep 1941||St. Nazaire||Patrol 4,||27 days|
|5.||U-98||29 Oct 1941||St. Nazaire||29 Nov 1941||St. Nazaire||Patrol 5,||32 days|
|6.||U-98||18 Jan 1942||St. Nazaire||27 Feb 1942||St. Nazaire||Patrol 6,||41 days|
|7.||U-177||17 Sep 1942||Kiel||22 Jan 1943||Bordeaux||Patrol 7,||128 days|
|8.||U-177||1 Apr 1943||Bordeaux||1 Oct 1943||Bordeaux||Patrol 8,||184 days|
|8 patrols, 506 days at sea|
Ships hit by Robert Gysae
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.