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Georg Staats

Georg Staats

German World War II U-boat commander
The basics
Occupations Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Countries Germany
Gender male
Birth March 13, 1916 (Bremen)
Death November 12, 1943 (Bay of Biscay)
Georg Staats
The details

Georg Staats (13 March 1916 in Bremen – 12 November 1943 in the Bay of Biscay) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He and the entire crew of U-508 were killed in the Bay of Biscay north of Cape Ortegal by depth charges from a US Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber.


Staats was born on 13 March 1916 in Bremen. He was appointed Seekadett (midshipman) on 25 September 1935 and completed his training on the light cruiser Karlsruhe and the battleship Gneisenau. He was transferred to the U.boat force in April 1939 as an Leutnant zur See. In 1939 and 1940 he served as watch officer of U-5 and U-A.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

As commander of U-508 Staats is credited with the sinking of 14 merchant ships for a total of 74,087 gross register tons (GRT).

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
12 August 1942 Manzanillo  Cuba 1,025 Sunk
12 August 1942 Santiago de Cuba  Cuba 1,685 Sunk
7 November 1942 Lindenhall  United Kingdom 5,248 Sunk
7 November 1942 Nathaniel Hawthorn  USA 7,176 Sunk
17 November 1942 City of Corinth  United Kingdom 5,318 Sunk
27 November 1942 Clan Mcfadyen  United Kingdom 6,191 Sunk
28 November 1942 Empire Cromwell  United Kingdom 5,970 Sunk
1 December 1942 Trevalgan  United Kingdom 5,299 Sunk
2 December 1942 City of Bath  United Kingdom 5,079 Sunk
3 December 1942 Solon II  United Kingdom 4,561 Sunk
9 December 1942 Nigerian  United Kingdom 5,423 Sunk
9 July 1943 De La Salle  United Kingdom 8,400 Sunk
9 July 1943 Manchester Citizen  United Kingdom 5,343 Sunk
18 July 1943 Incomati  United Kingdom 7,369 Sunk


  • Wehrmacht Long Service Award 4th Class (5 April 1939)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (28 August 1940)
    • 1st Class (9 January 1943)
  • U-boat War Badge (1939) (28 August 1940)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 14 July 1943 as Kapitänleutnant and commander of U-508
  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-508". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. 
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 371.
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 406.
  • Scherzer 2007, p. 715.

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