Fregettenkapitän GERD THÄTER (194-1986), Sharkhunters Member since 1986, was one of an extremely small group of submarine Skippers to make the passage through the Gates of Hell (Straits of Gibraltar) not once – but twice!
A combat submarine officer throughout the entire war, almost all of those years as a Skipper, GERD remembers this combat, his two passages through Gibraltar, and his last boat U-3506, one of the three Type XXI U-boats still entombed in the Lost Bunker.
He tells about it in this 1994 interview with Sharkhunters.
Sharkhunters found his Type XXI boat (U-3506) in a bunker in 1988!
GERD came from a German navy family – his father was a U-Boat Skipper in World War One and served again in World War II; his brother also served in the Kriegsmarine then in the Bundsmarine later on. GERD always joked that he was the black sheep of the family – his father retired as a Vizeadmiral (three stars), his brother retired as a Konteradmiral (two stars) but GERD retired as Fregettenkapitän (junior Captain). He had a quick sense of humor and that is shown in this DVD.