Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 335 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,345 GRT
|Born||10 Dec 1915||Essen-Katernberg|
|Died||19 Jan 2000||(84)||Bochum, Germany|
|U-667||21 Oct 1942||May, 1944||4 patrols (218 days)|
|U-1023||10 Mar 1945||10 May 1945||1 patrol (47 days)|
Heinrich Schroeteler after patrol
Heinrich Schroeteler joined the Kriegsmarine in April 1936 and was a member of the so-called Olympia-Crew. In September 1939 he began two years of service on several minesweepers.
In September 1941 he transferred to the U-boat force and accompanied U-96 on one patrol as Kommandantenschüler (commander-in-training). In October 1942 he commissioned U-667 and made four patrols, mostly in the North Atlantic. In May 1944 he left the U-boat and became a staff member of BdU op, where in July 1944 he replaced 'Adi' Schnee.
In the last days of the war Heinrich Schroeteler damaged a British tanker of 7,345 tons and on the evening of 7 (!) May 1945 sank the 335 ton Norwegian minesweeper NYMS 382 (Rohwer, 1998). Three days later Schroeteler surrendered U-1023 at Weymouth (Niestlé, 1998). He then spent three years in British captivity.
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Patrol info for Heinrich-Andreas Schroeteler
|1.||U-667||20 May 1943||Kiel||26 Jul 1943||St. Nazaire||Patrol 1,||68 days|
|2.||U-667||14 Sep 1943||St. Nazaire||16 Sep 1943||St. Nazaire||Patrol 2,||3 days|
|3.||U-667||18 Sep 1943||St. Nazaire||11 Oct 1943||St. Nazaire||Patrol 2,||24 days|
|4.||U-667||18 Nov 1943||St. Nazaire||6 Jan 1944||St. Nazaire||Patrol 3,||50 days|
|5.||U-667||8 Mar 1944||St. Nazaire||19 May 1944||St. Nazaire||Patrol 4,||73 days|
|6.||U-1023||25 Mar 1945||Bergen||10 May 1945||Portland, UK||Patrol 5,||47 days|
|5 patrols, 265 days at sea|
Ships hit by Heinrich-Andreas Schroeteler
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|23 Apr 1945||U-1023||Riverton (d.)||7,345||br||TBC-135|
|7 May 1945||U-1023||HNoMS NYMS-382||335||nw|
1 ship sunk (335 tons) and 1 ship damaged (7,345 tons).
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