Heinrich-Andreas Schroeteler

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)


Successes
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


Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Schroeteler

Ranks

3 Apr 1936Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936Seekadett
1 May 1937Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1938Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1943Kapitänleutnant

Decorations

24 Oct 1940Iron Cross 2nd Class
14 Apr 1941Iron Cross 1st Class
6 Jul 1942U-boat War Badge 1939
7 Oct 1944U-boat Front Clasp
10 Nov 1944German Cross in Gold
2 May 1945Knights Cross

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
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 January 1945 he served as training officer in the 27th flotilla for a month before taking command of the Type VIIC U-boat U-1023 in February 1945.

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.

Sources

Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.

Patrol info for Heinrich-Andreas Schroeteler


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
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 1945U-1023 Riverton (d.)7,345brTBC-135
7 May 1945U-1023 HNoMS NYMS-382335nw
 7,680

1 ship sunk (335 tons) and 1 ship damaged (7,345 tons).

Legend
We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.


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.

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders