Korvettenkapitän (Crew 34)
14 ships sunk, total tonnage 28,333 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,050 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 155 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 1,690 tons
|Born||23 Jul 1910||Erfurt|
|Died||24 Jun 1943||(32)||North Atlantic|
|U-53||Dec, 1939||Jan, 1940||No war patrols|
|U-58||1 Jul 1940||24 Nov 1940||4 patrols (56 days)|
|U-77||18 Jan 1941||2 Sep 1942||7 patrols (222 days)|
|U-200||22 Dec 1942||24 Jun 1943 (+)||1 patrol (13 days)|
Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Schonder on board
Heinrich Schonder began his naval career in April 1935. After some months on the torpedo boat Falke he transferred to the U-boat force in January 1938.
He served for two years on several U-boats as watch officer before taking command of the Type IIC U-boat U-58 in June 1940. On four patrols, mostly in the North Atlantic, he sank four ships.
He left U-58 and in January 1941 commissioned the Type VIIC U-boat U-77. After three patrols in the North Atlantic he managed the breakthrough into the Mediterranean in December 1941. He made six patrols there and sank among other ships the British the frigate HMS Grove and damaged the destroyer HMS Kimberley.
'Hein' Schonder left U-77 in September 1942 and three months later commissioned the Type IX-D2 U-boat U-200 which was sunk on her first patrol with all hands on 24 June, 1943 southwest of Iceland by a RAF Liberator aircraft (Niestlé, 1998).
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Patrol info for Heinrich Schonder
|1.||U-58||6 Jul 1940||Kiel||22 Jul 1940||Lorient||Patrol 1,||17 days|
|2.||U-58||29 Jul 1940||Lorient||12 Aug 1940||Lorient||Patrol 2,||15 days|
|3.||U-58||2 Sep 1940||Lorient||20 Sep 1940||Lorient||Patrol 3,||19 days|
|4.||U-58||2 Oct 1940||Lorient||12 Oct 1940||Bergen||11 days|
|5.||U-58||14 Oct 1940||Bergen||18 Oct 1940||Kiel||Patrol 4,||5 days|
|6.||U-77||29 May 1941||Kiel||7 Jul 1941||St. Nazaire||Patrol 5,||40 days|
|7.||U-77||2 Aug 1941||St. Nazaire||10 Sep 1941||St. Nazaire||Patrol 6,||40 days|
|8.||U-77||11 Oct 1941||St. Nazaire||13 Nov 1941||Lorient||Patrol 7,||34 days|
|9.||U-77||10 Dec 1941||Lorient||19 Dec 1941||Messina||Patrol 8,||10 days|
|10.||U-77||21 Dec 1941||Messina||14 Jan 1942||Salamis||Patrol 8,||25 days|
|11.||U-77||28 Mar 1942||Salamis||3 Apr 1942||Salamis||Patrol 9,||7 days|
|12.||U-77||7 Apr 1942||Salamis||11 Apr 1942||La Spezia||5 days|
|13.||U-77||6 Jun 1942||La Spezia||17 Jun 1942||Salamis||Patrol 10,||12 days|
|14.||U-77||23 Jun 1942||Salamis||9 Jul 1942||Salamis||Patrol 10,||17 days|
|15.||U-77||16 Jul 1942||Salamis||21 Aug 1942||Salamis||Patrol 11,||37 days|
|16.||U-77||25 Aug 1942||Salamis||30 Aug 1942||Pola||6 days|
|17.||U-200||12 Jun 1943||Kiel||24 Jun 1943||Sunk||Patrol 12,||13 days|
|12 patrols, 291 days at sea|
Ships hit by Heinrich Schonder
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.