Viktor Schütze

Kapitän zur See (Crew 25)

35 ships sunk, total tonnage 180,073 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 14,213 GRT

Born  16 Feb 1906 Kiel
Died  23 Sep 1950(44)Frankfurt am Main

Victor Schütze


16 Nov 1925Seekadett
1 Apr 1927Fähnrich zur See
1 Jun 1928Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1929Leutnant zur See
1 Jul 1931Oberleutnant zur See
1 Oct 1935Kapitänleutnant
1 Feb 1940Korvettenkapitän
1 Mar 1943Fregattenkapitän
1 Mar 1944Kapitän zur See


13 Nov 1939Iron Cross 2nd Class
21 Feb 1940Iron Cross 1st Class
11 Dec 1940Knights Cross
14 Jul 1941Knights Cross with Oak Leaves

U-boat Commands

U-19 16 Jan 1936 30 Sep 1937   No war patrols 
U-11 13 Aug 1938 4 Sep 1939   No war patrols 
U-25 5 Sep 1939 19 May 1940   3 patrols (105 days) 
U-103 5 Jul 1940 12 Aug 1941   4 patrols (201 days) 

Victor Schütze after patrol

Victor Schütze began his naval career in April 1925. He served for some years on torpedo boats before transferring in October 1935 to the newly formed U-boat force. For nearly two years he commanded the Type IIB U-boat U-19. In October 1937 he was detached for 10 months for destroyer training, but in August 1938 he returned and took over U-11.

He achieved his first successes in the North Atlantic. In January and February 1940 he operated in the Bay of Biscay and near the Portuguese coast with U-25.

In July 1940 he took over U-103 and attacked convoys in the Atlantic and in African waters. In August 1941 he left this boat.

Victor Schütze with the commander of U-124, Johann Mohr

In August 1941 Schütze became the commander of the 2nd Flotilla in Lorient.

From March 1943 to the end of the war he was the "FdU Ausbildungsflottillen" (Commander Training Flotillas) in Gotenhafen, where he had the responsibility for all training flotillas in the Baltic Sea.

After the war he returned from captivity in March 1946, but died just four years later.


Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.

Patrol info for Viktor Schütze

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-25 18 Oct 1939  Wilhelmshaven  19 Nov 1939  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 1,33 days
2. U-25 13 Jan 1940  Wilhelmshaven  19 Feb 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 2,38 days
3. U-25 3 Apr 1940  Wilhelmshaven  6 May 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 3,34 days
4. U-103 21 Sep 1940  Kiel  19 Oct 1940  Lorient  Patrol 4,29 days
5. U-103 9 Nov 1940  Lorient  12 Dec 1940  Lorient  Patrol 5,34 days
6. U-103 21 Jan 1941  Lorient  24 Feb 1941  Lorient  Patrol 6,35 days
7. U-103 1 Apr 1941  Lorient  12 Jul 1941  Lorient  Patrol 7,103 days
7 patrols, 306 days at sea

Ships hit by Viktor Schütze

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
31 Oct 1939U-25Viktor Schütze Baoulé5,874fr20-K
17 Jan 1940U-25Viktor Schütze Polzella4,751br
17 Jan 1940U-25Viktor Schütze Enid1,140nw
18 Jan 1940U-25Viktor Schütze Pajala6,873sw
22 Jan 1940U-25Viktor Schütze Songa2,589nw
3 Feb 1940U-25Viktor Schütze Armanistan6,805brOG-16
13 Feb 1940U-25Viktor Schütze Chastine Mærsk5,177da
6 Oct 1940U-103Viktor Schütze Nina Borthen6,123nwOB-222
9 Oct 1940U-103Viktor Schütze Zannes Gounaris4,407grSC-6
9 Oct 1940U-103Viktor Schütze Graigwen (d.)3,697brSC-6
9 Oct 1940U-103Viktor Schütze Delphin3,816grSC-6
13 Oct 1940U-103Viktor Schütze Nora1,186es
15 Oct 1940U-103Viktor Schütze Thistlegarth4,747brOB-227
21 Nov 1940U-103Viktor Schütze Daydawn4,768brOB-244
21 Nov 1940U-103Viktor Schütze Victoria6,085grOB-244
27 Nov 1940U-103Viktor Schütze Glenmoor4,393brOB-248
28 Nov 1940U-103Viktor Schütze Mount Athos3,578grOB-248
28 Nov 1940U-103Viktor Schütze St. Elwyn4,940brOB-249
8 Dec 1940U-103Viktor Schütze Calabria9,515brSLS-56
9 Dec 1940U-103Viktor Schütze Empire Jaguar5,186brOB-252
13 Feb 1941U-103Viktor Schütze Arthur F. Corwin (d.)10,516brHX-106
17 Feb 1941U-103Viktor Schütze Edwy R. Brown10,455brHX-107
18 Feb 1941U-103Viktor Schütze Seaforth5,459br
19 Feb 1941U-103Viktor Schütze Benjamin Franklin7,034nwHX-107
25 Apr 1941U-103Viktor Schütze Polyana2,267nwOG-58
1 May 1941U-103Viktor Schütze Samsø1,494br
3 May 1941U-103Viktor Schütze Wray Castle4,253br
6 May 1941U-103Viktor Schütze Surat5,529br
6 May 1941U-103Viktor Schütze Dunkwa4,752brOB-310
9 May 1941U-103Viktor Schütze City of Winchester7,120brOB-313
11 May 1941U-103Viktor Schütze City of Shanghai5,828brOB-313
22 May 1941U-103Viktor Schütze British Grenadier6,857br
24 May 1941U-103Viktor Schütze Marionga4,236grOB-317
25 May 1941U-103Viktor Schütze Radames3,575ag
25 May 1941U-103Viktor Schütze Wangi Wangi7,789nl
8 Jun 1941U-103Viktor Schütze Elmdene4,853brOB-324
29 Jun 1941U-103Viktor Schütze Ernani6,619it

35 ships sunk (180,073 tons) and 2 ships damaged (14,213 tons).

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

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim


Dickens, Peter and Grove, Eric J.

Listing of all U-boat commanders