Heinrich Schäfer

Fregattenkapitän (Crew 32)

2 ships sunk, total tonnage 8,582 GRT

Born  30 Jan 1907 Wulsdorf, Bremerhaven
Died  8 Jan 1944(36)Shonan, Tokyo, Japan

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1 Sep 1935 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1936 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1937 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Oct 1939 Kapitänleutnant
1 Jan 1944 Fregattenkapitän


U-boat Commands

U-183 1 Apr 1942 19 Nov 1943   3 patrols (320 days) 
UIT-23 6 Dec 1943 7 Jan 1944   No war patrols 

Though often listed as being with Crew VII/1925, the 1937 Rangliste states that Schäfer was part of Crew 1932.

In many sources he is said to have died in Singapore but according to our information (telegram dated 16 Jan 1944 from Tokyo) he died at 0506hrs in the Japanese Marine Hospital in Shonan where he arrived on December 28 with paratyphus A. On January 7 he had an appendicitis and was operated on the same day. Cause of death is circulatory system weakness because of both diseases.

Shonan is a suburb of Tokyo.

Patrol info for Heinrich Schäfer

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-183 19 Sep 1942  Kiel  23 Dec 1942  Lorient  Patrol 1,96 days
2. U-183 30 Jan 1943  Lorient  13 May 1943  Lorient  Patrol 2,104 days
3. U-183 3 Jul 1943  Lorient  30 Oct 1943  Penang  Patrol 3,120 days
4. U-183 10 Nov 1943  Penang  11 Nov 1943  Singapur   2 days
3 patrols, 320 days at sea

Ships hit by Heinrich Schäfer

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
3 Dec 1942U-183 Empire Dabchick6,089brONS-146
11 Mar 1943U-183 Olancho2,493ho

2 ships sunk (8,582 tons).

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Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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