Herbert Schneider

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 34)

7 ships sunk, total tonnage 45,826 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 12,479 GRT

Born  25 Jun 1915 Nuremberg
Died  23 Feb 1943(27)Middle Atlantic

Kapitänleutnant Herbert Schneider


8 Apr 1934 Offiziersanwärter
26 Sep 1934 Seekadett
1 Jul 1935 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1937 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1937 Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1939 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1942 Kapitänleutnant


11 Jun 1940 Iron Cross 2nd Class
4 Dec 1942 Iron Cross 1st Class
16 Jan 1943 Knights Cross

U-boat Commands

U-522 11 Jun 1942 23 Feb 1943  (+)  2 patrols (111 days) 

Kapitänleutnant Herbert Schneider after patrol

Herbert Schneider began his naval career in April 1934. After the usual officer training, in October 1936 he transferred to the Luftwaffe and received air reconnaissance training. In Spring 1938 he spent two months in Spain during the Civil War and made eight sorties. In October 1940 he returned to the Kriegsmarine.

Over the next six months he received U-boat training, and then became I WO on U-123 under Kptlt. Reinhard Hardegen. After two patrols he left the U-boat to complete commander training, and then commissioned the type IXC U-boat U-522. During his first patrol in the North Atlantic he sank four ships with a total of 20,077 tons and damaged another vessel.

His second patrol was also successful with three ships sunk and one damaged. U-522 was sunk with all hands by depth charges from the British cutter HMS Totland on 23 February, 1943 (Niestlé, 1998).


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Patrol info for Herbert Schneider

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-522 8 Oct 1942  Kiel  2 Dec 1942  Lorient  Patrol 1,56 days
2. U-522 31 Dec 1942  Lorient  23 Feb 1943  Sunk  Patrol 2,55 days
2 patrols, 111 days at sea

Ships hit by Herbert Schneider

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
2 Nov 1942U-522 Hartington (d.)5,496brSC-107
2 Nov 1942U-522 Maritima5,801brSC-107
2 Nov 1942U-522 Mount Pelion5,655grSC-107
2 Nov 1942U-522 Parthenon3,189grSC-107
18 Nov 1942U-522 Yaka5,432amONS-144
9 Jan 1943U-522 Minister Wedel6,833nwTM-1
9 Jan 1943U-522 Norvik10,034paTM-1
11 Jan 1943U-522 British Dominion (d.)6,983brTM-1
23 Feb 1943U-522 Athelprincess8,882brUC-1

7 ships sunk (45,826 tons) and 2 ships damaged (12,479 tons).

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

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Naval Officers Under Hitler

Rust, Eric C.

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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