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|
|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
|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 1942||U-522||Hartington (d.)||5,496||br||SC-107|
|2 Nov 1942||U-522||Maritima||5,801||br||SC-107|
|2 Nov 1942||U-522||Mount Pelion||5,655||gr||SC-107|
|2 Nov 1942||U-522||Parthenon||3,189||gr||SC-107|
|18 Nov 1942||U-522||Yaka||5,432||am||ONS-144|
|9 Jan 1943||U-522||Minister Wedel||6,833||nw||TM-1|
|9 Jan 1943||U-522||Norvik||10,034||pa||TM-1|
|11 Jan 1943||U-522||British Dominion (d.)||6,983||br||TM-1|
|23 Feb 1943||U-522||Athelprincess||8,882||br||UC-1|
7 ships sunk (45,826 tons) and 2 ships damaged (12,479 tons).
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.