Werner Schulte

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 31)

6 ships sunk, total tonnage 38,826 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 46 tons (lost aboard transport ships)

Born  7 Nov 1912 Kiel
Died  5 Oct 1942(29)south-west of Iceland

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14 Oct 1931 Seekadett
1 Apr 1935 Leutnant zur See
1 Jan 1937 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Oct 1939 Kapitänleutnant
1 Oct 1942 Korvettenkapitän


U-boat Commands

U-582 7 Aug 1941 5 Oct 1942  (+)  4 patrols (176 days) 

Werner Schulte joined the Kriegsmarine in 1931. From March 1938 to April 1940 he served as gunnery and Div. officer on the light cruiser Köningsberg. He then served on the staff of Naval Command at Bergen, Norway until Oct 1940 when he joined the U-boat force.

His U-boat training lasted from Oct 1940 to March 1941 when he began U-boat commander training with the 24th (Training) Flotilla, finishing the course in April. In May Schulte was sent as Commander in Training (Kommandantenschüler) on one patrol on U-98 (Gysae), on which three ships totalling over 23,000 GRT were sunk. In July he was sent for U-boat construction familiarization (Baubelehrung) at Hamburg in preparation for commissioning U-582, which he did on 7 Aug 1941.

On four patrols in U-582, including one in US waters, Schulte sank six ships of almost 39,000 GRT in total.

Kapitänleutnant Werner Schulte died along with his entire crew of 46 men when U-582 was sunk by a American Catalina flying boat on 5 Oct 1942 south-west of Iceland (Niestlé, 1998). After his death he was promoted to Korvettenkapitän with seniority from 1 Oct 1942 (Busch and Röll, 1999).


Busch, R and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Niestle, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.

Patrol info for Werner Schulte

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-582 20 Dec 1941  Kiel  29 Dec 1941  Trondheim   10 days
2. U-582 3 Jan 1942  Trondheim  7 Feb 1942  Brest  Patrol 1,36 days
3. U-582 19 Mar 1942  Brest  24 May 1942  Brest  Patrol 2,67 days
4. U-582 22 Jun 1942  Brest  11 Aug 1942  Brest  Patrol 3,51 days
5. U-582 14 Sep 1942  Brest  5 Oct 1942  Sunk  Patrol 4,22 days
4 patrols, 176 days at sea

Ships hit by Werner Schulte

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
26 Jan 1942U-582 Refast5,189brON-56
12 Jul 1942U-582 HMNZS ML-1090 [Trans.]46nz
12 Jul 1942U-582 Port Hunter8,826brOS-33
15 Jul 1942U-582 Empire Attendant7,524brOS-33
22 Jul 1942U-582 Honolulan7,493am
27 Jul 1942U-582 Stella Lykes6,801am
22 Sep 1942U-582 Vibran2,993nw

7 ships sunk (38,872 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.
[Trans.] indicates the vessel was lost while being transported on another vessel.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

(£ 38.25)

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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