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|
|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
|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 1942||U-582||Refast||5,189||br||ON-56|
|12 Jul 1942||U-582||HMNZS ML-1090 [Trans.]||46||nz|
|12 Jul 1942||U-582||Port Hunter||8,826||br||OS-33|
|15 Jul 1942||U-582||Empire Attendant||7,524||br||OS-33|
|22 Jul 1942||U-582||Honolulan||7,493||am|
|27 Jul 1942||U-582||Stella Lykes||6,801||am|
|22 Sep 1942||U-582||Vibran||2,993||nw|
7 ships sunk (38,872 tons).
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