Wolfgang Schultze

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 30)

3 ships sunk, total tonnage 20,619 GRT

Born  3 Oct 1910 Kiel
Died  2 Oct 1942(31)off US coast

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1 Apr 1930 Offiziersanwärter
10 Oct 1930 Seekadett
1 Jan 1932 Fähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1934 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1935 Leutnant zur See
1 Jun 1936 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jun 1939 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-17 5 Jan 1941 15 Oct 1941   No war patrols 
U-512 20 Dec 1941 2 Oct 1942  (+)  1 patrol (49 days) 

Wolfgang Schultze joined the Reichsmarine in 1930. From May 1938 to April 1940 he was a Divisional and Range finding Officer on the Battleship Gneisenau. He then joined the U-boat force and went through his U-boat training from April to Dec 1940 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

Wolfgang Schultze commanded the small "duck" U-17 from 5 Jan to 15 Oct 1941. He then served with the 1st Flotilla until Nov 1941 when he began his U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) to prepare him for his next command of a new boat (Busch & Röll, 1999).

On 20 Dec 1941 Kptlt. Wolfgang Schultze commissioned the new type IXC boat U-512 at Hamburg (Busch & Röll, 1999). The next 8 months he spent training in the Baltic. On 15 Aug 1942 U-512 left for its first war patrol. The boat operated off the coast of Brazil in the South Atlantic (Busch & Röll, 1997). During the patrol Schultze sank 3 ships for 20,619 GRT (Rohwer, 1998).

Kptlt. Wolfgang Schultze and 50 men from his crew died when the boat was sunk on 2 Oct 1942 north of Cayenne, in position 06.50N, 52.25W, by depth charges from an American B-18 A aircraft (US Army Bomb. Sqdn. 99). There was only 1 survivor (Niestlé, 1998).


Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.

Patrol info for Wolfgang Schultze

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-512 15 Aug 1942  Kiel  2 Oct 1942  Sunk  Patrol 1,49 days

Ships hit by Wolfgang Schultze

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
13 Sep 1942U-512 Patrick J. Hurley10,865am
19 Sep 1942U-512 Monte Gorbea3,720sp
24 Sep 1942U-512 Antinous6,034amTRIN-12

3 ships sunk (20,619 tons).

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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

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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