Georg-Wilhelm Schulz

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 32)

19 ships sunk, total tonnage 89,886 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 3,900 GRT

Born  10 Mar 1906 Cologne
Died  5 Jul 1986(80)Hamburg, Germany

Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Schulz


1 Jan 1934 Fähnrich zur See
1 Sep 1935 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1936 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1937 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1939 Kapitänleutnant
1 Apr 1943 Korvettenkapitän


6 Jun 1939 Spanish Cross in Bronze without Swords
23 Dec 1939 U-boat War Badge 1939
25 Sep 1940 Iron Cross 2nd Class
25 Sep 1940 Iron Cross 1st Class
4 Apr 1941 Knights Cross

U-boat Commands

U-10 5 Jan 1939 15 Oct 1939   2 patrols (33 days) 
U-64 16 Dec 1939 13 Apr 1940   1 patrol (8 days) 
U-124 11 Jun 1940 7 Sep 1941   5 patrols (222 days) 

Wilhelm Schulz
The newly-decorated Kptlnt. Schulz after his 3rd patrol in U-124
See also Dönitz and his aces

Wilhelm Schulz began his Navy career, like Jost Metzler and Günther Prien, after a long period (ten years) in the merchant navy, some of it on sailing ships. In October 1933 he joined the Kriegsmarine as an HSO, Handelschiffoffizier (merchant ship officer).

On 27 September 1935 he joined the U-boat arm, making him one of those officers who received a solid pre-war training. In January 1939 he got his first command, taking over U-10 from von Gossler, in which he completed two short patrols in the autumn of 1939. After Baubelehrung (U-boat construction familiarization) he commissioned U-64 on 16 Dec 1939.

Her only patrol was in Norwegian waters: she was sunk by a torpedo from a British Swordfish aircraft on 13 April 1940 (Niestle, 1998). Kptlt Schultz was among the 38 survivors.

Wilhelm Schulz Kptlt. Schulz on the conning tower

Two months later Schulz commissioned U-124, another type type IXB U-boat. He achieved particularly notable success on his fourth patrol, during which he sank 11 ships with a total 52,379 tons and damaged two others. Schulz left the boat in September 1941. Some of U-124's watch officers from that time later became U-boat aces themselves. These include Hardegen, Henke and Mohr.

Kptlt. Schulz then took over command of the 6th Flotilla, based first in Danzig, then in St. Nazaire, France. In October 1943 Korvkpt. Schulz was attached to the staff of the FdU Ausbildungsflottillen (Commander Training Flotillas) in Gotenhafen, as A I (1st Admiral Staff Officer). He also headed the Erprobungsgruppe U-Boote (U-boat testing group), which tested the new type XXI Elektro U-boat and type XXIII Elektro U-boats. On 22 April 1945 he became the last commander of the 25th (Training) Flotilla.


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Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
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Patrol info for Georg-Wilhelm Schulz

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-10 7 Sep 1939  Kiel  19 Sep 1939  Kiel  Patrol 1,13 days
2. U-10 26 Sep 1939  Kiel  15 Oct 1939  Kiel  Patrol 2,20 days
3. U-64 6 Apr 1940  Wilhelmshaven  13 Apr 1940  Sunk  Patrol 3,8 days
4. U-124 19 Aug 1940  Wilhelmshaven  16 Sep 1940  Lorient  Patrol 4,29 days
5. U-124 5 Oct 1940  Lorient  13 Nov 1940  Lorient  Patrol 5,40 days
6. U-124 16 Dec 1940  Lorient  22 Jan 1941  Lorient  Patrol 6,38 days
7. U-124 23 Feb 1941  Lorient  1 May 1941  Lorient  Patrol 7,68 days
8. U-124 10 Jul 1941  Lorient  25 Aug 1941  Lorient  Patrol 8,47 days
8 patrols, 263 days at sea

Ships hit by Georg-Wilhelm Schulz

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
25 Aug 1940U-124 Stakesby (d.)3,900brHX-65A
25 Aug 1940U-124 Harpalyce5,169brHX-65A
25 Aug 1940U-124 Fircrest5,394brHX-65A
16 Oct 1940U-124 Trevisa1,813caSC-7
20 Oct 1940U-124 Cubano5,810nwOB-229
20 Oct 1940U-124 Sulaco5,389brOB-229
31 Oct 1940U-124 Rutland1,437brHX-82
1 Nov 1940U-124 Empire Bison5,612brHX-82
6 Jan 1941U-124 Empire Thunder5,965brOB-269
8 Mar 1941U-124 Nardana7,974brSL-67
8 Mar 1941U-124 Hindpool4,897brSL-67
8 Mar 1941U-124 Tielbank5,984brSL-67
8 Mar 1941U-124 Lahore5,304brSL-67
30 Mar 1941U-124 Umona3,767br
4 Apr 1941U-124 Marlene6,507br
7 Apr 1941U-124 Portadoc1,746ca
8 Apr 1941U-124 Tweed2,697brOB-296
11 Apr 1941U-124 Aegeon5,285gr
12 Apr 1941U-124 St. Helena4,313br
13 Apr 1941U-124 Corinthic4,823br

19 ships sunk (89,886 tons) and 1 ship damaged (3,900 tons).

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(d.) means the ship was damaged.

Men who sank over 50,000 tons

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim


Dickens, Peter and Grove, Eric J.

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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