Heinrich-Andreas Schroeteler

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)

1 warship sunk, total tonnage 335 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,345 GRT

Born  10 Dec 1915 Essen-Katernberg
Died  19 Jan 2000(84)Bochum, Germany

Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Schroeteler


3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 May 1937 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1943 Kapitänleutnant


24 Oct 1940 Iron Cross 2nd Class
14 Apr 1941 Iron Cross 1st Class
6 Jul 1942 U-boat War Badge 1939
7 Oct 1944 U-boat Front Clasp
10 Nov 1944 German Cross in Gold
2 May 1945 Knights Cross

U-boat Commands

U-667 21 Oct 1942 May, 1944   4 patrols (218 days) 
U-1023 10 Mar 1945 10 May 1945   1 patrol (47 days) 

Heinrich Schroeteler after patrol

Heinrich Schroeteler joined the Kriegsmarine in April 1936, and was part of the Olympia Crew. In September 1939 he began two years of service on minesweepers.

In September 1941 he transferred to the U-boat force and went on one patrol on U-96 as Kommandantenschüler (Commander-in-training). In October 1942 he commissioned U-667 and commanded her until May 1944 when he left to join the staff member of BdU op, where in July 1944 he replaced 'Adi' Schnee.

In January 1945 he served as training officer in the 27th (Training) Flotilla for a month before taking command of the type VIIC U-boat U-1023 in February 1945.

In the last days of the war Heinrich Schroeteler damaged a British tanker of 7,345 tons and on the evening of 7 May 1945, one day before Germany's surrender, sank the Norwegian minesweeper NYMS 382 (Rohwer, 1998). Three days later Schroeteler surrendered U-1023 at Weymouth (Niestlé, 1998). He then spent three years as a POW in Britain.


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Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.

Patrol info for Heinrich-Andreas Schroeteler

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-667 20 May 1943  Kiel  26 Jul 1943  St. Nazaire  Patrol 1,68 days
2. U-667 14 Sep 1943  St. Nazaire  16 Sep 1943  St. Nazaire  Patrol 2,3 days
3. U-667 18 Sep 1943  St. Nazaire  11 Oct 1943  St. Nazaire  Patrol 2,24 days
4. U-667 18 Nov 1943  St. Nazaire  6 Jan 1944  St. Nazaire  Patrol 3,50 days
5. U-667 8 Mar 1944  St. Nazaire  19 May 1944  St. Nazaire  Patrol 4,73 days
6. U-1023 25 Mar 1945  Bergen  10 May 1945  Weymouth, UK  Patrol 5,47 days
5 patrols, 265 days at sea

Ships hit by Heinrich-Andreas Schroeteler

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
23 Apr 1945U-1023Heinrich-Andreas Schroeteler Riverton (d.)7,345brTBC-135
7 May 1945U-1023Heinrich-Andreas Schroeteler HNoMS NYMS-382335nw

1 ship sunk (335 tons) and 1 ship damaged (7,345 tons).

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About ranks and decorations
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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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