Kapitänleutnant (Crew 34)
20 ships sunk, total tonnage 67,991 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 15,666 GRT
|Born||13 Sep 1915||Kiel|
|Died||25 Nov 1943||(28)|
|U-4||8 Jun 1940||28 Jul 1940||No war patrols|
|U-141||21 Aug 1940||30 Mar 1941||No war patrols|
|U-432||26 Apr 1941||15 Jan 1943||7 patrols (270 days)|
|U-849||11 Mar 1943||25 Nov 1943 (+)||1 patrol (55 days)|
Heinz Otto Schultze was the son of Otto Schultze, commander of SM U-63 in World War I, who sank 52 ships with a total of 129,540 tons, and was decorated with the Pour le merite.
Heinz Otto Schultze began his naval career in April 1934 and joined the U-boat force in May 1937. After almost two years as Watch Officer on U-31 he commanded school boats in 1940 and 1941 before commissioning U-432 in April 1941.
Over seven patrols, mostly in the North Atlantic and on the US east coast, he sank many ships and was decorated with the Knights Cross. He left U-432 in February 1942 and a month later commissioned the type IX U-boat U-849.
Schultze died when his U-boat was sunk with all hands on 25 November 1943 in the South Atlantic by depth charges from an American B-24 Liberator bomber (Niestlé, 1998).
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Patrol info for Heinz-Otto Schultze
|1.||U-432||30 Jul 1941||Kiel||31 Jul 1941||Horten||2 days|
|2.||U-432||9 Aug 1941||Horten||12 Aug 1941||Trondheim||4 days|
|3.||U-432||25 Aug 1941||Trondheim||19 Sep 1941||Brest||Patrol 1,||26 days|
|4.||U-432||11 Oct 1941||Brest||2 Nov 1941||St. Nazaire||Patrol 2,||23 days|
|5.||U-432||10 Dec 1941||St. Nazaire||23 Dec 1941||La Pallice||Patrol 3,||14 days|
|6.||U-432||21 Jan 1942||La Pallice||16 Mar 1942||La Pallice||Patrol 4,||55 days|
|7.||U-432||30 Apr 1942||La Pallice||2 Jul 1942||La Pallice||Patrol 5,||64 days|
|8.||U-432||15 Aug 1942||La Pallice||4 Oct 1942||La Pallice||Patrol 6,||51 days|
|9.||U-432||30 Nov 1942||La Pallice||5 Jan 1943||La Pallice||Patrol 7,||37 days|
|10.||U-849||2 Oct 1943||Kiel||25 Nov 1943||Sunk||Patrol 8,||55 days|
|8 patrols, 325 days at sea|
Ships hit by Heinz-Otto Schultze
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.
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