Korvettenkapitän (Crew 30)
16 ships sunk, total tonnage 80,650 GRT
|Born||26 Mar 1912||Hamburg, Germany|
|Died||9 Sep 1972||(60)||Kiel, Germany|
|U-22||1 Oct 1937||3 Oct 1939||2 patrols (21 days)|
|U-103||13 Aug 1941||14 Jul 1942||3 patrols (188 days)|
Werner Winter began his naval career in April 1930. He served on the line ship Schlesien and then on the light cruiser Emden before transferring to the U-boat force in July 1935. After a few months on U-22 he took command of this boat in October 1937, and during the fall of 1939 made two brief and unsuccessful patrols.
In November 1939 he was attached to the BdU Op staff. In July 1941 Winter took over command of U-103 from the famous ace Viktor Schütze and made three successful patrols, earning him the Knights Cross.
In July 1942 he took command of the 1st Flotilla in Brest, France. He was captured after the surrender of Brest in August 1944, returning home from Allied captivity in November 1947.
After the war he served for a few years in the Bundesmarine and retired as Kapitän zur See in March 1970.
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).
Patrol info for Werner Winter
|1.||U-22||26 Aug 1939||Memel||9 Sep 1939||Kiel||Patrol 1,||15 days|
|2.||U-22||27 Sep 1939||Kiel||30 Sep 1939||Wilhelmshaven||Patrol 2,||4 days|
|3.||U-22||2 Oct 1939||Wilhelmshaven||3 Oct 1939||Kiel||Patrol 2,||2 days|
|4.||U-103||10 Sep 1941||Lorient||9 Nov 1941||Lorient||Patrol 3,||61 days|
|5.||U-103||3 Jan 1942||Lorient||1 Mar 1942||Lorient||Patrol 4,||58 days|
|6.||U-103||15 Apr 1942||Lorient||22 Jun 1942||Lorient||Patrol 5,||69 days|
|5 patrols, 209 days at sea|
Ships hit by Werner Winter
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|22 Sep 1941||U-103||Werner Winter||Niceto de Larrinaga||5,591||br||SL-87|
|22 Sep 1941||U-103||Werner Winter||Edward Blyden||5,003||br||SL-87|
|26 Sep 1941||U-103||Werner Winter||Lapwing||1,348||br||HG-73|
|2 Feb 1942||U-103||Werner Winter||W.L. Steed||6,182||am|
|4 Feb 1942||U-103||Werner Winter||San Gil||3,627||pa|
|5 Feb 1942||U-103||Werner Winter||India Arrow||8,327||am|
|5 Feb 1942||U-103||Werner Winter||China Arrow||8,403||am|
|5 May 1942||U-103||Werner Winter||Stanbank||5,966||br|
|17 May 1942||U-103||Werner Winter||Ruth Lykes||2,612||am|
|19 May 1942||U-103||Werner Winter||Ogontz||5,037||am|
|21 May 1942||U-103||Werner Winter||Clare||3,372||am|
|21 May 1942||U-103||Werner Winter||Elizabeth||4,727||am|
|23 May 1942||U-103||Werner Winter||Samuel Q. Brown||6,625||am|
|24 May 1942||U-103||Werner Winter||Hector||1,828||nl|
|26 May 1942||U-103||Werner Winter||Alcoa Carrier||5,588||am|
|28 May 1942||U-103||Werner Winter||New Jersey||6,414||am|
16 ships sunk (80,650 tons).
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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