Werner Winter

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 30)

16 ships sunk, total tonnage 80,650 GRT

Born  26 Mar 1912 Hamburg, Germany
Died  9 Sep 1972(60)Kiel, Germany

Korvettenkapitän Werner Winter


1 Apr 1930 Offiziersanwärter
10 Oct 1930 Seekadett
1 Jan 1932 Fähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1934 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1934 Leutnant zur See
1 Jun 1936 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jun 1939 Kapitänleutnant
1 Jun 1943 Korvettenkapitän


18 Sep 1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class
10 Nov 1941 Iron Cross 1st Class
5 Jun 1942 Knights Cross

U-boat Commands

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

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

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
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 1941U-103Werner Winter Niceto de Larrinaga5,591brSL-87
22 Sep 1941U-103Werner Winter Edward Blyden5,003brSL-87
26 Sep 1941U-103Werner Winter Lapwing1,348brHG-73
2 Feb 1942U-103Werner Winter W.L. Steed6,182am
4 Feb 1942U-103Werner Winter San Gil3,627pa
5 Feb 1942U-103Werner Winter India Arrow8,327am
5 Feb 1942U-103Werner Winter China Arrow8,403am
5 May 1942U-103Werner Winter Stanbank5,966br
17 May 1942U-103Werner Winter Ruth Lykes2,612am
19 May 1942U-103Werner Winter Ogontz5,037am
21 May 1942U-103Werner Winter Clare3,372am
21 May 1942U-103Werner Winter Elizabeth4,727am
23 May 1942U-103Werner Winter Samuel Q. Brown6,625am
24 May 1942U-103Werner Winter Hector1,828nl
26 May 1942U-103Werner Winter Alcoa Carrier5,588am
28 May 1942U-103Werner Winter New Jersey6,414am

16 ships sunk (80,650 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.

Men who sank over 50,000 tons

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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

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