Horst von Schroeter
Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37b)
6 ships sunk, total tonnage 31,557 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 683 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,068 GRT
|Born||10 Jun 1919||Bieberstein, Saxony|
|Died||25 Jul 2006||(87)||Bonn, Germany|
|U-123||1 Aug 1942||17 Jun 1944||4 patrols (343 days)|
|U-2506||31 Aug 1944||9 May 1945||No war patrols|
Horst von Schroeter began his naval career in October 1937. He spent five months on the battlecruiser Scharnhorst, including two patrols in the first months of the war. In May 1940 he joined the U-boat force. After six patrols as WO on U-123 he took over command of this famous boat from Reinhard Hardegen on 1 August 1942 . He left U-123 in June 1944, and two months later commissioned the type XXI Elektro U-boat Elektro boat U-2506, which sailed to Bergen, Norway in the last days of the war, but never saw active service.
In 1956 he joined the Bundesmarine (Federal German Navy). From 1976 to 1979 he was the commander of the NATO Naval forces in the Baltic Sea Approaches (COMNAVBALTAP). He retired in 1979 with the rank of Vizeadmiral, and as such was the highest ranking former U-boat officer in the Bundesmarine.
Patrol info for Horst von Schroeter
|1.||U-123||5 Dec 1942||Kiel||6 Feb 1943||Lorient||Patrol 1,||64 days|
|2.||U-123||13 Mar 1943||Lorient||8 Jun 1943||Lorient||Patrol 2,||88 days|
|3.||U-123||1 Aug 1943||Lorient||5 Aug 1943||Lorient||5 days|
|4.||U-123||16 Aug 1943||Lorient||7 Nov 1943||Lorient||Patrol 3,||84 days|
|5.||U-123||29 Dec 1943||Lorient||30 Dec 1943||Lorient||2 days|
|6.||U-123||9 Jan 1944||Lorient||24 Apr 1944||Lorient||Patrol 4,||107 days|
|4 patrols, 343 days at sea|
Ships hit by Horst von Schroeter
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|29 Dec 1942||U-123||Horst von Schroeter||Baron Cochrane||3,385||br||ONS-154|
|29 Dec 1942||U-123||Horst von Schroeter||Empire Shackleton (d.)||7,068||br||ONS-154|
|8 Apr 1943||U-123||Horst von Schroeter||Castillo Montealegre||3,972||sp|
|18 Apr 1943||U-123||Horst von Schroeter||HMS P-615||683||br|
|18 Apr 1943||U-123||Horst von Schroeter||Empire Bruce||7,459||br|
|29 Apr 1943||U-123||Horst von Schroeter||Nanking||5,931||sw|
|5 May 1943||U-123||Horst von Schroeter||Holmbury||4,566||br|
|9 May 1943||U-123||Horst von Schroeter||Kanbe||6,244||br||TS-38|
7 ships sunk (32,240 tons) and 1 ship damaged (7,068 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.