Fregattenkapitän (Crew 25)
6 ships sunk, total tonnage 37,641 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,546 tons
|Born||28 Aug 1906||Berlin|
|Died||21 Jan 1968||(61)|
|U-37||4 Aug 1938||24 Sep 1939||1 patrol (28 days)|
|U-38||15 Jul 1941||6 Jan 1942||2 patrols (78 days)|
|U-105||7 Jan 1942||30 Sep 1942||3 patrols (71 days)|
|U-154||7 Oct 1942||8 Feb 1943||1 patrol (88 days)|
Heinrich Schuch joined the German Navy (Reichsmarine) in 1925. In the pre-war years he commanded the U-37 for more than a year having taken the boat on a 28-day patrol in Sept 1939 - no successes.
Schuch then became an adviser to German Navy High Command until July 1941 when he took command of the successful U-38 on 15 July. He took the boat out on 2 patrols sinking the small Panaman merchant Longtaker on 18 Aug 1941. This was the last ship U-38 sank before being retired as a school boat. Schuch delivered the boat to Stettin on 29 Nov 1941.
Heinrich Schuch took command of the experienced boat U-105 from Geoerg Schewe on 7 Jan 1942. During 3 patrols, 71 days at sea, Schuch sank 3 ships, including the British sloop HMS Culver (Y 87) on 31 Jan.
On 12 June 1942 his boat, the U-105, was severely damaged by an Australian Sunderland aircraft in the Bay of Biscay and had to seek shelter in neutral Spain before returning to France (Blair, 1996). The boat would need months for repairs and on 7 Oct 1942 Schuch took command of his fourth large U-boat, the U-154. He only went out on one patrol of 88 days where he sank 3 vessels for almost 18,000 GRT.
From Feb 1943 Heinrich Schuch would serve in various staff positions until the end of the war.
Patrol info for Heinrich Schuch
|1.||U-37||19 Aug 1939||Wilhelmshaven||15 Sep 1939||Wilhelmshaven||Patrol 1,||28 days|
|2.||U-38||6 Aug 1941||Lorient||14 Sep 1941||Lorient||Patrol 2,||40 days|
|3.||U-38||15 Oct 1941||Lorient||21 Nov 1941||Bergen||Patrol 3,||38 days|
|4.||U-38||23 Nov 1941||Bergen||29 Nov 1941||Stettin||7 days|
|5.||U-105||25 Jan 1942||Lorient||8 Feb 1942||Lorient||Patrol 4,||15 days|
|6.||U-105||25 Feb 1942||Lorient||15 Apr 1942||Lorient||Patrol 5,||50 days|
|7.||U-105||7 Jun 1942||Lorient||12 Jun 1942||El Ferrol||Patrol 6,||6 days|
|8.||U-105||28 Jun 1942||El Ferrol||30 Jun 1942||Lorient||3 days|
|9.||U-154||12 Oct 1942||Lorient||7 Jan 1943||Lorient||Patrol 7,||88 days|
|7 patrols, 265 days at sea|
Ships hit by Heinrich Schuch
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|18 Aug 1941||U-38||Longtaker||1,700||pa|
|31 Jan 1942||U-105||HMS Culver (Y 87)||1,546||br||SL-98|
|25 Mar 1942||U-105||Narragansett||10,389||br|
|27 Mar 1942||U-105||Svenør||7,616||nw|
|8 Nov 1942||U-154||D´Entrecasteaux||7,291||br|
|9 Nov 1942||U-154||Nurmahal||5,419||br|
|18 Nov 1942||U-154||Tower Grange||5,226||br|
7 ships sunk (39,187 tons).