Korvettenkapitän (Crew 32)
19 ships sunk, total tonnage 89,886 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 3,900 GRT
|Born||10 Mar 1906||Cologne|
|Died||5 Jul 1986||(80)||Hamburg|
|U-10||5 Jan 1939||15 Oct 1939||2 patrols (33 days)|
|U-64||16 Dec 1939||13 Apr 1940||1 patrol (8 days)|
|U-124||11 Jun 1940||7 Sep 1941||5 patrols (222 days)|
The newly decorated Kapitänleutnant Schulz after his 3rd patrol with
See also Dönitz and his aces
Wilhelm Schulz began his Navy career, like Jost Metzler and Günther Prien, after a long time (ten years) in the merchant marine, where he spent some years on sailing ships. In October 1933 he joined the Kriegsmarine as HSO, Handelschiffoffizier (merchant ship officer).
On 27 September, 1935 he joined the U-boat arm, making him one of those officers who received a solid pre-war training. In January 1939 he got his first command, and with U-10 he completed two short patrols in the autumn of 1939. After the usual 'Baubelehrung' he commissioned U-64 on 16 Dec, 1939.
Her first patrol took place in Norwegian waters in April 1940, but the boat was sunk on 13 April, 1940 by bombs from a British Swordfish aircraft (Niestlé, 1998). Kptlt. Schulz was among the 38 survivors.
|Kptlt. Schulz on the conning tower|
Two months later Schulz commissioned U-124, also a Type IXB. He achieved especially notable success on his fourth patrol, where he sank 11 ships with a total of 52,379 tons and damaged two more. Schulz left the boat in September 1941. Some of the U-124's watch officers at that time later became great aces themselves. These include Hardegen, Henke and Mohr.
Kptlt. Schulz became the commander of the 6th Flotilla, first in Danzig, then in St. Nazaire. In October 1943 Korvkpt. Schulz was attached to the Staff of the 'FdU Ausbildungsflottillen' (Commander Training flotillas) in Gotenhafen. Here he was the A I (first admiral staff officer) and was also the leader of the 'Erprobungsgruppe U-Boote' (U-boat testing group), where the new boat types (XXI and XXIII) were tested. On 22 April, 1945 he became the last commander of the 25th Flotilla.
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Patrol info for Georg-Wilhelm Schulz
|1.||U-10||7 Sep 1939||Kiel||19 Sep 1939||Kiel||Patrol 1,||13 days|
|2.||U-10||26 Sep 1939||Kiel||15 Oct 1939||Kiel||Patrol 2,||20 days|
|3.||U-64||6 Apr 1940||Wilhelmshaven||13 Apr 1940||Sunk||Patrol 3,||8 days|
|4.||U-124||19 Aug 1940||Wilhelmshaven||16 Sep 1940||Lorient||Patrol 4,||29 days|
|5.||U-124||5 Oct 1940||Lorient||13 Nov 1940||Lorient||Patrol 5,||40 days|
|6.||U-124||16 Dec 1940||Lorient||22 Jan 1941||Lorient||Patrol 6,||38 days|
|7.||U-124||23 Feb 1941||Lorient||1 May 1941||Lorient||Patrol 7,||68 days|
|8.||U-124||10 Jul 1941||Lorient||25 Aug 1941||Lorient||Patrol 8,||47 days|
|8 patrols, 263 days at sea|
Ships hit by Georg-Wilhelm Schulz
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.