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, Germany|
|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 Kptlnt. Schulz after his 3rd patrol in U-124
See also Dönitz and his aces
Wilhelm Schulz began his Navy career, like Jost Metzler and Günther Prien, after a long period (ten years) in the merchant navy, some of it on sailing ships. In October 1933 he joined the Kriegsmarine as an 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, taking over U-10 from von Gossler, in which he completed two short patrols in the autumn of 1939. After Baubelehrung (U-boat construction familiarization) he commissioned U-64 on 16 Dec 1939.
Her only patrol was in Norwegian waters: she was sunk by a torpedo from a British Swordfish aircraft on 13 April 1940 (Niestle, 1998). Kptlt Schultz was among the 38 survivors.
|Kptlt. Schulz on the conning tower|
Two months later Schulz commissioned U-124, another type IXB. He achieved particularly notable success on his fourth patrol, during which he sank 11 ships with a total 52,379 tons and damaged two others. Schulz left the boat in September 1941. Some of U-124's watch officers from that time later became U-boat aces themselves. These include Hardegen, Henke and Mohr.
Kptlt. Schulz then took over command of the 6th Flotilla, based first in Danzig, then in St. Nazaire, France. In October 1943 Korvkpt. Schulz was attached to the staff of the FdU Ausbildungsflottillen (Commander Training Flotillas) in Gotenhafen, as A I (1st Admiral Staff Officer). He also headed the Erprobungsgruppe U-Boote (U-boat testing group), which tested the new Type XXI and XXIII boats. 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