Fregattenkapitän (Crew 32)
2 ships sunk, total tonnage 8,582 GRT
|Born||30 Jan 1907||Wulsdorf, Bremerhaven|
|Died||8 Jan 1944||(36)||Shonan, Tokyo, Japan|
|U-183||1 Apr 1942||19 Nov 1943||3 patrols (320 days)|
|UIT-23||6 Dec 1943||7 Jan 1944||No war patrols|
Though often listed as being with Crew VII/1925, the 1937 Rangliste states that Schäfer was part of Crew 1932.
In many sources he is said to have died in Singapore but according to our information (telegram dated 16 Jan 1944 from Tokyo) he died at 0506hrs in the Japanese Marine Hospital in Shonan where he arrived on December 28 with paratyphus A. On January 7 he had an appendicitis and was operated on the same day. Cause of death is circulatory system weakness because of both diseases.
Shonan is a suburb of Tokyo.
Patrol info for Heinrich Schäfer
|1.||U-183||19 Sep 1942||Kiel||23 Dec 1942||Lorient||Patrol 1,||96 days|
|2.||U-183||30 Jan 1943||Lorient||13 May 1943||Lorient||Patrol 2,||104 days|
|3.||U-183||3 Jul 1943||Lorient||30 Oct 1943||Penang||Patrol 3,||120 days|
|4.||U-183||10 Nov 1943||Penang||11 Nov 1943||Singapur||2 days|
|3 patrols, 320 days at sea|
Ships hit by Heinrich Schäfer
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|3 Dec 1942||U-183||Empire Dabchick||6,089||br||ONS-146|
|11 Mar 1943||U-183||Olancho||2,493||ho|
2 ships sunk (8,582 tons).
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