Schultze, Heinz-Otto.

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Schultze, Heinz-Otto Schultze, born 13-09-1915 in Kiel , the son of Otto Schultze, commander of U-63 during World War I,  General Admiral and commander of the Kriegsmarine of the North Sea Naval Station, France in WW2 and a recipient of the coveted Pour le Mérite The U-63 was one of the 329 submarines serving in the Imperial German Navy in World War I. U-63 was engaged in naval warfare and took part in the First Battle of the Atlantic.

Heinz Otto Schultze joined the Reichsmarine on 08-04-1934 as a member of Crew 1934 (the incoming class of 1934), where he received his basic military infantry training with the II. Schiff-Stamm-Abteilung der Ostsee (2nd department of the standing ship division) of the Baltic Sea in Stralsund. He was transferred to the school ship SSS Gorch Fock on 15-06-1934 for his onboard training. Here he was promoted to Seekadett (midshipman) on 26-09-1934. He then was transferred to the light cruiser Karlsruhe on 27-09-1934.

He transferred to the U-boat service on 19-05-1937 and completed the U-boat school. Schultze was first posted on board of U-31 a Type VIIA U-boat on 30-03-1938, initially serving as a second watch officer. He was made first watch officer on board of U-31 on 06-11-1938 and promoted to Oberleutnant zur See (sub-lieutenant) on 01-04-1939. He received command of his first U-boat, U-4, a school U-boat, on 08-06-1940. The U 4 was one of the longest lasting German submarines of the period, primarily since half of her time was spent on training duties in the Baltic Sea.

Schultze was ordered to the Schichau-Werke, a shipyard in Danzig (now: Gdańsk, Poland), for construction familiarization of U-432. He commissioned U-432 on 26-04-1941. His first war patrol as a commander, his fifth of the war, lasted from 30 July until 19-09-1941 and resulted in the sinking of four ships totalling 10,774 GRT. Schultze surrendered command of U-432 on 16-01-1943, taking command of U-849 on 11-03-1943. His fifth patrol as a commander of U-432 targeted the East Coast of the United States of America. U-432  left La Pallice, the Grand Port maritime de La Rochelle  on 21-01-1942 and returned to La Pallice   on 16-03-1942. During this patrol Schultze torpedoed and sank five ships for 25,107 GRT. After his return, Schultze was heavily criticized by the Befehlshaber der U-Boote (BdU) for the sinking of a Brazilian ship without warning. This attack was conducted against standing orders.

Death and burial ground of Schultze, Heinz Otto.

U-849 left Kiel on its first war patrol on 02-10-1943 and was sunk by depth charges from a US B-24 Liberator B-6 from Navy-Squadron VB-107 on 25 November that year in the South Atlantic west of the Congo estuary, in position 06°30′S 05°40′W. Schultze and the entire crew of U-849 were killed in the sinking.   The U-849 under attack by a B-24 Liberator on 25-11-1943. This was Schultze’s 12th patrol of the war.

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