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Heinrich Schonder
Born (1910-07-23)23 July 1910
Died 24 June 1943(1943-06-24) (age 76)
Place of birth Erfurt
Place of death Atlantic Ocean
Buried at (58°15′N 25°25′W / 58.25°N 25.417°W / 58.25; -25.417 (U-200 (U-boat)))
Allegiance Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Nazi Germany
Service/branch War Ensign of Germany (1938–1945).svg Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1935–1943
Rank Korvettenkapitän (posthumous)
Unit Schleswig-Holstein
torpedo boat Falke
U-9
Commands held U-58
U-77
U-200
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Heinrich Schonder (23 July 1910 – 28 June 1943) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German language:Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

U-200 was sunk by two depth charges on her first patrol with all hands lost on 24 June 1943 in the North Atlantic southwest of Iceland by a Royal Air Force B-24 Liberator bomber of No. 120 Squadron.

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Ships attackedEdit

During his career Heinrich Schonder sank 14 merchant ships for 28,333 GRT, sank one warship of 1,050 GRT, damaged one merchant ship of 155 GRT and one warship of 1,690 GRT.

Date U-boat Name of Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate
18 July 1940 U-58 Gyda Norway Norwegian 1,591 sunk at 55°50′N 09°00′W / 55.833°N 9°W / 55.833; -9 (Gyda (ship))
4 August 1940 U-58 Pindos Greece Greek 4,360 sunk at 55°22′N 08°50′W / 55.367°N 8.833°W / 55.367; -8.833 (Pindos (ship))
8 October 1940 U-58 Confield United Kingdom British 4,956 sunk at 56°48′N 10°17′W / 56.8°N 10.283°W / 56.8; -10.283 (Confield (ship))
13 June 1941 U-77 Tresillian United Kingdom British 4,743 sunk at 44°40′N 45°30′W / 44.667°N 45.5°W / 44.667; -45.5 (Tresillian (ship))
22 June 1941 U-77 Arakaka United Kingdom British 2,379 sunk at 47°00′00″N 40°00′00″W / 47°N 40°W / 47; -40 (Arakaka (ship))
25 June 1941 U-77 Anna Bulgaris Greece Greek 4,603 sunk at 49°30′N 44°00′W / 49.5°N 44°W / 49.5; -44 (Anna Bulgaris (ship))
15 December 1941 U-77 SS Empire Barracuda United Kingdom British 4,972 sunk at 35°30′N 06°17′W / 35.5°N 6.283°W / 35.5; -6.283 (SS Empire Barracuda (ship))
12 January 1942 U-77 HMS Kimberley (F50) United Kingdom British 1,690 damaged at 32°18′N 24°43′E / 32.3°N 24.717°E / 32.3; 24.717 (HMS Kimberley (F50) (ship))
12 June 1942 U-77 HMS Grove (L77) United Kingdom British 1,050 sunk at 32°05′N 25°30′E / 32.083°N 25.5°E / 32.083; 25.5 (HMS Grove (L77) (ship))
22 July 1942 U-77 Vassiliki Greece Greek 140 sunk at 34°45′N 34°35′E / 34.75°N 34.583°E / 34.75; 34.583 (Vassiliki (ship))
24 July 1942 U-77 Toufic El Rahman Syria Syrian 30 sunk at 34°45′N 34°35′E / 34.75°N 34.583°E / 34.75; 34.583 (Toufic El Rahman (ship))
30 July 1942 U-77 Fany Egypt Egyptian 43 sunk
1 August 1942 U-77 St. Simon Egypt Egyptian 100 sunk at 32°32′N 34°30′E / 32.533°N 34.5°E / 32.533; 34.5 (St. Simon (ship))
6 August 1942 U-77 Adnan Egypt Egyptian 155 damaged
6 August 1942 U-77 Ezzet Egypt Egyptian 158 sunk
10 August 1942 U-77 Kharouf Palestinian territories Palestinian 158 sunk at 33°33′N 35°10′E / 33.55°N 35.167°E / 33.55; 35.167 (Kharouf (ship))
16 August 1942 U-77 Daniel Palestinian territories Palestinian 100 sunk at 32°32′N 34°30′E / 32.533°N 34.5°E / 32.533; 34.5 (Daniel (ship))

ReferencesEdit

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 246.
  2. Scherzer 2007, p. 682.
Bibliography
  • Busch, Rainer & Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939-1945 - Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 3-8132-0515-0.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
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