U-86 under Walter Schug Bermuda patrol April 1942

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Kapitänleutnant Walter Schug brought U-86 into the area northwest of Bermuda for a five-day incursion starting on the 21st of April. Motoring due southwest he left the region the following day, only to return from the Hatteras area on the 28th of April, 1942. He motored east for a day, turned north on the 29th, and exited the region northwest of Bermuda en route to base on the 30th.

U-86 sailed for the 1stU-boat Flotilla out of Brest on the 25th of March 1942 as part of the fifth wave of Operation Drumbeat U-boats to attack the US. All attacks made by the submarine on this mission failed, and Schug returned to base without having sunk or damaged any ships. They returned to France on the 26th of May, 1942.

Walter Schug was born in 1910 and was a member of the Crew of 1934. Originally he served in the Naval Artillery Division and then with Naval Assault Troops before joining u-boat training in April 1940. He served as watch officer of U-74 before commissioning U-86 in July of 1941.

Over eight patrols he accrued 415 days and sank or damaged 4 ships worth 18,241 tons. Walter Schug and his entire compliment of 50 men were killed by HMS Tumult and HMS rocket east of the Azores Islands on the 29th of November, 1943. Schug received no decorations in his career.


SOURCES: Gudmundur Helgason, Rainer Kolbicz, www.uboat.net, 2013, Kenneth Wynn, U-boat Operations of the Second World War, Volume 1 and Volume 2, 1997, R. Busch, and H.-J. Röll, German U-boat Commanders of World War II, 1988, Franz Kurowski, Knights Cross Holders of the U-boat Service