The U-201 left Brest on June 27, 1942 on her seventh patrol. Even before she had joined the wolf pack, U-201 had scored her first success on the 14,000 ton liner Avila Star. U-201 sank a further five vessels before she returned to Brest on August 8, 1942. This was the last voyage for her commander until September 1944, when he commanded U-2511, the first and only operational "Elektro-boot".
The Commander's name, 'Schnee', means 'Snow' in German. Consequently, a snowman was the natural emblem to be painted on the conning tower of U-201. When he received the Knights Cross, this was added to the emblem also (top right).