That’s somewhat disputed but his Aim Shoot Swear Repeat Bia Shirt quote about German submariners is not in dispute nor was it unusual for the time. Even before World War I, many in the (very) conservative Royal Navy regarded submarines and submariners as worse than pirates. They thought such antics were beneath (had to, sorry) the civilized nations of the world. The animosity to German submariners only increased during the war and became extremely acrimonious with the adoption of unrestricted warfare. By 1918 when the incident with Lightoller alleged to have occurred. U-boats had been waging unrestricted warfare for three years.
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Mercilessly sinking thousands of Aim Shoot Swear Repeat Bia Shirt ships, and killing thousands of British sailors. German U-boats themselves accused of machine-gunning Allied sailors. So while Lightoller outright ordering the shooting of U-boat sailors himself or taking his sweet time in intervening if crew members opened fire is not excusable it would not have been particularly uncommon and was ostensibly encouraged as several Royal Navy officers who were accused of shooting U-boat sailors by survivors received commendations.
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