Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel (16 June 1917 – 2 July 1944) was a Kapitänleutnant with the Kriegsmarine during World War II. He sailed with U-140, U-96 and U-543, sinking three ships on seven patrols, for a total of 10.969 tons of Allied shipping. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.
Hellriegel and the entire crew of U-543 were killed by depth charges and a homing torpedo from Grumman TBF Avenger aircraft (VC-58) of the US escort carrier USS Wake Island on 2 July 1944.
Summary of career
As commander of U-140, U-96 and U-543 Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel is credited with the sinking of three merchant ships for a total of 10,969 gross register tons (GRT), a warship of 206 long tons (209 t) and damaging two ships of 17,179 GRT.
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Flag||Tonnage||Fate|
|21 July 1941||U-140||submarine M-94||Soviet Navy||206||Sunk at|
|10 September 1942||U-96||Elisabeth van Belgie||Belgium||4,241||Sunk at|
|10 September 1942||U-96||F.J. Wolfe||United Kingdom||12,190||Damaged at|
|10 September 1942||U-96||Sveve||Norway||6,313||Sunk at|
|11 September 1942||U-96||Delães||Portugal||415||Sunk at|
|25 September 1942||U-96||New York||United Kingdom||4,989||Damaged at|
- U-boat War Badge (1939) (24 April 1940)
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (26 April 1940)
- 1st Class (3 July 1940)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 3 February 1944 as Kapitänleutnant and commander of U-543
- ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 422.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 221.