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Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel

Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel

German World War II U-boat commander
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Occupations Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Countries Germany
Gender male
Birth June 16, 1917 (Wilmersdorf)
Death July 2, 1944 (Atlantic Ocean)
Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel
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Biography

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

Ships attacked

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 58°51′N 22°02′E / 58.850°N 22.033°E / 58.850; 22.033 (M-94 (ship))
10 September 1942 U-96 Elisabeth van Belgie  Belgium 4,241 Sunk at 51°30′N 28°25′W / 51.500°N 28.417°W / 51.500; -28.417 (Elisabeth van Belgie (ship))
10 September 1942 U-96 F.J. Wolfe  United Kingdom 12,190 Damaged at 51°30′N 28°25′W / 51.500°N 28.417°W / 51.500; -28.417 (F.J. Wolfe (ship))
10 September 1942 U-96 Sveve  Norway 6,313 Sunk at 51°28′N 28°30′W / 51.467°N 28.500°W / 51.467; -28.500 (Sveve (ship))
11 September 1942 U-96 Delães  Portugal 415 Sunk at 50°03′N 29°32′W / 50.050°N 29.533°W / 50.050; -29.533 (Delães (ship))
25 September 1942 U-96 New York  United Kingdom 4,989 Damaged at 54°34′N 25°44′W / 54.567°N 25.733°W / 54.567; -25.733 (New York (ship))

Awards

  • 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.

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