Gerhard Bielig

Kapitänleutnant (Ing.) (Crew 34)


Born 28 April, 1916 Berlin

Gerhard Bielig
Kptlt. (Ing.) Gerhard Bielig

Decorations

23/11/1939 : Iron Cross 2nd class (EK II)
17/10/1939 : Ubootskriegsabzeichen 1939
21/10/1940 : Iron Cross 1st class (EK I)
09/12/1941 : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (5.)
10/02/1943 : Knights Cross (81.)
10/10/1944 : U-Boots-Frontspange in Bronze

Ranks

26/09/1934 Seekadett
01/07/1935 Fähnrich (Ing.)
01/01/1937 Oberfähnrich (Ing.)
01/04/1937 Leutnant (Ing.) (8.)
01/04/1939 Oberleutnant (Ing.) (8.)
01/10/1941 Kapitänleutnant (Ing.) (1.)

U-boat Career

U-20 IIB LI; 8 patrols, 101 days 01.38 - 03.40
U-103 IXB LI; 5 patrols, 253 days 07.40 - 12.41
U-177 IXD2 LI; 2 patrols, 310 days 03.42 - 10.43

(LI is an engineering officer, not U-boat commander)

Gerhard Bielig started his naval career in April 1934. From October 1937 he spent then the whole time to the end of the war in the U-boat force. He rode on three U-boats for more than 650 days at sea on combat patrols. He saved the U-boat three times after heavy depth charge-attacks and therefore received, in February 1943, the Knights Cross. After leaving the U-177 he served as instructor in the 2nd ULD and from December 1944 in the Agru-Front (technical taining group for front U-boats)


Sources:

Drr, Manfred
Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Bootwaffe
Band 1. A - J
Biblio-Verlag, Osnabrück, 1988
ISBN 3-7648-1153-6