Kapitänleutnant (Crew 35)
4 ships sunk, total tonnage 26,194 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,375 tons
|Born||19 May 1915||Kiel|
|Died||16 Sep 2001||(86)|
|U-91||28 Jan 1942||19 Apr 1943||3 patrols (156 days)|
Heinz Walkerling joined the Kriegsmarine in 1935. He served on the minelayer Hansestadt Danzig from Aug 1939 to March 1940, then on the destroyer Z 8 Bruno Heinemann until Oct 1940.
He went through U-boat training from Oct 1940 to March 1941. In March he became the First Watch Officer (1WO) on the U-431 (Kptlt. Wilhelm Dommes). With this boat he served on two war patrols, 63 days at sea, during which they sank one small ship.
From Nov to Dec 1941 Walkerling went through U-boat Commander training with the 24th Flotilla and then his U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) until Jan 1942 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Walkering took the U-91 out for its first patrol from Kiel, Germany on 15 Aug 1942 and headed into the North Atlantic (Busch & Röll, 1997). During this patrol he attack several convoys and sank two ships, including the Canadian destroyer HMCS Ottawa (H 60) (Rohwer, 1998). He arrived at Brest, his new base, on 6 Oct 1942.
After two more patrols with the U-91 Heinz Walkerling left the boat having sunk 5 ships for over 27,000 tons and spending 156 days at sea. From April 1943 to Sept 1944 he served with the 9th, 24th and 19th U-boat Flotillas. He served with the Torpedo School at Mürwik from Sept 1944 until the end of the war (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Kptlt. Heinz Walkerling died on 16 Sep 2001 according to his son.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.
Patrol info for Heinz Walkerling
|1.||U-91||15 Aug 1942||Kiel||6 Oct 1942||Brest||Patrol 1,||53 days|
|2.||U-91||1 Nov 1942||Brest||26 Dec 1942||Brest||Patrol 2,||56 days|
|3.||U-91||11 Feb 1943||Brest||29 Mar 1943||Lorient||Patrol 3,||47 days|
|3 patrols, 156 days at sea|
Ships hit by Heinz Walkerling
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|14 Sep 1942||U-91||HMCS Ottawa (H 60)||1,375||ca||ON-127|
|26 Sep 1942||U-91||New York||4,989||br||RB-1|
|17 Mar 1943||U-91||Harry Luckenbach||6,366||am||HX-229|
|17 Mar 1943||U-91||Irénée Du Pont||6,125||am||HX-229|
|17 Mar 1943||U-91||Nariva||8,714||br||HX-229|
5 ships sunk (27,569 tons).
About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.