Friedrich Steinfeldt

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew IV/40)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  15 Dec 1914 Bad Doberan
Died  29 Nov 1945(30)

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1 Mar 1944 Oberleutnant zur See


U-boat Commands

UIT-21 14 Oct 1943 15 Apr 1944   No war patrols 
U-195 16 Apr 1944 5 May 1945   2 patrols (172 days) 

Friedrich Steinfeldt joined the Kriegsmarine in 1940 and after completing his courses he served on the 38th Minesweeping Flotilla from December 1941 to June 1942 when he started his U-boat training. He then served as 2WO (second Watch Officer) on the U-371 (Kptlt. Waldemar Mehl) from November 1942 to February 1943.

In February 1943 Steinfeldt joined the U-195, his future command, as IWO (first Watch Officer) and he served in that role for 6 months before being shipped to U-boat commander school at Neustadt in August. He completed his training in October 1943 and was then given the ex-Italian boat UIT-21 on 14 October 1943. That boat, planned as transport, was never commissioned and on 16 April 1944 Steinfeldt took command of his old boat U-195 at Bordeaux, France.

On 24 August 1944 he took his U-195 to the Indian Ocean on a 119-day-long patrol ending in Batavia (Jakarta), Indonesia. Steinfeldt surrendered his boat to the Japanese at Soerabaja, Indonesia (Niestlé, 1998).

Friedrich Steinfeldt died on on 29 Nov, 1945 at a hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia from dysentery (Wiggins, 1999).

The grave of Friedrich Steinfeldt at the Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof in Arca Domas in Indonesia. The date of death on the headstone does not quite match official records, possibly due to time zone difference (Jakarta being GMT+7).


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).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Wiggins, M. (1999). U-boat adventures.

Patrol info for Friedrich Steinfeldt

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-195 24 Aug 1944  Bordeaux  28 Dec 1944  Batavia  Patrol 1,127 days
2. U-195 19 Jan 1945  Batavia  4 Mar 1945  Batavia  Patrol 2,45 days
3. U-195 5 Mar 1945  Batavia  7 Mar 1945  Soerabaja   3 days
2 patrols, 172 days at sea

Ships hit by Friedrich Steinfeldt

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Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders