Oberleutnant zur See (Crew IV/40)
|Born||15 Dec 1914||Bad Doberan|
|Died||29 Nov 1945||(30)|
|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).
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Wiggins, M. (1999). U-boat adventures.
Patrol info for Friedrich Steinfeldt
|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|