Heinz Walkerling

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)Mühlheim, Germany

Oblt. Heinz Walkerling


5 Apr 1935 Offiziersanwärter
25 Sep 1935 Seekadett
1 Jul 1936 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1939 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jun 1942 Kapitänleutnant


  Iron Cross 2nd Class

U-boat Commands

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 the destroyer Z 8 Bruno Heinemann until Oct 1940.

He received U-boat training from Oct 1940 to March 1941. He then served as First Watch Officer (1WO) under Kptlt. Wilhelm Dommes on U-431. He went on two patrols, 63 days at sea, during which one small ship was sunk.

From Nov to Dec 1941 Walkerling went through U-boat Commander training with the 24th (Training) Flotilla and U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) until Jan 1942 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

On 28 Jan 1942 Kptlt Walkerling commissioned the brand new type VIIC U-91 at Lübeck, and conducted working up exercises in the Baltic (Busch & Röll, 1999).

U-91 left on her first patrol from Kiel on 15 Aug 1942 (Busch & Röll, 1997). Her new commander attacked several convoys, sinking two ships, including the Canadian destroyer HMCS Ottawa (H 60) (Rohwer, 1998). She arrived at Brest, her new base, on 6 Oct 1942.

The Canadian destroyer HMCS Ottawa (H 60), sunk by U-91 (Walkerling) on 14 Sept 1942.

After two more patrols Heinz Walkerling left U-91, having sunk five ships totalling 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 was then posted to 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 (information supplied by 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

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
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 1942U-91 HMCS Ottawa (H 60)1,375caON-127
26 Sep 1942U-91 New York4,989brRB-1
17 Mar 1943U-91 Harry Luckenbach6,366amHX-229
17 Mar 1943U-91 Irénée Du Pont6,125amHX-229
17 Mar 1943U-91 Nariva8,714brHX-229

5 ships sunk (27,569 tons).

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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.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

(£ 38.25)

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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