Oberleutnant zur See (entry, Jahrgang X/39)
1 ship sunk, total tonnage 362 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,176 GRT
|Born||3 Jan 1917||Heidelberg|
|Died||26 Mar 1945||(28)||English Channel|
|U-399||3 Jul 1944||26 Mar 1945 (+)||1 patrol (49 days)|
Heinz Buhse joined the Kriegsmarine in 1939. He served in Aalborg, Denmark from April to Aug 1940 then as a Naval transport officer at Dunkirk, France to April 1941. Buhse continued to serve with German naval transport duties until August 1943 when he joined the U-boat force.
Ltn. Heinz Buhse went through U-boat training from Aug to Feb 1944. He served as commander under instruction with the 19th (Training) Flotilla at Pillau until May 1944 when began his U-boat Commander training with the 24th (Training) Flotilla at Memel.
Oblt. Heinz Buhse took command of the type VIIC boat U-399 on 3 July 1944. After initial training the boat was assigned to the 11th Flotilla at Bergen, Norway on Feb 1945. Buhse took the boat our on 1 patrol and sank 2 ships with a total of 7,538 GRT.
Busch, R and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Heinz Buhse
|1.||U-399||25 Jan 1945||Kiel||28 Jan 1945||Horten||4 days|
|2.||U-399||6 Feb 1945||Horten||26 Mar 1945||Patrol 1,||49 days|
Ships hit by Heinz Buhse
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|21 Mar 1945||U-399||James Eagan Layne (t.)||7,176||am||BTC-103|
|26 Mar 1945||U-399||Pacific||362||nl||BTC-108|
2 ships sunk (7,538 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.