Helmut Bach

Kapitänleutnant der Reserve (entry, Jahrgang 39)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  5 Dec 1906 Helfta, Mansfelder Seekreis, Sachsen-Anhalt

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1 Apr 1940 Leutnant zur See der Reserve
1 Jun 1942 Oberleutnant zur See der Reserve
1 Apr 1945 Kapitänleutnant der Reserve


24 Nov 1940 Iron Cross 2nd Class
19 Mar 1941 Iron Cross 1st Class
21 Nov 1941 Merchant Raider Badge
22 Nov 1941 Minesweeper War Badge
16 Feb 1942 Blockade runner badge

U-boat Commands

U-681 3 Feb 1944 2 Aug 1944   No war patrols 

Helmut Bach served on the highly successful merchant raider Pinguin (Schiff 33) from Feb, 1940 to May 1941. From June 1941 to March 1943 he was a Commander in VP 16th Flotilla (Vorpestenboote), after which he joined the U-boat force and began his training there.


Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Helmut Bach

This commander did not go out on patrols with his boats.

About ranks and decorations
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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

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