Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)
3 ships sunk, total tonnage 10,969 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 206 tons
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 17,179 GRT
|Born||16 Jun 1917||Berlin-Wilmersdorf|
|Died||2 Jul 1944||(27)||Atlantic, south-west of Tenerife|
|U-140||7 Apr 1941||9 Dec 1941||2 patrols (30 days)|
|U-96||28 Mar 1942||15 Mar 1943||3 patrols (158 days)|
|U-543||21 Apr 1943||2 Jul 1944 (+)||2 patrols (174 days)|
Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel joined the Kriegsmarine in April 1936, and was part of the Olympia Crew. After six months on the torpedo boat Luchs he transferred to the U-bootwaffe (U-boat force). He served as IIWO onboard U-46 under the command of Kptlt. Sohler and later under Kptlt. Endrass before taking command of the type IID U-boat U-140 (Hinsch). He made two patrols in U-140 in the Baltic during the summer of 1941 and sank the Soviet submarine M-94.
In April 1942 he replaced the successful commander of U-96, Kptlt. Lehmann-Willenbrock. On his second patrol he sank three ships and damaged the British tanker F. J. Wolfe and the British former coastal liner New York.
In March 1943 Hellriegel left U-96 and a month later commissioned the type IXC/40 U-boat U-543. This made him one of very few commanders to see active service in each of the three main U-boat types. He died when U-543 was sunk with all hands by US aircraft off the coast of west Africa on 2 July 1944 (Niestlé, 1998).
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Patrol info for Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel
|1.||U-140||19 Jun 1941||Gotenhafen||30 Jun 1941||Sunk||Patrol 1,||12 days|
|2.||U-140||7 Jul 1941||Gotenhafen||24 Jul 1941||Sunk||Patrol 2,||18 days|
|3.||U-96||23 Apr 1942||St. Nazaire||1 Jul 1942||Sunk||Patrol 3,||70 days|
|4.||U-96||24 Aug 1942||St. Nazaire||5 Oct 1942||Sunk||Patrol 4,||43 days|
|5.||U-96||26 Dec 1942||St. Nazaire||8 Feb 1943||Sunk||Patrol 5,||45 days|
|6.||U-543||9 Nov 1943||Kiel||24 Jan 1944||Sunk||Patrol 6,||77 days|
|7.||U-543||28 Mar 1944||Lorient||2 Jul 1944||Sunk||Patrol 7,||97 days|
|7 patrols, 362 days at sea|
Ships hit by Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|21 Jul 1941||U-140||M-94||206||sj|
|10 Sep 1942||U-96||Elisabeth van Belgie||4,241||be||ON-127|
|10 Sep 1942||U-96||F.J. Wolfe (d.)||12,190||br||ON-127|
|10 Sep 1942||U-96||Sveve||6,313||nw||ON-127|
|11 Sep 1942||U-96||Delães||415||pt|
|25 Sep 1942||U-96||New York (d.)||4,989||br||RB-1|
4 ships sunk (11,175 tons) and 2 ships damaged (17,179 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.