Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 38)
|Born||25 Apr 1915||Wesermünde|
|U-1272||29 Jan 1944||2 Jul 1944||No war patrols|
|U-3016||5 Jan 1945||2 May 1945||No war patrols|
Bernhard Hinrich "Bernd" Meentzen joined the Kriegsmarine in 1938. From July 1941 to March 1943 he served at Naval Flak School 1. In March 1943 he joined the U-boat force and began U-boat training, followed by U-boat Commander training, finishing his courses in Dec 1943.
Oblt. Meentzen commenced U-boat construction familiarization (Baubelehrung) in preparation for taking over his first command in Dec 1943, and commissioned the type VIIC/41 U-boat U-1272 on 29 Jan 1944. U-1272 then trained as part of the 8th (Training) Flotilla in the Baltic. He left the boat on 2 July 1944.
In August 1944 Oblt. Meentzen began training and Baubelehrung for a new type XXI Elektro U-boat Elektro boats. On 5 Jan 1945 he commissioned U-3016. When Germany's surrender was imminent his boat was still working up with the 4th (Training) Flotilla and was not ready for active service. Oblt. Meentzen scuttled U-3016 on 2 May 1945 at Travemünde six days before the surrender (see Operation Regenbogen).
According to a relative of his he died in 2000 and is buried in the family grave at Riesenberg Cemetery in Bremen, Germany.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Bernhard Meentzen
This commander did not go out on patrols with his boats.
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