Kapitänleutnant (Crew 34)
3 ships sunk, total tonnage 18,315 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,870 tons
|Born||30 Aug 1916||Tientsin, China|
|Died||11 Jul 1944||(27)||Bay of Biscay|
|U-703||16 Oct 1941||5 Jul 1943||7 patrols (150 days)|
|U-1222||1 Sep 1943||11 Jul 1944 (+)||1 patrol (87 days)|
Heinz Bielfeld joined the Kriegsmarine as part of Crew 34 in April 1934. From Nov 1938 to April 1940 he served with the Aircraft Weapons School. Between May and Sept 1940 he was with the Küstenfliegersgruppe 506.
He went through U-boat training, including a stint as a supernumerary WO on U-97, from Oct 1940 to Feb 1941. Bielfeld then went through U-boat commander sea training as Watch Officer on the school boat U-151 during Feb to Aug 1941.
From Aug to Oct 1941 he went through the U-boat commander course and construction crew (Baubelehrung) before taking command of his U-703 on 16 Oct 1941. Bielfeld would then take the boat on 7 patrols of 150 days at sea.
In July 1943 be was againt sent to be a part of construction crew, this time taking command of the U-1222 on 1 Sept 1943. Bielfeld died on that boat 87 days into its first war patrol on 11 July 1944.
Busch, R & Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Heinz Bielfeld
|1.||U-703||21 Mar 1942||Hamburg||22 Mar 1942||Helgoland||2 days|
|2.||U-703||1 Apr 1942||Helgoland||4 Apr 1942||Stavanger||4 days|
|3.||U-703||13 Apr 1942||Stavanger||13 Apr 1942||Bergen||1 days|
|4.||U-703||26 Apr 1942||Bergen||7 May 1942||Reinöy||Patrol 1,||12 days|
|5.||U-703||10 May 1942||Reinöy||13 May 1942||Skjomenfjord||4 days|
|6.||U-703||16 May 1942||Skjomenfjord||30 May 1942||Skjomenfjord||Patrol 2,||15 days|
|7.||U-703||1 Jun 1942||Skjomenfjord||4 Jun 1942||Bergen||4 days|
|8.||U-703||29 Jun 1942||Bergen||15 Jul 1942||Narvik||Patrol 3,||17 days|
|9.||U-703||2 Aug 1942||Narvik||4 Aug 1942||Trondheim||3 days|
|10.||U-703||9 Aug 1942||Trondheim||11 Sep 1942||Harstad||Patrol 4,||34 days|
|11.||U-703||11 Sep 1942||Harstad||11 Sep 1942||Skjomenfjord||1 days|
|12.||U-703||14 Sep 1942||Skjomenfjord||26 Sep 1942||Narvik||Patrol 5,||13 days|
|13.||U-703||28 Sep 1942||Narvik||30 Sep 1942||Trondheim||3 days|
|14.||U-703||28 Dec 1942||Trondheim||31 Dec 1942||Bergen||4 days|
|15.||U-703||7 Mar 1943||Bergen||5 Apr 1943||Hammerfest||Patrol 6,||30 days|
|16.||U-703||17 Apr 1943||Hammerfest||15 May 1943||Hammerfest||Patrol 7,||29 days|
|17.||U-703||18 May 1943||Hammerfest||19 May 1943||Narvik||2 days|
|18.||U-703||19 May 1943||Narvik||21 May 1943||Trondheim||3 days|
|19.||U-1222||13 Apr 1944||Kiel||15 Apr 1944||Marviken||3 days|
|20.||U-1222||16 Apr 1944||Marviken||11 Jul 1944||Patrol 8,||87 days|
|8 patrols, 237 days at sea|
Ships hit by Heinz Bielfeld
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|26 May 1942||U-703||Syros||6,191||am||PQ-16|
|5 Jul 1942||U-703||Empire Byron||6,645||br||PQ-17|
|5 Jul 1942||U-703||River Afton||5,479||br||PQ-17|
|20 Sep 1942||U-703||HMS Somali (G 33)||1,870||br||QP-14|
4 ships sunk (20,185 tons).
About ranks and decorations
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