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Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel

Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel
Born (1917-06-16)16 June 1917

2 July 1944(1944-07-02) (aged 27)
Atlantic Ocean, south-west of Tenerife
25°34′N 21°36′W / 25.567°N 21.600°W / 25.567; -21.600

Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1936–1944
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Commands held U-140

World War II

  • Battle of the Atlantic (1939–1945)
Awards Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class
U-boat War Badge
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel (16 June 1917 – 2 July 1944) was a Kapitänleutnant with the Kriegsmarine during World War II. He sailed with U-140, U-96 and U-543, sinking three ships on seven patrols, for a total of 10.969 tons of Allied shipping. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Hellriegel and the entire crew of U-543 were killed by depth charges and a homing torpedo from TBF Avenger aircraft (VC-58) of the US escort carrier USS Wake Island on 2 July 1944.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

As a U-boat commander of U-140, U-96 and U-543 Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel is credited with the sinking of 3 merchant ships for a total of 10,969 gross register tons (GRT), a warship of 206 GRT and damaging two ships of 17,179 GRT.

Date U-boat Name of ship Flag Tonnage Fate
21 July 1941 U-140 submarine M-94  Soviet Union 206 sunk at 58°51′N 22°02′E / 58.850°N 22.033°E / 58.850; 22.033 (M-94 (ship))

10 September 1942 U-96 Elisabeth van Belgie  Belgium 4,241 sunk at 51°30′N 28°25′W / 51.500°N 28.417°W / 51.500; -28.417 (Elisabeth van Belgie (ship))

10 September 1942 U-96 F.J. Wolfe  United Kingdom 12,190 damaged at 51°30′N 28°25′W / 51.500°N 28.417°W / 51.500; -28.417 (F.J. Wolfe (ship))

10 September 1942 U-96 Sveve  Norway 6,313 sunk at 51°28′N 28°30′W / 51.467°N 28.500°W / 51.467; -28.500 (Sveve (ship))

11 September 1942 U-96 Delães  Portugal 415 sunk at 50°03′N 29°32′W / 50.050°N 29.533°W / 50.050; -29.533 (Delães (ship))

25 September 1942 U-96 New York  United Kingdom 4,989 damaged at 54°34′N 25°44′W / 54.567°N 25.733°W / 54.567; -25.733 (New York (ship))



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  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
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