Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel

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Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel
Born (1917-06-16)16 June 1917
Berlin-Wilmersdorf
Died 2 July 1944(1944-07-02) (aged 27)
Atlantic Ocean, south-west of Tenerife
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Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1936–44
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Commands held U-140
U-96
U-543
Battles/wars World War II
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 Grumman 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 Navy 206 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
10 September 1942 U-96 Elisabeth van Belgie  Belgium 4,241 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
10 September 1942 U-96 F.J. Wolfe  United Kingdom 12,190 Damaged at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
10 September 1942 U-96 Sveve  Norway 6,313 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
11 September 1942 U-96 Delães  Portugal 415 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
25 September 1942 U-96 New York  United Kingdom 4,989 Damaged at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.

Awards

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Busch & Röll 2003, p. 422.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 221.

Bibliography

  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939–1945 — Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 978-3-8132-0515-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Kurowski, Franz (1995). Knight's Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-88740-748-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 978-3-87943-355-1. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 22 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>