Heinz Bielfeld

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 34)


Successes
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


Ranks

8 Apr 1934 Offiziersanwärter
1 Jul 1935 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1937 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1937 Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1939 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1942 Kapitänleutnant

Decorations

1940 Iron Cross 2nd Class
1 Jun 1942 U-boat War Badge 1939
16 Jul 1942 Iron Cross 1st Class
31 Dec 1943 German Cross in Gold

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
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.

Sources

Busch, R & Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Heinz Bielfeld


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
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  Sunk  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 1942U-703 Syros6,191amPQ-16
5 Jul 1942U-703 Empire Byron6,645brPQ-17
5 Jul 1942U-703 River Afton5,479brPQ-17
20 Sep 1942U-703 HMS Somali (G 33)1,870brQP-14
 20,185

4 ships sunk (20,185 tons).

Legend
We have a picture of this vessel.


About ranks and decorations
Special thanks to Fernando Almeida for data on ranks and decorations.

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim


Naval Officers Under Hitler

Rust, Eric C.

Listing of all U-boat commanders