Korvettenkapitän (Crew 31)
7 ships sunk, total tonnage 37,884 GRT
2 warships sunk, total tonnage 744 tons
|Born||21 Apr 1912||Munich|
|Died||28 Dec 1941||(29)||Mediterranean|
|U-75||19 Dec 1940||28 Dec 1941 (+)||5 patrols (141 days)|
Helmuth Ringelmann joined the Reichsmarine in 1931. He trained with the 24th Flotilla from Sept to Oct 1940, and in Nov began U-boat construction familiarization (Baubelehrung) of his new boat at Bremen.
Kptlt. Helmut Ringelmann commissioned U-75 on 19 Dec 1940 . He took her on three patrols in the North Atlantic, sinking six ships, including the passenger ship City of Nagur and the large tanker Inversuir.
On 27 Sept 1941 U-75 left St Nazaire, France for her 4th patrol. On 3 Oct she successfully passed through the heavily guarded Straits of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean (Busch and Röll, 1997). During this patrol Ringelmann sank two small British landing craft off Tobruk.
U-75 entered her new base at Salamis, Greece on 2 Nov after 37 days at sea.
U-75's 5th patrol was to be her last. Seven days out from Salamis on 28 Dec 1941, after sinking her last victim, U-75 was herself sunk the same day by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Kipling in the Mediterranean off Mersa Matruh. 14 of her crew died and 30 survived. (Niestlé, 1998). Kptlt. Ringelmann was not among the survivors.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Niestle, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Patrol info for Helmuth Ringelmann
|1.||U-75||10 Apr 1941||Kiel||12 May 1941||St. Nazaire||Patrol 1,||33 days|
|2.||U-75||29 May 1941||St. Nazaire||3 Jul 1941||St. Nazaire||Patrol 2,||36 days|
|3.||U-75||29 Jul 1941||St. Nazaire||25 Aug 1941||St. Nazaire||Patrol 3,||28 days|
|4.||U-75||27 Sep 1941||St. Nazaire||2 Nov 1941||Salamis||Patrol 4,||37 days|
|5.||U-75||22 Dec 1941||Salamis||28 Dec 1941||Sunk||Patrol 5,||7 days|
|5 patrols, 141 days at sea|
Ships hit by Helmuth Ringelmann
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|29 Apr 1941||U-75||City of Nagpur||10,146||br|
|3 Jun 1941||U-75||Eibergen||4,801||nl||OB-327|
|3 Jun 1941||U-75||Inversuir||9,456||br||OB-327|
|25 Jun 1941||U-75||Schie||1,967||nl||OB-336|
|5 Aug 1941||U-75||Cape Rodney||4,512||br||SL-81|
|5 Aug 1941||U-75||Harlingen||5,415||br||SL-81|
|12 Oct 1941||U-75||HMS TLC-2 (A 2)||372||br|
|12 Oct 1941||U-75||HMS TLC-7 (A 7)||372||br|
|28 Dec 1941||U-75||Volo||1,587||br||ME-8|
9 ships sunk (38,628 tons).
About ranks and decorations
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