Kapitänleutnant (Crew 35)
4 ships sunk, total tonnage 26,194 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,375 tons
|Born||19 May 1915||Kiel|
|Died||16 Sep 2001||(86)||Mühlheim, Germany|
|U-91||28 Jan 1942||19 Apr 1943||3 patrols (156 days)|
Heinz Walkerling joined the Kriegsmarine in 1935. He served on the minelayer Hansestadt Danzig from Aug 1939 to March 1940, then the destroyer Z 8 Bruno Heinemann until Oct 1940.
He received U-boat training from Oct 1940 to March 1941. He then served as First Watch Officer (1WO) under Kptlt. Wilhelm Dommes on U-431. He went on two patrols, 63 days at sea, during which one small ship was sunk.
From Nov to Dec 1941 Walkerling went through U-boat Commander training with the 24th Flotilla and U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) until Jan 1942 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
On 28 Jan 1942 Kptlt Walkerling commissioned the brand new Type VIIC U-91 at Lübeck, and conducted working up exercises in the Baltic (Busch & Röll, 1999).
U-91 left on her first patrol from Kiel on 15 Aug 1942 (Busch & Röll, 1997). Her new commander attacked several convoys, sinking two ships, including the Canadian destroyer HMCS Ottawa (H 60) (Rohwer, 1998). She arrived at Brest, her new base, on 6 Oct 1942.
After two more patrols Heinz Walkerling left U-91, having sunk five ships totalling 27,000 tons and spending 156 days at sea. From April 1943 to Sept 1944 he served with the 9th, 24th and 19th U-boat Flotillas. He was then posted to the Torpedo School at Mürwik from Sept 1944 until the end of the war (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Kptlt. Heinz Walkerling died on 16 Sep 2001 (information supplied by his son).
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.
Patrol info for Heinz Walkerling
|1.||U-91||15 Aug 1942||Kiel||6 Oct 1942||Brest||Patrol 1,||53 days|
|2.||U-91||1 Nov 1942||Brest||26 Dec 1942||Brest||Patrol 2,||56 days|
|3.||U-91||11 Feb 1943||Brest||29 Mar 1943||Lorient||Patrol 3,||47 days|
|3 patrols, 156 days at sea|
Ships hit by Heinz Walkerling
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|14 Sep 1942||U-91||HMCS Ottawa (H 60)||1,375||ca||ON-127|
|26 Sep 1942||U-91||New York||4,989||br||RB-1|
|17 Mar 1943||U-91||Harry Luckenbach||6,366||am||HX-229|
|17 Mar 1943||U-91||Irénée Du Pont||6,125||am||HX-229|
|17 Mar 1943||U-91||Nariva||8,714||br||HX-229|
5 ships sunk (27,569 tons).
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