|Ordered||14 May 1940|
|Laid down||2 Jan 1941||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 293)|
|Launched||29 Nov 1941|
|Commissioned||5 Mar 1942||Oblt. Bruno Vowe|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on July 30, 1943 by a British Handley Page Halifax aircraft (Sqdn 502/S) and gunfire from the British sloops HMS Wren, HMS Kite, HMS Woodpecker, HMS Wild Goose and HMS Woodcock in the Bay of Biscay at 45.33N, 10.58W. 1 dead and 64 survivors.
U-462 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Lohs (29 Aug 1942 - 2 Sep 1942)
Attacks on this boat
8 Mar 1943
At 14.51 hrs, the British submarine HMS Ursula (N 59) (Lt A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) attacked a U-boat with a spread of four torpedoes in position 44°48N, 12°13W. No hits were obtained and the attack apparently remained unnoticed. The U-boat attacked was most likely the homebound U-462.
21 Jun 1943
This Milch cow suffered one dead and 4 wounded during an attack from Mosquito aircraft from RAF Squadrons 151 & 456. [Matrosengefreiter Ferdinand Brunnbaur]. The boat had to abort patrol and return to port.
6 Jul 1943
A British B-24 Liberator (Sqdn 224, pilot E. J. J. Spindler) attacked the boat, causing enough damage to force a return to base. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 359)
3 recorded attacks on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
21 Jun 1943
This Milch cow suffered one dead and 4 wounded during an attack from Mosquito aircraft from RAF Squadrons 151 & 456. [Matrosengefreiter Ferdinand Brunnbaur]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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