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U-662

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered9 Oct 1939
Laid down7 May 1941 Howaldtswerke Hamburg AG, Hamburg (werk 811)
Launched22 Jan 1942
Commissioned9 Apr 1942Kptlt. Wolfgang Hermann
Commanders
9 Apr 1942 - 14 Feb 1943  KrvKpt. Wolfgang Hermann
10 Mar 1943 - 21 Jul 1943  Kptlt. Heinz-Eberhard Müller
Career
4 patrols
9 Apr 1942-30 Sep 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1942-21 Jul 1943  7. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 18,609 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,174 GRT
Fate

Sunk 21 July, 1943 in the South Atlantic in the Amazon Estuary, in position 03.56N, 48.46W, by depth charges from a Catalina aircraft (VP-94/P-4.) 44 dead and 3 survivors.

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-662 - View the 4 war patrols

Over a period of only a few days the boat had been attacked by a USAAF B-24 Liberator while hunting convoy TF.2, then came an attack by a B-18 aircraft, and finally squadron VP-94's Catalinas located the U-boat and after one unsuccessful attack another VP-94 aircraft managed to sink it.

The commander and 2 other crew members were fished out of the sea, by the US Navy vessel Siren (former luxury yacht) that was part of escort for convoy TJ-4, after 17 days. Müller was severly wounded in this action and was repatriated to Germany in March 1944 as he was no longer capable of combat. He served as a liason to German U-boat men for the rest of the war.

Wolfpack operations

U-662 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Panther (6 Oct 1942 - 12 Oct 1942)
   Leopard (12 Oct 1942 - 19 Oct 1942)
   Südwärts (24 Oct 1942 - 26 Oct 1942)
   Delphin (4 Nov 1942 - 5 Nov 1942)
   Spitz (22 Dec 1942 - 31 Dec 1942)
   Jaguar (18 Jan 1943 - 31 Jan 1943)
   Without name (27 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
   Adler (7 Apr 1943 - 13 Apr 1943)
   Meise (13 Apr 1943 - 22 Apr 1943)
   Specht (22 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
   Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

19 Jul 1943
An American B-24 Liberator (Sqdn 35) dropped four depth charges on the boat. Flak damage then discouraged the aircraft from making another run. The boat escaped unharmed. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 369)

20 Jul 1943
The boat was attacked for the second time in two days by an American aircraft (Sqdn VP-94), which called in another aircraft, but U-662 again escaped. The boat was lost in a third attack the next day. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 369)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-662 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Grey Elephant

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay