Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)
2 ships sunk, total tonnage 13,011 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,174 GRT
|Born||14 Mar 1916||Stuttgart|
|U-662||10 Mar 1943||21 Jul 1943||2 patrols (84 days)|
The U-662 was sunk after 3 days of aircraft attacks of the coast of Brazil. Müller successfully repelled at least 3 attacks before the Catalina of VP-94 (pilot R. H. Howland) fatally hit the boat. Müller and 4 men were thrown overboard when the depth charges exploded (the previous gun crew had been killed by gunfire) and the U-662 broke in two and sank.
One man died shortly afterwards leaving Müller and 3 others drifting on a raft (dropped by the aircraft) in shark infested waters for 16 days before being found by a B-24 bomber and rescued by the former yacht USS Siren then escorting convoy TJ 4. One of the 3 men died on the Siren leaving only Müller and 2 other survivors from the boat (Blair, 1998).
Blair, C. (1998). Hitler’s U-boat War. The Hunted, 1942-1945.
Patrol info for Heinz-Eberhard Müller
|1.||U-662||23 Mar 1943||St. Nazaire||19 May 1943||St. Nazaire||Patrol 1,||58 days|
|2.||U-662||26 Jun 1943||St. Nazaire||21 Jul 1943||Sunk||Patrol 2,||26 days|
|2 patrols, 84 days at sea|
Ships hit by Heinz-Eberhard Müller
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|29 Mar 1943||U-662||Empire Whale||6,159||br||SL-126|
|29 Mar 1943||U-662||Ocean Viceroy (d.)||7,174||br||SL-126|
|29 Mar 1943||U-662||Umaria||6,852||br||SL-126|
2 ships sunk (13,011 tons) and 1 ship damaged (7,174 tons).
About ranks and decorations
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