Korvettenkapitän (Crew 33)
5 ships sunk, total tonnage 33,511 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 11,394 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 9,788 GRT
1 auxiliary warship a total loss, total tonnage 3,870 GRT
|Born||25 Jun 1913||Kiel|
|Died||12 Apr 1977||(63)||Prien am Chiemsee, Germany|
|U-143||9 Dec 1940||19 Mar 1941||No war patrols|
|U-52||20 Mar 1941||15 Apr 1941||No war patrols|
|U-571||22 May 1941||31 May 1943||8 patrols (344 days)|
Helmut Möhlmann after patrol
Helmut Möhlmann began his naval career in April 1933. He served on the light cruiser Nürnberg and in the first months of the war made some patrols on the torpedo boat Luchs. In April 1940 he transferred to the U-boat force. For three months he commanded the school boat U-143 before commissioning the Type VIIC U-571 in May 1941.
He took her on eight patrols, mostly in the North Atlantic, but also in the Arctic (Busch & Röll, 1997). The fourth patrol was particularly successful: in one week he sank two ships, each over 10,000 tons. He left the boat in May 1943 to attend a course at the Naval Academy at Berlin.
From September 1943 to December 1944 he served on the BdU org (Commander in Chief U-boats) staff. From December 1944 until the end of the war he commanded the 14th Flotilla at Narvik, Norway. After the surrender he spent more than four months in captivity.
After the war he joined the post-war German Navy, Bundesmarine, and later retired as Fregattenkapitän.
Special thanks to Mr. Fernando Almeida for details on date of death and post-war career.
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 Helmut Möhlmann
|1.||U-571||18 Aug 1941||Trondheim||27 Aug 1941||Kirkenes||Patrol 1,||10 days|
|2.||U-571||28 Aug 1941||Kirkenes||5 Sep 1941||Kiel||9 days|
|3.||U-571||18 Oct 1941||Kiel||19 Oct 1941||Arendal||2 days|
|4.||U-571||22 Oct 1941||Arendal||26 Nov 1941||La Pallice||Patrol 2,||36 days|
|5.||U-571||21 Dec 1941||La Pallice||27 Jan 1942||La Pallice||Patrol 3,||38 days|
|6.||U-571||10 Mar 1942||La Pallice||7 May 1942||La Pallice||Patrol 4,||59 days|
|7.||U-571||11 Jun 1942||La Pallice||7 Aug 1942||La Pallice||Patrol 5,||58 days|
|8.||U-571||3 Oct 1942||La Pallice||14 Nov 1942||La Pallice||Patrol 6,||43 days|
|9.||U-571||22 Dec 1942||La Pallice||19 Feb 1943||La Pallice||Patrol 7,||60 days|
|10.||U-571||22 Mar 1943||La Pallice||23 Mar 1943||La Pallice||Patrol 8,||2 days|
|11.||U-571||25 Mar 1943||La Pallice||1 May 1943||La Pallice||Patrol 8,||38 days|
|8 patrols, 344 days at sea|
Ships hit by Helmut Möhlmann
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|26 Aug 1941||U-571||Helmut Möhlmann||Marija Uljanova (t.)||3,870||sj|
|29 Mar 1942||U-571||Helmut Möhlmann||Hertford||10,923||br|
|6 Apr 1942||U-571||Helmut Möhlmann||Koll||10,044||nw|
|14 Apr 1942||U-571||Helmut Möhlmann||Margaret||3,352||am|
|7 Jul 1942||U-571||Helmut Möhlmann||Umtata||8,141||br|
|8 Jul 1942||U-571||Helmut Möhlmann||J.A. Moffett, Jr. (t.)||9,788||am|
|9 Jul 1942||U-571||Helmut Möhlmann||Nicholas Cuneo||1,051||ho|
|15 Jul 1942||U-571||Helmut Möhlmann||Pennsylvania Sun (d.)||11,394||am|
7 ships sunk (47,169 tons) and 1 ship damaged (11,394 tons).
About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.