Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 37a)
3 ships sunk, total tonnage 20,527 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 21,925 GRT
|Born||5 Dec 1917||Bad Schwartau|
|Died||22 Feb 1943||(25)||North Atlantic|
|U-21||4 Jan 1942||24 Sep 1942||No war patrols|
|U-606||2 Oct 1942||22 Feb 1943 (+)||2 patrols (100 days)|
Hans-Heinrich Döhler joined the Kriegsmarine in 1937. He served on the heavy cruiser Deutschland (later renamed Lützow) from July 1939 to April 1940. He went through U-boat training from April to Sept 1940. From Sept 1940 to June 1941 he served with the 2nd ULD (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Döhler went through U-boat Commander training with the 26th (Training) Flotilla from Nov to Dec 1941. Upon completing the course he commanded the "duck" U-21, a school boat, from 4 Jan 1942 to 24 Sep 1942 (Busch & Röll, 1999).
On 2 Oct 1942 Döhler took command of the type VIIC boat U-606. After only two weeks with the new command he left Bergen, Norway to his first war patrol in the North Atlantic (Busch & Röll, 1997). He hit 2 ships from convoy HX-212 on 28 Oct, one sunk for 8,225 GRT and the 16,966 GRT Norwegian Whale facory ship Kosmos II was damaged and later sunk by U-624 (Kplt. Graf Ulrich von Soden-Fraunhofen) (Rohwer, 1998).
U-606 was sunk on 22 Feb 1943 in the North Atlantic by depth charges from the US coastguard cutter USCGC Campbell and the Polish destroyer Burza. 36 died and 11 survived the sinking (Niestlé, 1998). Oblt. Heins-Heinrich Döhler did not survive the loss of his boat (Busch & Röll, 1999).
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).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.
Patrol info for Hans-Heinrich Döhler
|1.||U-606||17 Oct 1942||Bergen||5 Dec 1942||Brest||Patrol 1,||50 days|
|2.||U-606||4 Jan 1943||Brest||22 Feb 1943||Sunk||Patrol 2,||50 days|
|2 patrols, 100 days at sea|
Ships hit by Hans-Heinrich Döhler
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|28 Oct 1942||U-606||Kosmos II (d.)||16,966||nw||HX-212|
|28 Oct 1942||U-606||Gurney E. Newlin||8,225||am||HX-212|
|22 Feb 1943||U-606||Chattanooga City||5,687||am||ON-166|
|22 Feb 1943||U-606||Empire Redshank||6,615||br||ON-166|
|22 Feb 1943||U-606||Expositor (d.)||4,959||am||ON-166|
3 ships sunk (20,527 tons) and 2 ships damaged (21,925 tons).
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