Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37a)
8 ships sunk, total tonnage 56,972 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 249 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 3,702 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 9,970 GRT
|Born||9 Mar 1916||Essen|
|Died||12 Apr 2015||(99)||Bielefeld, Germany|
|U-510||22 May 1943||9 May 1945||4 patrols (354 days)|
Alfred Eick began his naval career in April 1937. Later he served for more than a year on the destroyer Hermann Beitzen, and he undertook 16 patrols in the first year of the war. In November 1940 he transferred to the U-boat force, where he accompanied U-176 on her first two patrols.
In May 1943 he became commander of U-510. After a successful patrol in Brazilian waters, U-510 left Lorient on her second patrol assigned as one of the Monsun boats. Eick operated for a few months in the Indian Ocean before heading back in January 1945 with a load of important goods (tin, quinine, etc.) on board. After being supplied with oil southeast of Madagascar by Krvkpt. Oesten's U-861 (who was short of fuel herself), U-510 ran out of fuel in the North Atlantic, but managed to reach the U-boat base at St. Nazaire in France at the end of April 1945 (at that time the base was still in German hands).
Alfred Eick was in French captivity from May 1945 to July 1947. He then studied business management at the University of Hamburg and worked later as a tax adviser.
Patrol info for Alfred Eick
|1.||U-510||3 Jun 1943||Lorient||29 Aug 1943||Lorient||Patrol 1,||88 days|
|2.||U-510||3 Nov 1943||Lorient||5 Apr 1944||Penang||Patrol 2,||155 days|
|3.||U-510||12 Apr 1944||Penang||13 Apr 1944||Singapur||2 days|
|4.||U-510||26 Jun 1944||Singapur||7 Jul 1944||Kobe||12 days|
|5.||U-510||7 Oct 1944||Kobe||19 Oct 1944||Batavia||13 days|
|6.||U-510||26 Nov 1944||Batavia||3 Dec 1944||Batavia||Patrol 3,||8 days|
|7.||U-510||11 Jan 1945||Batavia||23 Apr 1945||St. Nazaire||Patrol 4,||103 days|
|4 patrols, 354 days at sea|
Ships hit by Alfred Eick
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|8 Jul 1943||U-510||B.P. Newton||10,324||nw||TJ-1|
|8 Jul 1943||U-510||Eldena||6,900||am||TJ-1|
|8 Jul 1943||U-510||Everagra (d.)||3,702||le||TJ-1|
|10 Jul 1943||U-510||Scandinavia||1,641||sw|
|22 Feb 1944||U-510||San Alvaro||7,385||br||PA-69|
|22 Feb 1944||U-510||Erling Brøvig (t.)||9,970||nw||PA-69|
|22 Feb 1944||U-510||E.G. Seubert||9,181||am||PA-69|
|7 Mar 1944||U-510||Tarifa||7,229||nw|
|19 Mar 1944||U-510||John A. Poor||7,176||am|
|27 Mar 1944||U-510||HMS Maaløy (J 136)||249||br|
|23 Feb 1945||U-510||Point Pleasant Park||7,136||ca|
10 ships sunk (67,191 tons) and 1 ship damaged (3,702 tons).
About ranks and decorations
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