Heinz-Eberhard Müller

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)


Successes
2 ships sunk, total tonnage 13,011 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,174 GRT

Born  14 Mar 1916 Stuttgart
Died  3 May 1988(72)


Kriegsmarine crew book photo

Ranks

3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 May 1937 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1943 Kapitänleutnant

Decorations

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-662 10 Mar 1943 21 Jul 1943   2 patrols (84 days) 

Heinz-Eberhard Müller joined the Kriegsmarine in 1936, and was part of the Olympia Crew. After standard training he served as a Watch Officer with the 5th (Training) Flotilla Emmsman in Kiel. He then attended the U-Schule (U-boat school) at Neustadt for ten months, leaving for Baubelehrung (U-boat construction familiarization) for U-69 in Oct 1940. He served as II WO (2nd Watch Officer) on her, then as reserve Watch Officer on U-145 and U-160 between Apr 1942 and Feb 1943. After briefly serving as a Training Commander with the Ist Training Unit at Plön and the 24th (Training) Flotilla, Kptlnt. Müller took command of U-662 (Hermann) on 10 Mar 1943.

U-662 was sunk after three days of aircraft attacks off the coast of Brazil. Müller successfully repelled at least three attacks before one of the attacking Catalinas of VP-94 (pilot R. H. Howland) scored a fatal hit. Müller and the other four men topside were thrown overboard when the depth charges exploded (the previous gun crew had been killed by gunfire), and U-662 broke in two and sank.

One man died shortly afterwards, leaving Müller and the three others drifting on a raft dropped by the aircraft in shark-infested waters for 16 days before being sighted by a B-24 Liberator and rescued by the former luxury yacht USS Siren, which was escorting convoy TJ-4. One man died aboard Siren, leaving only Müller and two men from U-662's crew of 47 (Blair, 1998).

Müller had been severely wounded during the sinking and was repatriated to Germany in March 1944 as he was no longer fit for active service. After some time in naval hospital at Glücksburg, he served as an aide at BdU (Commander in Chief U-boats) until the end of the war.

Sources

Blair, C. (1998). Hitler’s U-boat War. The Hunted, 1942-1945.

Patrol info for Heinz-Eberhard Müller

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
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 1943U-662 Empire Whale6,159brSL-126
29 Mar 1943U-662 Ocean Viceroy (d.)7,174brSL-126
29 Mar 1943U-662 Umaria6,852brSL-126
 20,185

2 ships sunk (13,011 tons) and 1 ship damaged (7,174 tons).

Legend
We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.


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.

Media links


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders