Fregattenkapitän (Crew 23)
4 ships sunk, total tonnage 23,635 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,090 tons
|Born||30 Oct 1901||Hildesheim|
|Died||6 Aug 1942||(40)||Cape Ortegal|
|U-578||10 Jul 1941||6 Aug 1942 (+)||5 patrols (133 days)|
Ernst-August Rehwinkel was one of the oldest U-boat commanders of WWII to depart on patrol when he took his boat U-578 out from Kirkesnes, Norway on 19 Nov 1941. He was 40 years old at the time. He was successful with his boat before being lost without explanation on his 5th patrol around 6 Aug 1942 in the Bay of Biscay (Niestlé, 1998).
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Patrol info for Ernst-August Rehwinkel
|1.||U-578||28 Oct 1941||Kiel||2 Nov 1941||Trondheim||6 days|
|2.||U-578||5 Nov 1941||Trondheim||8 Nov 1941||Kirkenes||4 days|
|3.||U-578||19 Nov 1941||Kirkenes||27 Nov 1941||Kirkenes||Patrol 1,||9 days|
|4.||U-578||29 Nov 1941||Kirkenes||4 Dec 1941||Bergen||6 days|
|5.||U-578||6 Dec 1941||Bergen||10 Dec 1941||Kiel||5 days|
|6.||U-578||15 Jan 1942||Kiel||28 Jan 1942||St. Nazaire||Patrol 2,||14 days|
|7.||U-578||3 Feb 1942||St. Nazaire||25 Mar 1942||St. Nazaire||Patrol 3,||51 days|
|8.||U-578||7 May 1942||St. Nazaire||3 Jul 1942||St. Nazaire||Patrol 4,||58 days|
|9.||U-578||6 Aug 1942||St. Nazaire||6 Aug 1942||Sunk||Patrol 5,||1 days|
|5 patrols, 133 days at sea|
Ships hit by Ernst-August Rehwinkel
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|27 Feb 1942||U-578||R.P. Resor||7,451||am|
|28 Feb 1942||U-578||USS Jacob Jones (DD 130)||1,090||am|
|12 Mar 1942||U-578||Ingerto||3,089||nw||ON-70|
|27 May 1942||U-578||Polyphemus||6,269||nl|
|2 Jun 1942||U-578||Berganger||6,826||nw|
5 ships sunk (24,725 tons).