List of all U-boats

U-462

Type

XIV

 
Ordered14 May 1940
Laid down2 Jan 1941 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 293)
Launched29 Nov 1941
Commissioned5 Mar 1942Oblt. Bruno Vowe
Commanders
5 Mar 1942 - 30 Jul 1943  Ltn. Bruno Vowe
Career
8 patrols
5 Mar 1942-31 Jul 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1942-31 Oct 1942  10. Flottille (active service)
1 Nov 1942-30 Jul 1943  12. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk on 30 July 1943 by a British Handley Page Halifax aircraft (Sqdn 502/S) and gunfire from the British sloops HMS Wren, HMS Kite, HMS Woodpecker, HMS Wild Goose and HMS Woodcock in the Bay of Biscay at 45.33N, 10.58W. 1 dead and 64 survivors.

Loss position

View the 8 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-462 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Lohs (29 Aug 1942 - 2 Sep 1942)

Attacks on this boat and other events

8 Mar 1943
At 14.51 hrs the British submarine HMS Ursula (N 59) (Lt A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) fired a spread of four torpedoes at a U-boat in position 44°48N, 12°13W. No hits were observed and the attack apparently passed unnoticed. The target was most probably the homebound U-462.

21 Jun 1943
This milch cow suffered one dead and four wounded from an attack by Mosquito aircraft from RAF Squadrons 151 & 456. [Matrosengefreiter Ferdinand Brunnbaur]. The boat had to break off patrol and return to port.

6 Jul 1943
A British B-24 Liberator bomber (Sqdn 224, pilot E. J. J. Spindler) attacked the boat, causing enough damage to force a return to base. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 359)

3 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

21 Jun 1943
This milch cow suffered one dead and four wounded from an attack by Mosquito aircraft from RAF Squadrons 151 & 456. [Matrosengefreiter Ferdinand Brunnbaur]. The boat had to break off patrol and return to port.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Coat of Arms of Fürstenwalde/Spree

Octopus

Dienst Vowe

Media links


The Milk Cows

John F White


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


U-Boat Tankers, 1941-1945

White, John F.


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Dark Sky, Deep Water

Franks, Norman


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay