Ernst-August Rehwinkel

Fregattenkapitän (Crew 23)


Successes
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


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Ranks

1 Feb 1939 Korvettenkapitän
1 Aug 1942 Fregattenkapitän

Decorations

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
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).

Sources

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.

Patrol info for Ernst-August Rehwinkel


 U-boat Departure Arrival  
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 1942U-578 R.P. Resor7,451am
28 Feb 1942U-578 USS Jacob Jones (DD 130)1,090am
12 Mar 1942U-578 Ingerto3,089nwON-70
27 May 1942U-578 Polyphemus6,269nl
2 Jun 1942U-578 Berganger6,826nw
 24,725

5 ships sunk (24,725 tons).

Legend
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Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders