Erich Müller-Bethke

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37b)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  23 Jul 1917 Wesermünde, Lehe
Died  17 Feb 1945(27)North Sea

Kriegsmarine Crew photo


9 Oct 1937 Offiziersanwärter
28 Jun 1938 Kadett der Marinewaffenwesen
1 Apr 1939 Fähnrich der Marinewaffenwesen
1 Mar 1940 Oberfähnrich der Marinewaffenwesen
1 May 1940 Leutnant der Marinewaffenwesen
1 Apr 1942 Oberleutnant der Marinewaffenwesen
1 Jan 1945 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-1278 31 May 1944 17 Feb 1945  (+)  1 patrol (7 days) 

Müller-Bethke began his career in the weapons branch before transferring to being a line officer.

Patrol info for Erich Müller-Bethke

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-1278 31 Jan 1945  Kiel  2 Feb 1945  Horten   3 days
2. U-1278 11 Feb 1945  Horten  17 Feb 1945  Sunk  Patrol 1,7 days

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

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