Oberleutnant zur See (Crew XII/39)
|Born||22 Apr 1921||Cuxhaven|
|Died||14 Aug 1944||(23)||Bay of Biscay|
|U-618||16 Apr 1944||14 Aug 1944 (+)||4 patrols (13 days)|
Erich Faust joined the Kriegsmarine in 1939. Following standard U-boat and officer training from Dec 1939 to May 1942, he was assigned as supernumerary Watch Officer (WO) to U-412 until August 1942, during that boat's working up exercises in the Baltic (Busch & Röll, 1999).
Faust then attended Baubelehrung (U-boat construction familiarization) with the rest of her crew before joining the new U-667 on 21 October as 1WO (1st Watch Officer) (Busch & Röll, 1999). U-667 sank no ships during Faust's time aboard her, but at that point in the war, U-boats did well just to avoid being sunk themselves.
Erich Faust died when U-618 was sunk in the Bay of Biscay by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Duckworth, HMS Essington and a British B-24 Liberator (Sqdn. 53/G). 61 dead (all hands lost) (Niestlé, 1998).
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 Erich Faust
|1.||U-618||25 May 1944||St. Nazaire||25 May 1944||St. Nazaire||Patrol 1,||1 days|
|2.||U-618||26 Jul 1944||St. Nazaire||30 Jul 1944||Brest||Patrol 2,||5 days|
|3.||U-618||2 Aug 1944||Brest||4 Aug 1944||Brest||Patrol 3,||3 days|
|4.||U-618||11 Aug 1944||Brest||14 Aug 1944||Sunk||Patrol 4,||4 days|
|4 patrols, 13 days at sea|
About ranks and decorations
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