U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-552

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
7 Apr 1941St. Nazaire6 May 1941St. Nazaire30 days


Officers *

Oblt. Erich Topp

Oblt. Walter Freiherr von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen

Ltn. Siegfried Koitschka
Cdr sea training

Kptlt. Horst Degen

Franz Säck

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-552


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Ships hit by U-552 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
27 Apr 1941U-552Erich Topp Commander Horton227br
27 Apr 1941U-552Erich Topp Beacon Grange10,119br
28 Apr 1941U-552Erich Topp Capulet (d.)8,190brHX-121
1 May 1941U-552Erich Topp Nerissa5,583brHX-121

3 ships sunk (15,929 tons) and 1 ship damaged (8,190 tons).

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(d.) means the ship was damaged.

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-552 during this patrol

28 Apr 1941
After torpedoing a ship in convoy HX 121 south of Iceland, U-552 was depth charged in five separate attacks from the escorting destroyers HMS Maori and HMS Inglefield, forcing the boat to remain submerged for hours until the convoy was out of range. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 272)

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