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Patrol info for U-333


DepartureArrival / FateDuration
1 Sep 1942La Pallice23 Oct 1942La Pallice53 days

Commander

Officers *


Kptlt. Peter-Erich Cremer
1WO

Ltn. Helmut Kandzior

Patrol description

The translated war diary of U-333 for this patrol is available here: http://www.uboatarchive.net/KTB333-4.htm


Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-333

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We have daily positions for all 53 days on this patrol.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-333 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Iltis (6 Sep 1942 - 23 Sep 1942)

Ships hit by U-333 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
6 Oct 1942U-333Peter-Erich Cremer HMS Crocus (K 49) (d.)925br
 925

1 ship damaged (925 tons).

Legend
(d.) means the ship was damaged.

General Events during this patrol

1942

9 Oct 1942. Help for the heavily damaged U-333 came at a meeting in mid Atlantic. A doctor was transferred from the milch cow boat U-459 to treat U-333's badly wounded commander, Ali Cremer. On the same day Kapitänleutnant Lorenz Kasch also arrived from U-107 to take over command of U-333.

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Attacks on U-333 during this patrol

6 Oct 1942
The boat fought an epic battle with the British corvette HMS Crocus off the coast of Sierra Leone, west Africa on 6 Oct. 1942. The U-boat lost three men (including the IWO) and several men were wounded, including the commander, Peter Erich Cremer. The boat was heavily damaged and limped back to base with the help of a replacement WO, Kptlt. Lorenz Kasch, from U-107. The doctor from the milch cow boat U-459 tended the wounded. Cremer then spent three months in hospital. [Oberleutnant zur See Bernhard Hermann, Bootsmaat Heinz Kurze, Maschinenobergefreiter Erwin Levermann].

21 Oct 1942
The former U-570 (captured 27 Aug. 1941) on her first patrol in British service as HMS Graph, commanded by Lt Cdr Peter Marriot, fired a spread of torpedoes at the heavily damaged inbound U-333 north of Cape Ferrol, Spain. Alert lookouts spotted the tracks and U-333 took successful evasive action. It only became apparent after the war that this attack was by the former U-boat. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 69)

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