Ships hit by U-boats


Soviet Patrol boat

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Type:Patrol boat
Tonnage35 tons
OwnerSoviet Navy 
Date of attack24 Aug 1943Nationality:      Soviet
FateSunk by U-23 (Rolf-Birger Wahlen)
Position42° 39'N, 40° 58'E - Grid CL 9637
Complement10 officers and men (3 dead and 7 survivors).
Notes on event

Between 20.17 and 21.12 hours on 24 August 1943, U-23 fought a gun battle against the former pilot boat/hydrographical vessel Shkval off Cape Kodor, 22 miles south of Sukhumi. The U-boat tried to ram the vessel and also used hand grenades and explosive charges. The minesweeper completely burned out and sank at 23.15 hours. Three crew members were lost. Seven others abandoned ship in a lifeboat and reached the coast at 11.00 hours the next day.


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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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