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Patrol info for U-156

Date lookup for 11 Feb 1942

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
19 Jan 1942Lorient17 Mar 1942Lorient58 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Werner Hartenstein

Oblt. Paul Just

U-156's position on 11 Feb 1942

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Men lost from U-boats

16 Feb 1942
U-156 began to shell the oil refinery at Aruba in the Caribbean, but the gun crew forgot to remove the water plug from the barrel, causing an explosion that killed one man [Matrosengefreiter Heinrich B├╝ssinger]. The gunnery officer [II WO Leutnant zur See Dietrich von dem Borne, see right] lost his right leg in this incident, and so had to be put ashore into captivity at Martinique on 21 February. The commander decided to saw off the ruined portion of the gun barrel, and using this shorter barrel, on 27 February U-156 sank a 2,498-ton British steamer.

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