U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-31

Date lookup for 8 Oct 1940

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
16 Sep 1940Wilhelmshaven8 Oct 1940Lorient23 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Wilfried Prellberg

U-31's position on 8 Oct 1940

Ships hit by U-31 on this date

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Attacks on U-31 during this patrol

8 Oct 1940
U-31 evaded a spread of four torpedoes fired by HMS Trident about 15 miles (24 km) south of Lorient and was then forced to dive when fired on by her deck gun. Trident followed up with some explosive charges, but without result. This was the third time that U-31 had been attacked by an enemy submarine on this patrol. The commander wrote sardonically in the war diary: "Main task of this patrol was to play the target ship for British submarines.".

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