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Patrol info for U-553

Date lookup for 17 Oct 1941

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
7 Oct 1941St. Nazaire22 Oct 1941St. Nazaire16 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Karl Thurmann

Oblt. Erich von Lilienfeld

Oblt. Wolfgang von Eickstedt

Walter Zenker

U-553's position on 17 Oct 1941

Ships hit by U-553 on this date

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
17 Oct 1941U-553Karl Thurmann HMS Gladiolus (K 34)925brSC-48A

1 ship sunk (925 tons).

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Attacks on U-553 during this patrol

17 Oct 1941
After a successful attack on convoy SC 48, the boat dived to 90m (295ft) to avoid a destroyer which approached. Three depth charges were dropped at the diving position, detonating high above the U-boat which escaped further attacks by passing under the convoy. The destroyer was probably USS Kearny, which dropped a single depth charge at 00.22 hrs. (Sources: KTB U-553/ADM 237-164)

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