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Patrol info for U-571

Date lookup for 22 Mar 1943

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
22 Mar 1943La Pallice23 Mar 1943La Pallice2 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Helmut Möhlmann

Ltn. Hermann Stuckmann

Ltn. Hermann Stuckmann

U-571's position on 22 Mar 1943

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Attacks on U-571 during this patrol

22 Mar 1943
At 21.55 hrs the boat was attacked by a Beaufighter aircraft (RAF Sqn 141/I) by moonlight about 20 miles southwest of Ile d’Yeu, only a few hours after leaving La Pallice. The escorting Sperrbrecher 16 had just left when U-571 was strafed from the beam with cannon and machine gun fire, twice. The Germans immediately opened fire with the AA guns, but one of the gunners panicked and failed to open fire during the second attack, so the boat was forced to dive despite the depth at that point being only 70m, leaving behind a small patch of oil. A leak in one of the ballast tanks forced U-571 to return to base for repairs. (Sources: KTB U-571/ADM 199-1784)

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