U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-518

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
24 Jun 1943Lorient3 Jul 1943Bordeaux10 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Friedrich-Wilhelm Wissmann

Ltn. Rene Ballert

Ltn. Karl-Dietrich Benthin

Ltn. Wolfgang Scherfling

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-518

We have daily positions for all 10 days on this patrol.

Departure from Lorient on 24 Jun 1943.
25 Jun 1943 - 26 Jun 1943 - 27 Jun 1943 - 28 Jun 1943 - 29 Jun 1943 - 30 Jun 1943 - 1 Jul 1943 - 2 Jul 1943 -
Arrival at Bordeaux on 3 Jul 1943.

Ships hit by U-518 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-518 during this patrol

27 Jun 1943
12.35 hrs, outbound, west of Finisterre: British Sunderland W6005 (RAF Sqdn 201/P, pilot F/O Brian E.H. Layne, RNZAF) strafed U-518 and dropped four depth charges. U-518 was damaged so badly she was forced to return to base, surviving another air attack on the way three days later. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

30 Jun 1943
11.05 hours, Bay of Biscay, inbound: the already damaged boat was attacked by an Australian Sunderland flying boat (RAAF Sqdn 10/T, pilot F/L H.W. Skinner). Two attacks were made, but the five depth charges dropped on the second run overshot. The wings and aft section of of the aircraft were badly damaged by flak, mortally wounding the stern gunner. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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