U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-571

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
22 Mar 1943La Pallice23 Mar 1943La Pallice2 days
25 Mar 1943La Pallice1 May 1943La Pallice38 days
40 days
Sometimes patrols were split into several 'legs', for resupply and other matters.


Officers *

Kptlt. Helmut Möhlmann

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-571

We have daily positions for all 40 days on this patrol.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-571 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Without name (27 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
   Adler (7 Apr 1943 - 13 Apr 1943)
   Meise (13 Apr 1943 - 25 Apr 1943)

Ships hit by U-571 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol

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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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Men lost from U-boats

22 Apr 1943
The boat had to return to base because the commander was badly injured in an accident on the conning tower.

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