U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-43

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
13 Jul 1943Lorient30 Jul 1943Lost18 days


Officers *

Oblt. Hans-Joachim Schwantke

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-43

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Ships hit by U-43 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-43 during this patrol

19 Jul 1943
21.25 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: U-43 and U-403 were attacked by British Liberator Mk.V BZ772 (RAF Sqdn 86/J, pilot F/L W. Roxburgh, DFC). U-403 immediately began to dive, covered by U-43, which fought off a first attack and then dived too. The aircraft suffered some damage and one of the crew was wounded, but the pilot nevertheless dropped two Fido homing torpedoes into the wash and observed a possible hit. Both boats were unharmed, and apparently misinterpreted the sounds of detonation as a crashing aircraft. The Germans claimed to have shot down the aircraft, but it in fact returned to base. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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