Patrol info for U-375
|Departure||Arrival / Fate||Duration|
|27 Apr 1942||La Spezia||6 May 1942||La Spezia||10 days|
Kptlt. Jürgen Koenenkamp
Oblt. Helmut Lange
The boat was ordered to operate against enemy aircraft carriers that entered the Western Mediterranean from Gibraltar to launch fighter aircraft for Malta.
On 1 May, the starboard diesel engine of U-375 broke down but the boat nevertheless participated in the rescue operation for U-573, which was badly damaged during an air attack in the afternoon. No contact was made with the U-boat in distress during the night and the next morning she reached the port of Cartagena in neutral Spain under own power. However, the Allied forces still searching for the crippled U-boat located U-375 and U-74 during the afternoon on 2 May and sank the latter. U-375 managed to escape, but had to abort the patrol as the defective diesel engine could not be repaired at sea.
Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-375
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Attacks on U-375 during this patrol
2 May 1942
At 14.12 hrs, the boat was attacked by Catalina AJ162 (202 Sqn RAF/C, pilot Flt Lt R.Y. Powell) from Gibraltar about 55 miles east of Cartagena, Spain. A salvo of seven 250lb depth charges was dropped close to the swirl about 10 seconds after the U-boat dived. The flying boat reported the sighting and remained in the vicinity until HMS Wishart and HMS Wrestler arrived at the scene. U-375 was not damaged by the air attack, but the destroyers soon located and sank the nearby U-74. Both U-boats were in the area after an attempt to assist U-573, which had been crippled by an air attack the day before. At 22.30 hrs, HMS Wishart then located the submerged U-375 and dropped 13 depth charges in two attacks, but the U-boat managed to escape undamaged during the night.(Sources: ADM 199/1782, ADM 199/1783)
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