U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-156

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
19 Jan 1942Lorient17 Mar 1942Lorient58 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Werner Hartenstein

Oblt. Paul Just

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-156


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We have daily positions for all 58 days on this patrol.

Ships hit by U-156 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
16 Feb 1942U-156Werner Hartenstein Pedernales (d.)4,317br
16 Feb 1942U-156Werner Hartenstein Oranjestad2,396br
16 Feb 1942U-156Werner Hartenstein Arkansas (d.)6,452am
20 Feb 1942U-156Werner Hartenstein Delplata5,127am
25 Feb 1942U-156Werner Hartenstein La Carriere5,685br
27 Feb 1942U-156Werner Hartenstein Macgregor2,498br
28 Feb 1942U-156Werner Hartenstein Oregon7,017am

5 ships sunk (22,723 tons) and 2 ships damaged (10,769 tons).

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General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-156 during this patrol

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Men lost from U-boats

16 Feb 1942
U-156 began to shell the oil refinery at Aruba in the Caribbean, but the gun crew forgot to remove the water plug from the barrel, causing an explosion that killed one man [Matrosengefreiter Heinrich Büssinger]. The gunnery officer [II WO Leutnant zur See Dietrich von dem Borne, see right] lost his right leg in this incident, and so had to be put ashore into captivity at Martinique on 21 February. The commander decided to saw off the ruined portion of the gun barrel, and using this shorter barrel, on 27 February U-156 sank a 2,498-ton British steamer.

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