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Patrol info for U-156

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
20 Aug 1942Lorient16 Nov 1942Lorient89 days


Officers *

KrvKpt. Werner Hartenstein

Gert Mannesmann

Patrol description

The translated war diary of U-156 for this patrol is available on our partner website: uboatarchive.net

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

We have daily positions for all 89 days on this patrol.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-156 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Eisbär (25 Aug 1942 - 1 Sep 1942)

Ships hit by U-156 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
27 Aug 1942U-156Werner Hartenstein Clan Macwhirter5,941brSL-119A
12 Sep 1942U-156Werner Hartenstein Laconia19,695brB
19 Sep 1942U-156Werner Hartenstein Quebec City4,745brC

3 ships sunk (30,381 tons).

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General Events during this patrol


12 Sep 1942. On 12 September 1942 U-156 sank the British liner Laconia west of Africa in what has become known as the Laconia Incident.

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Attacks on U-156 during this patrol

16 Sep 1942
An American B-24 Liberator from Ascension Island piloted by James D. Harden discovered U-156 on the surface engaged in the rescue of over a thousand survivors from her sinking of HMS Laconia. U-156, having earlier radioed that she would not attack any ship assisting, displayed a large red cross in the hope that American forces would hold off attacking. Harden described the situation to his base and was ordered "Sink sub", after which he launched an attack which damaged the boat. U-156 radioed this information to BdU and sailed west to repair the damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 62.)

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