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Patrol info for U-159

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
14 May 1942Lorient13 Jul 1942Lorient61 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Helmut Friedrich Witte

Oblt. Gerd von Pommer-Esche

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-159

We have daily positions for all 61 days on this patrol.

Ships hit by U-159 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
21 May 1942U-159Helmut Friedrich Witte New Brunswick6,529brOS-28A
21 May 1942U-159Helmut Friedrich Witte Montenol2,646brOS-28B
2 Jun 1942U-159Helmut Friedrich Witte Illinois5,447amC
5 Jun 1942U-159Helmut Friedrich Witte Paracury (d.)265bzD
5 Jun 1942U-159Helmut Friedrich Witte Sally150hoE
7 Jun 1942U-159Helmut Friedrich Witte Edith3,382amF
11 Jun 1942U-159Helmut Friedrich Witte Fort Good Hope7,130brG
13 Jun 1942U-159Helmut Friedrich Witte Sixaola4,693amH
13 Jun 1942U-159Helmut Friedrich Witte Solon Turman6,762amI
18 Jun 1942U-159Helmut Friedrich Witte Flora1,417nlJ
19 Jun 1942U-159Helmut Friedrich Witte Ante Matkovic2,710yuK
22 Jun 1942U-159Helmut Friedrich Witte E.J. Sadler9,639amL

11 ships sunk (50,505 tons) and 1 ship damaged (265 tons).

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(d.) means the ship was damaged.

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-159 during this patrol

13 Jul 1942
01.02 hrs, Bay of Biscay: a British Leigh Light Wellington (172 Sqn RAF) dropped three A/S bombs. The bombs fell close on the port side and caused severe damage, leaving the boat unable to dive. U-159 nonetheless managed to reach Lorient approx. 12 hours later. (Sources: Ritschel)

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