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Patrol info for U-453

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
1 Apr 1943Pola5 May 1943Pola35 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Egon Reiner Freiherr von Schlippenbach

Ltn. Günter Stührmann

Ltn. Peter Gerlach

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-453

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Ships hit by U-453 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-453 during this patrol

24 Apr 1943

Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British Hudson bomber AM781 (RAF Sqdn 500/N, pilot W/O R. Obee)

00.12 hrs: the Hudson illuminated the boat with flares after obtaining a radar contact off Oran and then attacked. The aircraft was hit by flak during the initial strafing run, killing the pilot. No depth charges were released as the nose gunner struggled to save the aircraft (misidentified as a Hampden) from crashing. The navigator then flew the aircraft to base at Tafaraoui, where the surviving four aircrew bailed out and allowed it to crash because they were unable to land safely.
This aircraft was formerly credited with sinking U-602 in this action, but the actual target, U-453, far from being sunk, escaped unscathed.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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