Patrol info for U-453
|Departure||Arrival / Fate||Duration|
|31 Jul 1943||Pola||14 Aug 1943||Pola||15 days|
Kptlt. Egon Reiner Freiherr von Schlippenbach
Ltn. Günter Stührmann
Ltn. Peter Gerlach
Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-453
We have daily positions for all 15 days on this patrol.
Departure from Pola on 31 Jul 1943.
1 Aug 1943 - 2 Aug 1943 - 3 Aug 1943 - 4 Aug 1943 - 5 Aug 1943 - 6 Aug 1943 - 7 Aug 1943 - 8 Aug 1943 - 9 Aug 1943 - 10 Aug 1943 - 11 Aug 1943 - 12 Aug 1943 - 13 Aug 1943 -
Arrival at Pola on 14 Aug 1943.
Ships hit by U-453 during this patrol
General Events during this patrol
2 Aug 1943. U-453 encountered nine US airmen in two rubber dinghies in the Mediterranean Sea about 50 miles south-west of Corfu at 0810hrs. They were from the B-24D-95-CO Liberator 42-40780 (67th BS/44th BG USAAF, pilot 1stLt Fred H. Jones) which had been forced to ditch on 1 August while returning damaged by AA fire and fighters from the Ploesti raid. The U-boat went alongside to identify them, but could not take the men aboard as it was en route to operate against the Allied invasion fleet off Sicily. However, the commander was sorry not being able to help and sent a radio message with their position. They were rescued by an Italian ASR aircraft during the afternoon.
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Attacks on U-453 during this patrol
We have no recorded attacks on U-453 duing this patrol.
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* These are officers that later became commanders themselves.