U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-453

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
12 Jan 1944Pola9 Feb 1944Salamis29 days


Officers *

Oblt. Dierk Lührs

Ltn. Günter Stührmann

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

We have daily positions for all 29 days on this patrol.

Ships hit by U-453 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
1 Feb 1944U-453Dierk Lührs Agia Paraskevi80grA
1 Feb 1944U-453Dierk Lührs Salem81lbB
1 Feb 1944U-453Dierk Lührs Himli67lbC
2 Feb 1944U-453Dierk Lührs Yahiya64syD

4 ships sunk (292 tons).

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-453 during this patrol

4 Feb 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
South African Ventura 565 (SAAF Sqdn 17/Y, pilot Lt A. de Jong)

19.44 hrs, S of Cyprus: the Ventura (misidentified as a Mosquito) made a first attack using the Leigh Light, then dropped four bombs in a second attack, but the port engine caught fire after being hit by flak and the aircraft was seen by the Germans to crash into the sea about 1000m away, killing all four aircrew. The bombs landed off the port side, causing no damage. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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