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Patrol info for U-459

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
20 Apr 1943Bordeaux3 Jun 1943Bordeaux45 days


Officers *

KrvKpt. Georg von Wilamowitz-Möllendorf

Bruno Studt

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-459

We have 44 daily positions for the 45 days U-459 was at sea.

Ships hit by U-459 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-459 during this patrol

30 May 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British Whitley Z9440 (10 OTU RAF/N, pilot Sgt L.O. Slade)

12.00 hrs, NW of Finisterre, inbound: the Whitley (misidentified as a Lancaster) made two attack runs dropping four bombs on each run, but without result. It was hit by flak during the second attack, and later had to ditch because of engine trouble. The six crew were rescued by a Spanish trawler.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

30 May 1943
12.22 hrs, NW of Finisterre, inbound: a British B-24 Liberator (224 Sqn RAF/G, pilot F/L M.J. Elworthy) attacked the boat 22 minutes after it had shot down another aircraft. Ten depth charges were dropped during three runs, with the aircraft suffering flak damage in the process. The boat escaped unharmed. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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