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Patrol info for U-642

Date lookup for 9 Jul 1943

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
4 May 1943St. Nazaire17 Jul 1943St. Nazaire75 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Herbert BrĂ¼nning

Ltn. Hans-Erich Kummetz

Ltn. Erwin Jestel

U-642's position on 9 Jul 1943

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-642 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Oder (17 May 1943 - 19 May 1943)
   Mosel (19 May 1943 - 24 May 1943)
   Trutz (1 Jun 1943 - 16 Jun 1943)
   Trutz 1 (16 Jun 1943 - 29 Jun 1943)
   Geier 3 (30 Jun 1943 - 15 Jul 1943)

Ships hit by U-642 on this date

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Attacks on U-642 during this patrol

9 Jul 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British Catalina flying boat FP155 (210 Sqn RAF/F, pilot F/L D.M. Ryan)

1340hrs, 250 miles west of Lisbon, inbound: the port side of the aircraft was hit by flak during the attack run, damaging the wing, engine and a fuel tank and wounding the bow gunner. Due to this damage, only the three depth charges on the starboard side were dropped, but did not damage U-642, which crash-dived, and thus failed to observe the burning Catalina ditch shortly afterwards. Two aircrew died in the crash and another died the next day from a heart attack. Seven survivors were rescued four days later by HMS Swale and taken to Casablanca.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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