U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-561


DepartureArrival / FateDuration
2 Jul 1942Messina24 Jul 1942La Spezia23 days

Commander

Officers *


Kptlt. Robert Bartels
1WO

Oblt. Hans-J├╝rgen Reese

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-561


We have 21 daily positions for the 23 days U-561 was at sea.

Ships hit by U-561 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-561 during this patrol

15 Jul 1942
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British B-24 Liberator Mk.II AL566 (159 Sqdn RAF, pilot W/O W.S. Pottie)

22.07 hrs, ENE of Port Said, Egypt: After firing at the aircraft (misidentified as a Sunderland) with the 20mm flak guns as it approached, the Germans observed hits on the aircraft, which passed over the boat without dropping bombs. U-561 then dived, but was again attacked on surfacing at 23.15 hrs. Again scoring further hits with the flak guns, the Germans watched as the aircraft caught fire, jettisoned its bomb load and crashed into the sea. All seven aircrew died. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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Mine-laying operations during this patrol

U-561 laid mines on the following dates during this patrol:

DateStartEndGridLocationMines
9 Jul 194223h1402h13CP 8167Port Said, Egypt12 TMB + 8 TMC

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