U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-593

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
1 Dec 1943Toulon13 Dec 1943Lost13 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Gerd Kelbling

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-593

We have daily positions for all 13 days on this patrol.

Ships hit by U-593 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
12 Dec 1943U-593Gerd Kelbling HMS Tynedale (L 96)1,000brKMS-34A
12 Dec 1943U-593Gerd Kelbling HMS Holcombe (L 56)1,087brKMS-34B

2 ships sunk (2,087 tons).

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General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-593 during this patrol

13 Dec 1943
00.30 hrs, Mediterranean, NE of Bougie, Algeria: the boat was attacked by Wellington aircraft MP816 (36 Sqn RAF/B, pilot F/O C.F. Parker) during the Swamp operation that followed the sinking of HMS Tynedale and HMS Holcombe by U-593 on 12 December. The aircraft approached the U-boat after radar contact but the Leigh Light failed and it was hit in the port wing and tailplane by very accurate AA fire. The tail gunner fired 600 rounds at U-593 and a sighting report was made that led to her sinking by the US destroyer USS Wainwright and the British escort destroyer HMS Calpe. The damaged Wellington landed safely at Bone. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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