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Patrol info for U-615

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
12 Jun 1943La Pallice7 Aug 1943Lost57 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Ralph Kapitzky

Patrol description

The translated war diary of U-615 for this patrol is available on our partner website: uboatarchive.net

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-615

We have 52 daily positions for the 57 days U-615 was at sea.

Ships hit by U-615 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
28 Jul 1943U-615Ralph Kapitzky Rosalia3,177nlA

1 ship sunk (3,177 tons).

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General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-615 during this patrol

14 Jun 1943
2112hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: while proceeding in company with U-257 and U-600, U-615 was strafed by a British Wellington aircraft (547 Sqn RAF/H, pilot P/O J.W. Hermiston). One of the deck crew operating a gun was killed. [Bootsmaat Heinz Wilke] (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman/Rohwer)

29 Jul 1943
The beginning of one of the most dogged hunts of any U-boat during the war. First to attack the boat was a US B-18 bomber on this day. For the next week the boat fought its way across the Caribbean Sea through multiple air attacks, shooting down one Mariner flying boat and damaging others. The boat was finally overwhelmed and sunk eight days later. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 363)

6 Aug 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
American Mariner flying boat (VP-205 USN/P-4)

U-615 was finally lost after a massive and prolonged air action against her in the Caribbean. The boat had fought for days against overwhelming odds before finally being sunk.

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