U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-648

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
3 Apr 1943Kiel19 May 1943Brest47 days


Officers *

Oblt. (R) Peter-Arthur Stahl

Ltn. Gerhard Nolte

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-648

We have 46 daily positions for the 47 days U-648 was at sea.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-648 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Meise (25 Apr 1943 - 27 Apr 1943)
   Star (27 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
   Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)

Ships hit by U-648 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol


5 May 1943. On 5 May, 1943 U-648 had to return to base to due severe technical difficulties.

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Attacks on U-648 during this patrol

16 May 1943
1140hrs, Bay of Biscay, inbound: a British Whitley bomber (10 OTU RAF/E) dropped four depth charges on the boat. No damage. (Sources: Franks/Rohwer)

16 May 1943
1455hrs, Bay of Biscay, inbound: British Liberator FL948 (224 Sqn RAF/M, pilot F/S J.S. Powell) was hit by flak when making a first attack run, and the six depth charges dropped undershot. While it was turning to make a second attack, U-648 dived, and the remaining four depth charges were dropped into the wake without damaging the boat. The Liberator reached base despite the flak damage. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

17 May 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British Whitley Z9438 (10 OTU RAF/J, pilot Sgt J.H. Casstles)

1424hrs, Bay of Biscay, inbound: The Whitley was shot down after dropping four depth charges, none of which caused any damage. The crew of six were all killed.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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