U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-172

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
21 Feb 1943Lorient17 Apr 1943Lorient56 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Carl Emmermann

Ltn. Hermann Hoffmann

Oblt. Klaus Hackländer

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-172

We have daily positions for all 56 days on this patrol.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-172 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Unverzagt (12 Mar 1943 - 17 Mar 1943)
   Seeräuber (25 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)

Ships hit by U-172 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
4 Mar 1943U-172Carl Emmermann City of Pretoria8,049brA
6 Mar 1943U-172Carl Emmermann Thorstrand3,041nwB
13 Mar 1943U-172Carl Emmermann Keystone5,565amUGS-6C
16 Mar 1943U-172Carl Emmermann Benjamin Harrison7,191amUGS-6D
29 Mar 1943U-172Carl Emmermann Moanda4,621beRS-3E

5 ships sunk (28,467 tons).

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General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-172 during this patrol

28 Mar 1943
In an attack by Wolfpack Seeräuber (Pirate) on the small convoy RS 3, three ships were sunk and 3 U-boats (of 8) seriously damaged, one of which was U-172. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 204)

7 Apr 1943
The boat was attacked by two B-24 Liberator bombers (USAAF Sqdn 1) which dropped 12 depth charges. U-172 stayed on the surface and fought it out without being damaged. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 204)

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