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Patrol info for U-231

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
26 Dec 1943La Pallice13 Jan 1944Lost19 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Wolfgang Wenzel

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-231

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Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-231 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Borkum (1 Jan 1944 - 3 Jan 1944)

Ships hit by U-231 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-231 during this patrol

13 Jan 1944
The sinking of U-231
22.55 hrs, approx. 750 miles NE of the Azores: the boat was attacked by British Wellington bomber HF168 (RAF Sqdn 172/L, pilot P/O W.N. Armstrong, RCAF), operating from the Azores, after it was directed to the area by a sighting report from aircraft from USS Block Island. The Wellington dropped three depth charges, but was itself hit by flak which wounded the tail gunner. U-231 then dived, but was found impossible to keep submerged, so the boat surfaced and the crew abandoned ship. The commander attempted suicide by shooting himself in the mouth, but the bullet lodged in the back of his neck without causing serious injury. Seven men were lost, and the commander and 42 survivors were picked up and taken prisoner the next day by USS Parrott and USS Bulmer, and later transferred to USS Block Island.

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