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Patrol info for U-506

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
28 Jul 1942Lorient7 Nov 1942Lorient103 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Erich Würdemann

Oblt. Friedrich Wittenberg

Oblt. Fritz Schneewind

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-506


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We have daily positions for all 103 days on this patrol.

Ships hit by U-506 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
21 Aug 1942U-506Erich Würdemann City of Wellington5,733br
23 Aug 1942U-506Erich Würdemann Hamla4,416br
5 Sep 1942U-506Erich Würdemann Myrmidon6,278br
13 Sep 1942U-506Erich Würdemann Lima3,764sw
30 Sep 1942U-506Erich Würdemann Siam II6,637br

5 ships sunk (26,828 tons).

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General Events during this patrol


15 Sep 1942. U-506 (together with U-156 and U-507 and the Italian submarine Cappellini) took part in the rescue operations after the sinking of SS Laconia in September 1942 off Africa. About 1,500 men were saved by these boats and by French ships from Dakar (which arrived on 16 Sept, four days after the sinking).

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Attacks on U-506 during this patrol

17 Sep 1942
An American B-24 Liberator piloted by James D. Harden attacked U-506 - carrying 151 survivors from the Laconia, 142 of whom were on deck - but the boat dived and escaped unharmed. Harden had also attacked U-156 the day before. These attacks resulted in Dönitz's Laconia Order. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 64.)

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