|Ordered||23 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||11 Mar 1940||Nordseewerke, Emden (werk 205)|
|Launched||14 Jun 1941|
|Commissioned||25 Aug 1941||Kptlt. Peter Erich Cremer (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||7 ships sunk, total tonnage 32,107 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 8,327 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 925 tons
Sunk 31 July, 1944 in the North Atlantic west of the Scilly Isles, in position 49.39N, 07.28W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Starling and the British frigate HMS Loch Killin. 45 dead (all hands lost).
U-333 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Ziethen (17 Jan 1942 - 22 Jan 1942)
Blücher (14 Aug 1942 - 18 Aug 1942)
Iltis (6 Sep 1942 - 23 Sep 1942)
Falke (28 Dec 1942 - 19 Jan 1943)
Landsknecht (19 Jan 1943 - 28 Jan 1943)
Dränger (14 Mar 1943 - 20 Mar 1943)
Seewolf (21 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
Schill (25 Oct 1943 - 16 Nov 1943)
Schill 1 (16 Nov 1943 - 19 Nov 1943)
Attacks on this boat
1 Jan 1942
The boat was attacked by an enemy aircraft, but was not damaged.
6 Oct 1942
The boat fought an epic battle with the British corvette HMS Crocus off the coast of Sierra Leone, west Africa on 6 Oct. 1942. The U-boat lost 3 men (including the IWO) and several men were wounded, including the commander, Peter Erich Cremer. The boat was heavily damaged and limped back to base with the help of a replacement WO, Kptlt. Lorenz Kasch, from U-107. The doctor from the milch cow boat U-459 tended the wounded. Cremer then spent 3 months in hospital. [Oberleutnant zur See Bernhard Hermann, Bootsmaat Heinz Kurze, Maschinenobergefreiter Erwin Levermann].
21 Oct 1942
The former U-570 (captured 27 Aug. 1941) on her first patrol in British service as HMS Graph, commanded by Lt Cdr Peter Marriot, fired a spread of torpedoes at the heavily damaged inbound U-333 north of Cape Ferrol, Spain. Alert lookouts spotted the tracks and U-333 took successful evasive action. It only became apparent after the war that this attack was by the former U-boat. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 69)
4 Mar 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British Wellington Mk.VIII MP505 (172 Sqdn RAF/B, pilot F/O G.D. Lundon)
21.31 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: the Wellington caught the lookouts unawares, but when the aircraft switched on the Leigh Light, it was brought down by flak and crashed in flames after passing over the boat, killing the crew of six. Two of the four depth charges dropped actually hit U-333, but one broke up without detonating and the other bounced off, causing only light damage.The same aircraft and crew had sunk U-268 on 19 Feb.(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
4 Nov 1943
While attacking a KMS convoy bound for Gibraltar U-333 surfaced in heavy fog and soon found the convoy but was driven under by a destroyer and heavily depth charged. Once again, she escaped. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 447)
18 Nov 1943
U-333 collided with an Allied escort for the third time in her career when attacking the combined convoys MKS-30 and SL139. The British frigate HMS Exe rammed the boat, breaking off the periscope, and then with other escorts (and an aircraft) depth charged the boat for eight hours, but once again U-333 escaped. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 459)
21 Mar 1944
The boat was spotted west of Tiree by Allied aircraft which in brought in the famous Support Group 2 (Cpt. Walker), which then hunted the boat aggressively. KL Cremer bottomed the boat at a depth of 131 feet for 10 hours and despite considerable problems "unsticking" from the muddy seabed, U-333 managed to surface and once again escaped. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 496)
10 Jun 1944
An Australian Sunderland (Sqdn 10, pilot H. A. McGregor) attacked the boat causing severe damage, but accurate flak repelled the aircraft. The boat was attacked again the next day. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 583)
11 Jun 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British Sunderland (Sqdn 228/U, pilot M. E. Slaughter)
U-boat damaged by attack. U-333 had already been damaged in an attack made by Australian Sunderland Y/10 the day before. THe boat was severely damaged and had to abort to La Pallice, France.(Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 583)
12 Jun 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British Sunderland (Sqdn 201/S)
This is a possible match. Either this plane or the 228/U one were shot down by this boat.
10 recorded attacks on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
6 Oct 1942
The boat fought an epic battle with the British corvette HMS Crocus on 6 Oct, 1942. The U-boat lost 3 men dead (including the IWO) and several men wounded, including the commander, Peter Erich Cremer. The boat was heavily damaged and limped back to base with help from a replacement WO, Kptlt. Lorenz Kasch, from the U-107. The doctor from the Milch Cow U-459 helped the wounded. Cremer then spent 3 months in a hospital.[Oberleutnant zur See Bernhard Hermann, Bootsmaat Heinz Kurze, Maschinenobergefreiter Erwin Levermann]
The heavily damaged U-333 returns to base
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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