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Patrol info for U-563

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
4 Oct 1941Brest1 Nov 1941Brest29 days


Officers *

Oblt. Klaus Heinrich Bargsten

Oblt. Klaus Petersen

Ltn. G√ľnther Ruppelt

Ltn. Walter-Ernst Koch

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-563

We have daily positions for all 29 days on this patrol.

Ships hit by U-563 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
24 Oct 1941U-563Klaus Heinrich Bargsten HMS Cossack (G 03)1,870brHG-75A

1 ship sunk (1,870 tons).

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General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-563 during this patrol

5 Oct 1941
10.30 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: Blenheim Z7406 (1404 MetFlt RAF/A, pilot P/O Jack Coleman) made a dive bomb attack, but had to circle to lose height and by mistake only dropped one instead of both 250lb A/S bombs on the diving U-563, causing no damage. The Blenheim then proceeded to patrol ahead of the original course of U-563, but instead came across U-565. (Sources: KTB U-563/ADM 199-1782)

25 Oct 1941
While preparing to attack convoy HG 75 the boat was attacked by one of the escorts, the British corvette HMS Heliotrope (K 03). The boat was driven under but not damaged by the depth charges dropped by the corvette.

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