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Patrol info for U-563

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
20 Mar 1943Brest18 Apr 1943Brest30 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Götz von Hartmann

Ltn. Hans-Jürgen Schley

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

We have 29 daily positions for the 30 days U-563 was at sea.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-563 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Löwenherz (1 Apr 1943 - 10 Apr 1943)
   Lerche (10 Apr 1943 - 16 Apr 1943)

Ships hit by U-563 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
5 Apr 1943U-563Götz von Hartmann Sunoil (d.)9,005amHX-231A
12 Apr 1943U-563Götz von Hartmann Pacific Grove7,117brHX-232B
12 Apr 1943U-563Götz von Hartmann Fresno City (d.)7,261brHX-232C
12 Apr 1943U-563Götz von Hartmann Ulysses2,666nlHX-232D

2 ships sunk (9,783 tons) and 2 ships damaged (16,266 tons).

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(d.) means the ship was damaged.

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-563 during this patrol

22 Mar 1943
The boat was attacked by a Beaufighter aircraft in the North Atlantic and suffered slight damage.

7 Apr 1943
A British B-24 Liberator (86 Sqn RAF) dropped three depth charges which caused only minor damage, but two men were lost when the boat dived. [Oberbootsmaat Christian Wieland, Matrosengefreiter Rudolf Schädlich]

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