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Patrol info for U-652

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
23 Aug 1941Trondheim18 Sep 1941Lorient27 days


Officers *

Oblt. Georg-Werner Fraatz

Oblt. Gerhard Remus

Karl-Heinz Laudahn
WO sea training

Gerhard Ady
WO sea training

Hellmut Rehren
WO sea training

Fridtjof Heckel

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-652

We have 28 daily positions for the 27 days U-652 was at sea.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-652 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Markgraf (27 Aug 1941 - 16 Sep 1941)

Ships hit by U-652 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
26 Aug 1941U-652Georg-Werner Fraatz HMS Southern Prince (M 47) (d.)10,917brA
10 Sep 1941U-652Georg-Werner Fraatz Tahchee (d.)6,508brSC-42B
10 Sep 1941U-652Georg-Werner Fraatz Baron Pentland (d.)3,410brSC-42C

3 ships damaged (20,835 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.

General Events during this patrol

We have no events listed for this patrol.

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Attacks on U-652 during this patrol

4 Sep 1941
On 4 September 1941 a British bomber signalled the American destroyer USS Greer that a U-boat was in the vicinity. Greer picked up a sonar contact at close range and started to track the boat. The aircraft dropped four depth charges and then left the scene. Shortly afterwards U-652 fired a torpedo at the US warship, perhaps believing she was responsible. Greer then went on the attack, and a two hour battle followed, during which she dropped 19 depth charges and the U-boat fired another torpedo - no damage to either side. President Roosevelt used this event in his campaign to convince the US to go to war against Germany, and the "undeclared war" between U-boats and US escorts escalated dramatically from this point.

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