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Patrol info for U-763

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
14 Dec 1943Kiel7 Feb 1944La Pallice56 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Ernst Cordes

Ltn. Kurt Braun

Ltn. Gernot Thiel

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-763

We have daily positions for all 56 days on this patrol.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-763 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   RĂ¼gen 3 (28 Dec 1943 - 31 Dec 1943)

Ships hit by U-763 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-763 during this patrol

4 Feb 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
0821hrs, Bay of Biscay, NNW of Cape Finisterre, inbound: British B-24 Liberator BZ795 (53 Sqn RAF/F, pilot Sgt T.A. Patey)

The aircraft was shot down with the loss of all seven aircrew. Depth charges that were dropped did no damage.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

5 Feb 1944
0135hrs, Bay of Biscay, NE of Cape Ferrol: the inbound boat was attacked by British B-24 Liberator BZ815 (53 Sqn RAF/D, pilot P/O L.L. Esler, RCAF). U-763's Naxos apparatus detected the aircraft radar, and accurate AA fire damaged its tail during the attack run. The depth charges missed, and Aphrodite decoys successfully diverted the aircraft from further attacks. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

5 Feb 1944
0215hrs, Bay of Biscay, NNE of Cape Ferrol: the inbound boat was attacked by British Wellington HF282 (172 Sqn RAF/M, pilot F/O C.S. Rowland). Both wings, the fuselage and the tail were hit by flak, and the aircraft was forced to return to base after its depth charges exploded astern of U-763 without effect. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

5 Feb 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British Halifax bomber (502 Sqn RAF/R, pilot F/O F.T. Culling-Mannix, RNZAF)

22.05 hrs, Bay of Biscay, west of Bordeaux, inbound: repeated AA hits were scored on the Halifax during its first attack run, and it crashed, killing the crew of eight.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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