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Patrol info for U-853

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
29 Apr 1944Bergen4 Jul 1944Lorient67 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Helmut Sommer

Oblt. Helmut Frömsdorf

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-853

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Ships hit by U-853 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-853 during this patrol

25 May 1944
Rockets were fired by two Swordfish torpedo bombers from the British MAC ships HMS Ancylus and HMS Empire MacKendrick escorting convoy ON 237. The boat fought off the attack with AA fire and escaped undamaged. All three aircraft were hit by flak, M3 from HMS Empire MacKendrick so badly that it was jettisoned on its return.

17 Jun 1944
Two F-4F Wildcat fighters from the US escort carrier USS Croatan made repeated strafing attacks on U-853 about 30 miles (48km) south of the carrier. The boat dived and escaped before the carrier's Avenger bombers arrived, but had to return to base due to the many casualties: two dead and twelve wounded [Bootsmann Kurt Schweichler, Maschinengefreiter Karl-Heinz Löffler].

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