U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-43

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
6 Nov 1939Wilhelmshaven14 Dec 1939Wilhelmshaven39 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Wilhelm Ambrosius

Oblt. Paul-Karl Loeser

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-43

We have daily positions for all 39 days on this patrol.

Ships hit by U-43 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
16 Nov 1939U-43Wilhelm Ambrosius Arlington Court4,915brSL-7AA
22 Nov 1939U-43Wilhelm Ambrosius Arijon4,374fr14-BSB
25 Nov 1939U-43Wilhelm Ambrosius Uskmouth2,483brC

3 ships sunk (11,772 tons).

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General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-43 during this patrol

16 Nov 1939
After sinking the British merchantman Arlington Court from convoy SL 7, escorts depth-charged the boat for 20 hours, causing severe damage (U-41 was also hunted at the same time). (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 119)

22 Nov 1939
Following her successful attack on French convoy 14 BS, escorts dropped 23 depth charges on U-43. No damage. (Sources: Ritschel)

8 Dec 1939
The boat was attacked by an aircraft at 09.31 hrs, suffering severe damage. This was the third attack during this patrol. U-43 reached base at Wilhelmshaven 6 days later. (Sources: KTB)

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