U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-43

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
13 May 1940Wilhelmshaven22 Jul 1940Wilhelmshaven71 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Wilhelm Ambrosius

Oblt. Paul-Karl Loeser

Ltn. Erwin Witte

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

We have 70 daily positions for the 71 days U-43 was at sea.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-43 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Rösing (12 Jun 1940 - 15 Jun 1940)

Ships hit by U-43 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
21 Jun 1940U-43Wilhelm Ambrosius Yarraville8,627br65-XA
30 Jun 1940U-43Wilhelm Ambrosius Avelona Star13,376brSL-36B
9 Jul 1940U-43Wilhelm Ambrosius Aylesbury3,944brC
17 Jul 1940U-43Wilhelm Ambrosius Fellside3,509brOA-184D

4 ships sunk (29,456 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.

General Events during this patrol


18 Jun 1940. U-43 refuelled from the German supply ship Bessel at Vigo, Spain.

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Attacks on U-43 during this patrol

28 May 1940
SW of Lands End, Cornwall: The boat missed the British steam merchant Alca with a torpedo and then opened fire with the deck gun. The steamer returned fire, but neither side scored any hits and the boat soon broke off the attack. (Sources: Ritschel)

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