U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-43

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
10 Nov 1941Lorient16 Dec 1941Lorient37 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Wolfgang Lüth

Ltn. Helmut Münster

Oblt. Hans-Joachim Schwantke
ObStrm and 3WO

Theodor Petersen

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

We have daily positions for all 37 days on this patrol.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-43 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Steuben (14 Nov 1941 - 2 Dec 1941)

Ships hit by U-43 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
29 Nov 1941U-43Wolfgang Lüth Thornliebank5,569brOS-12A
30 Nov 1941U-43Wolfgang Lüth Ashby4,868brOS-12B
2 Dec 1941U-43Wolfgang Lüth Astral7,542amC

3 ships sunk (17,979 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.

General Events during this patrol


2 Dec 1941. In the North Atlantic, U-43 handed over a radio code book to U-575.

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Attacks on U-43 during this patrol

30 Nov 1941
After sinking two British merchantmen from convoy OS 12, the boat was driven under and depth charged for several hours, but managed to escape unharmed. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 409)

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