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Patrol info for U-371

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
5 Jun 1941Kiel1 Jul 1941Brest27 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Heinrich Driver

Oblt. Kurt Petersen

Helmut Plohr

Karl-Otto Weber

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-371

We have daily positions for all 27 days on this patrol.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-371 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Kurf├╝rst (17 Jun 1941 - 20 Jun 1941)

Ships hit by U-371 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
12 Jun 1941U-371Heinrich Driver Silverpalm6,373brA
24 Jun 1941U-371Heinrich Driver Vigrid4,765nwHX-133B

2 ships sunk (11,138 tons).

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General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-371 during this patrol

30 Jun 1941
12.30 hrs, Bay of Biscay, inbound: Blenheim Z5959 (1404 Met Flt RAF/C, pilot FltLt D.F. Wykeham-Martin, RAFVR) surprised U-371 after being misidentified as a German Ju88 and dropped two 250lb A/S bombs and one 250lb GP bomb in a dive bomb attack from astern, the bombs detonating 30 yds (27m) off the starboard bow. After U-371 dived, another GP bomb was dropped off the port beam, which detonated over the bows, but she escaped unscathed. (Sources: KTB U-371/ADM 199-1781)

30 Jun 1941
17.05 hrs, Bay of Biscay, inbound: a Beaufort (RAF Sqdn 217/R) on A/S sweep (misidentified as a Sunderland) attempted to surprise U-371 with a dive bomb attack out of the sun, but the boat managed to dive in time and the two 250lb A/S bombs released detonated about 40ft (12m) ahead of the bows. The aircraft turned and dropped four depth charges ahead of the dive point, but U-371 had already dived below 40m (130ft) and escaped without damage. (Sources: KTB U-371/ADM 199-1781)

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