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Patrol info for U-372

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
9 Jul 1941Trondheim13 Aug 1941Brest36 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Heinz-Joachim Neumann

Oblt. Günther Rosenberg
WO sea training

Günther Keller

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-372

We have daily positions for all 36 days on this patrol.

Ships hit by U-372 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
5 Aug 1941U-372Heinz-Joachim Neumann Belgravian3,136brSL-81A
5 Aug 1941U-372Heinz-Joachim Neumann Swiftpool5,205brSL-81B

2 ships sunk (8,341 tons).

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General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-372 during this patrol

5 Aug 1941
After sinking two ships from the heavily escorted convoy SL 81 the boat was attacked in turn by its third intended victim, the British freighter Volturo, which also brought in the escort corvette HMS Zinnia, which fired on U-372 and made to ram her. The boat managed to dive, and escaped unscathed. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 333)

12 Aug 1941
08.55 hrs, Bay of Biscay, inbound: Blenheim Z5959 (1404 Met Flt RAF/C, pilot Flt Lt D.F. Wykeham-Martin, RAFVR) attempted to surprise U-372 by carrying out a dive bomb attack from cloud cover, but she evaded by turning towards the attacker and then immediately crash-diving. A first 250lb A/S bomb detonated about 35 yards off the port bow and a second was dropped shortly after the U-boat submerged. Although the boat was not damaged, it seems there were some difficulties diving, as the aircrew observed her stern remain visible above water until it disappeared in an oily patch left by a large air bubble. (Sources: KTB U-372/ADM 199-1781)

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