U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-53

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
29 Aug 1939Wilhelmshaven30 Sep 1939Kiel33 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Ernst-Günter Heinicke

Oblt. Heinrich Schonder

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-53

We have 30 daily positions for the 33 days U-53 was at sea.

Ships hit by U-53 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
15 Sep 1939U-53Ernst-Günter Heinicke Cheyenne8,825brA
17 Sep 1939U-53Ernst-Günter Heinicke Kafiristan5,193brB

2 ships sunk (14,018 tons).

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General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-53 during this patrol

17 Sep 1939
Swordfish torpedo bombers from the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous fired on the boat and forced her to dive. Some gunners who were left topside perished. Later that day HMS Courageous was sunk by U-29. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 90)

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