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Patrol info for U-167

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
27 Feb 1943Lorient6 Apr 1943Lost39 days


Officers *

KrvKpt. Kurt Sturm

Ltn. Günter Zahnow

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-167

We have daily positions for all 39 days on this patrol.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-167 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Unverzagt (12 Mar 1943 - 19 Mar 1943)
   Seeräuber (25 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)

Ships hit by U-167 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
17 Mar 1943U-167Kurt Sturm Molly Pitcher (d.)7,200amUGS-6A
28 Mar 1943U-167Kurt Sturm Lagosian5,449brRS-3B

1 ship sunk (5,449 tons) and 1 ship damaged (7,200 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.

General Events during this patrol


6 Apr 1943. Air attacks by two British Hudson aircraft on 5 April 1943 left U-167 with severe damage and the 1WO, Lt. Zahnow, injured. Her commander, FregKapt. Sturm, decided to scuttle the boat in the bay of Las Burras, Gran Canaria. Local fishermen helped bring the crew ashore, where they were temporarily held on the German merchant ship Corrientes, which had been interned in the Canaries for several years. Amazing escape
A few days later the entire crew of 52 were taken aboard U-455, a Type VIIC boat (a VIIC crew typically numbered 48, so overcrowding must have been severe), for their return to service in France. Once at sea most of the U-167 men were transferred to U-154, U-159 and U-518, arriving in Lorient and St. Nazaire in late April. On 16 June 1943 Fregkpt. Sturm and his original crew from U-167 took command of the newly-commissioned U-547, beginning their first patrol in active service again on 1 January 1944.

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Attacks on U-167 during this patrol

We have no recorded attacks on U-167 duing this patrol (prior to its loss).

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* These are officers that later became commanders themselves.

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