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Patrol info for U-255

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
19 Jul 1943Narvik19 Sep 1943Narvik63 days


Officers *

Oblt. (R) Erich Harms

Ltn. Dieter Hengen

Ltn. Horst Selle

Hermann Schulz

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-255

We have 61 daily positions for the 63 days U-255 was at sea.

Ships hit by U-255 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
27 Jul 1943U-255Erich Harms Akademik Shokalskij411sjA

1 ship sunk (411 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.

General Events during this patrol


1 Aug 1943. U-255 set up a radio station near Spoyj Navolok on Novaya Zemlya.

12 Sep 1943. U-255 rescued the crew of the Blohm & Voss BV138C-1 WNr 0311034 (1./SAGr 130, BC+TH) in the Barents Sea about 100 miles south of Franz Josef Land at 2010hrs. The U-boat had set up a refueling station on Novaya Zemlya and co-operated with several BV138 flying boats during Operation Wunderland II (planned attack of the German heavy cruiser L├╝tzow on the Siberian sea route). It left the anchorage after one of the flying boats became lost due to a compass error and was forced to land at sea when the fuel ran out at 1730hrs on 11 September. The drifting flying boat was found by U-307 (Herrle) at 1600hrs on 12 September and taken in tow until being relieved at 2010hrs by U-255, which eventually took off the crew and scuttled the BV138 in worsening weather at 1550hrs on 13 September.

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Attacks on U-255 during this patrol

We have no recorded attacks on U-255 duing this patrol.

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* These are officers that later became commanders themselves.

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