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Patrol info for U-255

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
26 Feb 1944Bergen11 Apr 1944St. Nazaire46 days


Officers *

Oblt. (R) Erich Harms

Ltn. Hans-Eckart Augustin

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

We have daily positions for all 46 days on this patrol.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-255 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Preussen (9 Mar 1944 - 22 Mar 1944)

Ships hit by U-255 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
9 Mar 1944U-255Erich Harms USS Leopold (DE 319)1,200amCU-16A

1 ship sunk (1,200 tons).

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General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-255 during this patrol

9 Mar 1944
The boat located a big tanker convoy, CU 16, and went in to attack. She was herself attacked by surface escorts, but managed to sink the USS Leopold. U-255 escaped after being hunted for three hours. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 503)

11 Mar 1944
Two men were wounded in an aircraft attack. After a failed attempt to meet U-608, which had a doctor on board, the men's wounds were treated and the boat continued on patrol.

27 Mar 1944
Unidentified aircraft attacked the boat off Gibraltar as she attempted to enter the Mediterranean, forcing her return to France. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 508)

11 Apr 1944
After being attacked by aircraft off Gibraltar on 27 March the inbound U-255 was caught on the surface with her escort by 15 British Mosquito aircraft. These were in turn attacked by German Ju-88 aircraft. The boat reached St. Nazaire with minor damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 508)

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