U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-256

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
4 Oct 1943Brest17 Nov 1943Brest45 days


Officers *

Oblt. Wilhelm Brauel

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-256

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Ships hit by U-256 during this patrol

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Attacks on U-256 during this patrol

8 Oct 1943
03.34 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: British Wellington bomber HF190 (612 Sqn RAF/J, pilot P/O M.H. Paynter, RAAF) straddled U-256 with six depth charges in a Leigh Light attack. The boat dived and escaped unscathed. Despite flak damage to the starboard elevator and the tail turret, the Wellington reached base and landed safely. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

16 Nov 1943
02.08 hrs, Bay of Biscay, inbound: a Halifax Mk.II bomber (502 Sqn RAF/D, pilot F/O F.T. Culling-Mannix, RNZAF) approached the boat passing about 200m (656 ft) astern, and was hit by flak in the starboard wing tip and turned away. When the Halifax returned to the area the U-boat had dived. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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