U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-263

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
27 Oct 1942Kiel29 Nov 1942La Pallice34 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Kurt Nölke

Ltn. Hans-Bruno Freiherr von Müffling

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-263

We have 32 daily positions for the 34 days U-263 was at sea.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-263 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Westwall (8 Nov 1942 - 24 Nov 1942)

Ships hit by U-263 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
20 Nov 1942U-263Kurt Nölke Grangepark5,132brKMS-3A
20 Nov 1942U-263Kurt Nölke Prins Harald7,244nwKMS-3B

2 ships sunk (12,376 tons).

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General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-263 during this patrol

20 Nov 1942
After an attack on two freighters convoy escorts dropped 119 depth charges on the boat. Serious damage forced U-263 to return to port. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 114.)

24 Nov 1942
Four days after being seriously damaged by convoy escorts while inbound to France, four depth charges from a British Hudson bomber (Sqdn 233, pilot Eric Smith) west of Gibraltar left U-263 seriously damaged and unable to dive. BdU gave the option of sailing for Spain, but the boat managed to reach France on 29 Nov, afterwards needing 13 months of repairs. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 114)

26 Nov 1942
The damaged inbound U-263 met an enemy submarine, which fired two torpedoes, but both missed their target.

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