U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-96

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
27 Oct 1941St. Nazaire6 Dec 1941St. Nazaire41 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock

Oblt. Gerhard Groth

Ltn. Werner Herrmann

Alfred Radermacher
WO sea training

Hans-Heinrich Haß

Patrol description

The translated war diary of U-96 for this patrol is available on our partner website: uboatarchive.net

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-96

We have daily positions for all 41 days on this patrol.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-96 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Stosstrupp (30 Oct 1941 - 4 Nov 1941)
   Störtebecker (5 Nov 1941 - 19 Nov 1941)
   Benecke (19 Nov 1941 - 22 Nov 1941)

Ships hit by U-96 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
31 Oct 1941U-96Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock Bennekom5,998nlOS-10A

1 ship sunk (5,998 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.

General Events during this patrol


27 Nov 1941. U-96 rendezvoused with the German tanker and support ship Vessel at 22.03 hrs in the port of Vigo, NW Spain. The boat sailed again at 04.00 hrs.

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Attacks on U-96 during this patrol

31 Oct 1941
While attacking convoy OS 10 on the surface during a full moon, Lehmann-Willenbrock fired into the convoy at long range, sinking one ship. The British escort sloop HMS Lulworth gave chase, and after driving U-96 under with gunfire, dropped 27 depth charges. None fell close, and the boat evaded the attack and continued the patrol. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 394)

30 Nov 1941
While penetrating the Straits of Gibraltar, U-96 was attacked at 2235hrs by a British Swordfish aircraft. Suffering some damage, the boat dived, surfaced the next morning at 0445hrs, and proceeded to base in France. The much longer and more dramatic stay in the deep described by Buchheim in his novel Das Boot is one of the numerous occasions in this book where the author fictionalized the events he experienced during his time as war correspondent on U-96. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 401)

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