U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-69

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
5 May 1941Lorient8 Jul 1941St. Nazaire65 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Jost Metzler

Oblt. Hans-J├╝rgen Auffermann

Hans-Botho Bade

Patrol description

The translated war diary of U-69 for this patrol is available on our partner website: uboatarchive.net

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-69

We have daily positions for all 65 days on this patrol.

Ships hit by U-69 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
21 May 1941U-69Jost Metzler Robin Moor4,999amA
21 May 1941U-69Jost Metzler Tewkesbury4,601brB
31 May 1941U-69Jost Metzler Sangara (t.)5,445brC
4 Jun 1941U-69Jost Metzler Robert Hughes [Mine]2,879brD
27 Jun 1941U-69Jost Metzler Empire Ability7,603brSL-78E
27 Jun 1941U-69Jost Metzler River Lugar5,423brSL-78F
3 Jul 1941U-69Jost Metzler Robert L. Holt2,918brOB-337G

7 ships sunk (33,868 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.
(t.) means the ship was a total loss (included in ships & tonnage lost).
[Mine] indicates the vessel was hit by a mine laid by said U-boat.

General Events during this patrol


21 May 1941. U-69 gave provisions to the survivors after stopping and sinking the neutral US merchant ship Robin Moor.

30 Jun 1941. The German tanker Corientes supplied U-69 with fuel and provisions at a meeting in mid-Atlantic, and the ship's doctor treated some of her crew.

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Attacks on U-69 during this patrol

27 Jun 1941
After sinking two ships from convoy SL 78 U-69 was briefly fired on by escorts in the confusion following the attack. She escaped unharmed. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 302)

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Mine-laying operations during this patrol

U-69 laid mines on the following dates during this patrol:

27 May 194101h4802h19EV 7311Takoradi, West Africa4 TMC
29 May 194100h0600h43EV 6566Lagos8 TMC

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* These are officers that later became commanders themselves.

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