U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-338

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
23 Feb 1943Kiel24 Mar 1943St. Nazaire30 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Manfred Kinzel

Oblt. Herbert Zeissler

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-338

We have 26 daily positions for the 30 days U-338 was at sea.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-338 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Stürmer (11 Mar 1943 - 19 Mar 1943)

Ships hit by U-338 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
17 Mar 1943U-338Manfred Kinzel Alderamin7,886nlSC-122A
17 Mar 1943U-338Manfred Kinzel Kingsbury4,898brSC-122B
17 Mar 1943U-338Manfred Kinzel King Gruffydd5,072brSC-122C
17 Mar 1943U-338Manfred Kinzel Fort Cedar Lake (d.)7,134brSC-122D
17 Mar 1943U-338Manfred Kinzel Granville4,071paSC-122E

4 ships sunk (21,927 tons) and 1 ship damaged (7,134 tons).

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(d.) means the ship was damaged.

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-338 during this patrol

22 Mar 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British Halifax Mk.II BB314 (502 Sqn RAF/B, pilot P/O L.J. McCulloch)

0958hrs, outer Bay of Biscay, inbound: although the boat was surprised by the Halifax, accurate AA fire during the attack run meant the stick of bombs fell wide, and only one detonating near the bow caused some light damage. The Halifax was hit in the outer starboard engine and fuselage and was seen to crash into the sea some distance away. Flight engineer Sgt H.C. Taylor, RAAF was rescued by U-338 and taken prisoner, the sole survivor of the crew of eight airmen.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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