U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-71

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
29 Sep 1941St. Nazaire31 Oct 1941St. Nazaire33 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Walter Flachsenberg

Oblt. Horst Sch√ľnemann

Oblt. Hans-Joachim Bertelsmann

Oblt. G√ľnther-Paul Grave

Karl-Hermann Bortfeldt

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-71

We have daily positions for all 33 days on this patrol.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-71 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Breslau (2 Oct 1941 - 29 Oct 1941)

Ships hit by U-71 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol


9 Oct 1941. Very crowded in the Atlantic today! By chance U-71 met U-204, U-83 and U-372 some 500 miles off Spain.

19 Oct 1941. The boat fired two torpedoes at a cruiser escorted by two destroyers in the North Atlantic, but without result.

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Attacks on U-71 during this patrol

26 Oct 1941
During battle against convoy HG 75, U-71 attacked an escort with a four-torpedo fan, which missed. The former target then depth charged the boat for seven hours, leaving U-71 so severely damaged that she was forced to return to base. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 393)

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* These are officers that later became commanders themselves.

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