U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-71

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
27 Mar 1943St. Nazaire1 May 1943Königsberg36 days


Officers *

Oblt. Hardo Rodler von Roithberg

Ltn. Karl-Hermann Bortfeldt

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

We have 34 daily positions for the 36 days U-71 was at sea.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-71 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Adler (7 Apr 1943 - 13 Apr 1943)
   Meise (13 Apr 1943 - 17 Apr 1943)

Ships hit by U-71 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol


17 Apr 1943. On 17 April 1943 U-631 collided with U-71 in mid Atlantic south of Greenland. Both boats were damaged, and U-71 had to return to base.

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Attacks on U-71 during this patrol

12 Apr 1943
06.25 hrs, mid Atlantic, south of Greenland: while shadowing convoy ON 176, U-71 was forced to dive by gunfire from a destroyer. The destroyer dropped 38 depth charges, which caused only minor damage, but the boat had to remain submerged for about six hours and lost contact with the convoy. (Sources: Ritschel)

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