U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-73

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
4 Aug 1942La Spezia5 Sep 1942La Spezia33 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Helmut Rosenbaum

Ltn. Detlev Fritz

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-73

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

Ships hit by U-73 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
11 Aug 1942U-73Helmut Rosenbaum HMS Eagle (94)22,600brWS-21SA

1 ship sunk (22,600 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.

General Events during this patrol


11 Aug 1942. U-73 sank the British aircraft carrier HMS Eagle in position 38.05N, 03.02E.
Radiogram sent by U-73 on 11 Aug, 1942:
Geleit - 15 Zerstörer und Geleitboote, 2 Kreuzer, 9 bis 10 Frachter, 1 Flugzeugträger, 1 Schlachtschiff wahrscheinlich. Fächerschuß auf Flugzeugträger. Vier Treffer aus 500 Meter Entfernung. Starke Sinkgeräusche.
- Alles klar! -
(Convoy - 15 destroyers and escort ships, 2 cruisers, 9 to 10 freighters, one aircraft carrier, probably one battleship. Fan shot at aircraft carrier. 4 hits from 500m distance. Loud sinking noises.
- Everything ok -

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Attacks on U-73 during this patrol

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