U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-421

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
19 Feb 1944Brest1 Apr 1944Toulon43 days


Officers *

Oblt. Hans Kolbus

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-421

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Ships hit by U-421 during this patrol

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Attacks on U-421 during this patrol

2 Mar 1944
03.09 hrs, off Cape St. Vincent, Portugal: a British Wellington Mk XIV bomber (RAF Sqdn 179, pilot S/L R.G. Knott) located U-421 on radar and attacked using the Leigh Light, but the nose turret guns jammed after 40 rounds. Flak then knocked out the starboard engine, causing the six depth charges to miss, and another AA hit in the bomb bay disabled the radar. The crew had to jettison all superfluous equipment, including the damaged radar, to keep flying on one engine, and reached base after three hours. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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