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Patrol info for U-156

Date lookup for 16 Sep 1942

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
20 Aug 1942Lorient16 Nov 1942Lorient89 days


Officers *

KrvKpt. Werner Hartenstein

Gert Mannesmann

Patrol description

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U-156's position on 16 Sep 1942

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-156 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Eisbär (25 Aug 1942 - 1 Sep 1942)

Ships hit by U-156 on this date

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-156 during this patrol

16 Sep 1942
An American B-24 Liberator from Ascension Island piloted by James D. Harden discovered U-156 on the surface engaged in the rescue of over a thousand survivors from her sinking of HMS Laconia. U-156, having earlier radioed that she would not attack any ship assisting, displayed a large red cross in the hope that American forces would hold off attacking. Harden described the situation to his base and was ordered "Sink sub", after which he launched an attack which damaged the boat. U-156 radioed this information to BdU and sailed west to repair the damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 62.)

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