U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-48

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
17 Mar 1941St. Nazaire8 Apr 1941St. Nazaire23 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Herbert Schultze

Oblt. Peter Schrewe

Oblt. Siegfried Atzinger
Supernumerary WO

Oblt. Johannes Liebe

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-48

We have daily positions for all 23 days on this patrol.

Ships hit by U-48 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
29 Mar 1941U-48Herbert Schultze Hylton5,197brHX-115A
29 Mar 1941U-48Herbert Schultze Germanic5,352brHX-115B
29 Mar 1941U-48Herbert Schultze Limbourg2,483beHX-115C
2 Apr 1941U-48Herbert Schultze Beaverdale9,957brD

4 ships sunk (22,989 tons).

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General Events during this patrol


2 Apr 1941. On 2 April, 1941 U-48 was badly damaged by an explosion on the sinking ship Beaverdale and was forced to return to base.

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Attacks on U-48 during this patrol

22 Mar 1941
The boat was depth charged by British destroyers and suffered slight damage.

29 Mar 1941
The boat was fired on by several merchant ships while attacking the unescorted convoy HX 115 south of Iceland, moving through the columns at night on the surface, and at least one of the freighters, the British steam merchant Oakworth made an attempt to ram her. However, U-48 was undamaged and even managed to escape without being attacked when the escorts eventually arrived in the morning.

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