U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-402

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
4 Sep 1943La Pallice13 Oct 1943Lost40 days


Officers *

KrvKpt. Siegfried Freiherr von Forstner

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-402

We have daily positions for all 40 days on this patrol.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-402 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Leuthen (15 Sep 1943 - 24 Sep 1943)
   Rossbach (24 Sep 1943 - 6 Oct 1943)

Ships hit by U-402 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-402 during this patrol

7 Sep 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British Wellington MP509 (RAF Sqdn 172/D, pilot F/O C.J. Payne)

23.03 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: after locating U-402 on radar British Wellington bomber MP791 (RAF Sqdn 172/Q, pilot F/O T. Armstrong) dropped six depth charges in a Leigh Light attack and then circled the boat after making a strafing run. At 23.13 hrs they observed another Wellington (Sqdn 172/D) making a Leigh Light attack and being shot down. Wellington Q-Queen was damaged when the port tyre burst on landing at Chivenor: unknown to the crew the undercarriage had been hit twice by flak. U-402 had hit both attackers and escaped undamaged.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

8 Sep 1943
06.18 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: investigating a radar contact, British Wellington bomber HF126 (RAF Sqdn 612/M, pilot F/O J.M. Bezer) flew over the boat and turned for a Leigh Light attack. The nose turret guns jammed and the aircraft received several AA hits just before releasing six depth charges. The Wellington had been hit in the nose, fuselage, tail, port engine and starboard wing, and the crew had to jettison all loose equipment, reaching Portreath on one engine 90 minutes later. U-402 was undamaged. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

1 Oct 1943
The boat was attacked by an American Ventura bomber (VB-128, US Navy). No damage.

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