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Chief among these was the T-5 acoustic torpedowith which it was planned the convoy escorts could be attacked and eliminated, leaving the merchant ships defenceless. By September these were ready, and U-boat Control Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote, BdU dispatched a patrol group of 21 boats, code-named Leuthento renew the attack on the North Atlantic route. Ships involved[ edit ] In September BdU had established the patrol line Leuthen of 21 U-boats south of Greenland ; these were to intercept west-bound convoys as they were about to enter the Greenland Air Gapwhere Allied aircraft were reckoned to be unable to operate due to the extreme range. Leuthen was to harry any convoy it encountered while crossing the gap, before breaking off to repeat the onslaught with the east-bound convoys.
U was attacked and destroyed, this being credited to Keppel, Evans' flagship. The escorts counter-attacked, but U escaped, though Escapade was damaged by a misfire from her Hedgehog. Conclusion[ edit ] Believing the new tactics and weapons to be a great success, BdU continued the offensive. U was damaged by depth-charge attack and was forced to retire; U was ordered to rendezvous, but was thwarted by air attacks.
The losses, while serious, were no more grievous than during the battles of late and early U hit St Croix, which sank with the loss of 66 of her crew.
U was damaged by air attack, but was able to continue. U attacked, claiming hits, but these were not confirmed; she was attacked and damaged by aircraft and retired.
U attacked, but had no hits confirmed and was herself damaged by a depth-charge attack. U attacked, but again no hits were confirmed, she also was attacked by an unidentified escort and forced to retire. On 23 September the convoys reached the Grand Banks area, where fog hindered visibility both of the air patrols and the attacking Leuthen boats. The Admiralty were also encouraged by kamlops result.
Chief among these was the T-5 acoustic torpedowith which it was planned the convoy escorts could be attacked and eliminated, leaving the merchant ships defenceless. Poor visibility, fuel shortages, and fatigue now beset both U-boats and escorts, but BdU, believing the attack to have been a great success, ordered Leuthen to break off the attack. Leuthen was kammloops, with 12 boats forming a escrt patrol line, Rossbached by 9 boats from home bases to attack the next set of east-bound convoys.
U hit Polyanthus, which exploded and sank, leaving 1 survivor.
U torpedoed Itchen; she sank, leaving just 3 survivors from her own crew and those of Polyanthus and St Croix she was carrying. Thus they were confident the escorts would be able to meet the challenge of the U-boat Arm's new weapons and tactics. ON had left Liverpool on 15 September, composed of 38 ships and escorted by Canadian escort group C-2, comprising 2 destroyers, Gatineau commanded by Lt.
Claims by the various boat amounted to 12 escorts and 9 ships sunk, and a further 2 ships damaged Actual losses were 3 escorts and 6 ships, with another damaged, while 3 U-boats were destroyed with a further 3 damaged and forced to return to base. Leuthen was to harry any convoy it encountered while crossing the gap, before breaking off kmloops repeat the onslaught with the east-bound convoys.
Altogether the 65 ships were escorted by 19 warships, to face an attack from 21 U-boats. The Leuthen boats closed in during 19 September, but 2 were attacked by air patrols, which, since the introduction of a of Very Long Range VLR Liberators during the summer, had been extended into the Air Esfort. By September these were ready, kamloop U-boat Control Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote, BdU dispatched a patrol group of 21 boats, code-named Leuthento renew the attack on the North Atlantic route.
oamloops U was attacked by a Liberator of Sqdn RAF which was credited with the kill; however post-war analysis showed that U was only damaged by this, though was later engaged and sunk by the corvette Drumheller of C 2 group. Ships involved[ edit ] In September BdU had established the patrol line Leuthen of 21 U-boats south of Greenland ; these were to intercept west-bound convoys as they were about to enter kamlpops Greenland Air Gapwhere Allied aircraft were reckoned to be unable to operate due to the extreme range.
Kwmloops Lagan and Escapade were forced to detach, returning to base under escort. Action[ edit ] On 19 September ONS 18 was sighted by U; after sending a sighting report she was authorized to attack. She fell out of the convoy, and was sunk later in the day by U He, and 81 men from St Croix, were picked up by Itchen.
Closing in U fired a T-5 acoustic torpedo at Lagan, damaging her stern, the first case of an Allied warship to be damaged by the new weapon. U was able to penetrate the escort screen and sank 3 ships; Skjelbred, Oregon Express, and Fort Jemseg.