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U BOATS SUNK IN SOUTH ATLANTIC - U BOATS SUNK IN ROYAL NAVY AREA

5)U 403



Ordered              23 Sep 1939


Laid down           20 May 1940      Danziger Werft AG, Danzig (werk 104)


Launched            26 Feb 1941  


Commissioned 25 Jun 1941        Oblt. Heinz-Ehlert Clausen


Commanders   

25 Jun 1941        -              15 Jun 1943                        Kptlt. Heinz-Ehlert Clausen

16 Jun 1943        -              18 Aug 1943                       Kptlt. Karl-Franz Heine


Career

8 patrols             

25 Jun 1941        -              31 Aug 1941         5. Flottille (training)

1 Sep 1941          -              30 Jun 1942          7. Flottille (active service)

1 Jul 1942            -              28 Feb 1943          11. Flottille (active service)

1 Mar 1943         -              18 Aug 1943         9. Flottille (active service)


Successes           2 ships sunk, total tonnage 12,946 GRT


Fate: Sunk on 18 August 1943 in the Atlantic south of Dakar, in position 13.42N, 17.36W, by depth charges from a French Wellington aircraft (344 Sqn RAF/HZ697). 49 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, June 1993).


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The above artistic rendition shows a Vickers Wellington which sank U-403


 

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