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U-266

On 14 April 1943 the Type VIIC boat U-266 left St Nazaire for a second war cruise under the command of Kapitanleutnant Ralf von Jessen, and sank three more merchant vessels in the North Atlantic. On 15 May 1943 it was spotted north of the Azores by Halifax G.R.Mk.II (HR746) of No.58 Sqd, flown by Wing Commander Wilfred E. Oulton, from St. Eval, Cornwall, on an escort to convoy SC129. Oulton came out of the sun and dropped four depth charges which exploded under the U-boat, as shown here The bows of U-266 rose up out of the sea vertically before it went down with the loss of all forty-seven crew members. Ref: AIR 15/471

U-266
Bigbird, Oct 24, 2011
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