The Type VIIC boat U-762 left Bergen on 26 September 1943 for its first war cruise, under the command of Kapitanleutnant Wolfgang Hille, to operate in the North Atlantic. On 8 October it was located 250 miles south-west of Iceland by Liberator G.R.Mk.111 (FK225) of No.120 Sqd., flown by Warrant Officer Bryan W. Turnbull (RNZAF) from Reykjavik. Turnbull attacked with one 500 lb and three 250 lb depth charges, as shown here, causing damage and casualties. The U-boat made for Brest, from where it left on 28 December 1943 for its second war cruise, under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Walter Pietschmann. It was depth-charged and sunk on 8 February 1944 by the sloops HMS Starling, Woodpecker and Wildgoose about 320 miles west of Land's End, with the loss of all fifty-one crew members. Ref: AIR 15/471

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