U333's four year
war-time career was extremely eventful. Operating as part of the 3rd
U-boat flotilla out of La Pallice she sank 8 ships - the majority of them
claimed by the famous Peter "Ali" Cremer (later commander of
Doenitz's body guard unit).
Cremer gave the
boat her '3 little fishes' emblem (after a popular American tune of the
time) - they are just visible in this painting He also has the
remarkable distinction of accidentally ramming 3 enemy ships and surviving
the events. Eventually he was seriously wounded and finally left the boat
in June 1944.
departure, Hans Fiedler took command for 2 patrols with no success. He and
his 45 crew were killed in action 31 July 1944 by HMS Loch Killin &
100 prints of this image have been produced.
Each one signed & numbered by the artist.