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pikke 03-27-22 05:09 AM

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Originally Posted by pikke (Post 2800196)
May 9, 1940 AF58

1502 The Sun, at last! Difference between dead reckoning and actual position 12 km. Wind 5 sea 5.


May 10, 1940 AF58

0202 Sound contact! At last! WSW of us, possibly on a ESE course, quite faint. Let's move to intercept.

0300 Heavy clouds on the horizon. Not another storm! We did not manage to spot our quarry so far. Will dive to sweep the area with sonar.

0334 Storm is upon us. Heavy rain visible straight ahead. Our quarry just vanished right under that mess. It's some kind of small coastal vessel, likely a small trawler or a fishing boat. Not worth it. We are not lucky.

0358 Waves grew quickly and visibility...disappeared. We will dive to check our surroundings with sonar.


May 11, 1940 AF58

0644 Still nothing to report but bad weather. Will now slowly make our way toward Bergen area.

1145 Engine room reports clutch growing hot. Diving to check.

1434 Cooling sistem water filter plugged by sand and vegetal debris. We will stay submerged and check them all.

1720 All filters checked and cleaned. On the surface now. Everything seems to be working properly now.


May 12, 1940 AF58

0022 Sound contact! True bearing 253°, very faint and moving away. Let's take a closer look.

0204 Contact lost. Storm prevented us to spot anything. Perhaps she changed course? Let's try sniffing around...

0412 New sound contact NW of our current position. Very weak, possibly on a western course. U48 resumes the hunt.

0558 Dived again. Target sounds much closer now. This storm is really hampering our efforts. Forces us to dive often to use sonar to keep track of our target. Let's move.

0703 Seems like we managed to catch up to our quarry, or at least we are very close. Heavy rain is making it impossible to spot anything through our periscope, but we should be almost level with our target. I think our best chance is to dash ahead, dive again and close is using sonar.

0739 Plan worked out just fine. We managed to get ahead of her and she is coming straight for us. Now comes the tricky part: spotting her through this mess...

0744 Lights in the mist! Is it a neutral? She is slowly becoming more than a ghost...masts and cranes...funnel slightly astern...medium cargo? Yes, Swedish medium cargo. Spent hours hunting her and she turns out to be a neutral ship. Let's break contact before I do something stupid and sink her.

Kapitän 03-27-22 06:28 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Pre-War Patrol Preparations
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2800602)
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Tuesday, 24 March 1942 - Lorient

The British House of Commons begins a two-day debate on the conduct of the war in Germany; bombing of German cities is to be a focal point.

18 RAF Boston light bombers attack targets in northern France, targeting power stations, rail marshaling yards, and other targets of military importance.

German bombers attack Malta, damaging British destroyer HMS Legion with near misses.

Japanese Navy aircraft begin daily bombings of Corregidor in the Philippine Islands.

Admiral Chester Nimitz is appointed the Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Theater.


Wednesday, 25 March 1942 - Lorient

254 RAF Bomber Command aircraft (192 Wellington, 26 Stirling, 20 Manchester, 9 Hampden, and 7 Lancaster aircraft) attack Krupp iron works and factories at Essen, Germany; 5 civilians are killed, 11 are wounded. The British lose 5 Manchester, 3 Wellington, and 1 Hampden aircraft.

The main Japanese offensive against Taungoo, Burma begins at 0800 hours, striking northern, western, and southern sides of the city nearly simultaneously. Fierce house-to-house fighting will continue through the night.


Thursday, 26 March 1942 - Lorient

3 British destroyers and 16 smaller vessels depart Falmouth, England, United Kingdom with commandos aboard at 1400 hours for the drydock at Saint-Nazaire, France.

French politician Pierre Laval warns Chief of State Philippe Pétain that it is important to cooperate with the Germans to avoid Berlin from appointing a Nazi Party Gauleiter for Vichy France.

Winston Churchill tells politicians of the rival Conservative Party 'It now seems very likely that we and our allies cannot lose this war, except through our own fault'.

British bombers (104 Wellington and 11 Stirling) attack Essen, Germany, destroying two homes and killing six civilians; 11 bombers are lost in this attack. During this night and into the first hours of the next day, Major Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weißenfeld of the Night Fighter Wing, shoots down four British bombers in his Me110, increasing his victories to 21.

British destroyer HMS Legion (G 74), already damaged from an air raid two days prior, is hit again and brakes in two at her moorings at Valetta Grand Harbour, Malta; both halves of the ship are re-floated but declared a loss and are towed out of the harbour to deep water and scuttled; 11 are killed in this attack. The 5,415-ton British motor vessel Pampas is hit by multiple bombs in the air raid and sinks at her moorings. The empty freighter Talabot is sunk as well. British submarine HMS P39 sitting alongside a jetty in Grand Harbour when German aircraft launch the attack; the submarine is seriously damaged and while she does not sink, due to the efforts of the crew, it is decided that she is too badly damaged to be worth repairing; she is towed to Kalkara and beached.

Admiral Sir James Somerville, who had commanded the force that had sunk the Bismark in the previous year, takes commanded of the British Eastern Fleet, hoisting his flag in the battleship HMS Warspite at Trincomalee, Ceylon.

Japanese aircraft bomb Corregidor, Philippine Islands, knocking out power for freezers containing 24,000 pounds of carabao meat.


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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Friday, 27 March 1942 - 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Taking boat out of dry dock and putting on charging station.

During the shipyard time, the Sonar Decoy BOLD-1 or “Submarine Bubble Target” (SBT), was installed (250 Honor Points and 1 day).

Crew changes and Training during the shipyard time:
The XO, Ob.Ltnt.z.S. Rainer SCHEUFLER, received additional Deck Gun Training and the II.W.O., Ltnt.z.S. Jakob APPELT, received additional Torpedo Training. The No.3, Coxswain Karl-Heinz ISDEPSKI, was transferred to another boat, and was replaced by the newly assigned Coxswain Werner KIRCHHOFF.

The German naval staff is requesting the Japanese to conduct raids against Allied shipping in the Indian Ocean.

Colonel/Dr. Ing. h. c. Walter Dornberger of the V1/V2 Weapons Testing Program, proposes production plans and the building of a rocket launching site somewhere on the coast of the English Channel.

Major General Sir Vernon Kell passes away. Until sacked by Winston Churchill in 1940, Kell had been the head of the British Secret Service (MI5) for thirty years.

British aircraft carriers HMS Argus and HMS Eagle depart Gibraltar with battleship HMS Malaya and other warships in escort to deliver 16 Spitfire fighters to Malta.

1400 - Inbound St.Nazaire U 593 (Kelbing) reports 3 English destroyers and 10 MTBs in BF 5468 on westerly course at 0720. It is probable that this formation was returning from a mine-laying expedition off the French-Biscay coast. Six destroyers are ordered from St.Nazaire to sea on a search mission.

Commencing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 03-28-22 05:20 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Raid on Saint Nazaire !!!
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2800712)
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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Friday, 27 March 1942 - 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Taking boat out of dry dock and putting on charging station.

During the shipyard time, the Sonar Decoy BOLD-1 or “Submarine Bubble Target” (SBT), was installed (250 Honor Points and 1 day).

Crew changes and Training during the shipyard time:
The XO, Ob.Ltnt.z.S. Rainer SCHEUFLER, received additional Deck Gun Training and the II.W.O., Ltnt.z.S. Jakob APPELT, received additional Torpedo Training. The No.3, Coxswain Karl-Heinz ISDEPSKI, was transferred to another boat, and was replaced by the newly assigned Coxswain Werner KIRCHHOFF.

The German naval staff is requesting the Japanese to conduct raids against Allied shipping in the Indian Ocean.

Colonel/Dr. Ing. h. c. Walter Dornberger of the V1/V2 Weapons Testing Program, proposes production plans and the building of a rocket launching site somewhere on the coast of the English Channel.

Major General Sir Vernon Kell passes away. Until sacked by Winston Churchill in 1940, Kell had been the head of the British Secret Service (MI5) for thirty years.

British aircraft carriers HMS Argus and HMS Eagle depart Gibraltar with battleship HMS Malaya and other warships in escort to deliver 16 Spitfire fighters to Malta.

1400 - Inbound St.Nazaire U 593 (Kelbing) reports 3 English destroyers and 10 MTBs in BF 5468 on westerly course at 0720. It is probable that this formation was returning from a mine-laying expedition off the French-Biscay coast. Six destroyers are ordered from St.Nazaire to sea on a search mission.

Commencing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Saturday, 28 March 1942 - 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Taking on of Fuel Oil (240cbm) and Lubricating Oil.

0250 - St. Nazaire reports by telephone landing operations by 20 enemy cruisers and destroyers.

0254 - St. Nazaire lay under heavy gun fire, under impression enemy was about to carry out still larger operations with heavy units.

0331 - B.d.U.-F.T. to all boats east of 29° West: Make for St. Nazaire with all speed, enemy landing in progress.

B.d.U. Orders addressed for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th and 10th submarine flotillas:
Proceed according to instructions given in B.d.U.'s Most Secret 1035 of 14 March 1942: Flotillas state readiness. Boats ready for departure to put to sea immediately for battle in coastal waters; take measures to prevent boats falling into enemy hands, if necessary sink them. Remove secret document or arrange for their destruction as the case may be.

7th Submarine Flotilla reports soldiers of the 7th and 10th Submarine Flotillas on way from La Baule to La Rochebernard with all secret documents belonging to all boats in the flotilla. Town in enemy hands. Fighting in the harbor. A destroyer has been rammed into the lock gate of the Normandie-Drydock. Is ordered to get through to the submarine pens and organize a defense.

0930 - After U 109, 130, 654, 85 and 582 immediately received orders to continue westward passage, this order is extended to all outward bound boats, after conference with Group West.

From reports received in due course, it becomes apparent it is only a raid carried out by light forces and is codenamed Operation "Chariot". Our own air reconnaissance was due to fly at dawn. Only single light units were sighted. So far as can be assessed, no damage was done to the working of the 7th and 10th submarine flotillas. No losses, no boats damaged.

Details of areas endangered by mines, are captured from the destroyer rammed into the Normandie-Drydock.

1200 - The destroyer rammed and scuttled in the Normandie-Drydock lock gate explodes, while a party of 40 senior German officers and civilians are on a tour of the destroyer (Campbeltown), and are all killed. In total, the explosion kills about 360 men.

The explosion will put the only dry dock big enough to hold KM Tirpitz, out of commission for the remainder of the war.

Tragically, it must have been this very task force, that U-Kelbing reported yesterday.

Of the 612 men of the Royal Navy and commandos who took part in the raid, only 228 men will return to England. Five commandos will escape via neutral Spain and Gibraltar with the help of French citizens and will take a ship to England; 169 men are killed (105 RN and 64 commandos) and another 215 become prisoners of war (106 RN and 109 commandos). They are first taken to La Baule and then sent to Stalag 133 at Rennes. The fallen British raiders are buried at the La Baule-Escoublac cemetery, with military honours.

This attack on St. Nazaire underlines the necessity of removing the B.d.U. control station to a less dangerous position. Certainly, the control station has been safeguarded in the same way as a base for some time, with barbed wire, light weapons and attached (local defense) company, but in spite of this, it would not have been equal to a raid carried out with similar strength as that on St. Nazaire. The removal to Paris will be hastened accordingly.

Continuing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 03-29-22 06:43 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Continuing Pre-War Patrol Preparations
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2800825)
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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Saturday, 28 March 1942 - 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Taking on of Fuel Oil (240cbm) and Lubricating Oil.

0250 - St. Nazaire reports by telephone landing operations by 20 enemy cruisers and destroyers.

0254 - St. Nazaire lay under heavy gun fire, under impression enemy was about to carry out still larger operations with heavy units.

0331 - B.d.U.-F.T. to all boats east of 29° West: Make for St. Nazaire with all speed, enemy landing in progress.

B.d.U. Orders addressed for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th and 10th submarine flotillas:
Proceed according to instructions given in B.d.U.'s Most Secret 1035 of 14 March 1942: Flotillas state readiness. Boats ready for departure to put to sea immediately for battle in coastal waters; take measures to prevent boats falling into enemy hands, if necessary sink them. Remove secret document or arrange for their destruction as the case may be.

7th Submarine Flotilla reports soldiers of the 7th and 10th Submarine Flotillas on way from La Baule to La Rochebernard with all secret documents belonging to all boats in the flotilla. Town in enemy hands. Fighting in the harbor. A destroyer has been rammed into the lock gate of the Normandie-Drydock. Is ordered to get through to the submarine pens and organize a defense.

0930 - After U 109, 130, 654, 85 and 582 immediately received orders to continue westward passage, this order is extended to all outward bound boats, after conference with Group West.

From reports received in due course, it becomes apparent it is only a raid carried out by light forces and is codenamed Operation "Chariot". Our own air reconnaissance was due to fly at dawn. Only single light units were sighted. So far as can be assessed, no damage was done to the working of the 7th and 10th submarine flotillas. No losses, no boats damaged.

Details of areas endangered by mines, are captured from the destroyer rammed into the Normandie-Drydock.

1200 - The destroyer rammed and scuttled in the Normandie-Drydock lock gate explodes, while a party of 40 senior German officers and civilians are on a tour of the destroyer (Campbeltown), and are all killed. In total, the explosion kills about 360 men.

The explosion will put the only dry dock big enough to hold KM Tirpitz, out of commission for the remainder of the war.

Tragically, it must have been this very task force, that U-Kelbing reported yesterday.

Of the 612 men of the Royal Navy and commandos who took part in the raid, only 228 men will return to England. Five commandos will escape via neutral Spain and Gibraltar with the help of French citizens and will take a ship to England; 169 men are killed (105 RN and 64 commandos) and another 215 become prisoners of war (106 RN and 109 commandos). They are first taken to La Baule and then sent to Stalag 133 at Rennes. The fallen British raiders are buried at the La Baule-Escoublac cemetery, with military honours.

This attack on St. Nazaire underlines the necessity of removing the B.d.U. control station to a less dangerous position. Certainly, the control station has been safeguarded in the same way as a base for some time, with barbed wire, light weapons and attached (local defense) company, but in spite of this, it would not have been equal to a raid carried out with similar strength as that on St. Nazaire. The removal to Paris will be hastened accordingly.

Continuing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Sunday, 29 March 1942 - 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

- Palm Sunday -

Trimming trials and test cruise at Lorient roadstead.

Boats receive details of areas endangered by mines, according to captured material taken from the English destroyer (HMS Campbeltown) in St. Nazaire, before exploding in the Normandie-Drydock:
Area 1:
Between
47° N - 5° 30' W, Qu.BF5463
47° 30' N - 5° 30' W, Qu.BF5196
47° 40' N - 7° 20' W, Qu.BF4392
48° 20' N - 7° 20' W, Qu.BF1998
Area 2:
Between
48° N - 9° W, Qu.BF4229
49° N - 10° W, Qu.BF1736

In the Artic Ocean, our destroyer Z26 sinks Panamanian ship Bateau of Allied convoy PQ-13 in the Barents Sea shortly after 0000 hours. At 0943 hours, British cruiser HMS Trinidad spots Z26 along with Z24 and Z25, hitting Z26 with gunfire; at 1024 hours, HMS Trinidad is hit by a own torpedo that she fired and circled around, killing 31. At 1032 hours, British destroyer HMS Eclipse continues the attack, hitting Z26 with 6 more shells; at 1120 hours, Z24 and Z25 coordinate an attack on HMS Eclipse, hitting her with two shells, killing 23. Shortly after, Z26 sinks from the heavy damage. 243 of those aboard Z26 are killed, 96 survived; 88 of the survivors are picked up by Z24 and Z25, while German submarine U-376 picks up the remaining 8. HMS Trinidad is given temporary repairs in Murmansk, Russia and will sail for home on 13 May 1942.

Back home, between 2318 hours on the previous day until about 0300 hours on this day, 234 RAF bombers attack Lübeck, Germany, killing 320, injuring 784, and destroying 30% of the city. The Lübeck Cathedral, among other buildings, are destroyed in the city's historical center. The new "GEE" navigation systems are used by the British bombers on this attack. 12 bombers are shot down by our anti-aircraft defenses, and a GEE system is captured by us.

Continuing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 03-30-22 05:26 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Aftermath of the Raid on Saint Nazaire
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2801037)
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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Sunday, 29 March 1942 - 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

- Palm Sunday -

Trimming trials and test cruise at Lorient roadstead.

Boats receive details of areas endangered by mines, according to captured material taken from the English destroyer (HMS Campbeltown) in St. Nazaire, before exploding in the Normandie-Drydock:
Area 1:
Between
47° N - 5° 30' W, Qu.BF5463
47° 30' N - 5° 30' W, Qu.BF5196
47° 40' N - 7° 20' W, Qu.BF4392
48° 20' N - 7° 20' W, Qu.BF1998
Area 2:
Between
48° N - 9° W, Qu.BF4229
49° N - 10° W, Qu.BF1736

In the Artic Ocean, our destroyer Z26 sinks Panamanian ship Bateau of Allied convoy PQ-13 in the Barents Sea shortly after 0000 hours. At 0943 hours, British cruiser HMS Trinidad spots Z26 along with Z24 and Z25, hitting Z26 with gunfire; at 1024 hours, HMS Trinidad is hit by a own torpedo that she fired and circled around, killing 31. At 1032 hours, British destroyer HMS Eclipse continues the attack, hitting Z26 with 6 more shells; at 1120 hours, Z24 and Z25 coordinate an attack on HMS Eclipse, hitting her with two shells, killing 23. Shortly after, Z26 sinks from the heavy damage. 243 of those aboard Z26 are killed, 96 survived; 88 of the survivors are picked up by Z24 and Z25, while German submarine U-376 picks up the remaining 8. HMS Trinidad is given temporary repairs in Murmansk, Russia and will sail for home on 13 May 1942.

Back home, between 2318 hours on the previous day until about 0300 hours on this day, 234 RAF bombers attack Lübeck, Germany, killing 320, injuring 784, and destroying 30% of the city. The Lübeck Cathedral, among other buildings, are destroyed in the city's historical center. The new "GEE" navigation systems are used by the British bombers on this attack. 12 bombers are shot down by our anti-aircraft defenses, and a GEE system is captured by us.

Continuing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Monday, 30 March 1942 - 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Testing of Navigational and Radio Equipment.

1000 - Paris takes over Op.-Control. Commanding Officer will arrive in Paris in the evening after visiting St. Nazaire. The transfer took place quickly and without a hitch, it could not even have been noticed by the boats at sea. B.d.U.'s control F.T. station remains in Kernevel. The delay in radio messages caused by teleprinter transmission runs at about 10 minutes, and will be reduced as soon as the order transmission system has been worked in.

1630 - St. Nazaire: The torpedoes from MTB 74, which were on a delayed fuse setting, explode at the old entrance into the basin. This is raising alarms among 7th and 10th Flotilla. As the Organisation Todt workers, that were assigned to clean up the debris and wreckage the day after the explosion of HMS Campelton, run away from the dock area, our guards, mistaking their khaki uniforms for British uniforms, open fire, killing some of them. It is also thought, that some commandos are still hiding in the town. During a street by street search, some townspeople are also killed.

Continuing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 03-31-22 05:03 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Continuing Pre-War Patrol Preparations
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2801149)
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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Monday, 30 March 1942 - 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Testing of Navigational and Radio Equipment.

1000 - Paris takes over Op.-Control. Commanding Officer will arrive in Paris in the evening after visiting St. Nazaire. The transfer took place quickly and without a hitch, it could not even have been noticed by the boats at sea. B.d.U.'s control F.T. station remains in Kernevel. The delay in radio messages caused by teleprinter transmission runs at about 10 minutes, and will be reduced as soon as the order transmission system has been worked in.

1630 - St. Nazaire: The torpedoes from MTB 74, which were on a delayed fuse setting, explode at the old entrance into the basin. This is raising alarms among 7th and 10th Flotilla. As the Organisation Todt workers, that were assigned to clean up the debris and wreckage the day after the explosion of HMS Campelton, run away from the dock area, our guards, mistaking their khaki uniforms for British uniforms, open fire, killing some of them. It is also thought, that some commandos are still hiding in the town. During a street by street search, some townspeople are also killed.

Continuing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Tuesday, 31 March 1942- 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Taking on of Provisions, Ammunitions and Torpedoes.

Ari and A/A ammunition:
- SK-C/32, 10.5cm: 150 x SpG; 30 x LkG
- 2 x M.G.-2cm-C/30: 8000 x PbG (1 x M.G.-2cm-C/30 instead of 1 x 3.7cm-SK-C/30U

Taking on of torpedoes:
- Tubes I-VI: G7e, K-b
- Bow above floor plates: 2 x G7e, K-b
- Bow under floor plates: 2x G7e, K-b & 2 x G7a, K-a
- Aft under floor plate: 2 x G7a, K-a
- Upper deck containers: 8 x G7a, K-a
All with fuse Pi-G7H (only AZ / Pi-1 without MZ)

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Unhappy with the progress of the interior ministry, Hitler reassigns the task of providing housing to those displaced by Allied bombing to propaganda chief Goebbels.

Italian submarine Tazzoli arrives at Bordeaux, France.

Surviving ships of Allied convoy PQ-13 begin to arrive at Murmansk, Russia, after several attacks by German destroyers, submarines, and aircraft.

Ten Norwegian freighters and tankers, interned by the Swedish at Gothenburg, attempt to break out for Britain. Two of them, transport Lind and tanker B. P. Newton, will make the escape. Six of the remaining eight ships are sunk by mines, German aircraft, and German warships, while the final two are forced to return to Gothenburg.

Continuing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


pikke 03-31-22 08:18 AM

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Originally Posted by pikke (Post 2800701)
May 12, 1940 AF58

0022 Sound contact! True bearing 253°, very faint and moving away. Let's take a closer look.

0204 Contact lost. Storm prevented us to spot anything. Perhaps she changed course? Let's try sniffing around...

0412 New sound contact NW of our current position. Very weak, possibly on a western course. U48 resumes the hunt.

0558 Dived again. Target sounds much closer now. This storm is really hampering our efforts. Forces us to dive often to use sonar to keep track of our target. Let's move.

0703 Seems like we managed to catch up to our quarry, or at least we are very close. Heavy rain is making it impossible to spot anything through our periscope, but we should be almost level with our target. I think our best chance is to dash ahead, dive again and close is using sonar.

0739 Plan worked out just fine. We managed to get ahead of her and she is coming straight for us. Now comes the tricky part: spotting her through this mess...

0744 Lights in the mist! Is it a neutral? She is slowly becoming more than a ghost...masts and cranes...funnel slightly astern...medium cargo? Yes, Swedish medium cargo. Spent hours hunting her and she turns out to be a neutral ship. Let's break contact before I do something stupid and sink her.

May 13, 1940
0622 Rain is still with us. We are soaked to the bone. Visibility very poor. At least wind dropped to 7 m/s and waves are not so terrible. Crew morale is very low. Will keep going on the surface till midday. We will then dive, have lunch and the perform maintenance on our batteries. No contacts to report.

May 14, 1940 AF78
1222 So the sun still exists...taken sun shot for navigational fix...38km off the mark, 224°T. Wind down to 2 m/s, very flat sea. We will stay on the surface for a while. I'll have each member of the crew spend some time in the Sun. Good for health and morale. Shall pay attention to our surrounding, though. We are now much closer to Scotland.

2204 Ship spotted! Bearing 204, long range. That looks like a destroyer...she is sailing away at a quick pace. She seems to be heading SE. Let's slow down and change course to NW.

2218 She is gone. 15 knots. She was in a hurry. I'm not complaining. Resuming plotted course, ahead one third.

May 15, 1940 AF77

1022 Nothing to report but for the fact that we had more than 24 hours of good weather. Light breeze from SW, almost no clouds. Fuel is slightly more than 70%, provisions still good.

1838 We have a sound contact! Very faint, bearing 112, closing. Time to hunt!

1912 Aircraft spotted! Bearing 122, long range! Where?...there! Quite far away but closing...ahead flank! Dive!

1922 No attack came our way. I therefore assume they did not spot us. Meier affirms it had two engines but could not be sure about the model. Our quarry is still coming our way. Will surface in a while.

2012 Ship spotted straight ahead, small steamer sailing ENE, still quite far away. Visibility is good, we will dive in a short while and close in submerged.

2028 I believe her to be a Coastal freighter. Light gray hull and structure, black masts. Speed 8 knots. We are maneuvering to get into attack position. If she has no weapons we may use our deck gun.

2041 British flag, crates and boxes visible on her deck. Time to surface and engage her. All men ready! Surface the boat!

2045 She just blew up! After the first few hits she was already engulfed in flames and being rocked by secondary explosions. Suddenly stopped than she went Bang! There are survivors in the water but I'm not going any closer until she sinks.

2058 Hull still burning, small explosions keep bursting, debris flowing everywhere. I'm not staying here any longer. Time to flee the area. A succes, at last!
Ship sunk! SS Aeneas (Coastal Freighter), 1869 tons. Cargo: Explosives. Crew: 31. Crew lost: 12

SonarmaatU212 04-01-22 05:21 AM

New career:
SHIII with Living Silent Hunter 2022, 84% realismus
Just reached Wilhelmshafen after third patrol. Went into Scapa Flow (just as message told me) and sunk 74k tons on this patrol.
No damage, no crew injured - just as everybody wants it.

Kapitän 04-01-22 08:06 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Pre-War Patrol Preparations
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2801293)
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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Tuesday, 31 March 1942- 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Taking on of Provisions, Ammunitions and Torpedoes.

Ari and A/A ammunition:
- SK-C/32, 10.5cm: 150 x SpG; 30 x LkG
- 2 x M.G.-2cm-C/30: 8000 x PbG (1 x M.G.-2cm-C/30 instead of 1 x 3.7cm-SK-C/30U

Taking on of torpedoes:
- Tubes I-VI: G7e, K-b
- Bow above floor plates: 2 x G7e, K-b
- Bow under floor plates: 2x G7e, K-b & 2 x G7a, K-a
- Aft under floor plate: 2 x G7a, K-a
- Upper deck containers: 8 x G7a, K-a
All with fuse Pi-G7H (only AZ / Pi-1 without MZ)

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Unhappy with the progress of the interior ministry, Hitler reassigns the task of providing housing to those displaced by Allied bombing to propaganda chief Goebbels.

Italian submarine Tazzoli arrives at Bordeaux, France.

Surviving ships of Allied convoy PQ-13 begin to arrive at Murmansk, Russia, after several attacks by German destroyers, submarines, and aircraft.

Ten Norwegian freighters and tankers, interned by the Swedish at Gothenburg, attempt to break out for Britain. Two of them, transport Lind and tanker B. P. Newton, will make the escape. Six of the remaining eight ships are sunk by mines, German aircraft, and German warships, while the final two are forced to return to Gothenburg.

Continuing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Wednesday, 1 April 1942- 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Taking on of Provisions, Ammunitions and Torpedoes.

Ari and A/A ammunition:
- SK-C/32, 10.5cm: 150 x SpG; 30 x LkG
- 2 x M.G.-2cm-C/30: 8000 x PbG (1 x M.G.-2cm-C/30 instead of 1 x 3.7cm-SK-C/30U

Taking on of torpedoes:
- Tubes I-VI: G7e, K-b
- Bow above floor plates: 2 x G7e, K-b
- Bow under floor plates: 2x G7e, K-b & 2 x G7a, K-a
- Aft under floor plate: 2 x G7a, K-a
- Upper deck containers: 8 x G7a, K-a
All with fuse Pi-G7H (only AZ / Pi-1 without MZ)

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Luftwaffe Ace, Hans-Joachim Marseille, is promoted to the rank of Oberleutnant.

Chief of the Department of Naval Operations at the Navy High Command, Kurt Fricke, is promoted to the rank of Admiral.

General George Marshall and Major General Dwight Eisenhower, present to President Franklin Roosevelt, a plan for an immediate assault across the English Channel into Nazi-occupied France with ten divisions of British and Canadian troops; and for "Operation Bolero", which will see the immediate preparation of 30 divisions, of which six are to be armoured, and complimentary air-power for movement across the Atlantic Ocean within the period of a year.

Continuing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 04-02-22 05:34 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Pre-War Patrol Preparations
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2801479)
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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Wednesday, 1 April 1942- 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Taking on of Provisions, Ammunitions and Torpedoes.

Ari and A/A ammunition:
- SK-C/32, 10.5cm: 150 x SpG; 30 x LkG
- 2 x M.G.-2cm-C/30: 8000 x PbG (1 x M.G.-2cm-C/30 instead of 1 x 3.7cm-SK-C/30U)

Taking on of torpedoes:
- Tubes I-VI: G7e, K-b
- Bow above floor plates: 2 x G7e, K-b
- Bow under floor plates: 2x G7e, K-b & 2 x G7a, K-a
- Aft under floor plate: 2 x G7a, K-a
- Upper deck containers: 8 x G7a, K-a
All with fuse Pi-G7H (only AZ / Pi-1 without MZ)

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Luftwaffe Ace, Hans-Joachim Marseille, is promoted to the rank of Oberleutnant.

Chief of the Department of Naval Operations at the Navy High Command, Kurt Fricke, is promoted to the rank of Admiral.

General George Marshall and Major General Dwight Eisenhower, present to President Franklin Roosevelt, a plan for an immediate assault across the English Channel into Nazi-occupied France with ten divisions of British and Canadian troops; and for "Operation Bolero", which will see the immediate preparation of 30 divisions, of which six are to be armoured, and complimentary air-power for movement across the Atlantic Ocean within the period of a year.

Continuing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Thursday, 2 April 1942- 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Taking on of Provisions, Ammunitions and Torpedoes.

Ari and A/A ammunition:
- SK-C/32, 10.5cm: 150 x SpG; 30 x LkG
- 2 x M.G.-2cm-C/30: 8000 x PbG (1 x M.G.-2cm-C/30 instead of 1 x 3.7cm-SK-C/30U)

Taking on of torpedoes:
- Tubes I-VI: G7e, K-b
- Bow above floor plates: 2 x G7e, K-b
- Bow under floor plates: 2x G7e, K-b & 2 x G7a, K-a
- Aft under floor plate: 2 x G7a, K-a
- Upper deck containers: 8 x G7a, K-a
All with fuse Pi-G7H (only AZ / Pi-1 without MZ)

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40 British Wellington and 10 Stirling bombers attack the Ford factory at Poissy, northwest of Paris.

German bombers attack Dover and Weymouth, England.

Torpedo Boat "Seeadler" complets her escort duties for merchant raider "Michel", operating in the English Channel.

Continuing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 04-03-22 05:55 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Pre-War Patrol Preparations
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2801618)
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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Thursday, 2 April 1942- 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Taking on of Provisions, Ammunitions and Torpedoes.

Ari and A/A ammunition:
- SK-C/32, 10.5cm: 150 x SpG; 30 x LkG
- 2 x M.G.-2cm-C/30: 8000 x PbG (1 x M.G.-2cm-C/30 instead of 1 x 3.7cm-SK-C/30U)

Taking on of torpedoes:
- Tubes I-VI: G7e, K-b
- Bow above floor plates: 2 x G7e, K-b
- Bow under floor plates: 2x G7e, K-b & 2 x G7a, K-a
- Aft under floor plate: 2 x G7a, K-a
- Upper deck containers: 8 x G7a, K-a
All with fuse Pi-G7H (only AZ / Pi-1 without MZ)

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40 British Wellington and 10 Stirling bombers attack the Ford factory at Poissy, northwest of Paris.

German bombers attack Dover and Weymouth, England.

Torpedo Boat "Seeadler" complets her escort duties for merchant raider "Michel", operating in the English Channel.

Continuing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Friday, 3 April 1942- 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Taking on of Provisions, Ammunitions and Torpedoes.

Ari and A/A ammunition:
- SK-C/32, 10.5cm: 150 x SpG; 30 x LkG
- 2 x M.G.-2cm-C/30: 8000 x PbG (1 x M.G.-2cm-C/30 instead of 1 x 3.7cm-SK-C/30U)

Taking on of torpedoes:
- Tubes I-VI: G7e, K-b
- Bow above floor plates: 2 x G7e, K-b
- Bow under floor plates: 2x G7e, K-b & 2 x G7a, K-a
- Aft under floor plate: 2 x G7a, K-a
- Upper deck containers: 8 x G7a, K-a
All with fuse Pi-G7H (only AZ / Pi-1 without MZ)

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German bombers attack Murmansk, Russia, sinking Polish ship Tobruk and British ships New Westminster City and Empire Starlight in the harbor.

After a heavy artillery and aerial bombardment from 0900 to 1500 hours, Japanese troops launch an attack on the Bataan Peninsula in Philippine Islands, penetrating the lines held by the Filipino 41st Infantry Division.

Admiral Chester Nimitz is confirmed as the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Area.

Aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh begins working on Ford's B-24 Liberator production line at Detroit, Michigan, as a consultant.

Continuing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


pikke 04-04-22 04:05 AM

May 16, 1940 AN11

0702 Rain is here again. Visibility very poor. Wind 3 sea 3. Will rely on sonar to check our surroundings.

2224 Rain stopped. Visibility improved. Overcast, lightning here and there. No contact to report.


May 17, 1940 AN11

1209 Unable to perform midday Sun reading. Wind dropped a bit. U-48 course 160°, speed 7 knots.

1701 We have a sound contact ESE of us, coming our way. Sonar believes her to be a warship. Alone or escorting something? Will take a closer look.

1729 Spotted her. Definitely a warship, most likely a destroyer. Alone. She is sailing NW, we are keeping at respectful distance.

1736 She changed course? Yes...she is coming our way! Did they spot us?

1744 She is on a steady course and speed so I assume she is just following her course. She is now heading SW and bound to pass just in front of us...

1752 I believe her to be an Hunt type destroyer, course 232, speed 12 knots. Maneuvered to aim our stern tube at her. Torpedo set for high speed, impact pistol, depth 3m.

1801 Open tube 5...range 800m, AoB 72° starboard...fire! Lower periscope! Dive!

1802 Impact!...she is still chugging...uh oh...we may have troubles here...but she should be at least badly damaged.

1804 She is coming our way but very slow already. We just heard a secondary explosion... she may not be dead but she is not okay either.

1806 She stopped. We will keep moving away. Will raise periscope once we are further away.

1808 Explosions coming from our friend! A lot of explosions! I guess she is blowing up! Let me snatch a quick peek...there! Burning hull is all that remains. A lot of debris in the water...we got her!
AN14 Ship sunk! HMS Pytchley (Hunt I class), 1000 tons. Crew: 151. Crew lost: 43

Kapitän 04-04-22 05:18 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Pre-War Patrol Preparations
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2801780)
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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Friday, 3 April 1942- 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Taking on of Provisions, Ammunitions and Torpedoes.

Ari and A/A ammunition:
- SK-C/32, 10.5cm: 150 x SpG; 30 x LkG
- 2 x M.G.-2cm-C/30: 8000 x PbG (1 x M.G.-2cm-C/30 instead of 1 x 3.7cm-SK-C/30U)

Taking on of torpedoes:
- Tubes I-VI: G7e, K-b
- Bow above floor plates: 2 x G7e, K-b
- Bow under floor plates: 2x G7e, K-b & 2 x G7a, K-a
- Aft under floor plate: 2 x G7a, K-a
- Upper deck containers: 8 x G7a, K-a
All with fuse Pi-G7H (only AZ / Pi-1 without MZ)

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German bombers attack Murmansk, Russia, sinking Polish ship Tobruk and British ships New Westminster City and Empire Starlight in the harbor.

After a heavy artillery and aerial bombardment from 0900 to 1500 hours, Japanese troops launch an attack on the Bataan Peninsula in Philippine Islands, penetrating the lines held by the Filipino 41st Infantry Division.

Admiral Chester Nimitz is confirmed as the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Area.

Aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh begins working on Ford's B-24 Liberator production line at Detroit, Michigan, as a consultant.

Continuing pre-war patrol preparation.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Saturday, 4 April 1942- 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Final Repairs and Adjustments. Basin Trials. Taking on of fresh food and water provisions.

Received Op.-Orders:

1. Outbound transfer in escort of Blockade Runner "Rostock", on Paths "Rosabella", "Cederland", "Tannennadel", to Point "Tanne" (200m-Line).

Be aware of areas endangered by enemy mines:
Area 1:
Between
47° N - 5° 30' W, Qu.BF5463
47° 30' N - 5° 30' W, Qu.BF5196
47° 40' N - 7° 20' W, Qu.BF4392
48° 20' N - 7° 20' W, Qu.BF1998
Area 2:
Between
48° N - 9° W, Qu.BF4229
49° N - 10° W, Qu.BF1736

2. Expect very strong enemy air cover in the Bay of Biscay, Qu.BF40! Plan for extended submerged cruises, during outbound and inbound transit through the Bay of Biscay.

3. Deep Dive Trial on Point "Tanne", according B.d.U.-Standing Order 507.

4. After successful deep dive trial, first status report
when crossing 15°W and switching to Atlantic-Frequency.

5. Expect the following neutral vessels on your outbound transit:
- On 6 April, in the morning, in QU.5430BF, an inbound armed spanish merchant escorted by a corvette.
- During night of 6 April to 7 April, in Qu.7230BF, an inbound spanish merchant.
- On 7 April, in the morning, in Qu.7270BF, an inbound armed portuguese merchant.

6. For Re-fueling and Re-supply are available:
- MV Theseus in Marq.DQ75.
- U 459 from 21 April until 12 June in Marqu.BC74 and from 12 June until 12 July in Marqu.BC75.

7. Occupy Marqu.ED23 for 24h and report back to B.d.U.
Linear distance to patrol grid is 4130sm or 7650km.

8. Standing War Order of B.d.U., No.302, dated 1 January 1942, Depth-setting of torpedoes (excerpts):
1) In general, torpedoes are to be set as shallow as possible, i.e.,
- G7e depth 2 to 3m
- G7a depth 3m,
- both according to state of weather and draught of target.
2) For fully laden targets of more than 6000ts, set deeper, up to draught minus 3 metres.
3) For warships from cruisers upwards, Depth-setting = draught minus 3 metres.
Recurring suspicion that torpedoes are not keeping their depth makes it essential to study carefully and carry out minutely the respective orders (Torpedo Crew's Instructions and TEK Memorandum Book):
1) Test the fire-control apparatus.
2) Fire without using the fire-control apparatus.
3) Make absolutely accurate firing-tables (including the most accurate estimate possible of the size of the target.
Send in F.T. report on unexplained misses that have occurred and the supposed nature of the failure, with the most important tables, as soon as the situation permits.

Pre-War Patrol Preparations completed.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 04-05-22 05:33 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Casting off & Leaving for War Patrol
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2801911)
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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Saturday, 4 April 1942- 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Final Repairs and Adjustments. Basin Trials. Taking on of fresh food and water provisions.

Received Op.-Orders:

1. Outbound transfer in escort of Blockade Runner "Rostock", on Paths "Rosabella", "Cederland", "Tannennadel", to Point "Tanne" (200m-Line).

Be aware of areas endangered by enemy mines:
Area 1:
Between
47° N - 5° 30' W, Qu.BF5463
47° 30' N - 5° 30' W, Qu.BF5196
47° 40' N - 7° 20' W, Qu.BF4392
48° 20' N - 7° 20' W, Qu.BF1998
Area 2:
Between
48° N - 9° W, Qu.BF4229
49° N - 10° W, Qu.BF1736

2. Expect very strong enemy air cover in the Bay of Biscay, Qu.BF40! Plan for extended submerged cruises, during outbound and inbound transit through the Bay of Biscay.

3. Deep Dive Trial on Point "Tanne", according B.d.U.-Standing Order 507.

4. After successful deep dive trial, first status report
when crossing 15°W and switching to Atlantic-Frequency.

5. Expect the following neutral vessels on your outbound transit:
- On 6 April, in the morning, in QU.5430BF, an inbound armed spanish merchant escorted by a corvette.
- During night of 6 April to 7 April, in Qu.7230BF, an inbound spanish merchant.
- On 7 April, in the morning, in Qu.7270BF, an inbound armed portuguese merchant.

6. For Re-fueling and Re-supply are available:
- MV Theseus in Marq.DQ75.
- U 459 from 21 April until 12 June in Marqu.BC74 and from 12 June until 12 July in Marqu.BC75.

7. Occupy Marqu.ED23 for 24h and report back to B.d.U.
Linear distance to patrol grid is 4130sm or 7650km.

8. Standing War Order of B.d.U., No.302, dated 1 January 1942, Depth-setting of torpedoes (excerpts):
1) In general, torpedoes are to be set as shallow as possible, i.e.,
- G7e depth 2 to 3m
- G7a depth 3m,
- both according to state of weather and draught of target.
2) For fully laden targets of more than 6000ts, set deeper, up to draught minus 3 metres.
3) For warships from cruisers upwards, Depth-setting = draught minus 3 metres.
Recurring suspicion that torpedoes are not keeping their depth makes it essential to study carefully and carry out minutely the respective orders (Torpedo Crew's Instructions and TEK Memorandum Book):
1) Test the fire-control apparatus.
2) Fire without using the fire-control apparatus.
3) Make absolutely accurate firing-tables (including the most accurate estimate possible of the size of the target.
Send in F.T. report on unexplained misses that have occurred and the supposed nature of the failure, with the most important tables, as soon as the situation permits.

Pre-War Patrol Preparations completed.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Sunday, 5 April 1942- 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

- Easter Sunday -

0700 - N2/2, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.
Casting off from bunker. Left for Fourth War Patrol with U 113 and Sixteenth War Patrol overall.

Taking on escort, distance 300m.
Some burning ships in Lorient - probably, ran aground during fog. A pair Me110 are patrolling the harbor and roadstead and a pair of Ju52 "Mausi", are searching the area north of Ìle de Groix for mines.

0800 - Point Luci-1. Releasing escort.
Met incoming U 564 (Suhren), entering Lorient for taken on on fuel and fresh water before its 5th war patrol (Florida Strait), and U 129 (Clausen), returning from its 4th war patrol (South America).

0812 - New course 180°.

Testing of Diesel Engines:
- K.F., 7kn;
- 1/3-Ahead, 10kn;
- 2xH.F., 14kn;
- G.F., 16.5kn;
- A.K., 17.5kn.

0818 - New course 257°. Two torpedo boats and fours minesweepers ar patrolling the area south of Ìle de Groix.
In due course, passed quite a few french fish trawlers and a Schooner on a southerly heading.

0920 - Distance to Blockade Runner is 400m, speed 9kn/275RPM (Range: 14150sm/26200km).

0945 - A German Destroyer on a southerly heading, is crossing our stern at a distance of 5000m.

1111 - A type VIIC boat on course ESE to our stbd. beam, E=2000.

1127 - Qu.6177BF - Two pair of Me109 in 150°true, E=12000. on course ENE.

1200 - Qu.6177BF - Days Run: 54.0sm/100km - (5h) - since Lorient.
239.0cbm (1cbm/5h). 14+8 torpedoes. Weather unchanged since Lorient.

1202 - Third Position and Status Request for U 702 (Kptlt.von Rabenau). Boat is presumed lost.

(U 702, VIIC, Kptlt.Wolf-Rüdiger von Rabenau, was sunk on 31 March 1942 - on the second day of its first war patrol - in the North Sea west of Denmark, in approx. position 56.34N, 06.16E, by a mine in the British field FD 37, laid by the French submarine "Rubis", on 21 March 1942; 44 dead, all hands lost)

- to be continued -


Kapitän 04-05-22 02:37 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Enemy A/C making their presence known
 
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KTB - U 113

4th War Patrol

Sunday, 5 April 1942- 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

- Easter Sunday -

0700 - N2/2, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.
Casting off from bunker. Left for Fourth War Patrol with U 113 and Sixteenth War Patrol overall.

Taking on escort, distance 300m.
Some burning ships in Lorient - probably, ran aground during fog. A pair Me110 are patrolling the harbor and roadstead and a pair of Ju52 "Mausi", are searching the area north of Ìle de Groix for mines.

0800 - Point Luci-1. Releasing escort.
Met incoming U 564 (Suhren), entering Lorient for taken on on fuel and fresh water before its 5th war patrol (Florida Strait), and U 129 (Clausen), returning from its 4th war patrol (South America).

0812 - New course 180°.

Testing of Diesel Engines:
- K.F., 7kn;
- 1/3-Ahead, 10kn;
- 2xH.F., 14kn;
- G.F., 16.5kn;
- A.K., 17.5kn.

0818 - New course 257°. Two torpedo boats and fours minesweepers ar patrolling the area south of Ìle de Groix.
In due course, passed quite a few french fish trawlers and a Schooner on a southerly heading.

0920 - Distance to Blockade Runner is 400m, speed 9kn/275RPM (Range: 14150sm/26200km).

0945 - A German Destroyer on a southerly heading, is crossing our stern at a distance of 5000m.

1111 - A type VIIC boat on course ESE to our stbd. beam, E=2000.

1127 - Qu.6177BF - Two pair of Me109 in 150°true, E=12000. on course ENE.

1200 - Qu.6177BF - Days Run: 54.0sm/100km - (5h) - since Lorient.
239.0cbm (1cbm/5h). 14+8 torpedoes. Weather unchanged since Lorient.

1202 - Third Position and Status Request for U 702 (Kptlt.von Rabenau). Boat is presumed lost.

(U 702, VIIC, Kptlt.Wolf-Rüdiger von Rabenau, was sunk on 31 March 1942 - on the second day of its first war patrol - in the North Sea west of Denmark, in approx. position 56.34N, 06.16E, by a mine in the British field FD 37, laid by the French submarine "Rubis", on 21 March 1942; 44 dead, all hands lost)

- to be continued -


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- continued from 5 April, 1202h -

1214 - Qu.6177BF - Diving from 3 pairs of twin-engine bombers approaching on course south from 10°true, E=14000.

1218 - At A-20 heard bomb impacts and sinking noises.
Boat remains submerged, depth under keel is 45m.
In relative bearing of 33°, sound contact with a steamer on a westerly heading, E=21000.

1254 - Surfaced after 40min. and 2.0sm.
Nothing seen of the Blockade Runner.

(In the external view it could be seen, that the blockade runner was bombed and consequently sunk by the airplanes without firing a single shot from her Flak guns or any other gun. The submerged boat, barely missed the broken in half blockade runner, her stern sticking straight up from the ocean floor.)

1257 - Right after surfacing, the boat has to dive again from 2 pair of Hurricane fighters, approaching on course south from 5°true, E=14000.

1304 - At A-20 no bombs.

1312 - Surfaced after 15min. and 0.7sm.
Leaving area on ordered outbound transit path at 2xH.F.

1330 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
At 1214h in Qu.6177BF, diving from 3 pair of twin-engine bombers. Heard bomb impacts and sinking sounds. After surfacing at 1254h had to dive again from 2 pair of Fighters. Nothing seen of blockade runner. Current position Qu.5299BF. Continuing outbound transit acc. Op.Orders. - RST -

1339 - Right after sending the F.T., boat has to dive from 2 pair of Hurricane fighters, approaching on course south from 20°true, E=14000, crossing our stern at a distance of 6000m.

1341 - At A-20 no bombs. Depth under keel is 46m.

1354 - Surfaced after 15min and 0.9sm.
Leaving area on ordered outbound transit path at 2xH.F.

1403 - Incoming F.T.: From U 505:
Status report: Medium amount of traffic from and to east and south round Cape Palmas, much dispersed, at a distance of 150 sea miles. On 28 march, A/C bombs in ET 9152. D/C hunt on 29 March. Successes: 3 April, in EU 9781, 2 hits on escorted freighter "Westermore", 5775ts, probably sunk. On 4 April, in FF 2245, "Alpacca", 5759ts. Total: 25454ts. - Loewe -

1412 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received. Continue outbound voyage as ordered. - B.d.U. -

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending a report about air raids of the Luftwaffe on the harbour of Leningrad: 62 Ju87 Stuka dive bombers and 70 other bombers escorted by 59 Me109 fighters attacked the Soviet fleet at Kronstadt near Leningrad, in the afternoon, damaging battleships "October Revolution" and "Petropavlovsk", Cruisers "Maxim Gorky" and "Kirov", and Destroyers "Silny" and "Grozyashchi". After dark, He111 bombers, some of which had participated in the Kronstadt attack in the afternoon, bombed Leningrad.

1835 - Sundown. N1/1, partly cloudy, good visibility, >1000mb.

2045 - Point "Tanne". Diving for trial dive according B.d.U.-Standing Order 507, 135rpm, 3kn.

2110 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter. Setting Reception Depth.

2128 - Submerged cruise at T=19, 135rpm/3kn.

2233 - O = 20%.

2400 - Evaded Area 1, between 47° N - 5° 30' W, Qu.BF5463, according Op-Orders.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.



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