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Kapitän 12-23-2021 03:45 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 3rd War Patrol - 1st week at sea completed
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2784128)
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KTB - U 113

Monday, 22 December 1941 - West of Cape Finisterre -

0421 - Incoming F.T.: From U 751:
In Pos.Qu.8721. On 21 Dec., 2300h, in Qu.8719BE, sunk enemy Escort Carrier of the "Formidable" Class 10,000ts, of convoy HG.76. - Bigalk -

(At 21.37 hours on 21 December 1941 HMS Audacity (D 10), 11,000ts, (Cdr D.W. Mackendrick, RN) was hit at the stern by one of four torpedoes fired by U 751 while escorting convoy HG-76 about 470 miles west of Cape Finisterre 43° 45'N, 19° 54'W. U 751 reloaded two of the bow torpedo tubes as fast as possible in order to attack the stopped aircraft carrier again, firing a spread of two torpedoes at 22.55 hours and the U-boat withdrew after launching the stern torpedo too at 22.57 hours. The latter missed, but the others struck the stricken vessel and caused her to sink by the stern in less than 15 minutes. The survivors (73 dead and 225 survivors) were picked up by HMS Convolvulus (K 45) (T/Lt R.S. Connell, RNR), HMS Marigold (K 87) (Lt W.S. Macdonald, RNVR) and HMS Pentstemon (K 61) (LtCdr J. Byron, RNR)

Cmdr.: The current position of Bigalk is about 70sm to the south of our current position in Qu.8179BE. In order to stay undetected, I therefore decide to continue with my outbound transit.

0730 - Early Morning Dawn.

0856 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since Lorient.

1200 - Qu.7631BE - Days Run: 181.6sm - 176.6sm (22h 15') - 5.0sm (1h 45').
213.6cbm (4.4cbm/24h). On course 258°. Battery 10000Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since Lorient (6 days).

1202 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Second position and status request for U 451 (Hoffmann) and third position and status request for U 574 (Gengelbach), boat is presumed lost.

(U 574, VIIC, Oblt.Dietrich Gengelbach, was sunk on its first war patrol and while operating on convoy HG.76, on 19 December 1941 in the North Atlantic east of Ponta Delgada, Azores, in position 38.12N, 17.23W, by ramming and depth charges from the British sloop HMS Stork. 28 dead and 16 survivors.)

1746 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Lorient.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

Tuesday, 23 December 1941 - West of Cape Finisterre -

- First week at sea completed -

Cmdr.: Today, U 123 (IXB), Kptlt. Reinhard Hardegen, will leave for Operation "Paukenschlag".

0240 - Qu.7555BE -

0740 - Early Morning Dawn.

0905 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since Lorient.

1018 - Incoming F.T.: From U 79:
Diving from escort! - Kaufmann -

1200 - Qu.7491BE - Days Run: 191.4sm - (24h).
211.9cbm (1.7cbm/24h). On course 259°. Battery 10000Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since Lorient (1 week).

1201 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
First position and status request for U 79 (Kaufmann) and
third position and status request for U 451 (Hoffmann), boat is presumed lost.

(U 451, VIIC, KvtKpt. Eberhard Hoffmann, was sunk on 21 December 1941, while attempting to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, north-west of Tangier, in position 35.55N, 06.08W, by depth charges from a British Swordfish aircraft (812 Sqn FAA/A). 44 dead and 1 survivor.)

1759 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Lorient.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


pikke 12-24-2021 03:41 AM

February 4, 1940 BF32 Let's play hide and seek! - part 2
 
1222 U48 is now in grid BF32 and quite close to the British coast. A couple of minutes ago our sonar operator picked up a new sound contact to the west: sounds like a merchant in close proximity to the Isle of Wight, south of Portsmouth. We also have multiple warships in the area, many torpedo boats but also what sounds like an ASW Trawler patrolling the area. I'm sure destroyers are in the area too. I think we may go a bit closer and take a peek, chances are we may find worthy targets in this area.


1259 Ship spotted! It's quite far ahead and barely visible through our periscope. Seems like our sound contact. She is stationary...and looks like a tanker...very tempting! ASW trawler somewhere close to it and what sounds like a destroyer further NW. Torpedo boats south and north of us...


1317 Definitely a big tanker...ASW Trawler quite close to her and another one coming from SW...destroyer still not spotted...but not so far away...if we attack we take a huge risk...lot of fire power in the area and not much water to hide us...weather is still overcast with little winds, visibility moderate...


1341 Our target is a Whale Factory ship! Range is about 2800m and we are not going any closer. There are now 2 ASW Trawler north and south of her, a destroyer NW of her and possibly one more destroyer further away. Torpedo boats are roaming the area too. U48 will launch her two remaining bow torpedoes. Both G7a will run at medium speed, depth 5 meters, impact pistol. As soon as tube 3 is empty we wil change course to the North. I expect the Brits will come here in a rush so we may surprise them moving closer to the coast. Hope so. Open tube 2...aiming at middle ship...fire! Open tube 3...aiming slightly forward...fire! Lower periscope! Increase speed to 3 knots! Change course to 005°!


1344 Impact! Let's raise our periscope and check... Impact! Both torpedoes hit! She is burning! Increase speed to 4 knots! Lower scope!


1351 We stirred up quite the chaos...2 ASW Trawler, 2 destroyers and 6 torpedo boats are searching for us. U48 is now on silent running and crawling at two knots...we changed course to 035°...one of the destroyers is going to pass quite close to us...


1359 Destroyer is getting very close now...reduce speed to 1 knot...pinging us...come on, keep going your way... is she sailing on?...did not pick us up, pinged us briefly, we may breathe again...let's wait a while and then we will be back to 2 knots


1402 Secondary explosion from the target...that destroyer is coming back...lower speed to 1 knot...


1405 ...pinging us again...and once again she sail on...increase speed to 2 knots...


1422 U48 is slowly moving away...that destroyer came back and pinged us briefly three more times but never got a fix on us...she is still doing search patterns back there...we will move away and raise our periscope when we are at a safe distance.


1504 I risked a brief glance through our periscope and what I saw is promising: our target is engulfed in flames! All those warships are still circling in the area...we will slowly move away and monitor the situation.


1525 We just raised our periscope again and a big secondary explosion went off. She is sinking now! We got a huge target so close to the British coast...I bet this is gonna hurt their morale! Let's keep moving away.


1942 U48 is now on the surface and sailing back toward Dover area. We have just one torpedo left in our stern tube and I've decided to begin our return passage without completing our assigned patrol. It would be a waste of time and fuel and I'm sure we will find a target on the way back. Last attack was perfect and a bit of luck helped us flee the area. We got a big target. Weather is getting worse, there are lightnings out there and visibility is reduced, which may help us hide ourselves when crossing the Channel.
Ship sunk! SS Frango (Whale Factory Ship), 12016 tons. Cargo: Aviation Fuel. Crew: 150. Crew lost: 88

Kapitän 12-24-2021 04:27 AM

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Originally Posted by pikke (Post 2784496)
1222 U48 is now in grid BF32 and quite close to the British coast. A couple of minutes ago our sonar operator picked up a new sound contact to the west: sounds like a merchant in close proximity to the Isle of Wight, south of Portsmouth. We also have multiple warships in the area, many torpedo boats but also what sounds like an ASW Trawler patrolling the area. I'm sure destroyers are in the area too. I think we may go a bit closer and take a peek, chances are we may find worthy targets in this area.


1259 Ship spotted! It's quite far ahead and barely visible through our periscope. Seems like our sound contact. She is stationary...and looks like a tanker...very tempting! ASW trawler somewhere close to it and what sounds like a destroyer further NW. Torpedo boats south and north of us...


1317 Definitely a big tanker...ASW Trawler quite close to her and another one coming from SW...destroyer still not spotted...but not so far away...if we attack we take a huge risk...lot of fire power in the area and not much water to hide us...weather is still overcast with little winds, visibility moderate...


1341 Our target is a Whale Factory ship! Range is about 2800m and we are not going any closer. There are now 2 ASW Trawler north and south of her, a destroyer NW of her and possibly one more destroyer further away. Torpedo boats are roaming the area too. U48 will launch her two remaining bow torpedoes. Both G7a will run at medium speed, depth 5 meters, impact pistol. As soon as tube 3 is empty we wil change course to the North. I expect the Brits will come here in a rush so we may surprise them moving closer to the coast. Hope so. Open tube 2...aiming at middle ship...fire! Open tube 3...aiming slightly forward...fire! Lower periscope! Increase speed to 3 knots! Change course to 005°!


1344 Impact! Let's raise our periscope and check... Impact! Both torpedoes hit! She is burning! Increase speed to 4 knots! Lower scope!


1351 We stirred up quite the chaos...2 ASW Trawler, 2 destroyers and 6 torpedo boats are searching for us. U48 is now on silent running and crawling at two knots...we changed course to 035°...one of the destroyers is going to pass quite close to us...


1359 Destroyer is getting very close now...reduce speed to 1 knot...pinging us...come on, keep going your way... is she sailing on?...did not pick us up, pinged us briefly, we may breathe again...let's wait a while and then we will be back to 2 knots


1402 Secondary explosion from the target...that destroyer is coming back...lower speed to 1 knot...


1405 ...pinging us again...and once again she sail on...increase speed to 2 knots...


1422 U48 is slowly moving away...that destroyer came back and pinged us briefly three more times but never got a fix on us...she is still doing search patterns back there...we will move away and raise our periscope when we are at a safe distance.


1504 I risked a brief glance through our periscope and what I saw is promising: our target is engulfed in flames! All those warships are still circling in the area...we will slowly move away and monitor the situation.


1525 We just raised our periscope again and a big secondary explosion went off. She is sinking now! We got a huge target so close to the British coast...I bet this is gonna hurt their morale! Let's keep moving away.


1942 U48 is now on the surface and sailing back toward Dover area. We have just one torpedo left in our stern tube and I've decided to begin our return passage without completing our assigned patrol. It would be a waste of time and fuel and I'm sure we will find a target on the way back. Last attack was perfect and a bit of luck helped us flee the area. We got a big target. Weather is getting worse, there are lightnings out there and visibility is reduced, which may help us hide ourselves when crossing the Channel.
Ship sunk! SS Frango (Whale Factory Ship), 12016 tons. Cargo: Aviation Fuel. Crew: 150. Crew lost: 88


Great Job! :up:


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :woot:

Kapitän 12-24-2021 04:31 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 3rd War Patrol - Merry Christmas to All!
 
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KTB - U 113

Tuesday, 23 December 1941 - West of Cape Finisterre -

- First week at sea completed -

Cmdr.: Today, U 123 (IXB), Kptlt. Reinhard Hardegen, will leave for Operation "Paukenschlag".

0240 - Qu.7555BE -

0740 - Early Morning Dawn.

0905 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since Lorient.

1018 - Incoming F.T.: From U 79:
Diving from escort! - Kaufmann -

1200 - Qu.7491BE - Days Run: 191.4sm - (24h).
211.9cbm (1.7cbm/24h). On course 259°. Battery 10000Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since Lorient (1 week).

1201 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
First position and status request for U 79 (Kaufmann) and
third position and status request for U 451 (Hoffmann), boat is presumed lost.

(U 451, VIIC, KvtKpt. Eberhard Hoffmann, was sunk on 21 December 1941, while attempting to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, north-west of Tangier, in position 35.55N, 06.08W, by depth charges from a British Swordfish aircraft (812 Sqn FAA/A). 44 dead and 1 survivor.)

1759 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Lorient.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

Wednesday, 24 December 1941 - NNE of the Azores -

- Christmas Eve -

Cmdr.: Today, U 66 (IXC), KvtKpt. Richard Zapp, will leave for Operation "Paukenschlag".

0750 - Early Morning Dawn.

0915 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since Lorient.

1000 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Merry Christmas from the B.d.U.! Commanders are obliged to keep with Uboat Protocol for Special Occasions.

1200 - Qu.9862BD - Days Run: 191.9sm - (24h).
210.1cbm (1.8cbm/24h). On course 259°. Battery 10000Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather and Sea have further decreased and shifted eastward: ENE1/1, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

1201 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
First position and status request for U 567 (Endraß!) and
second position and status request for U 79 (Kaufmann).

1550 - Qu.9855BD -

1814 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Etmal.

1820 - Qu.9849BD. Diving for submerged cruise at A-20.

1825 - At A-20, 135rpm, 3kn. "Merry Christmas!".

2019 - O = 20%.

2120 - Surfaced after 3h and 8.8sm.
Weather unchanged since Etmal. Battery 9300Ah.

2130 - Boat ventilated. 2x235RPM, 8kn.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 12-25-2021 04:40 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 3rd War Patrol - Continuing outbound voyage
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2784501)
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KTB - U 113

Wednesday, 24 December 1941 - NNE of the Azores -

- Christmas Eve -

Cmdr.: Today, U 66 (IXC), KvtKpt. Richard Zapp, will leave for Operation "Paukenschlag".

0750 - Early Morning Dawn.

0915 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since Lorient.

1000 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Merry Christmas from the B.d.U.! Commanders are obliged to keep with Uboat Protocol for Special Occasions.

1200 - Qu.9862BD - Days Run: 191.9sm - (24h).
210.1cbm (1.8cbm/24h). On course 259°. Battery 10000Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather and Sea have further decreased and shifted eastward: ENE1/1, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

1201 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
First position and status request for U 567 (Endraß!) and
second position and status request for U 79 (Kaufmann).

1550 - Qu.9855BD -

1814 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Etmal.

1820 - Qu.9849BD. Diving for submerged cruise at A-20.

1825 - At A-20, 135rpm, 3kn. "Merry Christmas!".

2019 - O = 20%.

2120 - Surfaced after 3h and 8.8sm.
Weather unchanged since Etmal. Battery 9300Ah.

2130 - Boat ventilated. 2x235RPM, 8kn.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

Thursday, 25 December 1941 - North of the Azores -

0800 - Early Morning Dawn.

0918 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since Etmal.

1200 - Qu.9777BD - Days Run: 179.7sm - 170.9sm (21h) - 8.8sm (3h).
207.5cbm (2.6cbm/24h). On course 256°. Battery 9300Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since last Etmal.

1302 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Second position and status request for U 567 (Endraß!) and third position and status request for U 79 (Kaufmann), boat is presumed lost.

(U 79, VIIC, Kptlt. Wolfgang Kaufmann, was sunk on 23 December 1941 in the Mediterranean Sea north of Sollum, in position 32.15N, 25.19E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Hasty and HMS Hotspur. 44 survivors, no casualties.)

Cmdr.: Surely, Endraß has merely some problems with his radio equipment, which is not uncommon on board of Uboats ...

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending report about the Japanes Army taking Hongkong and capturing 26 ships for 52,604ts, in the harbor. The island of Jolo in the Sulu Sea of the Philippins is also being occupied by the Japanes.

1819 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Etmal, 24 Dec.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


pikke 12-25-2021 06:08 AM

February 5, 1940 AN79


0634 U48 has made it through the Channel once again. Weather got worse during the night: overcast with medium rain and poor visibility. That was helpful, our sonar operator kept alerting us about the warships movement in the area and we could easily cahnge our course accordingly and easily slip through them unnoticed. There were also a couple of merchants contact in the area but we never had a chance to hunt them. We would have had to surface and risk bumping into some warship. The risk was too high. We are now sailing northward and recharging batteries. We will dive in a while to check with our sonar.


0703 U48 just dived and we got multiple sounds contacts: warships south of us as expected but there is also a merchant NW of us which seems to be coming our way. Perhaps we have a target for our last torpedo...




0722 We are diving again after a quick dash on the surface. If we guessed her course properly we should be closer now...yes, we can hear her now...much closer but a bit more to the west than expected...she was on a SE course...perhaps she changed course to the south and is now heading for the Dover area?...mmm...no waship close enough to be an immediate threat...let's surface again and change course to WSW...Ahead flank! Surface the boat!


0734 U48 is down at periscope depth again and I think we are in a very good position! Visibility is really poor but our contact is north of us and at close range and should be visible quite soon. I expect her to be heading almost straight south, so we are slowly crawling to the West.


0737 Ship spotted! She is emerging from the fog right now...a tanker?...yes, seems like a small tanker heading south...she is going to pass behind us...we risk losing her in the fog...back full! We must close the gap...visibility is so poor I don't think they would spot our periscope...


0739 back slow! We are close enough and there is not much time...target range is about 500 meters...speed...I'll go with 9 knots...problem is depth...with this waves she is bouncing like crazy...I'll go with a magnetic set for 5 meters...Ato running fast...AoB...85° starboard...open tube 5...aiming at mid ship...fire!...torpedo is away...seems like she is somewhat slower than expected...Impact!...I love magnetics!...when they work out fine. Got her a tad forward than planned but that's good...she is burning!


0746 She dipped her nose quite often and slowed down to a crawl...now she is going down! Another good target! Time to leave the area, warships are coming from the south but I think we will be long gone when they will arrive here.
Ship sunk! MV Zenith (Small Tanker), 4314 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 15. Crew lost: 4


February 8, 1940 Kiel
0320 U48 just entered the port area. Nothing happened on the way back, we got just a contact in grid AN84 but the weather was so horrible we couldn't have used our deck gun so I didn't try to get close. This storm followed us all the way back here and really I'm going to take a long hot bath to wash away the dirt and cold. This was a good patrol, we managed to sink 11 ships: 3 warships and 8 cargo...that Whale Factory ship was worth the risk, that's a big prize. Warships escorting cargo is going to be an issue. ASW Trawler are an hindrance but if they were destroyer it would be really risky to attack in those shallow waters. We'll see...
Patrol results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 11
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 39157 tons


edit: Merry Christmas fellow Kaleuns! Plenty big preys to all of you!

Kapitän 12-26-2021 04:34 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 3rd War Patrol - Endraß lost!
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2784619)
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KTB - U 113

Thursday, 25 December 1941 - North of the Azores -

0800 - Early Morning Dawn.

0918 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since Etmal.

1200 - Qu.9777BD - Days Run: 179.7sm - 170.9sm (21h) - 8.8sm (3h).
207.5cbm (2.6cbm/24h). On course 256°. Battery 9300Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since last Etmal.

1302 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Second position and status request for U 567 (Endraß!) and third position and status request for U 79 (Kaufmann), boat is presumed lost.

(U 79, VIIC, Kptlt. Wolfgang Kaufmann, was sunk on 23 December 1941 in the Mediterranean Sea north of Sollum, in position 32.15N, 25.19E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Hasty and HMS Hotspur. 44 survivors, no casualties.)

Cmdr.: Surely, Endraß has merely some problems with his radio equipment, which is not uncommon on board of Uboats ...

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending report about the Japanes Army taking Hongkong and capturing 26 ships for 52,604ts, in the harbor. The island of Jolo in the Sulu Sea of the Philippins is also being occupied by the Japanes.

1819 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Etmal, 24 Dec.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

Friday, 26 December 1941 - NNW of the Azores -

0250 - Qu.2155CE - On new course 261°.

0805 - Early Morning Dawn.

0927 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since Etmal, 24 Dec.

1200 - Qu.1382CE - Days Run: 194.6sm - (24h).
204.8cbm (2.7cbm/24h). On course 261°. Battery 9300Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged in 48h.

1202 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Third position and status request for U 567 (Endraß!), boat is presumed lost.

(U 567, VIIC, Kptlt. Engelbert Endraß, was sunk while operating on convoy HG.76, on 21 December 1941 in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 44.02N, 20.10W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Deptford. 47 dead, all hands lost.)

1402 - Norddeich Radio sending an O.K.W. report about Kptlt. Gerhard Bigalk and Kptlt. Klaus Scholtz being awarded with the Knights Cross, and Kptlt. Otto Kretschmer being awarded with the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Crossed Swords.

(At this time, Kptlt. Otto Kretschmer is already a P.O.W. in Canada, in Camp 30 - often referred to as Camp Bowmanville - during which time he manages to remain in contact with B.d.U. He will return to Germany in December 1947.)

1834 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Etmal, 24 Dec.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

Cmdr.: The operation against convoy HG.76 is broken off by B.d.U. We have lost 4 boats on their first war patrol - plus U 567 (Endraß) - against this convoy, for only 4 ships sunk. The "Happy Days" from last year, certainly seem to be over. That the O.K.W. is announcing the award with high decorations of commanders in allied captivity, seems to be evidence of this.

- to be continued -


Kapitän 12-26-2021 03:49 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 3rd War Patrol - Endraß lost!
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2784726)
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KTB - U 113

Friday, 26 December 1941 - NNW of the Azores -

0250 - Qu.2155CE - On new course 261°.

0805 - Early Morning Dawn.

0927 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since Etmal, 24 Dec.

1200 - Qu.1382CE - Days Run: 194.6sm - (24h).
204.8cbm (2.7cbm/24h). On course 261°. Battery 9300Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged in 48h.

1202 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Third position and status request for U 567 (Endraß!), boat is presumed lost.

(U 567, VIIC, Kptlt. Engelbert Endraß, was sunk while operating on convoy HG.76, on 21 December 1941 in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 44.02N, 20.10W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Deptford. 47 dead, all hands lost.)

1402 - Norddeich Radio sending an O.K.W. report about Kptlt. Gerhard Bigalk and Kptlt. Klaus Scholtz being awarded with the Knights Cross, and Kptlt. Otto Kretschmer being awarded with the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Crossed Swords.

(At this time, Kptlt. Otto Kretschmer is already a P.O.W. in Canada, in Camp 30 - often referred to as Camp Bowmanville - during which time he manages to remain in contact with B.d.U. He will return to Germany in December 1947.)

1834 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Etmal, 24 Dec.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

Cmdr.: The operation against convoy HG.76 is broken off by B.d.U. We have lost 4 boats on their first war patrol - plus U 567 (Endraß) - against this convoy, for only 4 ships sunk. The "Happy Days" from last year, certainly seem to be over. That the O.K.W. is announcing the award with high decorations of commanders in allied captivity, seems to be evidence of this.

- to be continued -


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KTB - U 113

- continued from 26 Dec., 1834h -

In Memoriam

Engelbert Endraß joined U 47 in December 1938 as Leutnant z. See. He was the I.W.O., when Günther Prien made his famous Scapa Flow attack and sank HMS Royal Oak.

It was Endraß who painted the famous snorting bull emblem on U 47's conning tower before they returned.

He stayed on U 47 until December 1939, and after some training courses took command of U 46, another type VIIB U-boat. After having sunk the British auxiliary cruiser Dunvegan Castle of 15,007 tons, Endraß was awarded the Knights Cross. After the seventh patrol, the Oak Leaves were added. In September 1941 he left U 46 and a month later took over the type VIIC Uboat U 567.

His closest friend was Kptlt. Erich Topp, Commander of U 552, who had been the XO on U 46, before Endraß took over command. When he heard that U 567 had been sunk with all hands, he wrote the following verses, quoting Hávamál:

"WHAT IS YOURS WILL be gone. Your kin will die,

And you yourself will die like them.

One thing, I know, will live forever:

The deeds of the dead in all their glory."

"I (Erich Topp) wrote these pages in the lonely wastes of the Atlantic when all hope had vanished that Engelbert Endrass might return alive from his last patrol."

The O.K.W. will not inform the German public about the death of Engelbert Endraß, until 3 months later on 31 March 1942, when the daily Wehrmachtsbericht will announce:

"The U-boat under the command of Kapitänleutnant Endraß, recipient of the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, has not returned from patrol. An outstanding U-boat commander is on eternal patrol with his brave crew.".

Lest we forget

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 12-27-2021 04:49 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 3rd War Patrol - Continuing outbound voyage
 
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KTB - U 113

- continued from 26 Dec., 1834h -

In Memoriam

Engelbert Endraß joined U 47 in December 1938 as Leutnant z. See. He was the I.W.O., when Günther Prien made his famous Scapa Flow attack and sank HMS Royal Oak.

It was Endraß who painted the famous snorting bull emblem on U 47's conning tower before they returned.

He stayed on U 47 until December 1939, and after some training courses took command of U 46, another type VIIB U-boat. After having sunk the British auxiliary cruiser Dunvegan Castle of 15,007 tons, Endraß was awarded the Knights Cross. After the seventh patrol, the Oak Leaves were added. In September 1941 he left U 46 and a month later took over the type VIIC Uboat U 567.

His closest friend was Kptlt. Erich Topp, Commander of U 552, who had been the XO on U 46, before Endraß took over command. When he heard that U 567 had been sunk with all hands, he wrote the following verses, quoting Hávamál:

"WHAT IS YOURS WILL be gone. Your kin will die,

And you yourself will die like them.

One thing, I know, will live forever:

The deeds of the dead in all their glory."

"I (Erich Topp) wrote these pages in the lonely wastes of the Atlantic when all hope had vanished that Engelbert Endrass might return alive from his last patrol."

The O.K.W. will not inform the German public about the death of Engelbert Endraß, until 3 months later on 31 March 1942, when the daily Wehrmachtsbericht will announce:

"The U-boat under the command of Kapitänleutnant Endraß, recipient of the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, has not returned from patrol. An outstanding U-boat commander is on eternal patrol with his brave crew.".

Lest we forget

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

Saturday, 27 December 1941 - Northwest of the Azores -

Cmdr.: Today, U 130 (IXC), KvtKpt. Ernst Kals and U 109 (IXB), Kptlt. Heinrich "Ajax" Bleichrodt, will leave for Operation "Paukenschlag".

0030 - Weather is getting worse: Wind and Sea increasing and shifting North and in due course to West, overcast and light haze.

0340 - Qu.1277CE - On new course 251°.

0400 - Weather: W5/4, overcast, light haze, medium visibility, ~1000mb.

0544 - Incoming F.T.: From U 75:
Will arrive (Salamis) about 1000h, 28 Dec.! - Ringelmann -

0640 - Diving for torpedo maintenance and trial dive acc. B.d.U. Standing Order 507. 135rpm, 3kn.

0645 - T=50.

0700 - Commencing torpedo maintenance.

0839 - O = 20%.

0937 - Sunrise.

1000 - Bow torpedoes serviced. Break until 1020h.

1150 - Stern torpedoes serviced.

1200 - Qu.1426CE - Days Run: 157.5sm - 142.0sm (18h 40') - 15.5sm (5h 20').
202.2cbm (2.6cbm/24h). On course 251°. Battery 8300Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. T=50. O=20%. Lunch Break until 1300h.

1219 - O = 19%.

1300 - Commencing of trial dive.

1318 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meters.
(Critical depth begins at 158m)

1320 - 135rpm. Setting reception depth.

1335 - At reception depth.

1340 - Surfaced after 1h 40min. and 4.6sm (Total: 7h and 20.1sm). Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h. Battery: 7900Ah.

1349 - Boat ventilated.

Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
According to a report from Group North, British landings have been made at Aelesund and Nordfjord. U 156, 87, 135, also U 582 which has put into Drontheim in the meantime, have been ordered to proceed as quickly as possible to square AF 8490.

1400 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
First position and status request for U 75 (Ringelmann).

1845 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


pikke 12-28-2021 03:13 AM

March 15, 1940 Kiel
0124 Kiel docks are slowly disappearing in the foggy rain while U48 follows our minesweeper friend out of the port area. Visibility is really poor and we often risk to lose sight of the vessel in front of us. The risk of a collison is really high. This is not the best way to start a mission. Our assigned patrol area is AN44, quite close to the Scottish coast and not so far from Scapa Flow. It will be interesting up there. On the way out we will perform some trials and once again check everything is fine on the boat.


March 16, 1940 AN35

2129 Sound contact! SE of us...closing...we are close to Kristiansand, perhaps a merchant heading there? Surface the boat! New course 130°!

2216 Ship spotted! Far on the southern horizon...barely visible...ahead one third! Change course to 170°! Lower the boat to 6 meters....ahead slow!...weather is not perfect but a deck gun attack is going to work if we can get close.

2220 Target is not that big and seems to have four masts so it must be a Tramp Steamer...let's dive and get into position.

2229 British Tramp Steamer moving toward Kristiansand at 7 knots...no visible weapons...We will jump off the water close to them and use our guns

2235 We are on parallel course about 600m off to her port side...time to attack. Ahead full! Surface the boat! Lower periscope!...here we go...man the guns! Open fire!

2237 Deck gun hold fire!...she is slowing down already...let's finish her off with our Flak gun...starting even more fires on the deck should be enough.

2238 ...and she is sinking! I did not expect to find our first prey so soon. This will boost our morale. U48 will now resume the plotted course toward AN44
Ship sunk! SS Velma Lykes (Tramp Steamer), 2092 tons. Cargo: Aircraft. Crew: 21. Crew lost: 6

Kapitän 12-28-2021 04:59 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 3rd War Patrol - On outbound transit
 
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KTB - U 113

Saturday, 27 December 1941 - Northwest of the Azores -

Cmdr.: Today, U 130 (IXC), KvtKpt. Ernst Kals and U 109 (IXB), Kptlt. Heinrich "Ajax" Bleichrodt, will leave for Operation "Paukenschlag".

0030 - Weather is getting worse: Wind and Sea increasing and shifting North and in due course to West, overcast and light haze.

0340 - Qu.1277CE - On new course 251°.

0400 - Weather: W5/4, overcast, light haze, medium visibility, ~1000mb.

0544 - Incoming F.T.: From U 75:
Will arrive (Salamis) about 1000h, 28 Dec.! - Ringelmann -

0640 - Diving for torpedo maintenance and trial dive acc. B.d.U. Standing Order 507. 135rpm, 3kn.

0645 - T=50.

0700 - Commencing torpedo maintenance.

0839 - O = 20%.

0937 - Sunrise.

1000 - Bow torpedoes serviced. Break until 1020h.

1150 - Stern torpedoes serviced.

1200 - Qu.1426CE - Days Run: 157.5sm - 142.0sm (18h 40') - 15.5sm (5h 20').
202.2cbm (2.6cbm/24h). On course 251°. Battery 8300Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. T=50. O=20%. Lunch Break until 1300h.

1219 - O = 19%.

1300 - Commencing of trial dive.

1318 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meters.
(Critical depth begins at 158m)

1320 - 135rpm. Setting reception depth.

1335 - At reception depth.

1340 - Surfaced after 1h 40min. and 4.6sm (Total: 7h and 20.1sm). Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h. Battery: 7900Ah.

1349 - Boat ventilated.

Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
According to a report from Group North, British landings have been made at Aelesund and Nordfjord. U 156, 87, 135, also U 582 which has put into Drontheim in the meantime, have been ordered to proceed as quickly as possible to square AF 8490.

1400 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
First position and status request for U 75 (Ringelmann).

1845 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Sunday, 28 December 1941 - WNW of the Azores -

0155 - Qu.3655CD - On new course 262°.

0815 - Early Morning Dawn.

0946 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1200 - Qu.3583CE - Days Run: 151.9sm - 147.3sm (22h 20') - 4.6sm (1h 40').
201.3cbm (0.9cbm/24h). On course 262°. Battery 7900Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1201 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Second position and status request for U 75 (Ringelmann).

1857 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1931 - Norddeich Radio sending an O.K.W. report about the English landing attempt at Narvik and Vestfjord, and Aelesund and Nordfjord, on 26 Dec., which was repelled by German Army, Naval and Air Forces.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 12-29-2021 05:06 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 3rd War Patrol - On outbound transit
 
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KTB - U 113

Sunday, 28 December 1941 - WNW of the Azores -

0155 - Qu.3655CD - On new course 262°.

0815 - Early Morning Dawn.

0946 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1200 - Qu.3583CE - Days Run: 151.9sm - 147.3sm (22h 20') - 4.6sm (1h 40').
201.3cbm (0.9cbm/24h). On course 262°. Battery 7900Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1201 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Second position and status request for U 75 (Ringelmann).

1857 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1931 - Norddeich Radio sending an O.K.W. report about the English landing attempt at Narvik and Vestfjord, and Aelesund and Nordfjord, on 26 Dec., which was repelled by German Army, Naval and Air Forces.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

Monday, 29 December 1941 - West of the Azores -

0730 - Qu.3477CD - On new course 251°.

0830 - Early Morning Dawn.

0954 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1200 - Qu.2926CD - Days Run: 159.0sm - (24h).
197.8cbm (3.5cbm/24h). On course 251°. Battery 7900Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1201 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Third position and status request for U 75 (Ringelmann). Boat is presumed lost.

(U 75, VIIB, Kptlt.Helmuth Ringelmann, was sunk on 28 December 1941 in the Mediterranean north-west of Mersa Matruh, in position 31.50N, 26.40E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Kipling. 14 dead and 30 survivors.)

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending a report that a Soviet counter offensive on the Kerch, Crimea peninsular, was repelled by the German 72th Infantry Regiment. The counter attack by the German 42nd Infantry Regiment on the bridgehead, is still being fought off by the Soviets.

1908 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


pikke 12-30-2021 02:41 AM

March 19, 1940 AN44
0023 U48 just reached assigned patrol area and will now start the operations. We are already changing our course to 270°. Weather is good: clouds clear, wind 7 knots and visibility moderate. During the night we will do a 90 minutes cycle: 30 minutes submerged / 60 minutes surfaced. If the weather does not change during the day we will spend most of our time surfaced and dive just long enough to do sonar checks.


1233 Ship spotted! ENE of us...closing...Dive to periscope depth! We will approach submerged and identify her


1244 ...I'd say we have a Medium cargo sailing WSW at 7 knots...let's adjust our course slightly to the north and get closer...I guess we may use our deck gun again...


1251 A neutral! She is from Norway...let's move away unnoticed. We will let her go out of visual range than surface again.


2112 We have a faint sound contact west of us...seems like it is moving southward...we will surface and get closer


2143 Ship spotted! NW of us...range about 5000 meters...weather got worse: overcast, wind 13 m/s and visibility moderate...time to dive and get ready for a torpedo attack.


2158 Our target is a Granville type freighter sailing SSE at 6 knots...U48 is now turning and getting ready to use the stern tube.


2204 Tube 5 ready: Ato running fast, depth 4 meters, impact pistol...range 500 meters...open tube 5!...aiming at mid ship....fire!...torpedo is away and running...she is bouncing all around...I aimed at mid ship since that part is the one that is more steady....3...2...1...did I miss?...or it just went under?...ahead flank! Change course to...Impact!...I underestimated her distance...got her almost in the propellers...small fire burning...time to shadow her and see if it is enough... Ahead slow! Reload tube 5!


2209 She is dead on the water...I bet we killed her propulsion...fire still burning...


2251 She is going down at last!...slowly got lower and lower on her back... I was somewhat lucky, I underestimated her range and almost missed her, also with all that bouncing around our torpedo could have slipped under.
We are now in grid AN18 and need to return to grid AN44 to complete our 24hours patrol...Surface the boat! Ahead full! Change course to 085°!
Ship sunk! SS Bradfyne (Granville-type Freighter), 4707 tons. Cargo: Copper Ore. Crew: 102. Crew lost: 27

Kapitän 12-30-2021 04:34 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 3rd War Patrol - On outbound transit
 
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KTB - U 113

Monday, 29 December 1941 - West of the Azores -

0730 - Qu.3477CD - On new course 251°.

0830 - Early Morning Dawn.

0954 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1200 - Qu.2926CD - Days Run: 159.0sm - (24h).
197.8cbm (3.5cbm/24h). On course 251°. Battery 7900Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1201 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Third position and status request for U 75 (Ringelmann). Boat is presumed lost.

(U 75, VIIB, Kptlt.Helmuth Ringelmann, was sunk on 28 December 1941 in the Mediterranean north-west of Mersa Matruh, in position 31.50N, 26.40E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Kipling. 14 dead and 30 survivors.)

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending a report that a Soviet counter offensive on the Kerch, Crimea peninsular, was repelled by the German 72th Infantry Regiment. The counter attack by the German 42nd Infantry Regiment on the bridgehead, is still being fought off by the Soviets.

1908 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

Tuesday, 30 December 1941 - North Atlantic -

- Second week at sea completed -

0150 - Qu.2855CD - New course 256°.

0840 - Early Morning Dawn.

1002 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1200 - Qu.2786CD - Days Run: 157.6sm - (24h).
194.3cbm (3.5cbm/24h). On course 256°. Battery 7900Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1240 - Diving for torpedo maintenance and trial dive acc. B.d.U. Standing Order 507. 135rpm, 3kn.

1300 - At T=50, commencing torpedo maintenance.

1429 - O = 20%.

1600 - Bow torpedoes serviced. Break until 1620h.

1750 - Stern torpedoes serviced. Dinner until 1835h.

1809 - O = 19%.

1845 - Commencing of trial dive.

1905 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meters.
(Critical depth begins at 158m)
135rpm. Setting reception depth.

1914 - Sundown.

1920 - At reception depth.

1940 - Surfaced after 7h 00min. and 20.2sm.
Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.
Battery: 6700Ah. 2x235RPM, 6-7kn.

1952 - Boat ventilated and Compressed Air Supply filled.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 12-31-2021 03:43 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 3rd War Patrol - On outbound transit
 
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KTB - U 113

Tuesday, 30 December 1941 - North Atlantic -

- Second week at sea completed -

0150 - Qu.2855CD - New course 256°.

0840 - Early Morning Dawn.

1002 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1200 - Qu.2786CD - Days Run: 157.6sm - (24h).
194.3cbm (3.5cbm/24h). On course 256°. Battery 7900Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1240 - Diving for torpedo maintenance and trial dive acc. B.d.U. Standing Order 507. 135rpm, 3kn.

1300 - At T=50, commencing torpedo maintenance.

1429 - O = 20%.

1600 - Bow torpedoes serviced. Break until 1620h.

1750 - Stern torpedoes serviced. Dinner until 1835h.

1809 - O = 19%.

1845 - Commencing of trial dive.

1905 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meters.
(Critical depth begins at 158m)
135rpm. Setting reception depth.

1914 - Sundown.

1920 - At reception depth.

1940 - Surfaced after 7h 00min. and 20.2sm.
Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.
Battery: 6700Ah. 2x235RPM, 6-7kn.

1952 - Boat ventilated and Compressed Air Supply filled.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 113

Wednesday, 31 December 1941 - ESE of the Newfoundland Grand Bank -

0840 - Early Morning Dawn.

0959 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1200 - Qu.4263CD - Days Run: 133.8sm - 113.6sm (17h 00') - 20.2sm (7h 00').
192.5cbm (1.8cbm/24h). On course 256°. Battery 6700Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

1401 - Norddeich Radio sending an O.K.W. report about Kptlt. Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat (U 74, VIIB) and Kptlt. Robert Gysae (U 98, VIIC) being awarded on this day, with the Knights Cross. Also, today, Obtlt. Reinhard "Teddy" Suhren (U 564, VIIC) and Kptlt. Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock (U 96, VIIC), were awarded with the Oak Leaves to the Knights Cross.

1800 - Qu.4255CD. On New course 262°.

1919 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 27 Dec., 0400h.

2330 - Diving for submerged cruise at A-20.

2340 - At A-20. 135rpm, 3kn.
Beginning of New Years Celebration.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.



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