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Kapitän 08-23-21 05:49 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - Received new patrol grid
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2764249)
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Friday, 22 August 1941 - Southeast of Greenland -

0627 - Sunrise. WNW5/4, clear, light haze, visibility 7-8sm, >1000mb.

0800 - NW4/3, clear, light haze, visibility 7-8sm, >1000mb.

1200 - Qu.2894AK - Days Run: 161.5sm - (24h).
102.9cbm (3.5cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 8500Ah.

1210 - Charging batteries at 8500 Ah:
Port Diesel, Propulsion, 285RPM, 7kn;
Stbd.Diesel, Charging, 495RPM.

1320 - Batteries charged: 1h 10' for 1500Ah.

2240 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.1621/21.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Saturday, 23 August 1941 - Southeast of Greenland -

0401 - U 552 (Topp) reporting straggler (SS Spind, NOR) sunk from convoy OG-71.

0615 - Sunrise.

0631 - U 564 (Suhren) reporting Corvette HMS Zinnia (K98) sunk from convoy OG-71.

1200 - Qu.3733AK - Days Run: 154.2sm - (↗ 24h).
101.1cbm (1.8cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 14+1 torpedoes.
NE3/2, clear, light haze, visibility 7-8sm, >1000mb.

1307 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
"Greenland"-Group is being reassembled in a 100sm wide patrol line, from Qu.AE72/73 to Qu.AL15/16.

1601 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Take up patrol position from U 567 (Fahr) in Qu.AL12.

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.M. report about Merchant Raider "Orion" (Ship 36) arriving in Bordeuax, after 510 days at sea. Successes: 10 ships of 62,915ts and 2 ships of 21,125ts together with Ship 45 (Komet) sunk.
Also, Kptlt. Claus Corth is leaving U 93 and will join the B.d.U. staff as 3rd Asto (Admiral's staff officer).

(Historically, the successful Uboat commander and carrier of the Knights Cross, who was on war duty since the outbreak of the war, was suffering from nervous disintegration and was in the eyes of the B.d.U., no longer fit for active duty.)

2130 - Reached the enemy air cover zone surrounding Iceland.

2228 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
SE1/1, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm. >1000mb.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.1601/23.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 08-24-21 03:29 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - On station
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2764387)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Saturday, 23 August 1941 - Southeast of Greenland -

0401 - U 552 (Topp) reporting straggler (SS Spind, NOR) sunk from convoy OG-71.

0615 - Sunrise.

0631 - U 564 (Suhren) reporting Corvette HMS Zinnia (K98) sunk from convoy OG-71.

1200 - Qu.3733AK - Days Run: 154.2sm - (↗ 24h).
101.1cbm (1.8cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 14+1 torpedoes.
NE3/2, clear, light haze, visibility 7-8sm, >1000mb.

1307 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
"Greenland"-Group is being reassembled in a 100sm wide patrol line, from Qu.AE72/73 to Qu.AL15/16.

1601 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Take up patrol position from U 567 (Fahr) in Qu.AL12.

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.M. report about Merchant Raider "Orion" (Ship 36) arriving in Bordeuax, after 510 days at sea. Successes: 10 ships of 62,915ts and 2 ships of 21,125ts together with Ship 45 (Komet) sunk.
Also, Kptlt. Claus Corth is leaving U 93 and will join the B.d.U. staff as 3rd Asto (Admiral's staff officer).

(Historically, the successful Uboat commander and carrier of the Knights Cross, who was on war duty since the outbreak of the war, was suffering from nervous disintegration and was in the eyes of the B.d.U., no longer fit for active duty.)

2130 - Reached the enemy air cover zone surrounding Iceland.

2228 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
SE1/1, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm. >1000mb.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.1601/23.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Sunday, 24 August 1941 - Southwest of Iceland -

0115 - New course 57°.

0550 - Sunrise. N1/1, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm. >1000mb.

1200 - Qu.1338AL - Days Run: 233.1sm - (24h).
95cbm (6.1cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 14+1 torpedoes.
Weather unchanged since sunrise.

1510 - Qu.1277AL. New course 63°.
Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
In position 1277AL. 95cbm. 14+1 eels. N1/1, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm. >1000mb. - RST -

1538 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received. Remain vigilant.

1800 - N4/3, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

2131 - It's beginning to rain, sea and wind increasing, shifting to east.

2224 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
NE6/5, overcast, rain showers, poor visibility, <1000mb.

2400 - E6/5, overcast, drizzle rain, poor visibility, <1000mb.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.1601/23.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 08-25-21 04:51 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - On station
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2764557)
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Sunday, 24 August 1941 - Southwest of Iceland -

0115 - New course 57°.

0550 - Sunrise. N1/1, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm. >1000mb.

1200 - Qu.1338AL - Days Run: 233.1sm - (24h).
95cbm (6.1cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 14+1 torpedoes.
Weather unchanged since sunrise.

1510 - Qu.1277AL. New course 63°.
Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
In position 1277AL. 95cbm. 14+1 eels. N1/1, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm. >1000mb. - RST -

1538 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received. Remain vigilant.

1800 - N4/3, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

2131 - It's beginning to rain, sea and wind increasing, shifting to east.

2224 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
NE6/5, overcast, rain showers, poor visibility, <1000mb.

2400 - E6/5, overcast, drizzle rain, poor visibility, <1000mb.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.1601/23.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Monday, 25 August 1941 - Southwest of Iceland -
- 4th week at sea completed -

0140 - Qu.1255AL - SE7/6, overcast, drizzle rain, poor visibility, <1000mb.

0530 - Sunrise.

0700 - Diving for torpedo maintenance at T=50 and trial dive to 2A-Meter.

0710 - T=50. 65rpm, 1.6kn. Start of torpedo maintenance.

0851 - O=20%.

1010 - Bow torpedoes serviced. Break for the crew until 1030h.

1200 - Stern torpedoes services. Lunch break.

1200 - Qu.1235AL - Days Run: 135.7sm - 129.2 (19h) - 6.5sm (5h).
94.1cbm (0.9cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 9500Ah. T=50. O=20%.

1251 - O=19%.

1300 - Start of trial dive. 135rpm, 3kn.

1318 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter. Reacting well at 135rpm.

1340 - Surfaced after 10sm and 6.75h. Weather unchanged since sunrise.

1351 - Boat ventilated.

1402 - First status request sent by B.d.U. to U 452 (March).

1755 - New course 180°.

2219 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
Weather unchanged since sunrise.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.1601/23.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 08-26-21 05:10 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - On station
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2764723)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Monday, 25 August 1941 - Southwest of Iceland -
- 4th week at sea completed -

0140 - Qu.1255AL - SE7/6, overcast, drizzle rain, poor visibility, <1000mb.

0530 - Sunrise.

0700 - Diving for torpedo maintenance at T=50 and trial dive to 2A-Meter.

0710 - T=50. 65rpm, 1.6kn. Start of torpedo maintenance.

0851 - O=20%.

1010 - Bow torpedoes serviced. Break for the crew until 1030h.

1200 - Stern torpedoes services. Lunch break.

1200 - Qu.1235AL - Days Run: 135.7sm - 129.2 (19h) - 6.5sm (5h).
94.1cbm (0.9cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 9500Ah. T=50. O=20%.

1251 - O=19%.

1300 - Start of trial dive. 135rpm, 3kn.

1318 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter. Reacting well at 135rpm.

1340 - Surfaced after 10sm and 6.75h. Weather unchanged since sunrise.

1351 - Boat ventilated.

1402 - First status request sent by B.d.U. to U 452 (March).

1755 - New course 180°.

2219 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
Weather unchanged since sunrise.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.1601/23.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Tuesday, 26 August 1941 - Southwest of Iceland -

0230 - It's stopping to rain, wind and sea are dying down and it's starting to clear up.

0335 - New course 297°.
ENE5/4, clear, light haze, visibility 7-8sm, >1000mb.

0535 - Sunrise. NNE5/4, clear, light haze, visibility 7-8sm, >1000mb.

1200 - Qu.1259AL - Days Run: 136.9sm - 133.8 (22h 20') - 3.1sm (1h 40').
91.4cbm (2.7cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 9300Ah. 14+1 torpedoes.
Weather unchanged since sunrise.

1201 - Second status request sent by B.d.U. to U 452 (March).

1420 - Qu.1255AL - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
U 141 (IID, Schüler) has contact with an outgoing convoy in Qu.AM4896, course 270°, 7kn. All boats west of the northern channel are ordered to operate on this convoy. All boats north of 58°N shall remain in their positions.

1756 - Incoming F.T.: From U 141:
Had to dive from attacking airplanes in Qu.4878AM. Lost contact with convoy. - Schüler -

1907 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
U 557 (Paulssen) regained contact with "Schüler"-Convoy in Qu.AM4785. All boats north of 58°N are ordered to continue on course 190° and to take up positions in the area vacated by the boats west of the northern channel.

2220 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
Weather unchanged since sunrise.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.1601/23.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Jeremiah110 08-26-21 09:14 AM

Late November 1939 3rd patrol, after stocking up from the supply ship near Greenland

Came across HMS Rodney coming out of Halifax sailing in the middle of a convoy, smashed it with a broadside from all 5 torpedo tubes at 700 meters range

Kapitän 08-27-21 01:34 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - U 570 is in trouble
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2764906)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Tuesday, 26 August 1941 - Southwest of Iceland -

0230 - It's stopping to rain, wind and sea are dying down and it's starting to clear up.

0335 - New course 297°.
ENE5/4, clear, light haze, visibility 7-8sm, >1000mb.

0535 - Sunrise. NNE5/4, clear, light haze, visibility 7-8sm, >1000mb.

1200 - Qu.1259AL - Days Run: 136.9sm - 133.8 (22h 20') - 3.1sm (1h 40').
91.4cbm (2.7cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 9300Ah. 14+1 torpedoes.
Weather unchanged since sunrise.

1201 - Second status request sent by B.d.U. to U 452 (March).

1420 - Qu.1255AL - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
U 141 (IID, Schüler) has contact with an outgoing convoy in Qu.AM4896, course 270°, 7kn. All boats west of the northern channel are ordered to operate on this convoy. All boats north of 58°N shall remain in their positions.

1756 - Incoming F.T.: From U 141:
Had to dive from attacking airplanes in Qu.4878AM. Lost contact with convoy. - Schüler -

1907 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
U 557 (Paulssen) regained contact with "Schüler"-Convoy in Qu.AM4785. All boats north of 58°N are ordered to continue on course 190° and to take up positions in the area vacated by the boats west of the northern channel.

2220 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
Weather unchanged since sunrise.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.1601/23.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Wednesday, 27 August 1941 - Southwest of Iceland -

0103 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.: B-Dienst reporting on an incoming convoy, that was in Qu.AE7590, on 26.8., 1719h. All boats that are now on course 190°, are to break-off the action and to operate on this convoy and are ordered on different search courses, at 6-8kn. RST: You are free to maneuver.

Cmdr.: Since convoy 0103/27 is out of reach, I decide to continue to operate toward the south, due to three reasons:
1. I can operate along the main shipping and convoy routes,
2. I keep my options open to operate against the "Schüler"-Convoy,
3. I'm leaving the enemy air cover zone around Iceland.

0544 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged in 24h.

1200 - Qu.1647AL - Days Run: 189.8sm - (24h).
87.9cbm (3.5cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 9300Ah. 14+1 torpedoes.
NW4/3, overcast, light haze, visibility 7-8sm, ~1000mb.

1303 - Third status request sent by B.d.U. to U 452 (March). Boat is presumed lost.

(Historically, sunk 7 days in on its first war cruise, on 25 August 1941 in the North Atlantic south of Iceland, in position 61.30N, 15.30W, by depth charges from the British A/S trawler HMS Vascama and from a British Catalina aircraft - 209 Sqn RAF/J. 42 dead, all hands lost).

1357 - Open F.T. from U 570:
Am not clear to dive and am being attacked by aircraft. AE 7698. - Rahmlow -

B.d.U. orders all boats in the vicinity to help her.

1600 - Crossed 58°N. New course 180°.

1801 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
If no contact with convoy 0103/27 by dark, move to southwest, outside of the enemy air cover zone, as the enemy air cover makes freedom of operation impossible in the area occupied until now.

1937 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about British air raids during the night on West- and Southwest Germany. Especially, Cologne was targeted. Flak shot down two enemy bombers.

2105 - New course 90°. K.F.-Ahead.

2205 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
Weather unchanged since Etmal.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.1801/27.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 08-28-21 03:42 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - U 570 cannot be found
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2765084)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Wednesday, 27 August 1941 - Southwest of Iceland -

0103 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.: B-Dienst reporting on an incoming convoy, that was in Qu.AE7590, on 26.8., 1719h. All boats that are now on course 190°, are to break-off the action and to operate on this convoy and are ordered on different search courses, at 6-8kn. RST: You are free to maneuver.

Cmdr.: Since convoy 0103/27 is out of reach, I decide to continue to operate toward the south, due to three reasons:
1. I can operate along the main shipping and convoy routes,
2. I keep my options open to operate against the "Schüler"-Convoy,
3. I'm leaving the enemy air cover zone around Iceland.

0544 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged in 24h.

1200 - Qu.1647AL - Days Run: 189.8sm - (24h).
87.9cbm (3.5cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 9300Ah. 14+1 torpedoes.
NW4/3, overcast, light haze, visibility 7-8sm, ~1000mb.

1303 - Third status request sent by B.d.U. to U 452 (March). Boat is presumed lost.

(Historically, sunk 7 days in on its first war cruise, on 25 August 1941 in the North Atlantic south of Iceland, in position 61.30N, 15.30W, by depth charges from the British A/S trawler HMS Vascama and from a British Catalina aircraft - 209 Sqn RAF/J. 42 dead, all hands lost).

1357 - Open F.T. from U 570:
Am not clear to dive and am being attacked by aircraft. AE 7698. - Rahmlow -

B.d.U. orders all boats in the vicinity to help her.

1600 - Crossed 58°N. New course 180°.

1801 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
If no contact with convoy 0103/27 by dark, move to southwest, outside of the enemy air cover zone, as the enemy air cover makes freedom of operation impossible in the area occupied until now.

1937 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about British air raids during the night on West- and Southwest Germany. Especially, Cologne was targeted. Flak shot down two enemy bombers.

2105 - New course 90°. K.F.-Ahead.

2205 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
Weather unchanged since Etmal.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.1801/27.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Thursday, 28 August 1941 - South of Iceland -

0548 - Sunrise. NNW4/3, overcast, light haze, visibility 7-8sm, ~1000mb.

0727 - U 501 (Förster) and U 73 (Rosenbaum) were both attacked and bombed by aircraft. U 73 was so heavily damaged, that she was forced to return to base.

0957 - U 206 Opitz) reported taking on board 2 officers and 4 Petty Officers from an English aircraft. U 82 (Rollmann) has not succeeded in finding U 570 and reported heavy and low flying enemy air patrols all day.

1200 - Qu.0132AL - Days Run: 176.3sm - (↗ 24h).
83.5cbm (4.4cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 9300Ah. 14+1 torpedoes.
NW4/3, overcast, light haze, visibility 7-8sm, ~1000mb.

1201 - First status request sent by B.d.U. to U 570 (Rahmlow).

1545 - New course 97°.

2153 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
Weather unchanged since Etmal.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.1801/27.


RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 08-29-21 05:43 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - Steamer sunk
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2765241)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Thursday, 28 August 1941 - South of Iceland -

0548 - Sunrise. NNW4/3, overcast, light haze, visibility 7-8sm, ~1000mb.

0727 - U 501 (Förster) and U 73 (Rosenbaum) were both attacked and bombed by aircraft. U 73 was so heavily damaged, that she was forced to return to base.

0957 - U 206 Opitz) reported taking on board 2 officers and 4 Petty Officers from an English aircraft. U 82 (Rollmann) has not succeeded in finding U 570 and reported heavy and low flying enemy air patrols all day.

1200 - Qu.0132AL - Days Run: 176.3sm - (↗ 24h).
83.5cbm (4.4cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 9300Ah. 14+1 torpedoes.
NW4/3, overcast, light haze, visibility 7-8sm, ~1000mb.

1201 - First status request sent by B.d.U. to U 570 (Rahmlow).

1545 - New course 97°.

2153 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
Weather unchanged since Etmal.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.1801/27.


RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Friday, 29 August 1941 - South of Iceland -

0542 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since last Etmal.

0700 - Diving for torpedo maintenance and trial dive.

0706 - T=50, 65rpm, 1.6kn. Start of torpedo maintenance.

0851 - O₂=20%.

1007 - Bow torpedoes serviced. Break until 1030h.

1200 - Stern torpedoes services. Lunch break.

1200 - Qu.2938AL - Days Run: 126.9sm - ↗ 120.0 (19h) - ↘ 6.9sm (5h).
80.9cbm (2.6cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 9000Ah. O₂=20%. 14+1 torpedoes. Weather unchanged since sunrise.

1251 - O₂=19%.

1300 - Start of trial dive.

1319 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter and reacts well at 135rpm.

1405 - Surfaced after 7h and 11sm.

1412 - Boat ventilated. Charging batteries at 8700Ah. Port diesel propulsion 285RPM, 7kn; Stbd diesel charging 495RPM.

1502 - Second status request sent by B.d.U. to U 570 (Rahmlow).

1504 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
All northern boats: Brake off search for U-Rahmlow and occupy previously held positions.
All western boats: Form patrol line from AL8591 to BE2239 in search for "Schüler"-convoy.

1513 - Battery charged: 1h for 1300Ah.

1627 - Boat is operation on ship contact report 1620/29. New course 180°. 2xH.F.

1639 - Steamer bearing 340°, E=9000, on course 265°, speed 7kn. English Belize-Class-Steamer of 1690ts, seems to be unarmed.

1653 - "Battle Stations" & "Weapons Free!", for the 10.5cm deck gun, at distance of 3200m.

Cmdr.: The steamer is armed after all. Returns fire with a deck gun mounted at the stern. However, the shots are irregular and very inaccurate. Two Flak-guns mounted at the aft bridge deck, are not firing. The radio operator is sending "SSS".

1700 - Qu.0241AL - After 31 shots with the deck gun, the steamer sinks by the stern (81 x 10.5cm shells left over).

Running to the sinking position. Nothing found but some debris. Running off on easterly course and high speed. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!"

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about German Luftwaffe Ju88's sinking 3 Soviet supply ships in the Baltic Sea and damaging 3 more.

2158 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
NW4/3, overcast, light haze, visibility 5sm, ~1000mb.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.1504/29.


RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 08-30-21 02:43 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - U 570 presumed lost and another steamer sunk
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2765429)
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Friday, 29 August 1941 - South of Iceland -

0542 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since last Etmal.

0700 - Diving for torpedo maintenance and trial dive.

0706 - T=50, 65rpm, 1.6kn. Start of torpedo maintenance.

0851 - O₂=20%.

1007 - Bow torpedoes serviced. Break until 1030h.

1200 - Stern torpedoes services. Lunch break.

1200 - Qu.2938AL - Days Run: 126.9sm - ↗ 120.0 (19h) - ↘ 6.9sm (5h).
80.9cbm (2.6cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 9000Ah. O₂=20%. 14+1 torpedoes. Weather unchanged since sunrise.

1251 - O₂=19%.

1300 - Start of trial dive.

1319 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter and reacts well at 135rpm.

1405 - Surfaced after 7h and 11sm.

1412 - Boat ventilated. Charging batteries at 8700Ah. Port diesel propulsion 285RPM, 7kn; Stbd diesel charging 495RPM.

1502 - Second status request sent by B.d.U. to U 570 (Rahmlow).

1504 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
All northern boats: Brake off search for U-Rahmlow and occupy previously held positions.
All western boats: Form patrol line from AL8591 to BE2239 in search for "Schüler"-convoy.

1513 - Battery charged: 1h for 1300Ah.

1627 - Boat is operation on ship contact report 1620/29. New course 180°. 2xH.F.

1639 - Steamer bearing 340°, E=9000, on course 265°, speed 7kn. English Belize-Class-Steamer of 1690ts, seems to be unarmed.

1653 - "Battle Stations" & "Weapons Free!", for the 10.5cm deck gun, at distance of 3200m.

Cmdr.: The steamer is armed after all. Returns fire with a deck gun mounted at the stern. However, the shots are irregular and very inaccurate. Two Flak-guns mounted at the aft bridge deck, are not firing. The radio operator is sending "SSS".

1700 - Qu.0241AL - After 31 shots with the deck gun, the steamer sinks by the stern (81 x 10.5cm shells left over).

Running to the sinking position. Nothing found but some debris. Running off on easterly course and high speed. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!"

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about German Luftwaffe Ju88's sinking 3 Soviet supply ships in the Baltic Sea and damaging 3 more.

2158 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
NW4/3, overcast, light haze, visibility 5sm, ~1000mb.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.1504/29.


RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Saturday, 30 August 1941 - West of Rockall -

0200 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
On 29.8., 1700h, sunk ship contact report 1620/29 with deck gun, Belize Steamer 1735ts, Qu.0241AL. 80cbm. 14+1 eels. NW4/3, overcast, light haze, visibility 5sm, ~1000mb. - RST -

0216 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received. Expect next status and weather report in 24h.

0532 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged in 42h.

1000 - New course 97°.

1200 - Qu.3946AL - Days Run: 157.4sm - ↗ 153.6 (21h 55') - ↘ 3.8sm (2h 05')
79.1cbm (1.8cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 14+1 torpedoes. 81x10.5cm. Weather unchanged in 48h.

1201 - Third status request sent by B.d.U. to U 570 (Rahmlow). Boat is presumed lost.

(Historically, U 570 was surrendered to British forces on 27 August 1941 in the North Atlantic south of Iceland, in position 62.15N, 18.35W, after being damaged by a British Hudson aircraft (269 Sqn RAF/S). 44 survivors, no casualties. The boat is beached on 29 August 1941 at Thorlakshofn, in Southern Iceland after being towed from its capture 2 days earlier. It was deemed best to beach her there instead of the longer route to Reykjavik. U-570 became the British submarine HMS Graph on 5 October 1941. Decommissioned from active service on 21 June 1943. Stricken from records after running aground on the west coast of Islay, Scotland on 20 March 1944, while en-route to be scrapped. Wreck broken up in 1961.)

1203 - F.d.U. Mediterranean reporting on imminent arrival of an enemy task force in Gibraltar, most likely in support of increasing its air forces on Malta.

1307 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report on Radio Berlin about successful operations of our Finnish allies in Karelia and the re-capture of its capitol city of Viipuri.

1647 - Boat operating on ship contact report 1640/30. New course 223°. 2xH.F.

1945 - "Commander on bridge!". Smoke plume bearing 30°.
It is ship contact report 1640/30, a Canadian bulk freighter of 2923ts, on course 89°, speed 7kn, E=7000. Steamer has a deck gun mounted on the stern,

1955 - Turned boat around to bring the stern tubes to bear.

2005 - Flooding tube V. Decks awash. "Battle Stations!".

2012 - Qu.6214AL - Shot with tube V: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt44. Own course 0°; Own speed 1.6kn; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Canadian bulk freighter, draught 7.0m.
Target course 89°; Target distance 2600m; Target angle red69°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle α 10°.

Torpedo is a hit after 105sec.!
The steamer sinks on an even keel within 1min. and a couple of load underwater explosions.

2018 - Blowing tanks. Turning boat around and running to the sinking position. Questioned and supplied 3 survivors in one boat. Running off on an easterly course and high speed. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

2045 - New course 77°.

2125 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
WNW6/5, overcast, light haze, visibility 5sm, ~1000mb.

2300 - U 143 (Gelhaus) reporting that at 1710h he had sighted a convoy in AM3551, proceeding west, but was then forced to submerge for several hours and lost contact.

2400 - SW6/5, overcast, light haze, visibility 5sm, ~1000mb.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.0216/30.


RST
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Kapitän 08-31-21 03:09 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - Received order for return voyage to new base
 
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Saturday, 30 August 1941 - West of Rockall -

0200 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
On 29.8., 1700h, sunk ship contact report 1620/29 with deck gun, Belize Steamer 1735ts, Qu.0241AL. 80cbm. 14+1 eels. NW4/3, overcast, light haze, visibility 5sm, ~1000mb. - RST -

0216 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received. Expect next status and weather report in 24h.

0532 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged in 42h.

1000 - New course 97°.

1200 - Qu.3946AL - Days Run: 157.4sm - ↗ 153.6 (21h 55') - ↘ 3.8sm (2h 05')
79.1cbm (1.8cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 14+1 torpedoes. 81x10.5cm. Weather unchanged in 48h.

1201 - Third status request sent by B.d.U. to U 570 (Rahmlow). Boat is presumed lost.

(Historically, U 570 was surrendered to British forces on 27 August 1941 in the North Atlantic south of Iceland, in position 62.15N, 18.35W, after being damaged by a British Hudson aircraft (269 Sqn RAF/S). 44 survivors, no casualties. The boat is beached on 29 August 1941 at Thorlakshofn, in Southern Iceland after being towed from its capture 2 days earlier. It was deemed best to beach her there instead of the longer route to Reykjavik. U-570 became the British submarine HMS Graph on 5 October 1941. Decommissioned from active service on 21 June 1943. Stricken from records after running aground on the west coast of Islay, Scotland on 20 March 1944, while en-route to be scrapped. Wreck broken up in 1961.)

1203 - F.d.U. Mediterranean reporting on imminent arrival of an enemy task force in Gibraltar, most likely in support of increasing its air forces on Malta.

1307 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report on Radio Berlin about successful operations of our Finnish allies in Karelia and the re-capture of its capitol city of Viipuri.

1647 - Boat operating on ship contact report 1640/30. New course 223°. 2xH.F.

1945 - "Commander on bridge!". Smoke plume bearing 30°.
It is ship contact report 1640/30, a Canadian bulk freighter of 2923ts, on course 89°, speed 7kn, E=7000. Steamer has a deck gun mounted on the stern,

1955 - Turned boat around to bring the stern tubes to bear.

2005 - Flooding tube V. Decks awash. "Battle Stations!".

2012 - Qu.6214AL - Shot with tube V: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt44. Own course 0°; Own speed 1.6kn; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Canadian bulk freighter, draught 7.0m.
Target course 89°; Target distance 2600m; Target angle red69°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle α 10°.

Torpedo is a hit after 105sec.!
The steamer sinks on an even keel within 1min. and a couple of load underwater explosions.

2018 - Blowing tanks. Turning boat around and running to the sinking position. Questioned and supplied 3 survivors in one boat. Running off on an easterly course and high speed. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

2045 - New course 77°.

2125 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
WNW6/5, overcast, light haze, visibility 5sm, ~1000mb.

2300 - U 143 (Gelhaus) reporting that at 1710h he had sighted a convoy in AM3551, proceeding west, but was then forced to submerge for several hours and lost contact.

2400 - SW6/5, overcast, light haze, visibility 5sm, ~1000mb.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.0216/30.


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Sunday, 31 August 1941 - West of Rockall -

0200 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
On 30.8., 2015h, sunk ship contact report 1640/30 with 1Ato, Canadian bulk carrier 3062ts, Qu.6214AL. 75cbm. 13+1 eels. SW6/5, overcast, light haze, visibility 5sm, ~1000mb. - RST -

0216 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received. Delayed return voyage. Port of entry as ordered.

0520 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 0000h.

0800 - New course 97°.

1200 - Qu.0376AL - Days Run: 211.1sm - (↗ 24h).
73.4cbm (7.0cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 13+1 torpedoes. 10.5cm: 81xSpG+28xLkG; M.G.-C/30-2cm: 7820. Weather unchanged in 48h.

1505 - U 101 (Mengersen) had reported from BE 2458 an acoustic bearing of 165° on a convoy, and now at 1505h, from BE 2486, a bearing of 1800. The convoy is probably steering a southerly course. U 101 has engine trouble and has to return to base.

1836 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about successful operations on the Finish front and British air raids on northwestern Germany.

2112 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
Weather unchanged since 0000h.

2135 - New course 150°. K.F.-Ahead.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.0216/31.


RST
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Kapitän 09-01-21 02:42 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - On return voyage to new base
 
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Sunday, 31 August 1941 - West of Rockall -

0200 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
On 30.8., 2015h, sunk ship contact report 1640/30 with 1Ato, Canadian bulk carrier 3062ts, Qu.6214AL. 75cbm. 13+1 eels. SW6/5, overcast, light haze, visibility 5sm, ~1000mb. - RST -

0216 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received. Delayed return voyage. Port of entry as ordered.

0520 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 0000h.

0800 - New course 97°.

1200 - Qu.0376AL - Days Run: 211.1sm - (↗ 24h).
73.4cbm (7.0cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 13+1 torpedoes. 10.5cm: 81xSpG+28xLkG; M.G.-C/30-2cm: 7820. Weather unchanged in 48h.

1505 - U 101 (Mengersen) had reported from BE 2458 an acoustic bearing of 165° on a convoy, and now at 1505h, from BE 2486, a bearing of 180°. The convoy is probably steering a southerly course. U 101 has engine trouble and has to return to base.

1836 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about successful operations on the Finish front and British air raids on northwestern Germany.

2112 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
Weather unchanged since 0000h.

2135 - New course 150°. K.F.-Ahead.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.0216/31.


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Monday, 1 September 1941 - South of Rockall Bank -

- Fifth week at sea completed -

0130 - SSW3/2, partly cloudy, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

0250 - Qu.4155AM - New course 180°.
SE2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

0509 - Sunrise. ENE2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

0700 - Stopping boat to bring external stern torpedo under deck. Both Flak Guns manned.

0755 - External stern torpedo stowed under deck.
K.F.-Ahead.

1101 - The 29th Flotilla in La Spezia has been opened.

1150 - Incoming F.T.: From U 73:
"Gustav Gelb!" Inward bound convoy in BD 3945. 20 steamers 3 escorts, course 40°, speed 7 knots. - Rosenbaum -

Boats of the group "Bosemüller" are ordered by B.d.U. to operate on this convoy "Rosenbaum", which is maintaining contact.

1200 - Qu.4455AM - Days Run: 175.5sm - (↗ 24h).
70.3cbm (1.8cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 14 internal torpedoes. 10.5cm: 81xSpG+28xLkG; M.G.-C/30-2cm: 7820.
Weather unchanged since sunrise.

2030 - Qu.4755AM. New course 240°.

2056 - Sundown.
Weather unchanged since sunrise.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.0216/31.


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Kapitän 09-02-21 02:55 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - Operating on convoy "Rosenbaum"
 
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Monday, 1 September 1941 - South of Rockall Bank -

- Fifth week at sea completed -

0130 - SSW3/2, partly cloudy, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

0250 - Qu.4155AM - New course 180°.
SE2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

0509 - Sunrise. ENE2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

0700 - Stopping boat to bring external stern torpedo under deck. Both Flak Guns manned.

0755 - External stern torpedo stowed under deck.
K.F.-Ahead.

1101 - The 29th Flotilla in La Spezia has been opened.

1150 - Incoming F.T.: From U 73:
"Gustav Gelb!" Inward bound convoy in BD 3945. 20 steamers 3 escorts, course 40°, speed 7 knots. - Rosenbaum -

Boats of the group "Bosemüller" are ordered by B.d.U. to operate on this convoy "Rosenbaum", which is maintaining contact.

1200 - Qu.4455AM - Days Run: 175.5sm - (↗ 24h).
70.3cbm (1.8cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 14 internal torpedoes. 10.5cm: 81xSpG+28xLkG; M.G.-C/30-2cm: 7820.
Weather unchanged since sunrise.

2030 - Qu.4755AM. New course 240°.

2056 - Sundown.
Weather unchanged since sunrise.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.0216/31.


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Tuesday, 2 September 1941 - Northwest of Porcupine Bank -

0016 - Incoming F.T.: From U 73:
Lost contact in thick fog. Last convoy position BD 3661. - Rosenbaum -

0525 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged in 24h.

0700 - Diving for torpedo maintenance at T=50 and trial dive. 65rpm, 1.6kn.

0851 - O₂=20%.

1007 - Bow torpedoes serviced. Break until 1027h.

1157 - Stern torpedoes serviced. Lunch Break.

1200 - Qu.9353AL - Days Run: 165.2sm - ↗ 156.8 (19h) - ↘ 8.4sm (5h).
66.8cbm (3.5cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 14 internal torpedoes. 10.5cm: 81xSpG+28xLkG; M.G.-C/30-2cm: 7820.
T=50. 9400Ah. O₂=20%.

1251 - O₂=19%.

1300 - Trial dive according to Standing Order 507.

1319 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter and reacts well at 135rpm, 3kn.

1339 - S-Tiefe.
Received F.T.1143/2 from U 557: Suddenly came upon convoy in fog and rain. BE 1159, course 40°. - Paulssen -

Cmdr.: "Shortly afterwards U 83 reported a corvette in the same grid square. Hence, both of these boats must have been very close to the convoy. Apparently the thick weather prevented further shadowing."

1345 - Surfaced after 6h 45' and 12sm.

1410 - Qu.9355AL - Boat ventilated.

1501 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about successes of the Kriegsmarine during the month of August 1941.

Air reconnaissance has reported convoy "Rosenbaum" in AL 9289. As the convoy is not detected by evening, B.d.U. directs both groups "Bosemüller" and "Kurfürst" to operate on this convoy and combines both groups to form Wolfpack "Seewolf".

Cmdr.: "All the while, we are in close proximity to these operations and are unable to establish contact to convoy 'Rosenbaum'. It is as if the convoy has vanished into thin air."

2104 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since sunrise, 1.9.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.0216/31.

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Kapitän 09-03-21 05:45 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - Boat operating on convoy "Gysae"
 
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Tuesday, 2 September 1941 - Northwest of Porcupine Bank -

0016 - Incoming F.T.: From U 73:
Lost contact in thick fog. Last convoy position BD 3661. - Rosenbaum -

0525 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged in 24h.

0700 - Diving for torpedo maintenance at T=50 and trial dive. 65rpm, 1.6kn.

0851 - O₂=20%.

1007 - Bow torpedoes serviced. Break until 1027h.

1157 - Stern torpedoes serviced. Lunch Break.

1200 - Qu.9353AL - Days Run: 165.2sm - ↗ 156.8 (19h) - ↘ 8.4sm (5h).
66.8cbm (3.5cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 14 internal torpedoes. 10.5cm: 81xSpG+28xLkG; M.G.-C/30-2cm: 7820.
T=50. 9400Ah. O₂=20%.

1251 - O₂=19%.

1300 - Trial dive according to Standing Order 507.

1319 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter and reacts well at 135rpm, 3kn.

1339 - S-Tiefe.
Received F.T.1143/2 from U 557: Suddenly came upon convoy in fog and rain. BE 1159, course 40°. - Paulssen -

Cmdr.: "Shortly afterwards U 83 reported a corvette in the same grid square. Hence, both of these boats must have been very close to the convoy. Apparently the thick weather prevented further shadowing."

1345 - Surfaced after 6h 45' and 12sm.

1410 - Qu.9355AL - Boat ventilated.

1501 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about successes of the Kriegsmarine during the month of August 1941.

Air reconnaissance has reported convoy "Rosenbaum" in AL 9289. As the convoy is not detected by evening, B.d.U. directs both groups "Bosemüller" and "Kurfürst" to operate on this convoy and combines both groups to form Wolfpack "Seewolf".

Cmdr.: "All the while, we are in close proximity to these operations and are unable to establish contact to convoy 'Rosenbaum'. It is as if the convoy has vanished into thin air."

2104 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since sunrise, 1.9.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per B.d.U.-F.T.0216/31.

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Wednesday, 3 September 1941 - West of Ireland -

0125 - Qu.9555AL -

0542 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged in 48h.

1200 - Qu.9753AL - Days Run: 226.2sm - (↗ 24h).
63.3cbm (3.5cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 14 internal torpedoes. 10.5cm: 81xSpG+28xLkG; M.G.-C/30-2cm: 7820. 9100Ah.

1245 - Qu.9755AL - NNE5/4, partly cloudy, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

1600 - NW7/6, partly cloudy, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

1640 - The "Rosenbaum" convoy has not been found. However, outward bound U 98 (Gysae), contacted an outward bound convoy in AL 9656. Course 240°. It is probably the "OG" convoy that was inadequately reported by Air reconnaissance on 2.9. Group "Seewolf" should be about 100 to 180 miles W.S.W. of the convoy and we are also in position to intercept. Gysae was only able to distinguish a cruiser and 8 steamers. However, we have at least an exact enemy position to work on again. Data on inward convoys are old (in BD 3661 at 0016 on 2.9.). Even if we still succeed in picking up the "Rosenbaum" convoy, little time will remain for attacking, as it is already in the rendezvous area. Weather and especially visibility, is expected to be more favorable in the south than in the north during the next few days. B.d.U. therefore, decides to give up all idea of attacking the inward bound convoy and to commit all boats in an operation against the outward convoy.

2107 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 1600h.

Boat operating on convoy "Gysae".

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Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 09-04-21 02:31 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - U-Fraatz attacked by US-Destroyer
 
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Wednesday, 3 September 1941 - West of Ireland -

0125 - Qu.9555AL -

0542 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged in 48h.

1200 - Qu.9753AL - Days Run: 226.2sm - (↗ 24h).
63.3cbm (3.5cbm/24h) +1.3 Reserve. 14 internal torpedoes. 10.5cm: 81xSpG+28xLkG; M.G.-C/30-2cm: 7820. 9100Ah.

1245 - Qu.9755AL - NNE5/4, partly cloudy, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

1600 - NW7/6, partly cloudy, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

1640 - The "Rosenbaum" convoy has not been found. However, outward bound U 98 (Gysae), contacted an outward bound convoy in AL 9656. Course 240°. It is probably the "OG" convoy that was inadequately reported by Air reconnaissance on 2.9. Group "Seewolf" should be about 100 to 180 miles W.S.W. of the convoy and we are also in position to intercept. Gysae was only able to distinguish a cruiser and 8 steamers. However, we have at least an exact enemy position to work on again. Data on inward convoys are old (in BD 3661 at 0016 on 2.9.). Even if we still succeed in picking up the "Rosenbaum" convoy, little time will remain for attacking, as it is already in the rendezvous area. Weather and especially visibility, is expected to be more favorable in the south than in the north during the next few days. B.d.U. therefore, decides to give up all idea of attacking the inward bound convoy and to commit all boats in an operation against the outward convoy.

2107 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 1600h.

Boat operating on convoy "Gysae".

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Thursday, 4 September 1941 - West of The Channel -

0145 - Qu.1355BE -
New course 180°.

0600 - Sunrise.
Weather unchanged since 3.9., 1600h.

0601 - Neither Air reconnaissance nor other boats succeeded in finding the "Gysae" convoy. The search is being continued in the sector from 180° to 220° based on the last known enemy position. Two boats are being allocated to each sector.

0835 - Qu.1655BE -

0903 - L.I. reporting that we have 60cbm fuel left (25%).

1200 - Qu.1922BE - Days Run: 208.4sm - (24h).
57.1cbm (7.5cbm/24h). 9100Ah. 14 internal torpedoes.
10.5cm: 81xSpG+28xLkG; M.G.-C/30-2cm: 7820.

1520 - Qu.1955BE -

1837 - The U.S.A. destroyer "Greer" reports that she was unsuccessfully attacked with torpedoes by a submarine at noon today. A query put to the most likely submarines showed that U 652 (Fraatz) had encountered the destroyer and had been attacked with 3 depth charges. She reported that she had been forced to sheer of. Double miss observed. Moderate depth charge pursuit.

Further investigation will reveal that a British bomber had signaled the American destroyer USS Greer (DD 145) that U-Fraatz (part of Group "Markgraf") was in the vicinity (Qu. AD 8550, Southwest of Icland). "Greer" picked up a sonar contact at close range and started to track the boat. The aircraft dropped four depth charges and then left the scene. Shortly afterwards, Fraatz fired a torpedo at Greer, believing she was responsible. Greer then went on the attack and a two hour battle followed, during which she dropped 19 depth charges and Fraatz fired another torpedo - no damage to either side. US President Roosevelt will use this event in his campaign to convince the US to go to war against Germany and the "undeclared war" between German U-boats and US escorts will escalate dramatically from this point onward.

2058 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 3.9., 1600h.

2210 - Qu.4355BE -

Boat operating on convoy "Gysae".

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Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 09-05-21 09:24 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - Boat searching for convoy "Gysae"
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2766492)
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Thursday, 4 September 1941 - West of The Channel -

0145 - Qu.1355BE -
New course 180°.

0600 - Sunrise.
Weather unchanged since 3.9., 1600h.

0601 - Neither Air reconnaissance nor other boats succeeded in finding the "Gysae" convoy. The search is being continued in the sector from 180° to 220° based on the last known enemy position. Two boats are being allocated to each sector.

0835 - Qu.1655BE -

0903 - L.I. reporting that we have 60cbm fuel left (25%).

1200 - Qu.1922BE - Days Run: 208.4sm - (24h).
57.1cbm (7.5cbm/24h). 9100Ah. 14 internal torpedoes.
10.5cm: 81xSpG+28xLkG; M.G.-C/30-2cm: 7820.

1520 - Qu.1955BE -

1837 - The U.S.A. destroyer "Greer" reports that she was unsuccessfully attacked with torpedoes by a submarine at noon today. A query put to the most likely submarines showed that U 652 (Fraatz) had encountered the destroyer and had been attacked with 3 depth charges. She reported that she had been forced to sheer of. Double miss observed. Moderate depth charge pursuit.

Further investigation will reveal that a British bomber had signaled the American destroyer USS Greer (DD 145) that U-Fraatz (part of Group "Markgraf") was in the vicinity (Qu. AD 8550, Southwest of Icland). "Greer" picked up a sonar contact at close range and started to track the boat. The aircraft dropped four depth charges and then left the scene. Shortly afterwards, Fraatz fired a torpedo at Greer, believing she was responsible. Greer then went on the attack and a two hour battle followed, during which she dropped 19 depth charges and Fraatz fired another torpedo - no damage to either side. US President Roosevelt will use this event in his campaign to convince the US to go to war against Germany and the "undeclared war" between German U-boats and US escorts will escalate dramatically from this point onward.

2058 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 3.9., 1600h.

2210 - Qu.4355BE -

Boat operating on convoy "Gysae".

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Friday, 5 September 1941 - North Atlantic -

0455 - Qu.4655BE. New course 90°.
NNW7/6, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

0510 - Diving to T=50 due to high swell continually washing over the bridge. 65rpm, 1.6kn.

0608 - Sunrise. Breakfast.

0701 - O=20%. Beginning of torpedo maintenance.

1001 - Bow torpedoes serviced. Break until 1016h.

1101- O=19%.

1146 - Stern torpedoes serviced. Lunch break.

1200 - Qu.4656BE - Days Run: 157.1sm - 147.3 (17h 10') -
9.8sm (6h 50').
54.5cbm (2.6cbm/24h). 8800Ah. T=50. O=19%. 14 internal torpedoes.10.5cm: 81xSpG+28xLkG; M.G.-C/30-2cm: 7820.

1300 - Beginning of trial dive according to Standing Order 507.

1319 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter and reacts well at 135rpm, 3kn.

1339 - S-Tiefe. Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Search for the "Gysae" convoy is continuing. Boats receive orders to continue operations in the north to south patrol line between 15° and 23° West.

1340 - Surfaced after 8.5h and 13sm. Weather and sea are unchanged.

1345 - New course 49°. Boat has to run athwart.

1403 - Boat ventilated and compressed air supply filled.

1406 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Group "Markgraf" is given new attack areas, embracing the zone between Greenland and Iceland as far as about 400 miles south of the Islands.

1420 - Wind and Sea are dying down and turning to East. NNE5/4, clear, good visibility, >1000mb.

1505 - New course 90°.

1601 - NE3/2, clear, good visibility, >1000mb.
Incoming F.T.: From U 501:
Have sunk English Merchant "Python" 4500ts, - Förster -

Charging batteries at 8400Ah:
Port diesel propulsion 396RPM, 11kn;
Stbd. diesel charging 495RPM.

1715 - E1/1, clear, good visibility, >1000mb.
Batteries charged: 1h 15' for 1600Ah.

1801 - Norddeich Radio reporting about the Soviet Cruiser "Komintern" firing at coastal batteries at Fontanka, Romania, Black Sea.

2055 - Sundown. SE1/1, clear, good visibility, >1000mb.

Boat operating on convoy "Gysae".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.



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