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Bubblehead1980 06-17-22 07:48 PM

SH 4 Dark Waters but figured U Boat Kaleuns here would enjoy..


U-47 August 21, 1940



21.08.40 Convoy Intercept.
--------- Weather: Clear. Winds 0 kts
Sea State: 0
Moon:


03.06 Received report of convoy in Grid AL 81
Course ENE 8 kts. Set intercept course.
Estimated intercept time 13.00.

12.28 Submerged for sound check.

12.31 Distant prop noises bearing 036.
Set course to close contacts.

12.35 Surfaced to close contacts.


12.55 Spotted enemy convoy bearing 345 17000 meters.

12.56 Contact Report Sent.
Large Convoy Sighted Grid AL 82
Course 090 Speed 7 kts.


13.10 Received orders to attack immediately.
Called Action Stations for submerged attack.

13.11 Submerged for attack.


14.00 Approached convoy from starboard side.


14.29 Inside convoy. Targeting middle columns.


14.32 Fired Tube No.1, No.2 (TI G7a) 8500 ton tanker. Range 1500 meters.

Fired Tube No.3 (TI G7a) at large merchant Range 900 meters.

Fired Tube No.4 at Second large tanker Range 1900 meters.

14.33 Two torpedo impacts on first tanker!

One torpedo impact(Tube No.3) but no detonation. Torpedo was a dud.

14.34 Enemy escort pinging closing. Ordered hard dive 100 meters.
Rigged for Silent Routine and wasserbombe.

14.35 Torpedo missed target.


14.36 Torpedo impact! Very large series of explosions followed by
sounds of ship breaking up. Torpedo missed intended target but hit
another vessel. Possibly a ammunition ship judging by the explosions.

14.41 Enemy passed above. Splashes.


14.42 Depth charges.


14.45 Boat at 120 meters. Enemy appeared to lose contact
after first pattern.

14.53 Inside convoy with escorts not close. Rose to periscope depth.


14.59 8300 ton Tanker (Torpedoes 1 and 2 hit) sunk.

15.07 Fired Tube No.5 (TII G7e) at Hog Island Type A freighter. 4515 tons.
Range 1100 meters. Fired then dove, escorting closing

15.10 Torpedo impact! Torpedo missed, but impacted another vessel.

15.11 Enemy above. Boat depth 108 meters.

15.20 Sounds of ship breaking up astern.

15.21 Distant wasserbombe explosions.

15.26 Distant wasserbombe explosions.

15.42 Unknown vessel sunk Grid AL 82.
(Later identified as 3907 tons Medium Modern Passenger/Freighter)

16.20 Secured Action Stations and Silent Routine.
Depth 160 meters. Ordered torpedo reload.

17.31 Reload completed.

17.54 Periscope depth. All clear.

18.01 Surfaced. Set pursuit course 090.

18.40 Spotted convoy bearing 056 15 km


(In pursuit for night surface attack)

Kapitän 08-22-22 08:17 AM

On B.d.U.-Staff in Paris, Avenue Maréchal Maunoury
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2810185)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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KTB - U 113


Sunday, 24 May 1942 - Lorient

Awards & Promotions:

The Commander is being promoted to Korvettenkapitän, and will take over as 1. Admiralstabsoffizier operativ (A I op) 'Geleitzugs-Asto' (convoy staff officer).

The XO, Ob.Ltnt.z.S. Rainer SCHEUFLER was promoted to the Commander of U 113! He also received the Iron Cross 1st Class & U-boat War Badge!

The II.W.O., Ltnt.z.S. Jakob APPELT, and Chief QuartermasterOtto TOTENHAGEN, also, received the Iron Cross 1st Class!

The L.I., Ltnt.-Ing. Fritz FRIEDERICHS, was awarded with the German Cross in Gold!

The No.1 Boatswain's Mate 2cl. Leo ALBRECHT, the No.3 Coxswain Werner KIRCHHOFF, the OMasch(D), Chief Machinist Mattheides ROHDE and the OMasch(E), Machinist Kurt MARKS, were awarded with the Iron Cross 2nd Class!

The A/A Mate Philipp HARTMANN, was promoted to Boatswain's Mate 2cl. and awarded with the U-boat War Badge!
The two Seaman 1cl. Gustav CLAUSEN and Ebe FISCHER, were both promoted to Leading Seaman 1cl.

The No.1 Boatswain's Mate 2cl. Leo ALBRECHT, the A/A Boatswain's Mate 2cl. Philipp HARTMANN, the Fireman 1cl.(DBb) August EPPEN, the two Seaman 2cl.(T) Günther HANSEN and Ernst THOMSEN, the two Seaman 2cl.(Radio) Alfred EULER and Ernst RAHN, and 18 further enlisted men, were awarded with the U-boat War Badge!

The crew is given leave of 6 weeks at home, in 2 shifts of 3 weeks each.

Fourth war patrol with U 113 and 16th war patrol overall completed.

RST
KvtKpt.&Cmdr.


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

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Wednesday, 01 July 1942 - Paris

Taking up my new post on the B.d.U.-Staff, as 1. Admiralstabsoffizier operativ (A I op) 'Geleitzugs-Asto' (convoy staff officer).

During the month of May, the enemy had started to adopt the convoy system along the East Coast of the U.S.A. and in the Gulf of Mexico, and as of this month, also, in the Caribbean.


Saturday, 4 July 1942

Boats are free to engage Brazilian shipping.

Allied convoy PQ-17 is attacked by 24 He 111 aircraft of German Luftwaffe unit I./KG 26 about 60 miles north of Bear Island (Bjørnøya), Norway.

British RAF's third 1,000-plane raid targets Bremen, Germany, causing considerable damage to the city and the Focke-Wulf plant.

While the Soviet 5th Guards Tank Army has been moved to Voronezh, Russia to aid the city's defense, Adolf Hilter diverts the German 6th Army toward Stalingrad.

Axis tanks continue the attack on Ruweisat Ridge near El Alamein, Egypt, making little progress; British aircraft fly 900 sorties on this day against the Axis offensive. The Allies, believing the Axis forces have lost their initial momentum, launch a limited offensive with elements of the South African 1st Division and New Zealand 2nd Division toward the Ruweisat Ridge.


Sunday, 19 July 1942

B.d.U. withdraws the last two boats from the U.S.A. East Coast.

99 British bombers (40 Halifax, 31 Stirling, and 28 Lancaster) are launched to attack the Vulkan submarine yard at Vegesack district of Bremen, Germany; most bombs miss the shipyard; 3 bombers are lost.

The Soviet 66th Naval Rifle Brigade arrives at Stalingrad and is assigned to the Soviet 64th Army.

British cruisers HMS Dido and HMS Euryalus and four destroyers bombard Mersa Matruh, Egypt.

General Walther von Brauchitsch is awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Cross of Liberty of Finland.


RST
KvtKpt.& A I op
(Geleitzugs-Asto)


Kaptlt.Endrass 08-24-22 11:56 PM

Left Lorient in March of 1941, on U-32's 3rd war patrol. Having just been promoted to Oblt. z. See, and the majority of the crew having been onboard for some time now, the ship was in good spirits as we set course for EK76.

Stopped by the approaches to the Strait of Gibraltar, sinking three lone merchants and tracking and engaging a convoy, though luck would not be on our side; of the four torpedoes fired, one missed, another detonated prematurely, and the remaining two were dodged as the convoy began maneuvering. Escorts depth-charged us for the better part of 3 hours before we finally gave them the slip, and we surfaced later in the evening of the 15th of April. With the weather so good, we continued hunting in the area, hoping to catch some more traffic, but after a few run-ins with air patrols, we made for the Canary Islands to resupply at M/V Corrientes, and enjoy some well-deserved liberty in Las Palmas.


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