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Kapt Z 09-23-21 08:32 PM

After 15 years of gameplay Sunk the Hood!
 
Wow. Been playing the game since 2007 and before tonight I had only seen the Hood once before in game.

09SEP39

U-34, type VIIA
Oblt. Gunter Lauer

On first patrol of the war. Sighted task force SE of Iceland. ID'd Hood, Renown class BC and two cruisers escorted by about 5 destroyers. They closed to about 10,000 m and I sent a long range spread of 4 torpedoes(WO assist, I'm not that good!).

Figured maybe I would get at best one or two hits. All four hit! She slowed and quietly rolled to port and slid to the bottom.

Escorts never detected me.

Almost anti-climatic...

But, still WOW.

Kapitän 09-24-21 03:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Kapt Z (Post 2770300)
Wow. Been playing the game since 2007 and before tonight I had only seen the Hood once before in game.

09SEP39

U-34, type VIIA
Oblt. Gunter Lauer

On first patrol of the war. Sighted task force SE of Iceland. ID'd Hood, Renown class BC and two cruisers escorted by about 5 destroyers. They closed to about 10,000 m and I sent a long range spread of 4 torpedoes(WO assist, I'm not that good!).

Figured maybe I would get at best one or two hits. All four hit! She slowed and quietly rolled to port and slid to the bottom.

Escorts never detected me.

Almost anti-climatic...

But, still WOW.


Great Job! :up:


Yep, I also, let my XO do the torpedo shooting during surface attacks. For submerged attacks, "Der Alte" has to do it himself :03:

Kapitän 09-24-21 03:20 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - Pre-War Patrol Preparations
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2770139)
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Tuesday, 23 September 1941 - Lorient

Taking on of Fuel Oil (240cbm at 850kg/m³) and Lubricating Oil.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Wednesday, 24 September 1941 - Lorient

Trimming trials and test cruise at Lorient roadstead.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 09-25-21 11:47 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - Pre-War Patrol Preparations
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2770332)
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Wednesday, 24 September 1941 - Lorient

Trimming trials and test cruise at Lorient roadstead.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Thursday, 25 September 1941 - Lorient

Testing of Navigational and Radio Equipment.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 09-26-21 08:45 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - Pre-War Patrol Preparations
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2770661)
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Thursday, 25 September 1941 - Lorient

Testing of Navigational and Radio Equipment.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Friday, 26 September until Tuesday, 30 September 1941 - Lorient

Taking on of Provisions, Ammunitions and Torpedoes.

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

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

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 10-01-21 04:04 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - Completed Pre-War Patrol Preparations
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2770796)
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Friday, 26 September until Tuesday, 30 September 1941 - Lorient

Taking on of Provisions, Ammunitions and Torpedoes.

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

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

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Wednesday, 1 October 1941 - Lorient

Final Repairs and Adjustments. Basin Trials.

Pre-War Patrol Preparations completed.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 10-02-21 04:11 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - Leaving port
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2771811)
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Wednesday, 1 October 1941 - Lorient

Final Repairs and Adjustments. Basin Trials.

Pre-War Patrol Preparations completed.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Thursday, 2 October 1941 - 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Taking on of fresh food provisions and potable water.

Received Intel.Briefing:
Air reconnaissance found a convoy steering 270° at 1240h in AL 6262. The aircraft reported about 20 steamers from 10,000 to 20,000 GRT, 6 patrol boats, 4 destroyers. It appeared at first as if this convoy is going to America and not Gibraltar, on account of the size of the ships and the courses observed. On its return flight a second aircraft picked up the convoy again at 1500h and reported it in AL 6283 with course 200°. Both positions have been given to the boats, which received orders to operate on this convoy. Air reconnaissance has been detailed for tomorrow in the area concerned.

Received Op.-Orders:
1. Outbound transfer on Path "Kernleder" until Point "Kern" (200m-Line).
2. Deep Dive Trial on Point "Kern" to 2A-Meter.
3. After successful deep dive trial, first status report from Qu.18BF.
4. Second status report when crossing 15°W and switching to Atlantic-Frequency.
5. Occupy Marqu.39AL for 24h.

2210 - N2/2, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb, 3/4-Moon in the South.
Casting off from bunker. Left for 2nd War Patrol with U 113 and 14th War Patrol overall.

2215 - Taking on escort (Minesweeper "Rostock"), distance 300m.
Burning ships in Lorient. Two Me110 are patrolling the harbor and roadstead.

2235 - Port-Louis to our port beam and Kernével to our stbd. beam.

Testing Diesel Engines:
K.F.-7kn; 1/3-10kn; 2xH.F.-14kn; G.F.-17kn; A.K.-18kn.

2300 - Incoming VIIC boat to our stbd. beam.
(U 572, Kptlt. Heinz Hirsacker, arriving in Lorient after its first war patrol from home)

2305 - Point "Luci-1" - Releasing escort. 2xH.F. on course 180°.

2317 - New course 225°.

2400 - New course 270°.
RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 10-03-21 02:27 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - On outbound transit
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2772043)
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Thursday, 2 October 1941 - 2nd U.-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Heinz Fischer, 08.41 - 01.43) - Lorient (Qu.6157BF)

Taking on of fresh food provisions and potable water.

Received Intel.Briefing:
Air reconnaissance found a convoy steering 270° at 1240h in AL 6262. The aircraft reported about 20 steamers from 10,000 to 20,000 GRT, 6 patrol boats, 4 destroyers. It appeared at first as if this convoy is going to America and not Gibraltar, on account of the size of the ships and the courses observed. On its return flight a second aircraft picked up the convoy again at 1500h and reported it in AL 6283 with course 200°. Both positions have been given to the boats, which received orders to operate on this convoy. Air reconnaissance has been detailed for tomorrow in the area concerned.

Received Op.-Orders:
1. Outbound transfer on Path "Kernleder" until Point "Kern" (200m-Line).
2. Deep Dive Trial on Point "Kern" to 2A-Meter.
3. After successful deep dive trial, first status report from Qu.18BF.
4. Second status report when crossing 15°W and switching to Atlantic-Frequency.
5. Occupy Marqu.39AL for 24h.

2210 - N2/2, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb, 3/4-Moon in the South.
Casting off from bunker. Left for 2nd War Patrol with U 113 and 14th War Patrol overall.

2215 - Taking on escort (Minesweeper "Rostock"), distance 300m.
Burning ships in Lorient. Two Me110 are patrolling the harbor and roadstead.

2235 - Port-Louis to our port beam and Kernével to our stbd. beam.

Testing Diesel Engines:
K.F.-7kn; 1/3-10kn; 2xH.F.-14kn; G.F.-17kn; A.K.-18kn.

2300 - Incoming VIIC boat to our stbd. beam.
(U 572, Kptlt. Heinz Hirsacker, arriving in Lorient after its first war patrol from home)

2305 - Point "Luci-1" - Releasing escort. 2xH.F. on course 180°.

2317 - New course 225°.

2400 - New course 270°.
RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Friday, 3 October 1941 - Bay of Biscay -

0353 - South of Pen March - 3/4-Moon setting in the West.
Fishing vessel bearing 76°, E=10000, on course ESE. Evaded on surface.

0500 - Morning Dawn.

0615 - Sunrise.

0845 - Wind and Sea increasing, shifting to East.

1200 - Qu.5197BF - Days Run: 182.5sm - (24h) - since Lorient.
233.9cbm (6.1cbm/14h). SSE6/5, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

1437 - Three Fishing Vessels ahead stbd.12, E=16000, on course ESE, heading straight for Point "Kern".

1450 - Diving at E=10000. At S-Tiefe, sound contact with warship bearing 61°, E=17000, on course ESE - cannot make out in A-Periscope.

1456 - Diving to T=20.

1508 - The three fishing vessels are turning North. E=7000.

1555 - Point "Kern" - The three Fishing vessels now bearing 56°, E=10000, on northerly heading. Commencing Deep Dive Trial acc. Standing Order 507, 135rpm.

1617 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter.

1619 - 185rpm. Setting reception depth.

1629 - At reception depth.

B.d.U.-Report:
The convoy from the previous day was picked up again by air reconnaissance towards midday. D/F bearings were reported from 7 boats, which gave a fairly exact position for the convoy in AL 8240 at 1200h. Mean course since yesterday is SW. U 83 (VIIB, Ob.Ltnt.z.S. Hans-Werner Kraus) is fairly close to the convoy position and can still keep contact today.

According to an aircraft report, the convoy consists of 25 merchant ships, 4 patrol boats, 4 destroyers, 1 cruiser and 1 aircraft carrier. Air reconnaissance is again detailed for October, 4th.

1635 - Surfaced after 45min. and 4.6sm. 9500Ah.
Weather unchanged since Etmal.

The three fishing vessels can be seen bearing 71°, E=15000, on a northerly heading.

1748 - Sundown.3/4-Moon rising in the East.

Boat continuing on outbound transfer.

Cmdr.: Three fishing vessels loitering around Point "Kern", at the precise time that we are supposed to arrive, is very concerning!

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 10-04-21 02:36 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - Three torpedoes have gone to the devil and one missed
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2772274)
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Friday, 3 October 1941 - Bay of Biscay -

0353 - South of Pen March - 3/4-Moon setting in the West.
Fishing vessel bearing 76°, E=10000, on course ESE. Evaded on surface.

0500 - Morning Dawn.

0615 - Sunrise.

0845 - Wind and Sea increasing, shifting to East.

1200 - Qu.5197BF - Days Run: 182.5sm - (24h) - since Lorient.
233.9cbm (6.1cbm/14h). SSE6/5, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

1437 - Three Fishing Vessels ahead stbd.12, E=16000, on course ESE, heading straight for Point "Kern".

1450 - Diving at E=10000. At S-Tiefe, sound contact with warship bearing 61°, E=17000, on course ESE - cannot make out in A-Periscope.

1456 - Diving to T=20.

1508 - The three fishing vessels are turning North. E=7000.

1555 - Point "Kern" - The three Fishing vessels now bearing 56°, E=10000, on northerly heading. Commencing Deep Dive Trial acc. Standing Order 507, 135rpm.

1617 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter.

1619 - 185rpm. Setting reception depth.

1629 - At reception depth.

B.d.U.-Report:
The convoy from the previous day was picked up again by air reconnaissance towards midday. D/F bearings were reported from 7 boats, which gave a fairly exact position for the convoy in AL 8240 at 1200h. Mean course since yesterday is SW. U 83 (VIIB, Ob.Ltnt.z.S. Hans-Werner Kraus) is fairly close to the convoy position and can still keep contact today.

According to an aircraft report, the convoy consists of 25 merchant ships, 4 patrol boats, 4 destroyers, 1 cruiser and 1 aircraft carrier. Air reconnaissance is again detailed for October, 4th.

1635 - Surfaced after 45min. and 4.6sm. 9500Ah.
Weather unchanged since Etmal.

The three fishing vessels can be seen bearing 71°, E=15000, on a northerly heading.

1748 - Sundown.3/4-Moon rising in the East.

Boat continuing on outbound transfer.

Cmdr.: Three fishing vessels loitering around Point "Kern", at the precise time that we are supposed to arrive, is very concerning!

RST
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Saturday, 4 October 1941 - Bay of Biscay -

0230 - Reducing speed to 1/3, due to the sea continuously washing over the bridge.

0344 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
U 129 (IXC, Kptlt. Asmus Nicolai Clausen), which was an escort for the U-boat supply ship "Kota Pinang" and which was cruising in the Atlantic together with this ship, reported that the "Kota Pinang" was sunk from a distance by shell-fire from a cruiser of the Belfast Class in BE 7722. It has saved the entire crew (119 men) and has started on return to base. Its diving capacity is restricted by this additional load of men. It has been arranged with the Naval War Staff to hand over this crew in Ferrol, as it is not justifiable for U 129 to pass through the Bay of Biscay under the circumstances. U 129 received orders to do this.

0518 - Morning Dawn. New course 301°. 2xH.F.

0630 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since last Etmal.

0909 - Qu.4255BF -

0930 - Boat is operating on ship contact report 0920/4. New course 128°.

1050 - Outbound steamer sighted bearing 331°, E=14000, on opposite course of the inbound ship contact, which also coming into sight, bearing 10°, E=14000.

The outbound steamer is a Refrigeration Ship of 4185ts, draught 5.8m and the inbound steamer is an Ore-II-Freighter of 3400ts, draught 5.8m. As the Refrigeration Ship has a wider field of view than the Ore Freighter, new course 180° is set, in order to get closer to both steamers on the surface, without being sighted be either.

1100 - New course 135°. The wind speed is still 13m/s and the boat is lee-ward. Therefore, the torpedo running depth has to be set between 3.25-5.2m. With the draught of both ships being 5.8m, a torpedo running depth of 4m is set for all bow torpedoes (G7e, Pi-G7H).

1101 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
It has been arranged with the Naval War Staff to hand over the crew of the "Kota Pinang" in Ferrol, as it is not justifiable for U 129 to pass through the Bay of Biscay under the circumstances. U 129 received orders to do this.

1110 - "Battle Stations!".

1112 - Flooding tube I.

1116 - Qu.4283BF - Single Shot with tube I: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 130°; Own speed 10kn; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Inbound OreII-Freighter, draught 5.8m.
Target course 45°; Target distance 4500m; Target angle red83°; Target speed 5kn; Firing angle α 359°.

=> The torpedo is a failure, as it understeers.

1119 - New course 120°. Speed is reduced, as the boat is in danger of being detected. Flooding tube II.

1121 - Qu.4283BF - Single Shot with tube II: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 120°; Own speed 6kn; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Inbound OreII-Freighter, draught 5.8m.
Target course 45°; Target distance 3000m; Target angle red93°; Target speed 6kn; Firing angle α 358°.

=> The torpedo is a failure, as it understeers.

1122 - Qu.4283BF - Single Shot with tube III: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 120°; Own speed 6kn; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Outbound Refrigeration Ship, draught 5.8m.
Target course 150°; Target distance 4500m; Target angle green76°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle α 004°.

=> The torpedo is a failure, as it understeers.
Flooding tube IV.

1125 - As the two steamers overlap, they are being attacked by a pair of German aircraft - identified as Ju88 - approaching from 125°true. The bombs miss their intended targets. Both steamers - especially, the Refrigeration Ship - are putting up medium flak fire, which do not hit the aircraft.

1128 - New course 135°. Speed 1/3.

1130 - Qu.4283BF - Single Shot with tube IV: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 135°; Own speed 8kn; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Outbound Refrigeration Ship, draught 5.8m.
Target course 150°; Target distance 3200m; Target angle green104°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle α 016°.

=> The torpedo is a miss, as both steamers have started to zig-zag and are sending distress messages.

Right after the surface shot, diving to S-Tiefe. K.F., 135rpm.

1136 - At reception depth and running off on course 304°. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

1200 - Qu.4283BF - Days Run: 248.4sm - 246.8 (23h 30') - 1.6sm (30').
221.5cbm (12.4cbm/24h). 9100Ah. 10 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 4xAto). T=20. On course 304°.

- to be continued -



Kapitän 10-05-21 12:29 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - Continuing outbound transit
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2772524)
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Saturday, 4 October 1941 - Bay of Biscay -

0230 - Reducing speed to 1/3, due to the sea continuously washing over the bridge.

0344 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
U 129 (IXC, Kptlt. Asmus Nicolai Clausen), which was an escort for the U-boat supply ship "Kota Pinang" and which was cruising in the Atlantic together with this ship, reported that the "Kota Pinang" was sunk from a distance by shell-fire from a cruiser of the Belfast Class in BE 7722. It has saved the entire crew (119 men) and has started on return to base. Its diving capacity is restricted by this additional load of men. It has been arranged with the Naval War Staff to hand over this crew in Ferrol, as it is not justifiable for U 129 to pass through the Bay of Biscay under the circumstances. U 129 received orders to do this.

0518 - Morning Dawn. New course 301°. 2xH.F.

0630 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since last Etmal.

0909 - Qu.4255BF -

0930 - Boat is operating on ship contact report 0920/4. New course 128°.

1050 - Outbound steamer sighted bearing 331°, E=14000, on opposite course of the inbound ship contact, which also coming into sight, bearing 10°, E=14000.

The outbound steamer is a Refrigeration Ship of 4185ts, draught 5.8m and the inbound steamer is an Ore-II-Freighter of 3400ts, draught 5.8m. As the Refrigeration Ship has a wider field of view than the Ore Freighter, new course 180° is set, in order to get closer to both steamers on the surface, without being sighted be either.

1100 - New course 135°. The wind speed is still 13m/s and the boat is lee-ward. Therefore, the torpedo running depth has to be set between 3.25-5.2m. With the draught of both ships being 5.8m, a torpedo running depth of 4m is set for all bow torpedoes (G7e, Pi-G7H).

1101 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
It has been arranged with the Naval War Staff to hand over the crew of the "Kota Pinang" in Ferrol, as it is not justifiable for U 129 to pass through the Bay of Biscay under the circumstances. U 129 received orders to do this.

1110 - "Battle Stations!".

1112 - Flooding tube I.

1116 - Qu.4283BF - Single Shot with tube I: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 130°; Own speed 10kn; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Inbound OreII-Freighter, draught 5.8m.
Target course 45°; Target distance 4500m; Target angle red83°; Target speed 5kn; Firing angle α 359°.

=> The torpedo is a failure, as it understeers.

1119 - New course 120°. Speed is reduced, as the boat is in danger of being detected. Flooding tube II.

1121 - Qu.4283BF - Single Shot with tube II: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 120°; Own speed 6kn; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Inbound OreII-Freighter, draught 5.8m.
Target course 45°; Target distance 3000m; Target angle red93°; Target speed 6kn; Firing angle α 358°.

=> The torpedo is a failure, as it understeers.

1122 - Qu.4283BF - Single Shot with tube III: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 120°; Own speed 6kn; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Outbound Refrigeration Ship, draught 5.8m.
Target course 150°; Target distance 4500m; Target angle green76°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle α 004°.

=> The torpedo is a failure, as it understeers.
Flooding tube IV.

1125 - As the two steamers overlap, they are being attacked by a pair of German aircraft - identified as Ju88 - approaching from 125°true. The bombs miss their intended targets. Both steamers - especially, the Refrigeration Ship - are putting up medium flak fire, which do not hit the aircraft.

1128 - New course 135°. Speed 1/3.

1130 - Qu.4283BF - Single Shot with tube IV: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 135°; Own speed 8kn; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Outbound Refrigeration Ship, draught 5.8m.
Target course 150°; Target distance 3200m; Target angle green104°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle α 016°.

=> The torpedo is a miss, as both steamers have started to zig-zag and are sending distress messages.

Right after the surface shot, diving to S-Tiefe. K.F., 135rpm.

1136 - At reception depth and running off on course 304°. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

1200 - Qu.4283BF - Days Run: 248.4sm - 246.8 (23h 30') - 1.6sm (30').
221.5cbm (12.4cbm/24h). 9100Ah. 10 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 4xAto). T=20. On course 304°.

- to be continued -



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- continued from 4 October 1941, 1200h -

1203 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Cmdr. eyes only of boats operating in the Mediterranean!
Unloading of aircraft in Gibraltar noticed by agents, possibly for transfer to Malta. Boats to make preparations for special operations in Marqu.CH9.

1301 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
During the night no contact was made with the convoy going to the south.

1302 - First status and position request sent by B.d.U. to U 111 (Kleinschmidt).

1313 - T=50. O=20%. Commencing reloading of bow torpedoes.

1348 - Bow tubes reloaded:
Tubes I&II: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ);
Tubes III&IV: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ).

1355 - S-Tiefe.

1400 - Surfaced after 2h 30' and 7.4sm. Weather unchanged. Battery 9000Ah. 2x1/3-Ahead.

1403 - Boat ventilated.

1450 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Two inbound neutral steamers on morning of 5.10., in Qu.6300BE.

1500 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
(F.T. could not be heard.)

1500 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Two inbound neutral steamers on morning of 5.10., in Qu.3900BE.

1504 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Air reconnaissance picked up the convoy again and reported its position in AL 8836 at 1500h.

1505 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
5 boats are now operating on the convoy. They are instructed to search in different sectors, on courses of 1700 to 2200 from the position of the convoy reported from the air. Renewed air reconnaissance is fixed for the 5th October.

1805 - Sundown. 3/4-Moon rising in SE. Weather unchanged since Etmal, 3 October.

2200 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
On Point Kern three suspicious fishing vessels, remained undetected. Deep dive trial acc. Op.-Orders successful. 4.10., 1115h, four single Eto on two steamers on opposite course in Qu.4283BF, three understeered, one missed. Two Ju88 attacked same steamers, bombs missed. Current position Qu.18BF. 221cbm. 10 internal eels. SSE6/5, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb. Continue outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders. - RST -

2228 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received. Continue acc. Op.-Orders.

Boat continuing outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Kapitän 10-06-21 12:48 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - First steamer sunk
 
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- continued from 4 October 1941, 1200h -

1203 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Cmdr. eyes only of boats operating in the Mediterranean!
Unloading of aircraft in Gibraltar noticed by agents, possibly for transfer to Malta. Boats to make preparations for special operations in Marqu.CH9.

1301 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
During the night no contact was made with the convoy going to the south.

1302 - First status and position request sent by B.d.U. to U 111 (Kleinschmidt).

1313 - T=50. O=20%. Commencing reloading of bow torpedoes.

1348 - Bow tubes reloaded:
Tubes I&II: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ);
Tubes III&IV: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ).

1355 - S-Tiefe.

1400 - Surfaced after 2h 30' and 7.4sm. Weather unchanged. Battery 9000Ah. 2x1/3-Ahead.

1403 - Boat ventilated.

1450 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Two inbound neutral steamers on morning of 5.10., in Qu.6300BE.

1500 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
(F.T. could not be heard.)

1500 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Two inbound neutral steamers on morning of 5.10., in Qu.3900BE.

1504 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Air reconnaissance picked up the convoy again and reported its position in AL 8836 at 1500h.

1505 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
5 boats are now operating on the convoy. They are instructed to search in different sectors, on courses of 1700 to 2200 from the position of the convoy reported from the air. Renewed air reconnaissance is fixed for the 5th October.

1805 - Sundown. 3/4-Moon rising in SE. Weather unchanged since Etmal, 3 October.

2200 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
On Point Kern three suspicious fishing vessels, remained undetected. Deep dive trial acc. Op.-Orders successful. 4.10., 1115h, four single Eto on two steamers on opposite course in Qu.4283BF, three understeered, one missed. Two Ju88 attacked same steamers, bombs missed. Current position Qu.18BF. 221cbm. 10 internal eels. SSE6/5, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb. Continue outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders. - RST -

2228 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received. Continue acc. Op.-Orders.

Boat continuing outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders.

RST
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Sunday, 5 October 1941 - Bay of Biscay -

0530 - Morning Dawn.

0558 - Qu.6333BE - Sighted the two inbound neutral steamers according B.d.U.-F.T.1450/4, bearing 341, E=11000, on course ENE, in keel line.

0600 - As the boat is turning north to evade the two steamers on the surface, another inbound steamer is sighted in Qu.1777BF.

0618 - The steamer is identified as a small merchant of 2180ts (later identified as a steamer of 2279ts), draught 5.6m. Is on course 68°, speed 8kn. Boat is overtaking steamer with G.F. on the stbd. side, along the max. field of view.

0643 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since Etmal, 3.10.
Reducing speed in steps every 5min., to allow the diesel engines to cool down, before diving for a submerged attack.

0700 - Boat is on course 270°, approaching steamer with small silhouette and in ideal attack position: Windward and the rising sun in the back. At E=7000, diving for submerged attack.

0705 - S-Tiefe. "Battle Stations!". Flooding tube III. Altering course to 339°.

0721 - Qu.1774BF - Single Shot with tube III: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 339°; Own speed 1.6kn.
Target ship: Inbound Small Merchant, draught 5.6m.
Target course 68°; Target distance 715m; Target angle green90°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle α 350°.

=> The torpedo is a hit under the forward mast, after 39 Sec.!
At first, the steamer continues on but sinks by the stem at 0723h. Some load underwater boiler explosions.

One life boat with 3-4 survivors is seen through the periscope. Boat is staying submerged, as the two neutral steamers are approaching.

0730 - Running off at reception depth and course 270°. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

0800 - T=50. Reloading of tube III with G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ) until 0810h.

0830 - Surfaced after 1h 30min. and 3.6sm. Weather unchanged. 2xH.F.

1135 - Qu.3994BE - Sighted the two inbound neutral steamers according B.d.U.-F.T.1500/4, bearing 60, E=16000, on course ENE, in keel line.

1200 - Qu.3994BE - Days Run: 224.6sm - 215.2 (20h 30') - 9.4sm (3h 30').
223.6cbm (7.9cbm/24h). 8400Ah. 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 270°.

1201 - Second status and position request sent by B.d.U. to U 111 (Kleinschmidt).

1301 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Inbound USA Steamer reported for Qu.2990BE until noon 6 October. Avoid all contact!

1318 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Inbound USA Steamer reported for Qu.2980BE for late afternoon on 6 October. Avoid all contact!

1819 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Etmal, 3 Oct.
3/4-Moon rising in the East.

Boat continuing outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Kapitän 10-07-21 03:20 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - Neutral U.S.A. Steamers in the Bay of Biscay
 
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Sunday, 5 October 1941 - Bay of Biscay -

0530 - Morning Dawn.

0558 - Qu.6333BE - Sighted the two inbound neutral steamers according B.d.U.-F.T.1450/4, bearing 341, E=11000, on course ENE, in keel line.

0600 - As the boat is turning north to evade the two steamers on the surface, another inbound steamer is sighted in Qu.1777BF.

0618 - The steamer is identified as a small merchant of 2180ts (later identified as a steamer of 2279ts), draught 5.6m. Is on course 68°, speed 8kn. Boat is overtaking steamer with G.F. on the stbd. side, along the max. field of view.

0643 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since Etmal, 3.10.
Reducing speed in steps every 5min., to allow the diesel engines to cool down, before diving for a submerged attack.

0700 - Boat is on course 270°, approaching steamer with small silhouette and in ideal attack position: Windward and the rising sun in the back. At E=7000, diving for submerged attack.

0705 - S-Tiefe. "Battle Stations!". Flooding tube III. Altering course to 339°.

0721 - Qu.1774BF - Single Shot with tube III: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 339°; Own speed 1.6kn.
Target ship: Inbound Small Merchant, draught 5.6m.
Target course 68°; Target distance 715m; Target angle green90°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle α 350°.

=> The torpedo is a hit under the forward mast, after 39 Sec.!
At first, the steamer continues on but sinks by the stem at 0723h. Some load underwater boiler explosions.

One life boat with 3-4 survivors is seen through the periscope. Boat is staying submerged, as the two neutral steamers are approaching.

0730 - Running off at reception depth and course 270°. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

0800 - T=50. Reloading of tube III with G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ) until 0810h.

0830 - Surfaced after 1h 30min. and 3.6sm. Weather unchanged. 2xH.F.

1135 - Qu.3994BE - Sighted the two inbound neutral steamers according B.d.U.-F.T.1500/4, bearing 60, E=16000, on course ENE, in keel line.

1200 - Qu.3994BE - Days Run: 224.6sm - 215.2 (20h 30') - 9.4sm (3h 30').
223.6cbm (7.9cbm/24h). 8400Ah. 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 270°.

1201 - Second status and position request sent by B.d.U. to U 111 (Kleinschmidt).

1301 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Inbound USA Steamer reported for Qu.2990BE until noon 6 October. Avoid all contact!

1318 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Inbound USA Steamer reported for Qu.2980BE for late afternoon on 6 October. Avoid all contact!

1819 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Etmal, 3 Oct.
3/4-Moon rising in the East.

Boat continuing outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders.

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Monday, 6 October 1941 - Bay of Biscay -

0245 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
5 Oct., 0723h, sunk inbound steamer of approx.2180ts with one Ato, Qu.1774BF. Sighted inbound neutral steamers as reported. Crossed 15°West. Switching to Atlantic-Frequency. Standing Qu.3795BE. 206.6cbm. 6 Eto and 3 Ato internal. SSE6/5, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb. Continue outbound transit acc. to Op.-Orders. - RST -

0346 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Very good! Continue acc. to Op.-Orders.

0600 - Morning Dawn.

0701 - Sunrise. East7/6, clear, light haze, good visibility (5-6sm), >1000mb.

0800 - NE7/6, clear, light haze, good visibility (5-6sm), >1000mb.

0831 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
The operation against the convoy going south is continuing. Air reconnaissance, however, has still produced no results. As of the afternoon the boats are to continue to operate against the convoy, whose speed of advance was from 4 to 6 knots. The boats are to evenly spread in N.S. lines between 18° and 23° West.

1005 - Reduced speed to 1/3, due to the sea continuously washing over the bridge.

1115 - Qu.2995BE - Evaded reported U.S.A. Steamer on the surface. Bearing 007Stbd., E=8000, on course ENE.

1133 - Incoming F.T.: From U 129:
U-Clausen reporting that it had handed over the ship-wrecked men of the "Kota Pinang" to a Spanish tug.

1200 - Qu.2998BE - Days Run: 275.1sm - (24h).
202.2cbm (11.4cbm/24h). 8400Ah. 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 270°.

1202 - Third status and position request sent by B.d.U. to U 111 (Kleinschmidt). The boat is presumed lost.

(U 111 was sunk on 4 October 1941 in the North Atlantic south-west of Tenerife, Canary Islands, in position 27.15N, 20.27W, by depth charges and gunfire from the British anti-submarine trawler HMS Lady Shirley, 8 dead and 44 survivors)

1746 - Qu.2984BE - Diving from reported U.S.A. Steamer. Was already close, bearing 318port, E=5000, on course ENE. Boat remains submerged on reception depth.

1825 - Sundown.

1846 - Surfaced after 1h and 3sm. 8100Ah. Weather unchanged since Etmal. 7/8-Moon rising in the East.

Boat continuing outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 10-08-21 04:08 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - Continuing outbound transit
 
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Monday, 6 October 1941 - Bay of Biscay -

0245 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
5 Oct., 0723h, sunk inbound steamer of approx.2180ts with one Ato, Qu.1774BF. Sighted inbound neutral steamers as reported. Crossed 15°West. Switching to Atlantic-Frequency. Standing Qu.3795BE. 206.6cbm. 6 Eto and 3 Ato internal. SSE6/5, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb. Continue outbound transit acc. to Op.-Orders. - RST -

0346 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Very good! Continue acc. to Op.-Orders.

0600 - Morning Dawn.

0701 - Sunrise. East7/6, clear, light haze, good visibility (5-6sm), >1000mb.

0800 - NE7/6, clear, light haze, good visibility (5-6sm), >1000mb.

0831 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
The operation against the convoy going south is continuing. Air reconnaissance, however, has still produced no results. As of the afternoon the boats are to continue to operate against the convoy, whose speed of advance was from 4 to 6 knots. The boats are to evenly spread in N.S. lines between 18° and 23° West.

1005 - Reduced speed to 1/3, due to the sea continuously washing over the bridge.

1115 - Qu.2995BE - Evaded reported U.S.A. Steamer on the surface. Bearing 007Stbd., E=8000, on course ENE.

1133 - Incoming F.T.: From U 129:
U-Clausen reporting that it had handed over the ship-wrecked men of the "Kota Pinang" to a Spanish tug.

1200 - Qu.2998BE - Days Run: 275.1sm - (24h).
202.2cbm (11.4cbm/24h). 8400Ah. 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 270°.

1202 - Third status and position request sent by B.d.U. to U 111 (Kleinschmidt). The boat is presumed lost.

(U 111 was sunk on 4 October 1941 in the North Atlantic south-west of Tenerife, Canary Islands, in position 27.15N, 20.27W, by depth charges and gunfire from the British anti-submarine trawler HMS Lady Shirley, 8 dead and 44 survivors)

1746 - Qu.2984BE - Diving from reported U.S.A. Steamer. Was already close, bearing 318port, E=5000, on course ENE. Boat remains submerged on reception depth.

1825 - Sundown.

1846 - Surfaced after 1h and 3sm. 8100Ah. Weather unchanged since Etmal. 7/8-Moon rising in the East.

Boat continuing outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders.

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Tuesday, 7 October 1941 - In front of the Channel -

0540 - Qu.2885BE - New course 0°.

Cmdr.: As the search for the south-bound convoy continues to the south-west of us and we are out of position to engage, I decide to continue operations acc. Op.-Orders.

0600 - Morning Dawn. Diving for torpedo maintenance and trial dive, acc. Standing Order 507.

0605 - T=50. 135rpm, 3kn. Breakfast.

0700 - Servicing of the bow torpedoes until 1000h. Break until 1030h.

1030 - Servicing of the stern torpedoes until 1200h. Lunch break until 1300h.

1200 - Qu.2855BE - Days Run: 150.4sm - 130.0 (17h) - 20.4sm (7h).
198.7cbm (3.5cbm/24h). 6600Ah. 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 0°. T=50. O=19%.

1300 - Beginning of trial dive. 135rpm.

1319 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter.

1337 - At reception depth.

1340 - Surfaced after 7h 40' and 22.1sm. Weather unchanged since Etmal 6 October.

1343 - Boat ventilated. Battery 6200Ah.

1802 - Norddeich Radio sending a report from Radio Berlin, that England has declined the exchange of wounded POW's with Germany.

1831 - Sundown. 7/8-Moon rising in the East.

2000 - Qu.2555BE -

Boat continuing outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 10-09-21 11:15 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - Continuing outbound transit
 
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Tuesday, 7 October 1941 - In front of the Channel -

0540 - Qu.2885BE - New course 0°.

Cmdr.: As the search for the south-bound convoy continues to the south-west of us and we are out of position to engage, I decide to continue operations acc. Op.-Orders.

0600 - Morning Dawn. Diving for torpedo maintenance and trial dive, acc. Standing Order 507.

0605 - T=50. 135rpm, 3kn. Breakfast.

0700 - Servicing of the bow torpedoes until 1000h. Break until 1030h.

1030 - Servicing of the stern torpedoes until 1200h. Lunch break until 1300h.

1200 - Qu.2855BE - Days Run: 150.4sm - 130.0 (17h) - 20.4sm (7h).
198.7cbm (3.5cbm/24h). 6600Ah. 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 0°. T=50. O=19%.

1300 - Beginning of trial dive. 135rpm.

1319 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter.

1337 - At reception depth.

1340 - Surfaced after 7h 40' and 22.1sm. Weather unchanged since Etmal 6 October.

1343 - Boat ventilated. Battery 6200Ah.

1802 - Norddeich Radio sending a report from Radio Berlin, that England has declined the exchange of wounded POW's with Germany.

1831 - Sundown. 7/8-Moon rising in the East.

2000 - Qu.2555BE -

Boat continuing outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders.

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Wednesday, 8 October 1941 - West of Ireland -

0305 - Qu.2255BE -

0400 - Wind and Sea shifting to the West, the haze is lifting.

0600 - Morning Dawn. West7/6, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

0711 - Sunrise.

1010 - Qu.9855AL -

1200 - Qu.9828AL - Days Run: 188.0sm - 183.3 (22h 20') - 4.7sm (1h 40').
193.4cbm (5.3cbm/24h). 6200Ah. 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 0°.

1715 - Qu.9555AL -

1827 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Morning Dawn.

Cmdr.: Some of the boats operating on the south-bound convoy make brief contact but loose it again in bad weather and with setting darkness.

Boat continuing outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


pikke 10-10-21 10:03 AM

U53 - Type VIIb - 2nd patrol - part 4
 
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Originally Posted by pikke (Post 2763130)
Part 3
October 8, 1939 AN79


0704 Ship spotted right in front of us, coming our way. U53 down to periscope depth.
Damn, never been so unhappy to spot a target. We had to interrupt our convoy chase.


0710 Indentified as Coastal freighter on a East-west course, likely not part of the convoy we were hunting.


AN79 0717 British coastal freighter sunk. At least we made a quick job of it. Dashing toward the convoy hoping to at least finish off the wounded passenger cargo.


0750 Destroyer coming our way, had to submerge. Wounded passenger cargo about 8km away. Should I shot and risking wasting another torpedo?


AN79 0759 Got it! About 7500m away...we lucked off and claimed at least one vessel from the convoy.
U53 will now move parallel to the convoy course and try to get a shot at the Nelson, if at all possible.


0853 Batteries are draining fast and we are not in a good position yet. Also, sonar reports 4 warship contacts in the Dover area, adding to the convoy escorts. I'd like to surface and make a quick dash ahead but doing so in broad daylight in this area would be suicidal.


0942 Batteries are down to 40% and we now have 8 warship contacts in the area. This hunt has failed. U53 will now head northeast to a safer area and then up to recharge batteries and get some fresh air. HMS Nelson going away stings a lot.


1551 Sound contact toward the french coast. Merchant, medium speed, moving away, heading north.


AN79 1753 French Passenger/cargo sunk, once again a single torped was not enough, had to finish it off with the deck gun.


AN79 2018 British Passenger/cargo sunk using deck gun. The weather is good and the sea is calm so I'll try saving torpedos for bigger preys.


AN79 2222 A bigger one this time, a British Ore Carrier heading north, two eels sent her down quite quickly. Warships sniffing around.


AN79 2301 Coastal freighter cruising south, U53 will try to move into firing position. Must be careful, two armed trawler, an ASW one and torpedo boats are in the area.


AN79 2312 Got her. The solution was not optimal and the torpedo hit nearby the propellers, but she went down fast. Back to playing hide and seek with the warships, another ASW Trawler came up from the Dover area to join the fun. I'll consider myself lucky there is no destroyer around.


October 9, 1939


AN79 0102 U53 slowly cruising on the surface, recharging batteries and ventilating the boat.
October 8 was a busy day. Failures and successes alike. We are down to 3 torpedoes so I'm thinking to not go to the assigned patrol area but to move west toward the english coast and see if we can find some juicy prey there.


October 9, 1939 AN79


0402 A large merchant is coming our way. Moving into position. The weather is good enough for a deck gun attack. Perhaps we'll shot a single torpedo and, were it not enough,we'll eventually finish her off with the gun.


0430 The torpedo hit slowed her down but sonar detected warships in the area so we didn't wait and sent her down with the deck gun. U53 will leave the area submerged and sail north.


1143 Torpedo boats and what sounds like a trawler are patrolling the area. Must be careful.


1832 Tramp steamer closing in. Sea condition still good. Down to periscope depth and closing the gap.


1911 Jumped off and smashed her with deck gun. Bet that was a nasty surprise.


October 10, 1939 AN79


0448 Schooner blasted by flak gun. I'm thankful for the weather and sea conditions.


0702 Sound contact closing from the north. U53 will surface and make a quick dash toward it.


0733 It's a medium cargo. Will try the one torpedo and deck gun tactic again.


0753 That worked well! Another one goes down. U53 will move away from the coast and try to find a worthy target for it's last torpedo.


1127 Sonar report merchant contact moving northward. Moving to intercept.


1148 Passenger/cargo spotted. Down to periscope depth. Wind picked up a bit but deck gun still viable. I'll try and save it for a bigger target.


1149 Sonar report warship contact far away but closing. Will shot our last torpedo.


1202 It's a dud! Went off halfway. Surfacing and going with the deck gun.


1208 Opened it like a tin can. Trawler spotted. Diving and hiding.


1212 Trawler sniffing around but seems like they have no idea about our position. U53 will try to crawl away.


1442 The trawler left the area and now U53 can surface again and start heading home.


1626 Ship spotted! Merchant sailing toward us, could we perhaps put to use our last deck gun shells? Down to periscope depth and getting into position.


1644 No more deck gun shells, and also some of our flack gun ammo were used, but U53 claimed a stubborn coastal freighter. Now, off toward our base



October 12, 1939
At 1302 U53 docks at Whilelmshaven
15 Ships sunk for 47757 GRT


Where will U53 go next?

Kapitän 10-10-21 01:11 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - Continuing outbound transit
 
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Wednesday, 8 October 1941 - West of Ireland -

0305 - Qu.2255BE -

0400 - Wind and Sea shifting to the West, the haze is lifting.

0600 - Morning Dawn. West7/6, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

0711 - Sunrise.

1010 - Qu.9855AL -

1200 - Qu.9828AL - Days Run: 188.0sm - 183.3 (22h 20') - 4.7sm (1h 40').
193.4cbm (5.3cbm/24h). 6200Ah. 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 0°.

1715 - Qu.9555AL -

1827 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Morning Dawn.

Cmdr.: Some of the boats operating on the south-bound convoy make brief contact but loose it again in bad weather and with setting darkness.

Boat continuing outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders.

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Thursday, 9 October 1941 - West of the Porcupine Bank -

0020 - Qu.9255AL -

0600 - Morning Dawn. Weather unchanged in 24h.

0714 - Sunrise.

0730 - Qu.6855AL -

1200 - Qu.6585AL - Days Run: 197.0sm - (24h).
189.0cbm (4.4cbm/24h). 6200Ah. 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 0°.

1435 - Qu.6555AL -

1821 - Sundown. Weather unchanged in 36h.

2140 - Qu.6255AL -

Cmdr.: The operation against the south-bound convoy is continuing. The air reconnaissance committed to the task had no successes on account of the very unfavorable weather conditions. The last certain enemy position, which was in BE 7976 at 0100 hours on the 9th October. U 126 (Kptlt. Ernst Bauer) made contact for a short time with one of the groups of 4 steamers protected by destroyers. It lost them when darkness fell.

According to a still unconfirmed report, 44 men of a German U-boat crew have been landed in Gibraltar. They are said to belong to a large U-boat which was sunk by a trawler. It is not out of the question that this is U 111 (Kleinschmidt).

Boat continuing outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 10-11-21 03:25 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - On station
 
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Thursday, 9 October 1941 - West of the Porcupine Bank -

0020 - Qu.9255AL -

0600 - Morning Dawn. Weather unchanged in 24h.

0714 - Sunrise.

0730 - Qu.6855AL -

1200 - Qu.6585AL - Days Run: 197.0sm - (24h).
189.0cbm (4.4cbm/24h). 6200Ah. 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 0°.

1435 - Qu.6555AL -

1821 - Sundown. Weather unchanged in 36h.

2140 - Qu.6255AL -

Cmdr.: The operation against the south-bound convoy is continuing. The air reconnaissance committed to the task had no successes on account of the very unfavorable weather conditions. The last certain enemy position, which was in BE 7976 at 0100 hours on the 9th October. U 126 (Kptlt. Ernst Bauer) made contact for a short time with one of the groups of 4 steamers protected by destroyers. It lost them when darkness fell.

According to a still unconfirmed report, 44 men of a German U-boat crew have been landed in Gibraltar. They are said to belong to a large U-boat which was sunk by a trawler. It is not out of the question that this is U 111 (Kleinschmidt).

Boat continuing outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders.

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Friday, 10 October 1941 - West of the Rockall Bank -

- First week at sea completed -

0115 - Qu.3988AL - Reached ordered patrol grid. K.F.-Ahead.

0200 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Reached ordered patrol area. Sighted two neutral steamers as reported on 6 Oct. No contact to south-bound convoy. 185.5cbm. 9 internal eels. W7/6, clear visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb. -RST -

0254 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Short signal message received. Next status and weather report in 24h.

0331 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
A German boat entered Salamis for the first time.

0545 - Diving for torpedo maintenance and trial dive acc. Standing Order 507.

0550 - T=49. 65rpm, 1.6kn. Breakfast.

0700 - Beginning of servicing bow torpedoes.

0711 - Sunrise.

0725 - Qu.3955AL -

1000 - Servicing of bow tubes completed. 1/2 hour break.

1030 - Beginning of servicing stern torpedoes.

1123 - O=19%.

1200 - Qu.3952AL - Days Run: 144.2sm - 135.3 (17h 45') - 8.9sm (6h 15').
185.5cbm (3.5cbm/24h). 5900Ah. 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 0°. T=49. O=19%.

Servicing of stern tubes completed. Lunch Break.

1300 - Beginning of trial dive. 135rpm.

1319 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter.

1336 - At reception depth.

1340 - Surfaced after 7h 55' and 13.1sm.
Weather unchanged in 56h.

1343 - Boat ventilated. Battery 5600Ah.

1403 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
An aircraft made contact with a south-bound convoy at 1305h and sent beacon signals. According to the pilot it must be assumed that the position of the convoy at 1330 was in the northern half of CF 3810. That means the convoy has proceeded from the last reported position on a more easterly course, and at a greater speed than was supposed.
The boats, which were in various sectors and had been assigned to attack the convoy, are west of it at a distance of 100 miles or more.

1405 - Incoming F.T.: From U 331:
Have been hit in gunnery action against three British landing craft off Sidi Barrani. Have sustained losses and damage. Returning to base. - Tiesenhausen -

(U 331, Oblt.z.S. Hans-Diedrich Freiherr von Tiesenhausen, fought a gun duel with 3 British landing craft off Sidi Barrani and damaged HMS TLC-18, A 18, but was itself damaged at the conning tower by some 40mm shells. Two men of the gun crew were wounded, one of them mortally, Bootsmann Hans Gerstenich. She entered Salamis on 11 October.)

1501 - Incoming F.T.: From U 126:
Have sunk the British Nailsea Manor, 4926ts. - Bauer -

1602 - Incoming F.T.: From U 126:
About F.T. 1501/10: Nailsea Manor, was from convoy OS-7. - Bauer -

1602 - Incoming F.T.: From U 83:
Sunk a large floating crane with artillery. - Kraus -

Cmdr.: In any case, a very important vessel to the enemy.

1605 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Latest bearings of the south-bound convoy give a further position in CF 3819 at 1515h. The boats have been advised to reckon that the mean course of the convoy is 120° and the speed of advance is 5 to 6.5 knots. If the convoy has not been picked up by 0900 on the 11th October, the boats are to continue the search after the key-word has been passed. Our own air reconnaissance will be in the area of the convoy from 1000.

1639 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
U 67 (Kptlt. Günther Müller-Stöckheim) and U 111 (Kptlt. Wilhelm Kleinschmidt) are asked to report position.

1702 - New course 180°.

1829 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 8 Oct., 0600h.

2215 - Qu.3955AL -

Boat continuing outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 10-11-21 02:16 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - Kommandantenspruch received
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2773674)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Friday, 10 October 1941 - West of the Rockall Bank -

- First week at sea completed -

0115 - Qu.3988AL - Reached ordered patrol grid. K.F.-Ahead.

0200 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Reached ordered patrol area. Sighted two neutral steamers as reported on 6 Oct. No contact to south-bound convoy. 185.5cbm. 9 internal eels. W7/6, clear visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb. -RST -

0254 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Short signal message received. Next status and weather report in 24h.

0331 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
A German boat entered Salamis for the first time.

0545 - Diving for torpedo maintenance and trial dive acc. Standing Order 507.

0550 - T=49. 65rpm, 1.6kn. Breakfast.

0700 - Beginning of servicing bow torpedoes.

0711 - Sunrise.

0725 - Qu.3955AL -

1000 - Servicing of bow tubes completed. 1/2 hour break.

1030 - Beginning of servicing stern torpedoes.

1123 - O=19%.

1200 - Qu.3952AL - Days Run: 144.2sm - 135.3 (17h 45') - 8.9sm (6h 15').
185.5cbm (3.5cbm/24h). 5900Ah. 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 0°. T=49. O=19%.

Servicing of stern tubes completed. Lunch Break.

1300 - Beginning of trial dive. 135rpm.

1319 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter.

1336 - At reception depth.

1340 - Surfaced after 7h 55' and 13.1sm.
Weather unchanged in 56h.

1343 - Boat ventilated. Battery 5600Ah.

1403 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
An aircraft made contact with a south-bound convoy at 1305h and sent beacon signals. According to the pilot it must be assumed that the position of the convoy at 1330 was in the northern half of CF 3810. That means the convoy has proceeded from the last reported position on a more easterly course, and at a greater speed than was supposed.
The boats, which were in various sectors and had been assigned to attack the convoy, are west of it at a distance of 100 miles or more.

1405 - Incoming F.T.: From U 331:
Have been hit in gunnery action against three British landing craft off Sidi Barrani. Have sustained losses and damage. Returning to base. - Tiesenhausen -

(U 331, Oblt.z.S. Hans-Diedrich Freiherr von Tiesenhausen, fought a gun duel with 3 British landing craft off Sidi Barrani and damaged HMS TLC-18, A 18, but was itself damaged at the conning tower by some 40mm shells. Two men of the gun crew were wounded, one of them mortally, Bootsmann Hans Gerstenich. She entered Salamis on 11 October.)

1501 - Incoming F.T.: From U 126:
Have sunk the British Nailsea Manor, 4926ts. - Bauer -

1602 - Incoming F.T.: From U 126:
About F.T. 1501/10: Nailsea Manor, was from convoy OS-7. - Bauer -

1602 - Incoming F.T.: From U 83:
Sunk a large floating crane with artillery. - Kraus -

Cmdr.: In any case, a very important vessel to the enemy.

1605 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Latest bearings of the south-bound convoy give a further position in CF 3819 at 1515h. The boats have been advised to reckon that the mean course of the convoy is 120° and the speed of advance is 5 to 6.5 knots. If the convoy has not been picked up by 0900 on the 11th October, the boats are to continue the search after the key-word has been passed. Our own air reconnaissance will be in the area of the convoy from 1000.

1639 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
U 67 (Kptlt. Günther Müller-Stöckheim) and U 111 (Kptlt. Wilhelm Kleinschmidt) are asked to report position.

1702 - New course 180°.

1829 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 8 Oct., 0600h.

2215 - Qu.3955AL -

Boat continuing outbound transit acc. Op.-Orders.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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

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Saturday, 11 October 1941 - West of the Rockall Bank -

0200 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Patrolled ordered patrol area for 24h. No shipping found. No enemy air patrols since leaving base. 183.7cbm. 9 internal eels. W7/6, clear visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb. -RST -

0211 - Incoming F.T.: From U 67:
U 67 reported that it was in the same square as the south-bound convoy, it has therefore apparently operated on it.

U 111 did not report.
Cmdr.: There must be some connection between this and yesterday's radio intercept report about the destruction of a U-boat, and part of the crew being taken prisoner. It must be considered lost.

0246 - Incoming F.T.: From F.d.U.M.:
For Commanders eyes only: Special orders for boats operating in the Mediterranean.

0219 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received. Continue to patrol ordered patrol grid.

0335 - New course 0°.

0501 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
RST: Big convoy HX155 expected in operational area this month. By 24 Oct., take up position on most ESE point of line AM 17 to AL 36, and go on search course WNW. Be aware of own units in the area.

0600 - Morning Dawn.
Charging Batteries at 5700Ah:
Port Engine, Propulsion, 285RPM, 7kn;
Stbd. Engine, Charging, 496RPM.

0716 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 8 Oct., 0600h.

0808 - Qu.3955AL - New course 90°.

0850 - Batteries charged => 2h 50' for 4300Ah.
K.F.-Ahead, 205RPM.

1200 - Qu.3964AL - Days Run: 135.5sm - 132.3 (22h 20') - 3.2sm (1h 40').
182.0cbm (3.5cbm/24h). 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 90°.
Weather unchanged since 8 Oct., 0600h.

1829 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 8 Oct., 0600h.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0501/11.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 10-12-21 03:25 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - On station
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2773812)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Saturday, 11 October 1941 - West of the Rockall Bank -

0200 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Patrolled ordered patrol area for 24h. No shipping found. No enemy air patrols since leaving base. 183.7cbm. 9 internal eels. W7/6, clear visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb. -RST -

0211 - Incoming F.T.: From U 67:
U 67 reported that it was in the same square as the south-bound convoy, it has therefore apparently operated on it.

U 111 did not report.
Cmdr.: There must be some connection between this and yesterday's radio intercept report about the destruction of a U-boat, and part of the crew being taken prisoner. It must be considered lost.

0246 - Incoming F.T.: From F.d.U.M.:
For Commanders eyes only: Special orders for boats operating in the Mediterranean.

0219 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received. Continue to patrol ordered patrol grid.

0335 - New course 0°.

0501 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
RST: Big convoy HX155 expected in operational area this month. By 24 Oct., take up position on most ESE point of line AM 17 to AL 36, and go on search course WNW. Be aware of own units in the area.

0600 - Morning Dawn.
Charging Batteries at 5700Ah:
Port Engine, Propulsion, 285RPM, 7kn;
Stbd. Engine, Charging, 496RPM.

0716 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 8 Oct., 0600h.

0808 - Qu.3955AL - New course 90°.

0850 - Batteries charged => 2h 50' for 4300Ah.
K.F.-Ahead, 205RPM.

1200 - Qu.3964AL - Days Run: 135.5sm - 132.3 (22h 20') - 3.2sm (1h 40').
182.0cbm (3.5cbm/24h). 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 90°.
Weather unchanged since 8 Oct., 0600h.

1829 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 8 Oct., 0600h.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0501/11.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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

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Sunday, 12 October 1941 - West of the Rockall Bank -

0555 - Qu.0355AL - Morning Dawn.

0707 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 8 Oct., 0600h.

1200 - Qu.0364AL - Days Run: 129.6sm (24h).
180.2cbm (1.8cbm/24h). 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 90°. Weather unchanged since 8 Oct., 0600h.

1402 - Incoming F.T.: From U 83:
Have sank the Portuguese steamer "Cortereal", 2044ts, according prize rules, as it was loaded with contraband goods. - Kraus -

1815 - Sundown. 7/8-Moon rising in the East.
Weather unchanged since 8 Oct., 0600h.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0501/11.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 10-13-21 02:03 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - On station
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2773875)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Sunday, 12 October 1941 - West of the Rockall Bank -

0555 - Qu.0355AL - Morning Dawn.

0707 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 8 Oct., 0600h.

1200 - Qu.0364AL - Days Run: 129.6sm (24h).
180.2cbm (1.8cbm/24h). 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto). On course 90°. Weather unchanged since 8 Oct., 0600h.

1402 - Incoming F.T.: From U 83:
Have sank the Portuguese steamer "Cortereal", 2044ts, according prize rules, as it was loaded with contraband goods. - Kraus -

1815 - Sundown. 7/8-Moon rising in the East.
Weather unchanged since 8 Oct., 0600h.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0501/11.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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

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Monday, 13 October 1941 - Rockall Bank -

0000 - It's becoming overcast. Wind and Sea weakening somewhat: West6/5, overcast, light haze, medium visibility, ~1000mb.

0140 - Water depth 64m.

0305 - Qu.1955AM - New course 63°.

0605 - Diving for torpedo maintenance and trial dive acc. Standing Order 507.

0607 - At Reception Depth. 65rpm, 1.6kn. Breakfast.

0701 - Sunrise. T=50. Beginning of torpedo maintenance.

0803 - O=20%.

1000 - Bow tubes serviced. Break until 1030h.

1143 - O=19%.

1200 - Qu.1937AM - Days Run: 107.7sm - 100.3 (18h 05') - 7.4sm (5h 55').
179.3cbm (0.9cbm/24h). 9500Ah. O=19%. On course 63°. T=50. 9 internal torpedoes (6xEto, 3xAto).

Stern tubes serviced. Lunch Break.

1300 - Beginning of trial dive acc. Standing Order 507. 135rpm.

1318 - 2A-Meter. Boat and safe and secure, reacts well at 135rpm.

1336 - At Reception Depth.

1340 - Surfaced after 7h 35' and 10.4sm.
Weather unchanged since 0000h.

1343 - Boat ventilated. Battery 9300Ah. K.F.-Ahead, 205RPM.

1815 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 0000h.

1955 - Qu.1799AM - Reached enemy air cover zone around England. New course 297°.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0501/11.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.



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