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Kapitän 08-19-20 02:43 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2690273)
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KTB - U 112

Left Kiel on Sunday, 18 August 1940, for First War Patrol with U 112 and Ninth War Patrol overall.

Operational orders: Transfer cruise to the new base of the 2nd U.-Flotilla in Lorient. Supplementing of Fuel and Provisions in Bergen. Breakthrough into Atlantic between Faroe Islands and Shetlands. Operational area in front of the Northern Channel, in acc. with B.d.U. orders.

Cmdr: "1 year ago, on 17 August 1939, the first German submarines set sail for the North Atlantic, in this, the greatest conflict of all. One week later, on 24 August 1939, we too, left W'haven, for our first war patrol with U 11. And today, 1 year later, we are setting sail again for the first war patrol but now, with our new IXB boat, U 112."

0630 - Casting off - Leaving the Kieler Förde for outbound voyage via the Kattegat.

0730 - "Front zum Ehrenmal!" - All hands on deck for salute to the Honor Memorial Laboe.

1200 - Qu.7495AO - Days Run: 51.6sm (5h 30') - since Kiel

A lot of neutral shipping and German convoys in the Kattegat. Very good weather and sea conditions.
Continue outward transit.



RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

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KTB - U 112

Monday, 19 August 1940 - Skagerrak

0650 - Crash Dive Exercise and Deep Dive Trial. T=A+20.

1200 - Qu.4418AO - Days Run: 313.2sm - 310.9sm (23h 20') - 2.3sm (40')

1230 - Weather and sea conditions getting worse:
SSE7/6, overcast, rain showers, poor visibility, <1000mb.

1802 - Norddeich Radio report about the British leaving Berbera in British-Somalia.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Kapitän 08-20-20 02:24 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2690521)
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KTB - U 112

Monday, 19 August 1940 - Skagerrak

0650 - Crash Dive Exercise and Deep Dive Trial. T=A+20.

1200 - Qu.4418AO - Days Run: 313.2sm - 310.9sm (23h 20') - 2.3sm (40')

1230 - Weather and sea conditions getting worse:
SSE7/6, overcast, rain showers, poor visibility, <1000mb.

1802 - Norddeich Radio report about the British leaving Berbera in British-Somalia.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

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KTB - U 112

Tuesday, 20 August 1940 - South of Kristiansand

Received new B.d.U.-Orders:
- New patrol lines in front of Northern Channel.
- Boats entering Lorient can only do so with escort, between 2h before and 2h after high water, due to enemy mines.

1200 - Qu.3524AN - Days Run: 160.1sm (24h)

1346 - Weather improving, still heavy swell:
WNW7/6, light cloud cover, light haze, visibility 10000, >1000mb.

Continuing outbound transit.


RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Kapitän 08-21-20 01:04 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2690769)
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KTB - U 112

Tuesday, 20 August 1940 - South of Kristiansand

Received new B.d.U.-Orders:
- New patrol lines in front of Northern Channel.
- Boats entering Lorient can only do so with escort, between 2h before and 2h after high water, due to enemy mines.

1200 - Qu.3524AN - Days Run: 160.1sm (24h)

1346 - Weather improving, still heavy swell:
WNW7/6, light cloud cover, light haze, visibility 10000, >1000mb.

Continuing outbound transit.


RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

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KTB - U 112

Wednesday, 21 August 1940 - West of Utsira

Skl. sending B-Dienst report: Inbound Northern Channel convoys, running north of 58°N, Outbound convoys running south of 58°N. New patrol lines up to 59°N, i.e., AM1724 bottom right to AM1521 bottom right.

1200 - Qu.2922AN - Days Run: 195.1sm (24h)

1400 - Entering Bergen via southern approach.
WNW4/3, light cloud cover, light haze, visibility 10000, >1000mb.

1740 - Landing in Bergen. 156 cbm. Taking on of 20.2 cbm fuel, water and provisions.

1840 - Leaving Bergen under escort. In the Hjetle-Fjord, Norwegian patrol vessels and fishing boats.

Continue on outbound transit.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Kapitän 08-22-20 04:03 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2690980)
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KTB - U 112

Wednesday, 21 August 1940 - West of Utsira

Skl. sending B-Dienst report: Inbound Northern Channel convoys, running north of 58°N, Outbound convoys running south of 58°N. New patrol lines up to 59°N, i.e., AM1724 bottom right to AM1521 bottom right.

1200 - Qu.2922AN - Days Run: 195.1sm (24h)

1400 - Entering Bergen via southern approach.
WNW4/3, light cloud cover, light haze, visibility 10000, >1000mb.

1740 - Landing in Bergen. 156 cbm. Taking on of 20.2 cbm fuel, water and provisions.

1840 - Leaving Bergen under escort. In the Hjetle-Fjord, Norwegian patrol vessels and fishing boats.

Continue on outbound transit.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

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KTB - U 112

Thursday, 22 August 1940 - Northwest of Bergen

0800 - Evading neutral steamer on surface.

0949 - Weather getting worse again: NW7/6, overcast, rain, visibility 1000, <1000mb.

1200 - Qu.2233AN - Days Run: 270.8sm (24h)

1201 - Third position request to U 51 (Knorr) remains unanswered. Group Brest finds large oil patch in Qu.BF14. Presumably, from U-Knorr, who was on his way to Lorient.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Kapitän 08-23-20 03:15 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2691246)
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KTB - U 112

Thursday, 22 August 1940 - Northwest of Bergen

0800 - Evading neutral steamer on surface.

0949 - Weather getting worse again: NW7/6, overcast, rain, visibility 1000, <1000mb.

1200 - Qu.2233AN - Days Run: 270.8sm (24h)

1201 - Third position request to U 51 (Knorr) remains unanswered. Group Brest finds large oil patch in Qu.BF14. Presumably, from U-Knorr, who was on his way to Lorient.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

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KTB - U 112

Friday, 23 August 1940 - Northeast of Shetlands

New B.d.U.-Orders: Lorient closed due to enemy air-layed mines dropped during the night. Uboats leaving Kiel, can only do so with daily convoys leaving for Kattegat and Norway.

0535 - Crossing Prime Meridian.

1200 - Qu.7587AF - Days Run: 197.5sm (24h)

1255 - Reaching entry point "Rosegarden", north of Shetlands.

1339 - Weather and sea conditions improving: N4/3, clear, light haze, vis.10000, >1000mb.

1802 - Norddeich Radio sending OKW report about He115 torpedo bombers sinking 2 British ships in the North Sea and damaging one other ship.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Kapitän 08-24-20 09:41 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2691464)
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KTB - U 112

Friday, 23 August 1940 - Northeast of Shetlands

New B.d.U.-Orders: Lorient closed due to enemy air-layed mines dropped during the night. Uboats leaving Kiel, can only do so with daily convoys leaving for Kattegat and Norway.

0535 - Crossing Prime Meridian.

1200 - Qu.7587AF - Days Run: 197.5sm (24h)

1255 - Reaching entry point "Rosegarden", north of Shetlands.

1339 - Weather and sea conditions improving: N4/3, clear, light haze, vis.10000, >1000mb.

1802 - Norddeich Radio sending OKW report about He115 torpedo bombers sinking 2 British ships in the North Sea and damaging one other ship.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

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KTB - U 112

Saturday, 24 August 1940 - Northwest of Shetlands

0530 - Morning Dawn - Reaching "Rosegarden".

0900 - Diving for torpedo maintenance and diving exercises.

1200 - Qu.7746AF - Days Run: 181.4sm - 177.3sm (21h) - 4.1sm (3h)

1507 - Torpedo maintenance and deep dive trial to A-Meter successfully completed. Submerged cruise at A-10, 65 rpm, silent running.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Huno41 08-24-20 04:59 PM

I'm on January 1940 currently with my VIIB U-boat. I've just sunk HMS Hood for the 4th time that brings my total tonnage so far to almost 400k. currently going south in the north entrance to the british isles heading down to the irish sea if i manage to leave the irish sea with atleast 4 torpedoes left i might go to gibaltrar see if i can get a BB

Kapitän 08-25-20 01:46 PM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2691727)
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KTB - U 112

Saturday, 24 August 1940 - Northwest of Shetlands

0530 - Morning Dawn - Reaching "Rosegarden".

0900 - Diving for torpedo maintenance and diving exercises.

1200 - Qu.7746AF - Days Run: 181.4sm - 177.3sm (21h) - 4.1sm (3h)

1507 - Torpedo maintenance and deep dive trial to A-Meter successfully completed. Submerged cruise at A-10, 65 rpm, silent running.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

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KTB - U 112

Sunday, 25 August 1940 - "Rosegarden" - First week at sea completed.

0205 - O=17%. L.I. distributing oxygen in boat.

0215 - Surfaced after 14h15', 19.5sm.
WNW7/6, clear, light haze, vis.10000, >1000mb.

B.d.U. suspects inbound Northern Channel traffic to run north of 59°N.

0546 - U 48 (Rösing) reporting successful operation against convoy HX.65. Is going to Lorient.

0610 - Charging batteries (8100Ah): Stbd.engine charging, 495rpm; Port engine propulsion, 295rpm, 5-6kn.

0740 - Batteries charged: 1.5h for 1900Ah.

0917 - Morning Dawn. Diving from aircraft in 180°true, on northerly heading, E=8000. On A-10 no bombs.

1155 - Submerged cruise at A-10, 65 rpm, silent running.

1200 - Qu.9991AE - Days Run: 74.5sm - 50.9sm (7h) - 23.6 (17h)

Continuing outbound transit.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Kapitän 08-26-20 01:04 PM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2691953)
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KTB - U 112

Sunday, 25 August 1940 - "Rosegarden" - First week at sea completed.

0205 - O=17%. L.I. distributing oxygen in boat.

0215 - Surfaced after 14h15', 19.5sm.
WNW7/6, clear, light haze, vis.10000, >1000mb.

B.d.U. suspects inbound Northern Channel traffic to run north of 59°N.

0546 - U 48 (Rösing) reporting successful operation against convoy HX.65. Is going to Lorient.

0610 - Charging batteries (8100Ah): Stbd.engine charging, 495rpm; Port engine propulsion, 295rpm, 5-6kn.

0740 - Batteries charged: 1.5h for 1900Ah.

0917 - Morning Dawn. Diving from aircraft in 180°true, on northerly heading, E=8000. On A-10 no bombs.

1155 - Submerged cruise at A-10, 65 rpm, silent running.

1200 - Qu.9991AE - Days Run: 74.5sm - 50.9sm (7h) - 23.6 (17h)

Continuing outbound transit.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

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KTB - U 112

Monday, 26 August 1940 - "Rosegarden"

0300 - O=17%. Surfaced after 17h43', 24.6sm.
NNW7/6, clear, light haze, vis.10000, >1000mb.

0400 - Boat ventilated. Charging batteries (8600Ah): Stbd.engine charging, 495rpm; Port engine propulsion, 295rpm, 5-6kn.

0515 - Batteries charged: 1h15' for 1400Ah.

1200 - Qu.3222AM - Days Run: 86.7sm - 66.2sm (9h) - 20.5 (15h)

1230 - Ship contact report in Qu.9977AE, course NNE, slow. Boat continuing on outbound voyage.

2325 - Qu.3161AM - SSW7/6, clear, light haze, vis.10000, >1000mb
Evening Dusk - Two pairs of twin engine aircraft in 130°true, crossing our bow and stern at about 1700m and flying off on SE heading.


RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Kapitän 08-27-20 06:43 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2692107)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

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KTB - U 112

Monday, 26 August 1940 - "Rosegarden"

0300 - O=17%. Surfaced after 17h43', 24.6sm.
NNW7/6, clear, light haze, vis.10000, >1000mb.

0400 - Boat ventilated. Charging batteries (8600Ah): Stbd.engine charging, 495rpm; Port engine propulsion, 295rpm, 5-6kn.

0515 - Batteries charged: 1h15' for 1400Ah.

1200 - Qu.3222AM - Days Run: 86.7sm - 66.2sm (9h) - 20.5 (15h)

1230 - Ship contact report in Qu.9977AE, course NNE, slow. Boat continuing on outbound voyage.

2325 - Qu.3161AM - SSW7/6, clear, light haze, vis.10000, >1000mb
Evening Dusk - Two pairs of twin engine aircraft in 130°true, crossing our bow and stern at about 1700m and flying off on SE heading.


RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

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KTB - U 112

Tuesday, 27 August 1940 - South of Faroe Islands

0151 - F.T. from U 28: Have sunk one steamer 6000ts from convoy SC.1. - Kuhnke -

1200 - Qu.2293AM - Days Run: 180.1sm (24h)

1215 - Diving for torpedo maintenance and diving exercises.

1845 - Torpedo maintenance and deep dive trial to A-Meter successfully completed. Surfaced after 6.5h and 11.1sm.

2355 - It's beginning to rain: W7/6, overcast/rain, vis.<1000, <1000mb.


RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Kapitän 08-28-20 08:39 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2692208)
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KTB - U 112

Tuesday, 27 August 1940 - South of Faroe Islands

0151 - F.T. from U 28: Have sunk one steamer 6000ts from convoy SC.1. - Kuhnke -

1200 - Qu.2293AM - Days Run: 180.1sm (24h)

1215 - Diving for torpedo maintenance and diving exercises.

1845 - Torpedo maintenance and deep dive trial to A-Meter successfully completed. Surfaced after 6.5h and 11.1sm.

2355 - It's beginning to rain: W7/6, overcast/rain, vis.<1000, <1000mb.


RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

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KTB - U 112

Wednesday, 28 August 1940 - Northwest of The Minch

1200 - Qu.2334AM - Days Run: 142.8sm - 131.7sm (17h 30') - 11.1 (6h 30')

Nothing else to report. Continuing outbound transit.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Kapitän 08-29-20 03:40 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2692447)
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KTB - U 112

Wednesday, 28 August 1940 - Northwest of The Minch

1200 - Qu.2334AM - Days Run: 142.8sm - 131.7sm (17h 30') - 11.1 (6h 30')

Nothing else to report. Continuing outbound transit.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

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KTB - U 112

Thursday, 29 August 1940 - Northeast of Rockall

1200 - Qu.1474AM - Days Run: 186.3sm (24h)

1401 - It stopped raining: N7/6, overcast, fog, vis.<1000, <1000mb.

Norddeich Radio sending OKW report about Kptlt. Frauenheim (U 101) receiving the Knights Cross.

During the last two days have received several success reports from German Uboats, e.g., from U 46 (Endraß) and U 57 (Topp).

2120 - Qu.1521/24 - Course 270°.
Reached 15°W. Switching to "Atlantic"-Frequency.
Fog has lifted, weather and sea conditions are improving.

Outgoing F.T.2130/29: Reached 15°W acc. Op.-Order. 142cbm. 22eels. On 25.8., 0917, in Rosegarden, one twin engine aircraft and on 26.8., 2325, in Qu.3161AM, two pair twin engine aircraft. NW5/4, clear, light haze, vis.10000, >1000mb. - RST -

2148 - Incoming F.T.: RST: Message received. Next status and weather report in 24h.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Kapitän 08-30-20 06:21 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2692599)
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KTB - U 112

Thursday, 29 August 1940 - Northeast of Rockall

1200 - Qu.1474AM - Days Run: 186.3sm (24h)

1401 - It stopped raining: N7/6, overcast, fog, vis.<1000, <1000mb.

Norddeich Radio sending OKW report about Kptlt. Frauenheim (U 101) receiving the Knights Cross.

During the last two days have received several success reports from German Uboats, e.g., from U 46 (Endraß) and U 57 (Topp).

2120 - Qu.1521/24 - Course 270°.
Reached 15°W. Switching to "Atlantic"-Frequency.
Fog has lifted, weather and sea conditions are improving.

Outgoing F.T.2130/29: Reached 15°W acc. Op.-Order. 142cbm. 22eels. On 25.8., 0917, in Rosegarden, one twin engine aircraft and on 26.8., 2325, in Qu.3161AM, two pair twin engine aircraft. NW5/4, clear, light haze, vis.10000, >1000mb. - RST -

2148 - Incoming F.T.: RST: Message received. Next status and weather report in 24h.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

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KTB - U 112

Friday, 30 August 1940 - North of Rockall

0144 - W2/2, clear, light haze, vis.10000, >1000mb.
U 32 (Jenisch) reporting about successful operation against convoy HX.66.

0415 - Charging batteries (9100Ah): Stbd.engine charging, 495rpm; Port engine propulsion, 205rpm, 5-6kn.

0455 - Batteries charged: 40' for 900Ah.

1200 - Qu.1735AM - Days Run: 172.5sm (24h)

1220 - Diving for torpedo maintenance at A-50.

1730 - Torpedo maintenance completed. Water too shallow for diving exercise.

1740 - Surfaced after 5h20' and 7.9sm.

1803 - U 60 (Schewe) reporting about torpedo failures.

2012 - Incoming F.T.2010/30 from B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reports enemy convoy in Qu.1765AM, course east, 7kn.

2022 - Altering course from 135° to 270°.

2105 - "Smoke plume ahead stbd.!"

It's the forward sweeper of the convoy escorts, a V&W destroyer. Turning boat around on new heading 90°.

Cmdr.: "I position myself forward of the stbd. beam of the convoy."

2118 - Outgoing F.T.: "Gustav Gelb"! Convoy 2010/30 in Qu.1765AM, course 91°, 7kn. W2/2, clear, hazy, vis.10000, >1000mb. - RST -

2220 - Outgoing F.T.: Convoy 2010/30 in Qu.1769AM, course 100°, 7kn. 20 vessels, 1 aircraft carrier, 3 escorts. - RST -

2240 - The rear stbd. Flower Corvette goes on a southerly search pattern, rectangular to the convoy course and returns to the convoy after about 30min., and does it again at 2315h.

2318 - Outgoing F.T.: Convoy 2010/30 in Qu.1769AM top right, course 100°, 7kn. 20 vessels, 1 aircraft carrier, 3 escorts. - RST -

2340 - After about 25min., the rear stbd. Flower Corvette returns from its search pattern, only to do it again just as before, at 2349h.

Cmdr.: "Does the convoy know, that it is being shadowed?"


RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Cajun Kaleun 08-30-20 11:24 PM

Been using a Type IIA specifically in the U-4. I have been sneaking into Hartlepool repeatedly sinking ships but now mid 1940 it is getting a lot uglier to do so. A lot more air support and destroyers keep catching me on my egress and I keep surviving some very shallow depth charging sessions.

Finally got tasked to the Channel but immediately ran into a destroyer. I charged straight at him while he started firing. Around 1800 meters I dove and fired a 3 torpedo magnetic spread and sunk her to the bottom. Decided discretion was the better part of Valor and headed home.

Kapitän 08-31-20 06:04 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol - 1st Convoy Battle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2692725)
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KTB - U 112

Friday, 30 August 1940 - North of Rockall

(...)


2012 - Incoming F.T.2010/30 from B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reports enemy convoy in Qu.1765AM, course east, 7kn.

2022 - Altering course from 135° to 270°.

2105 - "Smoke plume ahead stbd.!"

It's the forward sweeper of the convoy escorts, a V&W destroyer. Turning boat around on new heading 90°.

Cmdr.: "I position myself forward of the stbd. beam of the convoy."

2118 - Outgoing F.T.: "Gustav Gelb"! Convoy 2010/30 in Qu.1765AM, course 91°, 7kn. W2/2, clear, hazy, vis.10000, >1000mb. - RST -

2220 - Outgoing F.T.: Convoy 2010/30 in Qu.1769AM, course 100°, 7kn. 20 vessels, 1 aircraft carrier, 3 escorts. - RST -

2240 - The rear stbd. Flower Corvette goes on a southerly search pattern, rectangular to the convoy course and returns to the convoy after about 30min., and does it again at 2315h.

2318 - Outgoing F.T.: Convoy 2010/30 in Qu.1769AM top right, course 100°, 7kn. 20 vessels, 1 aircraft carrier, 3 escorts. - RST -

2340 - After about 25min., the rear stbd. Flower Corvette returns from its search pattern, only to do it again just as before, at 2349h.

Cmdr.: "Does the convoy know, that it is being shadowed?"


RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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KTB - U 112

Saturday, 31 August 1940 - Rockall Bank

0018 - Outgoing F.T.: Convoy 2010/30 in Qu.1847AM middle, course 100°, 7kn. 22 vessels, several laden tankers, Ark Royal, 3 escorts. - RST -

0020 - The rear stbd. Flower Corvette goes on its search pattern just as before and returns to the convoy after about 30min.

0118 - Outgoing F.T.: Convoy 2010/30 in Qu.1847AM bottom right, course 100°, 7kn. 22 vessels, several laden tanker, Ark Royal, 3 escorts. - RST -

0120 - The rear stbd. Flower Corvette returns to the convoy after its 30min. search pattern and leaves again as before, at 0130h.

0155 - Moon rising in 100°true. The moment is favorable to maneuver into attack position, as the forward sweeper is returning to the convoy.

Outgoing F.T.: Convoy 2010/30 in Qu.1848AM bottom middle, course 100°, 7kn. Getting in position for submerged attack. - RST -

0218 - Incoming F.T.: RST: Free to attack! - B.d.U. -

0219 - Outgoing F.T.: Received F.T.0218/31. Convoy 2010/30 in Qu.1849AM bottom right, course 100°, 7kn. Diving for submerged attack. - RST -

0325 - Sunset - Diving for submerged attack. "Battle Stations!"

0331 - Incoming F.T.: RST: Convoy 2010/30 is B.HX.67. Beware of escorts! Keep radio silence! - B.d.U. -

0335 - Course 190°, T=14, silent running, 1.6kn,

0355 - Qu.1873AM - The forward sweeper runs back to the convoy. Altering course to 280° for submerged passing attack.

The target ships are a large tanker in Pos.1 and "Ark Royal" in Pos.2 of the middle column.

Note: A large tanker in Pos.1 of the 2nd stbd. column and a large steamer in the 1st port column are "Ami's" (US-American).

All torpedoes are G7e, K-b/Contact Fuse, running depth 4-5m, target angle 90°port, target distance 500m, target speed 5-7kn.

Tube I against the tanker in pos.1 of the middle column is a hit! The tanker breaks in two and sinks in a gigantic ball of fire within 1min.

Tubes III & IV against Ark Royal hit the stern but fail to detonate, as Ark Royal is turning away to stbd., after the attack against the tanker.

Cmdr: "I attack again with tubes V & VI, which are hits on the bow. The forecastle settles in the water but Ark Royal continues to make headway at a speed of 7kn."

Tube II against a large tanker in pos.4 of the middle column is a hit. This tanker also, breaks in two, explodes in a huge fireball and sinks within seconds.

Cmdr.: "The forward sweeper is looking for us inside the convoy, running around the zig-zagging ships, while the two rear Flower Corvettes are staying in their port and stbd. stations, looking for us outside of the convoy."

0505 - The V&W destroyer is running back to the convoy. Tubes I & II are reloaded with G7e torpedoes.

0508 - Surfaced after 1h43' and 4.3sm. Pursuing the convoy on course 100°.

0535 - Evaded the rear port Flower Corvette on a search pattern, ahead stbd., E=6000.

0540 - Tubes III & IV are reloaded with G7a torpedoes.

0547 - Corvette returns to the convoy.

0607 - Tubes V & VI are reloaded with G7a torpedoes.

0626 - Qu.1818AM - With the darkness having set-in, the boat is in position for a surface attack with the rear tubes against Ark Royal: Own course 155°, own speed 1.6kn. Two single shots from both rear tubes with G7a, K-a/Contact Fuse, running depth 4m, Vt44kn, Shooter: Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O.Emmo MARBACH.

Both torpedoes are hits! Ark Royal explodes in a huge fireball after the first torpedo hits - must have ignited the forward magazine. The second torpedo hits, while Ark Royal is already sinking. After the attack, running off with high speed on course 55°.

0702 - Course 100°. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!"

- to be continued -

Kapitän 08-31-20 03:42 PM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol - 1st Convoy Battle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2692901)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

****

KTB - U 112

Saturday, 31 August 1940 - Rockall Bank

(...)

0325 - Sunset - Diving for submerged attack. "Battle Stations!"

0331 - Incoming F.T.: RST: Convoy 2010/30 is B.HX.67. Beware of escorts! Keep radio silence! - B.d.U. -

0335 - Course 190°, T=14, silent running, 1.6kn,

0355 - Qu.1873AM - The forward sweeper runs back to the convoy. Altering course to 280° for submerged passing attack.

The target ships are a large tanker in Pos.1 and "Ark Royal" in Pos.2 of the middle column.

Note: A large tanker in Pos.1 of the 2nd stbd. column and a large steamer in the 1st port column are "Ami's" (US-American).

All torpedoes are G7e, K-b/Contact Fuse, running depth 4-5m, target angle 90°port, target distance 500m, target speed 5-7kn.

Tube I against the tanker in pos.1 of the middle column is a hit! The tanker breaks in two and sinks in a gigantic ball of fire within 1min.

Tubes III & IV against Ark Royal hit the stern but fail to detonate, as Ark Royal is turning away to stbd., after the attack against the tanker.

Cmdr: "I attack again with tubes V & VI, which are hits on the bow. The forecastle settles in the water but Ark Royal continues to make headway at a speed of 7kn."

Tube II against a large tanker in pos.4 of the middle column is a hit. This tanker also, breaks in two, explodes in a huge fireball and sinks within seconds.

Cmdr.: "The forward sweeper is looking for us inside the convoy, running around the zig-zagging ships, while the two rear Flower Corvettes are staying in their port and stbd. stations, looking for us outside of the convoy."

0505 - The V&W destroyer is running back to the convoy. Tubes I & II are reloaded with G7e torpedoes.

0508 - Surfaced after 1h43' and 4.3sm. Pursuing the convoy on course 100°.

0535 - Evaded the rear port Flower Corvette on a search pattern, ahead stbd., E=6000.

0540 - Tubes III & IV are reloaded with G7a torpedoes.

0547 - Corvette returns to the convoy.

0607 - Tubes V & VI are reloaded with G7a torpedoes.

0626 - Qu.1818AM - With the darkness having set-in, the boat is in position for a surface attack with the rear tubes against Ark Royal: Own course 155°, own speed 1.6kn. Two single shots from both rear tubes with G7a, K-a/Contact Fuse, running depth 4m, Vt44kn, Shooter: Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O.Emmo MARBACH.

Both torpedoes are hits! Ark Royal explodes in a huge fireball after the first torpedo hits - must have ignited the forward magazine. The second torpedo hits, while Ark Royal is already sinking. After the attack, running off with high speed on course 55°.

0702 - Course 100°. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!"

- to be continued -


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- continued from 31 August 1940, 0702h -


0825 - After about 1.5h, the convoy stops zig-zagging and continues on course 100°.

0830 - Qu. 1882AM - Reached forward position to the port side of the convoy. New course 190°. "Battle Stations!"

0848 - Decks Awash. Boat sliding-in between the port rear corvette and the outer port column of the convoy. Distance in both directions is about 700m.

Tubes III & IV are G7a, K-a/Contact Fuse, running depth 4m, Vt40kn, Shooter: Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

Target ship is a Large Tramp Steamer in Pos.5 of the middle column. One torpedo is a hit, while the other is a miss for some un-identified reason.

Tubes I & II are G7e, K-b/Contact Fuse, running depth 4m, Shooter: Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

Target ship is a Standard Steamer with military aircraft as upper deck cargo.

The result of the attack cannot be observed, as the boat is illuminated by star shells right after the torpedoes are launched. The boat is being attacked with surface weapons and is sustaining damage to the pressure hull.

0900 - "ALARM!" Boat is crash diving.

Cmdr.: "During the diving process, 3 distinct torpedo hits and sinking noises are heard. This means, that both Eto's are hits and that the other Ato, must have hit another ship as well."

Boat diving to A+70. Wabos (Depth Charges) above the boat and astern during further course.

0945 - Surfaced the boat after 45min. and 2.4sm.

0955 - Morning Dawn - The Flower Corvette returns to the convoy. New course 100° - pursuing convoy. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!"

Cmdr.: "As I am positioned on the side of the moon, I have to remain outside of the field of view of the enemy."

- to be continued -


Kapitän 09-01-20 02:49 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol - 1st Convoy Battle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2693019)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...


- continued from 31 August 1940, 0702h -


0825 - After about 1.5h, the convoy stops zig-zagging and continues on course 100°.

0830 - Qu. 1882AM - Reached forward position to the port side of the convoy. New course 190°. "Battle Stations!"

0848 - Decks Awash. Boat sliding-in between the port rear corvette and the outer port column of the convoy. Distance in both directions is about 700m.

Tubes III & IV are G7a, K-a/Contact Fuse, running depth 4m, Vt40kn, Shooter: Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

Target ship is a Large Tramp Steamer in Pos.5 of the middle column. One torpedo is a hit, while the other is a miss for some un-identified reason.

Tubes I & II are G7e, K-b/Contact Fuse, running depth 4m, Shooter: Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

Target ship is a Standard Steamer with military aircraft as upper deck cargo.

The result of the attack cannot be observed, as the boat is illuminated by star shells right after the torpedoes are launched. The boat is being attacked with surface weapons and is sustaining damage to the pressure hull.

0900 - "ALARM!" Boat is crash diving.

Cmdr.: "During the diving process, 3 distinct torpedo hits and sinking noises are heard. This means, that both Eto's are hits and that the other Ato, must have hit another ship as well."

Boat diving to A+70. Wabos (Depth Charges) above the boat and astern during further course.

0945 - Surfaced the boat after 45min. and 2.4sm.

0955 - Morning Dawn - The Flower Corvette returns to the convoy. New course 100° - pursuing convoy. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!"

Cmdr.: "As I am positioned on the side of the moon, I have to remain outside of the field of view of the enemy."

- to be continued -


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- continued from 31 August 1940, 0955h -

1110 - Qu.1894AM - Reached forward position to the stbd. side of the convoy. New course 10°. Diving for submerged attack.

Cmdr:: "I'm a bit too far off, so, I have to submerge to T=18 and go to full speed ahead." "Battle Stations!".

Tube I is G7e, K-b/Contact Fuse, running depth 4m. Target ship is a standard steamer with tanks as upper deck cargo in Pos.3 of the outer stbd. column. The torpedo is a hit but the steamer keeps going, virtually unfazed.

Cmdr.: "Another Standard Steamer in Pos.2, had military trucks as upper deck cargo and a US-American steamer in the same column, was carrying military aircraft. So much for remaining 'neutral' ...".

I attack the previously torpedoed Large Tramp Steamer with tube II, G7e, K-b/Contact Fuse, running depth 4m. The torpedo is a hit and the steamer sinks after about 5min., by the stem. I'm running off on opposite course and then on course 325°."

1200 - Qu.1886AM - Days Run: 149.0sm - 132.2sm (15h 22') - 16.8 (8h 38')

1212- Sunrise - The stbd. Corvette has run back to the convoy. The destroyer is still on ASW search.

1240 - The V&W destroyer is running back to the convoy.

1245 - Surfaced the boat. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!"

- to be continued -


Kapitän 09-01-20 03:32 PM

112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol - 1st Convoy Battle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2693061)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

- continued from 31 August 1940, 0955h -

1110 - Qu.1894AM - Reached forward position to the stbd. side of the convoy. New course 10°. Diving for submerged attack.

Cmdr:: "I'm a bit too far off, so, I have to submerge to T=18 and go to full speed ahead." "Battle Stations!".

Tube I is G7e, K-b/Contact Fuse, running depth 4m. Target ship is a standard steamer with tanks as upper deck cargo in Pos.3 of the outer stbd. column. The torpedo is a hit but the steamer keeps going, virtually unfazed.

Cmdr.: "Another Standard Steamer in Pos.2, had military trucks as upper deck cargo and a US-American steamer in the same column, was carrying military aircraft. So much for remaining 'neutral' ...".

I attack the previously torpedoed Large Tramp Steamer with tube II, G7e, K-b/Contact Fuse, running depth 4m. The torpedo is a hit and the steamer sinks after about 5min., by the stem. I'm running off on opposite course and then on course 325°."

1200 - Qu.1886AM - Days Run: 149.0sm - 132.2sm (15h 22') - 16.8 (8h 38')

1212- Sunrise - The stbd. Corvette has run back to the convoy. The destroyer is still on ASW search.

1240 - The V&W destroyer is running back to the convoy.

1245 - Surfaced the boat. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!"

- to be continued -


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- continued from 31 August 1940, 1245h -

1308 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Sunk from convoy B.HX-67: On 31.8., at 0357h, one tanker 8229ts and at 0406h one tanker 19023ts, both in Qu.1873AM. At 0659h, Ark Royal in Qu.1881AM. At 0901h, a steamer loaded with aircraft 6547ts, in Qu.1882AM. At 1149h, a large tramp steamer 6651ts, in Qu.1894AM and torpedoed a standard steamer loaded with tanks 6311ts. Many US-American tankers and steamers loaded with war material, running in convoy. No more internal eels. Heading west for loading external torpedoes and for repairs from artillery attack. 143cbm. W2/2, clear, light haze, vis.10000, >1000mb. - RST -

1339 - Incoming F.T.: RST: Your boat and its crew are the pride of Germany!" - B.d.U. -

2000 - Flak gun manned. Stopped engines. Commenced loading of external torpedoes.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 09-02-20 03:03 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 1st War Patrol
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2693199)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

- continued from 31 August 1940, 1245h -

1308 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Sunk from convoy B.HX-67: On 31.8., at 0357h, one tanker 8229ts and at 0406h one tanker 19023ts, both in Qu.1873AM. At 0659h, Ark Royal in Qu.1881AM. At 0901h, a steamer loaded with aircraft 6547ts, in Qu.1882AM. At 1149h, a large tramp steamer 6651ts, in Qu.1894AM and torpedoed a standard steamer loaded with tanks 6311ts. Many US-American tankers and steamers loaded with war material, running in convoy. No more internal eels. Heading west for loading external torpedoes and for repairs from artillery attack. 143cbm. W2/2, clear, light haze, vis.10000, >1000mb. - RST -

1339 - Incoming F.T.: RST: Your boat and its crew are the pride of Germany!" - B.d.U. -

2000 - Flak gun manned. Stopped engines. Commenced loading of external torpedoes.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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


****

KTB - U 112

Sunday, 1 September 1940 - Rockall Bank - Second week at sea completed.

0420 - Evening dusk (Sunrise and Sunset apparently shifting due to high FPS ...) - All external torpedoes loaded under deck and batteries charged.

Cmdr.: "One bottle of beer for each crew member."

0610 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
All external torpedoes loaded. 8Ato. 140cbm. 1791AM. W2/2, clear, light haze, vis.10000, >1000mb. Continue Op. acc. Op.-Order. - RST -

0615 - Boat continuing Op. on previously ordered new patrol line from NW - SE, between Middle Ireland and northern entrance of The Minch. Also, acc. to an Skl.-Order, one weather boat is to permanently be placed between 55°-60°N and 20°-25°W and another is to place weather buoys NW and West of Scotland.

1000 - Wind and sea increasing: NW6/5, clear, light haze, vis.10000, >1000mb.

1200 - Qu.1936AM - Days Run: 152.3sm - 150.1sm (23h 15') - 2.2 (45')

1600 - Incoming F.T. from B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting that convoy SC.2 consisting of 53 ships, will arrive at the escort point, on 6 Sept. Acc. a secret Commander-F.T., U 47 (Prien), U 65 (von Stockhausen) and U 124 (Schulz) are ordered to operate on this convoy.

1902 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Join Group SC.2. Reach Qu.AL02 by 6 Sept., 0000h. Status report after arrival.

1920 - New course 280°. During the day, success reports from U 57 (Topp) and U 59 (Matz).

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Cajun Kaleun 09-03-20 01:11 AM

1. Flotilla had transferred Brest and I took command of U-94 a Type VIIC boat in September of 1940. First patrol was to be off the west cost of England near the entrance of the Bristol Channel. Had to dive several times to avoid aircraft and gave me an excuse to put the new boat through its paces.

Getting close to our patrol area a merchant vessel is spotted so we go flank to get in position since we are surfaced at night. Just as we are about to dive we suddenly spot a destroyer who also spots us and starts charging at our position. I attempt a potshot with the aft torpedo but it misses and we get depthcharged for several hours. When it seems they have lost our scent we go to periscope depth to take a peek. Unfortunately he is very close so again I snapshot with a torpedo as he begins firing at the periscope. This time there is an explosion but it doesn't sink the destroyer but it limps off.

We surface and charge the batteries and prepare to enter the Bristol Channel again. We hear a merchant on hydrophones while making our approach submerged coming from behind. We intercept his track and lie in wait and send two eels his way. Aimed a little further ahead than intended but make the C3's front deck go awash. Surface and finish him off with the deck gun and report in to command. We dive and continue eastwards and again catch another merchant on the hydrophones and it is another C3. Another two eels and a deck gun and we are once again eastbound.

We find a dockyard that I observe for a bit to see if it is worth the approach but decide with all the destroyers and patrol craft on hydrophones and the inability to get a good angle on the ships berthed there we head back west. We come across two ships entering the channel traveling together a small merchant and a tanker so we sit and wait. One eel for each hitting both amidships snapping them in half. I decide to head west to open ocean since we are making Bristol Channel into a graveyard.

While surfaced and charging the batteries we are bounced by several aircraft. Man the AA guns and go flank to get some distance then suddenly a couple of destroyers appear on the horizon we dive with barely charged batteries and hope for the best. Thankfully they end up depthcharging far off our position so we slink away back to Brest to several medals and promotions for the crew. Over 22,000 tons of shipping sank it was a very good patrol.


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