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Old 01-19-23, 03:22 AM   #301
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Monday, 18 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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Operation Spark, which commenced 6 days earlier, successfully openes a corridor into Leningrad. The Soviet government announces the end of the siege, although that state will still continue until 27 Jan 1943.

The Soviets capture Cherkessk in the Caucasus region.

Late in the day, three He 111 transport aircraft of unit III./KG 55 attempt to land at the small Gumrak Airfield at Stalingrad. The first lands but will not be able to takeoff again, the second makes ten failed attempts at lining up with the wreck-strewn short runway but ultimately pushes its cargo of 20 sacks of bread out of the bomb bay doors without landing, and the third follows suit.

British submarine Thunderbolt
departed Malta for Tripoli, Libya, with two Chariot manned torpedoes. The two Chariot teams discover the harbor to be empty of ships and become stuck far behind enemy lines. One team is captured and the other escapes and eventually finds the advancing British 8th Army.

From 1030 groups "Falke" and Habicht" approached the convoy at 1030 at a speed of 4 knots in bad weather conditions and remained in position line reached at 1400 as patrol lines. U 594 (Oblt. Friedrich Mumm) and U 226 (Kptlt. Rolf Borchers) were attacked in the afternoon by "Consolidated" and wheeled aircraft.
At sunset both groups again proceeded at a speed of 6 knots to the W. and slow up at 1130 in patrol lines from AD 7926 to AK 6142 also AK 6181 to AK 9317. If the convoy has not yet passed the lines, a one to one and a half days postponement must have taken place. It is intended to remain in patrol lines during the day and if the convoy is then not intercepted to be redisposed in another area.

U 614 (Kptlt. Wolfgang Sträter) and U 456 (Kptlt. Max-Martin Teichert) who were both detailed to operate on the HX convoy broke off operations at dawn and steered a course for AL 94 at economical cruising speed.

Group "Delphin"
proceeded on a course of 285°, with a speed of 6 knots at 1100 and remained as patrol from CE 7162 to DF 3669 at 2030. Passage further to the W. is not intended. The passing of the convoy can still be expected.

In order to intercept another convoy expected on 20.1 and yet another on 21.1., Group "Jaguar" is to take up the following patrol lines from AJ 7915 to BC 2135. Order: U 337 - 413 - 598 - 594 - 96 - 266 - 123 - 706 and 622.

US government bannes the sale of sliced bread by commercial bakers
; they must sell their bread in entire loaves in order to save wrapping material. The ban will be lifted on 8 Mar 1943 after officials realized the ban was ineffective.

U 648 (Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts exercises with the AGRU-Front Hela.

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Tuesday, 19 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger (CV-4) launched 72 USAAF P-40F fighters off Casablanca, French Morocco, to reinforce Allied forces fighting in North Africa. Ranger began withdrawing toward Norfolk, Virginia almost immediately.

As the expected convoy was not found during the day, its appearance must no longer be anticipated. The groups "Falke" and Habicht" will be relieved of their duties and each redistributed according to their fuel supply. The boats form the group "Haudegen". Boats with less fuel will be disposed in reconnaissance lines from AL 4447 to BE 2136.
Southwestward bound convoy is expected on 24.1. Boats arriving early in position are to submerge during the day in order to avoid interception by English air reconnaissance.

According to a Radio Intelligence report received a north bound convoy close to the Newfoundland coast is expected sooner than was first presumed. Group "Jaguar", therefore received orders to take up position in new reconnaissance lines from AJ 7561 to AJ 8827 at 0000 on 20.1. From 1200 on 20.1. to proceed at a speed of 4 knots on a reconnaissance line, course 200°. The strip from AJ 7565 to AJ 8818 is to be narrowed owing to the temporary breakdown of U 96 (Oblt. Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel; ex Lehmann-Willenbrock) .

U 43, 521, 218
and 518 proceed at economical cruising speed to DU 72. U 66 is to occupy grid DU 72 and 73 as temporary operations area after execution of the special duties. According to agents reports there is strong north-south traffic in this area. For this reason the boats are not taking up the intended reconnaissance channels to the S.

U 109
(Kptlt. Heinrich 'Ajax' Bleichrodt) has taken the Warrant Quartermaster from U 558 (Kptlt. Günther Krech) on board and continues the return passage.

U 507
(Korvkpt. Harro Schacht) reported convoy in FB 5643 on 13.1. It received orders to attack. In spite of repeated requests boat has not reported since then. It must be presumed to have been sunk by the convoy escort, and considered lost (along with Master Donald MacCallum of the Baron Dechmont, sunk on 3 Jan., and taken prisoner).

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Tuesday, 19 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger (CV-4) launched 72 USAAF P-40F fighters off Casablanca, French Morocco, to reinforce Allied forces fighting in North Africa. Ranger began withdrawing toward Norfolk, Virginia almost immediately.

As the expected convoy was not found during the day, its appearance must no longer be anticipated. The groups "Falke" and Habicht" will be relieved of their duties and each redistributed according to their fuel supply. The boats form the group "Haudegen". Boats with less fuel will be disposed in reconnaissance lines from AL 4447 to BE 2136.
Southwestward bound convoy is expected on 24.1. Boats arriving early in position are to submerge during the day in order to avoid interception by English air reconnaissance.

According to a Radio Intelligence report received a north bound convoy close to the Newfoundland coast is expected sooner than was first presumed. Group "Jaguar", therefore received orders to take up position in new reconnaissance lines from AJ 7561 to AJ 8827 at 0000 on 20.1. From 1200 on 20.1. to proceed at a speed of 4 knots on a reconnaissance line, course 200°. The strip from AJ 7565 to AJ 8818 is to be narrowed owing to the temporary breakdown of U 96 (Oblt. Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel; ex Lehmann-Willenbrock) .

U 43, 521, 218
and 518 proceed at economical cruising speed to DU 72. U 66 is to occupy grid DU 72 and 73 as temporary operations area after execution of the special duties. According to agents reports there is strong north-south traffic in this area. For this reason the boats are not taking up the intended reconnaissance channels to the S.

U 109
(Kptlt. Heinrich 'Ajax' Bleichrodt) has taken the Warrant Quartermaster from U 558 (Kptlt. Günther Krech) on board and continues the return passage.

U 507
(Korvkpt. Harro Schacht) reported convoy in FB 5643 on 13.1. It received orders to attack. In spite of repeated requests boat has not reported since then. It must be presumed to have been sunk by the convoy escort, and considered lost (along with Master Donald MacCallum of the Baron Dechmont, sunk on 3 Jan., and taken prisoner).

U 648 (Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts exercises with the AGRU-Front Hela.

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Wednesday, 20 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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Luftwaffe fighter-bombers launch surprise daylight attacks on London. The British claim that the Luftwaffe has to abandon the attacks, after five Fw 190 aircraft are lost within half an hour, to the RAF Manston based Typhoon fighters of the No. 609 Squadron.

Captured French submarines "Requin" and "Espadon"
depart Bizerte, Tunisia, with an Italian crew.

U 176
(Kptlt. Reiner Dierksen) searched from 9 - 12.1 in the lower half of ER 80 with long legs on the Equator to the E. and also on the way to FD 25.

U 177
(IXD2; KrvKpt. Robert Gysae) sighted unidentified U-boat in BF 7692. According to dead reckoning not one of ours.

Group "Jaguar"
remains in the position reached at 2100 from AJ 7822 to AJ 8796 (Patrol channel).

U 87
(Kptlt. Joachim Berger) and U 202 (Oblt. Günter Poser) are to join Group "Delphin" to extend their patrol channels, and occupy the positions DF 3933 and DF 3969.

U 454
(Kptlt. Burckhard Hackländer) joins Group "Landsknecht" and occupies position BE 2244, which must be reached by 0800 on 24.1.

U 553
(KrvKpt. Karl Thurmann) handed over a Nautical Year Book to U 465 (Kptlt. Heinz Wolf).

General:


1. The following operations in the North Atlantic have not been successful:

31.12.1942 - Convoy ON - Group "Falke" - 13 boats
8.1.1943 - Convoy ONS - Group "Falke" - 14 boats
12/13.1.1943 - Convoy HX, SC - Group "Jaguar" - 6 boats
16.1.1943 - Convoy ONS - Group Falke-Habicht" - 27 boats

Altogether only one convoy (HX) was intercepted for a short period on 17.1.1943 and an operation was not possible.

2. The non-interception of the last ONS is a further confirmation of the conjecture that the English have begun to spread out their convoys and possibly deflected their routes considerably to the N. This evasive movement can at the most only be out-maneuvered by a long disposition in the area S.E. of Cape Farewell. It is possible here to fight to the S.W. and N.E. with some chance of success and to bring pressure to bear on ON, ONS, HX and SC convoys.

3. The next operations possible are on HX, SC (convoys) on 20/21.1 and ON (convoy) on 24.1. It is possible to operate on all these convoys with the number of boats now available. It is not, however, possible to reinforce the group "Jaguar" (North of Newfoundland Bank) within the time limit. The group will be entirely disposed to the W., according to the information obtained by the decyphering section on the positions of the lost HX convoy.

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Wednesday, 20 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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Luftwaffe fighter-bombers launch surprise daylight attacks on London. The British claim that the Luftwaffe has to abandon the attacks, after five Fw 190 aircraft are lost within half an hour, to the RAF Manston based Typhoon fighters of the No. 609 Squadron.

Captured French submarines "Requin" and "Espadon"
depart Bizerte, Tunisia, with an Italian crew.

U 176
(Kptlt. Reiner Dierksen) searched from 9 - 12.1 in the lower half of ER 80 with long legs on the Equator to the E. and also on the way to FD 25.

U 177
(IXD2; KrvKpt. Robert Gysae) sighted unidentified U-boat in BF 7692. According to dead reckoning not one of ours.

Group "Jaguar"
remains in the position reached at 2100 from AJ 7822 to AJ 8796 (Patrol channel).

U 87
(Kptlt. Joachim Berger) and U 202 (Oblt. Günter Poser) are to join Group "Delphin" to extend their patrol channels, and occupy the positions DF 3933 and DF 3969.

U 454
(Kptlt. Burckhard Hackländer) joins Group "Landsknecht" and occupies position BE 2244, which must be reached by 0800 on 24.1.

U 553
(KrvKpt. Karl Thurmann) handed over a Nautical Year Book to U 465 (Kptlt. Heinz Wolf).

General:


1. The following operations in the North Atlantic have not been successful:

31.12.1942 - Convoy ON - Group "Falke" - 13 boats
8.1.1943 - Convoy ONS - Group "Falke" - 14 boats
12/13.1.1943 - Convoy HX, SC - Group "Jaguar" - 6 boats
16.1.1943 - Convoy ONS - Group Falke-Habicht" - 27 boats

Altogether only one convoy (HX) was intercepted for a short period on 17.1.1943 and an operation was not possible.

2. The non-interception of the last ONS is a further confirmation of the conjecture that the English have begun to spread out their convoys and possibly deflected their routes considerably to the N. This evasive movement can at the most only be out-maneuvered by a long disposition in the area S.E. of Cape Farewell. It is possible here to fight to the S.W. and N.E. with some chance of success and to bring pressure to bear on ON, ONS, HX and SC convoys.

3. The next operations possible are on HX, SC (convoys) on 20/21.1 and ON (convoy) on 24.1. It is possible to operate on all these convoys with the number of boats now available. It is not, however, possible to reinforce the group "Jaguar" (North of Newfoundland Bank) within the time limit. The group will be entirely disposed to the W., according to the information obtained by the decyphering section on the positions of the lost HX convoy.

U 648 (Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts exercises with the AGRU-Front Hela.

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Thursday, 21 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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Allied leadership issues the directive to RAF and USAAF commanders "your primary objective will be the progressive destruction and dislocation of the German military, industrial and economic system, and the undermining of the morale of the German people to a point where their capacity for armed resistance is fatally wounded."

Soviet troops capture Voroshilovsky and Stavropol in the Caucasus region, claiming 500,000 of our troops dead and 200,000 captured in the last two months of fighting.

The Führer tells the Ambassador Hiroshi Oshima
, that he would welcome Japanese assistance in defeating Russia.

In order to intercept the north-south bound convoys and isolated traffic
, 5 boats are to be disposed in a 30 sea mile wide strip as far as 120 sea miles W. of Cape Blanco in N/S strips of equal width. Order from the west: U 518, 43, 218, 521, 66. Warfare against the traffic is considered of utmost importance to the African Front.

Replenishment of supplies from "Milkcow" U 459
(KrvKpt. Georg von Wilamowitz-Möllendorf) is to take place early on 29.1 in CG 5455. U 506 will take on 140 cubic meters, U 509 and U 516, 100 cubic meters each. Fuel replenishment of U 160 (still behind) follows later.
Meeting of "Milkcow" U 463 (KrvKpt. Leo Wolfbauer) and U 258 (Kptlt. Wilhelm von Mässenhausen) for the handing over of an Fu.M.B. Cable has taken place.
In a S.W. wind, strength 10 and heavy sea the supplying of U 260 (Kptlt. Hubertus Purkhold) - intended for the last 10 days - is still impossible.

U 96
(Oblt. Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel; ex Lehmann-Willenbrock) is not fully ready for action owing to breakdown of forward hydroplane. The boat is ordered to return to Bergen owing to inability to submerge entirely. Further use as training ship is proposed.

U 648 (Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts exercises with the AGRU-Front Hela.

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Thursday, 21 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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Allied leadership issues the directive to RAF and USAAF commanders "your primary objective will be the progressive destruction and dislocation of the German military, industrial and economic system, and the undermining of the morale of the German people to a point where their capacity for armed resistance is fatally wounded."

Soviet troops capture Voroshilovsky and Stavropol in the Caucasus region, claiming 500,000 of our troops dead and 200,000 captured in the last two months of fighting.

The Führer tells the Ambassador Hiroshi Oshima
, that he would welcome Japanese assistance in defeating Russia.

In order to intercept the north-south bound convoys and isolated traffic
, 5 boats are to be disposed in a 30 sea mile wide strip as far as 120 sea miles W. of Cape Blanco in N/S strips of equal width. Order from the west: U 518, 43, 218, 521, 66. Warfare against the traffic is considered of utmost importance to the African Front.

Replenishment of supplies from "Milkcow" U 459
(KrvKpt. Georg von Wilamowitz-Möllendorf) is to take place early on 29.1 in CG 5455. U 506 will take on 140 cubic meters, U 509 and U 516, 100 cubic meters each. Fuel replenishment of U 160 (still behind) follows later.
Meeting of "Milkcow" U 463 (KrvKpt. Leo Wolfbauer) and U 258 (Kptlt. Wilhelm von Mässenhausen) for the handing over of an Fu.M.B. Cable has taken place.
In a S.W. wind, strength 10 and heavy sea the supplying of U 260 (Kptlt. Hubertus Purkhold) - intended for the last 10 days - is still impossible.

U 96
(Oblt. Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel; ex Lehmann-Willenbrock) is not fully ready for action owing to breakdown of forward hydroplane. The boat is ordered to return to Bergen owing to inability to submerge entirely. Further use as training ship is proposed.

U 648 (Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts exercises with the AGRU-Front Hela.

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Friday, 22 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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The RAF conducts its first combat operation using the new Mitchell Mk.II bombers. Six aircraft from No. 98 and No. 180 Squadrons are sent out to attack oil installations at Ghent in Belgium. One aircraft is shot down by flak over the target and two others are lost when attacked by Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighters. Following this disaster the RAF's Mitchell squadrons are stood down to concentrate on developing new tactics to fend off enemy fighters.

6th Army engineers
report that the small Stalingradskaya Airfield close to the center of Stalingrad, is ready to receive transport aircraft. Several He 111 aircraft arrive later on the same day with supplies, some of which will be fatally damaged when their landing gears become caught in bomb craters on the runway.

The "Bafile" Battalion of the "San Marco" naval infantry regiment of Italian Navy, captures Djebel Bou Dabouss massif in Tunisia, capturing 200 prisoners of war, while loosing 24 killed and 65 wounded.

U 69
(Kptlt. Ulrich Gräf) a boat belonging to Group "Haudegen" heard several beacon locator noises with north-easterly deviations since 0600 on 22.1. According to fix at 0800 last bearing lay in AJ 3449. The boat is following this up in the direction of 20° in good visibility. The boats U 525, U 201, north and south of U 69 have also received instructions to steer on searching course, as the presence of an HX convoy must be presumed. This must have passed the patrol lines of Group "Jaguar" unobserved and proceeded at a very high speed.

U 69, 525 and 201 pursued until darkness fell without establishing contact. They are now proceeding on a course of 210°, cruising speed to the S. to reinforce Group "Jaguar". According to a Radio Intelligence report (special) received, the course of the awaited convoy leads through the middle of the channels occupied by Group "Delphin". As its arrival can take place from today, Group "Delphin" is to proceed on a course of 90°, speed 8 knots at 2030, as reconnaissance line. On 23.1 at 1000 to turn back on a course of 280°, speed 4 knots. The boats U 264, 258 and 558 coming up, are making for approximately the center of the line.

U 96 (Oblt. Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel; ex Lehmann-Willenbrock) on the return passage, reported a convoy in AK 7422 at 1315 and after several hours confirmed an isolated search group on a southerly course. As such an isolated group is unlikely in this area, the possible presence of a convoy must be presumed. Whether it is an HX or an SC convoy remains to be seen. In any case on receipt of U 96's message Group "Haudegen" (not U 69, 525 and 201) were ordered to proceed to the S.W. at a speed of 10 knots and ordered to take up position in reconnaissance lines from AK 4313 to 8394 for 1200 on 23.1. Course 235°, speed 6 knots. U 96 continues return passage.

U 66 (Kptlt. Friedrich Markworth) has only encountered Spanish coastal sailing vessels within the 40 sea mile line of DU 57 since 20.1. The boat has carried out a special task (landing Jean Lallart on the coast of Mauritania near Cape Blanc). Two sailors did not return to the boat after the successful landing. After waiting in vain for over 13 hours for his men (Bootsmaat Wagner and Matrosenobergefreiter Helmut Daschkey) to return, Kptlt. Markworth was forced to abandon them to whatever fate they had suffered. Heavy surf since then.
10 days later we will learn, that Lallart and the two men who rowed him ashore were immediately captured by the French.

Colonel-General Ludwig Beck and other anti-Hitler conspirators meet at the home of Peter Yorck von Wartenburg.

U 648 (Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts exercises with the AGRU-Front Hela.

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Friday, 22 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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The RAF conducts its first combat operation using the new Mitchell Mk.II bombers. Six aircraft from No. 98 and No. 180 Squadrons are sent out to attack oil installations at Ghent in Belgium. One aircraft is shot down by flak over the target and two others are lost when attacked by Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighters. Following this disaster the RAF's Mitchell squadrons are stood down to concentrate on developing new tactics to fend off enemy fighters.

6th Army engineers
report that the small Stalingradskaya Airfield close to the center of Stalingrad, is ready to receive transport aircraft. Several He 111 aircraft arrive later on the same day with supplies, some of which will be fatally damaged when their landing gears become caught in bomb craters on the runway.

The "Bafile" Battalion of the "San Marco" naval infantry regiment of Italian Navy, captures Djebel Bou Dabouss massif in Tunisia, capturing 200 prisoners of war, while loosing 24 killed and 65 wounded.

U 69
(Kptlt. Ulrich Gräf) a boat belonging to Group "Haudegen" heard several beacon locator noises with north-easterly deviations since 0600 on 22.1. According to fix at 0800 last bearing lay in AJ 3449. The boat is following this up in the direction of 20° in good visibility. The boats U 525, U 201, north and south of U 69 have also received instructions to steer on searching course, as the presence of an HX convoy must be presumed. This must have passed the patrol lines of Group "Jaguar" unobserved and proceeded at a very high speed.

U 69, 525 and 201 pursued until darkness fell without establishing contact. They are now proceeding on a course of 210°, cruising speed to the S. to reinforce Group "Jaguar". According to a Radio Intelligence report (special) received, the course of the awaited convoy leads through the middle of the channels occupied by Group "Delphin". As its arrival can take place from today, Group "Delphin" is to proceed on a course of 90°, speed 8 knots at 2030, as reconnaissance line. On 23.1 at 1000 to turn back on a course of 280°, speed 4 knots. The boats U 264, 258 and 558 coming up, are making for approximately the center of the line.

U 96 (Oblt. Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel; ex Lehmann-Willenbrock) on the return passage, reported a convoy in AK 7422 at 1315 and after several hours confirmed an isolated search group on a southerly course. As such an isolated group is unlikely in this area, the possible presence of a convoy must be presumed. Whether it is an HX or an SC convoy remains to be seen. In any case on receipt of U 96's message Group "Haudegen" (not U 69, 525 and 201) were ordered to proceed to the S.W. at a speed of 10 knots and ordered to take up position in reconnaissance lines from AK 4313 to 8394 for 1200 on 23.1. Course 235°, speed 6 knots. U 96 continues return passage.

U 66 (Kptlt. Friedrich Markworth) has only encountered Spanish coastal sailing vessels within the 40 sea mile line of DU 57 since 20.1. The boat has carried out a special task (landing Jean Lallart on the coast of Mauritania near Cape Blanc). Two sailors did not return to the boat after the successful landing. After waiting in vain for over 13 hours for his men (Bootsmaat Wagner and Matrosenobergefreiter Helmut Daschkey) to return, Kptlt. Markworth was forced to abandon them to whatever fate they had suffered. Heavy surf since then.
10 days later we will learn, that Lallart and the two men who rowed him ashore were immediately captured by the French.

Colonel-General Ludwig Beck and other anti-Hitler conspirators meet at the home of Peter Yorck von Wartenburg.

U 648 (Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts exercises with the AGRU-Front Hela.

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Saturday, 23 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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The British Eighth Army capture Tripoli, Libya.

Soviet troops capture Armavir, Caucasus.

The Gumrak Airfield on the western side of Stalingrad, is taken by Soviet troops.

Air Reconnaissance: 3 aircraft in AL 90 and 60 to intercept an expected ON convoy.

Convoy No. 3 (SC.117): The following W/T with T.O.O. 0850 was received from U 413 (Oblt. Gustav Poel) at 1142: Contact with escort in AJ 7267. As according to the text of this message other message must have been already sent, and also U 598 (Kptlt. Gottfried Holtorf) had not reported contact at 1500 from AJ 4971, the boats of Group "Jaguar" are requested to send a short situation summary. It can be seen from the messages received that U 413 sighted a convoy on a course of 20° at 1714 on 22.1. in AJ 7855, and that it reported the same at 2240 in AJ 7592 and at 0545 in AJ 7291. Also the boat sank a straggler of 5,000 GRT in AJ 7592. Unfortunately these W/T messages were not picked up by the control station owing to interference presumably caused by the northern lights, and this had a particularly adverse effect on the operations decided for Groups "Jaguar" and Haudegen". As it is likely that at the moment there is no contact, the group "Haudegen" will be at once disposed on receipt of the first situation report, on a course of 300°, speed 9 knots. Disposition of a patrol line is planned for the forenoon of 24.1, if no contact has been established by then. Group "Jaguar" received ordered to continue the search, U 525, 69 and 201 are to operate at cruising speed on the information contained in U 413's report. U 268 reporting from N.W. of the Group "Haudegen" and 358 on the outward passage in A 30 are to be diverted to AJ 25. A W/T received from U 413 at 0117 reports that the boat lost contact at 0900 in AJ 7267. Last course doubtful, NE, speed 9 knots. Convoy drawn out, about 20 ships. Weather: variable visibility, wind N.N.W., freshening to 10-11. It does not appear from the number of ships involved to be the expected SC convoy. The operation continues.

U 214 (VIID; Kptlt. Günther Reeder) situation: 19 days in the Caribbean, submerged by day. No traffic in EC 90 at night, tanker escorts from Aruba only at dawn. It is only possible to stay there a short time owing to the strong current. U-boat chaser activity at night in EC 60 large craft radar small craft then attacked. Continue to search for traffic from DP 75 via EO 52 to EE 60.

U 175 (Kptlt. Heinrich Bruns) received instructions to return via DU 70. It is to search for further traffic there, and not leave the position to replenish supplies until there is only 20 cu. mtrs. of fuel left.

Owing to the return of "Milkcow" U 462 (Oblt. Bruno Vowe), U 105 (Oblt. Jürgen Nissen) and U 124 (Kptlt. Johann Mohr) received orders to remain in DF 50 using as little fuel as possible until the arrival of the next tanker (about 9.2).

General Dwight D. Eisenhower is tasked with planning the invasion of Sicily, with the target date set as the period of the favourable Jul 1943 moon. General Harold Alexander, Eisenhower's deputy, will be in overall command of all Allied land forces during the operation.

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Saturday, 23 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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The British Eighth Army capture Tripoli, Libya.

Soviet troops capture Armavir, Caucasus.

The Gumrak Airfield on the western side of Stalingrad, is taken by Soviet troops.

Air Reconnaissance: 3 aircraft in AL 90 and 60 to intercept an expected ON convoy.

Convoy No. 3 (SC.117): The following W/T with T.O.O. 0850 was received from U 413 (Oblt. Gustav Poel) at 1142: Contact with escort in AJ 7267. As according to the text of this message other message must have been already sent, and also U 598 (Kptlt. Gottfried Holtorf) had not reported contact at 1500 from AJ 4971, the boats of Group "Jaguar" are requested to send a short situation summary. It can be seen from the messages received that U 413 sighted a convoy on a course of 20° at 1714 on 22.1. in AJ 7855, and that it reported the same at 2240 in AJ 7592 and at 0545 in AJ 7291. Also the boat sank a straggler of 5,000 GRT in AJ 7592. Unfortunately these W/T messages were not picked up by the control station owing to interference presumably caused by the northern lights, and this had a particularly adverse effect on the operations decided for Groups "Jaguar" and Haudegen". As it is likely that at the moment there is no contact, the group "Haudegen" will be at once disposed on receipt of the first situation report, on a course of 300°, speed 9 knots. Disposition of a patrol line is planned for the forenoon of 24.1, if no contact has been established by then. Group "Jaguar" received ordered to continue the search, U 525, 69 and 201 are to operate at cruising speed on the information contained in U 413's report. U 268 reporting from N.W. of the Group "Haudegen" and 358 on the outward passage in A 30 are to be diverted to AJ 25. A W/T received from U 413 at 0117 reports that the boat lost contact at 0900 in AJ 7267. Last course doubtful, NE, speed 9 knots. Convoy drawn out, about 20 ships. Weather: variable visibility, wind N.N.W., freshening to 10-11. It does not appear from the number of ships involved to be the expected SC convoy. The operation continues.

U 214 (VIID; Kptlt. Günther Reeder) situation: 19 days in the Caribbean, submerged by day. No traffic in EC 90 at night, tanker escorts from Aruba only at dawn. It is only possible to stay there a short time owing to the strong current. U-boat chaser activity at night in EC 60 large craft radar small craft then attacked. Continue to search for traffic from DP 75 via EO 52 to EE 60.

U 175 (Kptlt. Heinrich Bruns) received instructions to return via DU 70. It is to search for further traffic there, and not leave the position to replenish supplies until there is only 20 cu. mtrs. of fuel left.

Owing to the return of "Milkcow" U 462 (Oblt. Bruno Vowe), U 105 (Oblt. Jürgen Nissen) and U 124 (Kptlt. Johann Mohr) received orders to remain in DF 50 using as little fuel as possible until the arrival of the next tanker (about 9.2).

General Dwight D. Eisenhower is tasked with planning the invasion of Sicily, with the target date set as the period of the favourable Jul 1943 moon. General Harold Alexander, Eisenhower's deputy, will be in overall command of all Allied land forces during the operation.

U 648 (Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts exercises with the AGRU-Front Hela.

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Sunday, 24 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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Tirpitz completed its refitting at Fættenfjord/Lofjord near Trondheim, Norway.

12 aircraft are launched to attack Allied convoy JW-52
; three of them find and attack the convoy, but all three are shot down.

Soviet troops capture Starobelskiy, Ukraine
, while the Soviet Trans-Caucasian Front's offensive toward the Kuban bridgehead is halted near Krasnodar and Novorossiysk. A new offensive drive, named the Tikhoretsk-Eisk Offensive Operation, is therfore launched today.

The Soviets once again demand surrender from the encircled 6th Army in Stalingrad
. Responding to Friedrich Paulus' message requesting permission to surrender as his men were now nearly out of ammunition and medical supplies, The Führer tells Paulus to fight to the last man even if defeat is imminent. By the end of this day, the 6. Armee in Stalingrad will be divided in two pockets and will have lost the use of the last airstrip available to them, Stalingradsaya Airfield.

Convoy No. 3 (SC.117):
Wireless conditions are still bad
and make escort duties impossible for Group "Jaguar". According to U 594 (Kptlt. Dietrich Hoffmann) report U 706 (Kptlt. Alexander von Zitzewitz) fired a quadruple miss at a destroyer on 23.1. and U 598 (Kptlt. Gottfried Holtorf) sighted a suspicious looking isolated vessel in AJ 7972 and smoke trails in AJ 7974. U 706 and U 123 searched in the direction of 20°, also 60° and began their return passage in the course of 24.1. owing to fuel shortage. Group "Haudegen" received orders to take up position in patrol lines with 15 boats at 1100 on 24.1 from AD(?) 3989 to AK 4178. With a cruising speed of 8 knots the convoy should reach the lines at about 1130. Owing to heavy north-westerly storms the boats could only cover a distance of 4 sea miles and were unable to occupy the lines at the time decided upon. As, however, U 266 (Kptlt. Ralf von Jessen) confirmed with certainty a broad hydrophone bearing in 80° at 0130 from AJ 2745 and a strong noise band of 210° - 265° from AJ 2746, it may be presumed that the convoy is further astern than previously supposed and the boats must have occupied the lines before it passed through. Group "Jaguar" and U 525 and 201 are operating on the hydrophone bearing obtained by U 266. No further messages were received up till morning. The operation continues.

U 105
(Oblt. Jürgen Nissen) sank a tanker of 10,000 GRT which was lying for no apparent reason with engines stopped about 60 sea miles S. of the isolated traffic route confirmed by Radio Intelligence report (special) in DQ 2347. It was carrying Benzene - Note: "The British Viligence" which had been hit by U 514 (Kptlt. Hans Jürgen Auffermann) on January 3rd and abandoned. A flying boat was sighted at 2115 circling over the sinking area.

U 217
(VIID; Kptlt. Kurt Reichenbach-Klinke) situation: From 26 - 29.12. and 10. - 23.1. only passenger steamer on a course of 330° encountered from EO 52 to EP 48 on the 200 meter line and a hydrophone bearing in EO 5252 with southerly deflection. Systematic aerial activity by "Consolidated" type flying boat as far as 200 sea miles from the Guiana Coast.

U 260
(Kptlt. Hubertus Purkhold) replenished supplies from U 117 (XB; Korvkpt. Hans-Werner Neumann) and began return passage.

U 164
(Korvkpt. Otto Fechner) operated off the Brazilian Coast and sank a steamer after examination of the cargo on 2.1. in FB 3815 (Note: Swedish Brazaland). In spite of repeated requests the boat has not since reported. According to an earlier W/T message, U 164 had a leak in the pressure tanks, that was effectively mended. It is likely that the leak sprang up again on a deep dive and caused the destruction of the boat. (Note: U 164 was sunk on Jan. 6th).

British war expenditure is estimated to be running at £14 million a day.

The Casablanca Conference ends with the announcement of a requirement for unconditional surrender from Germany to end the war.

U 648 (Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts exercises with the AGRU-Front Hela.

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Sunday, 24 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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Tirpitz completed its refitting at Fættenfjord/Lofjord near Trondheim, Norway.

12 aircraft are launched to attack Allied convoy JW-52
; three of them find and attack the convoy, but all three are shot down.

Soviet troops capture Starobelskiy, Ukraine
, while the Soviet Trans-Caucasian Front's offensive toward the Kuban bridgehead is halted near Krasnodar and Novorossiysk. A new offensive drive, named the Tikhoretsk-Eisk Offensive Operation, is therfore launched today.

The Soviets once again demand surrender from the encircled 6th Army in Stalingrad
. Responding to Friedrich Paulus' message requesting permission to surrender as his men were now nearly out of ammunition and medical supplies, The Führer tells Paulus to fight to the last man even if defeat is imminent. By the end of this day, the 6. Armee in Stalingrad will be divided in two pockets and will have lost the use of the last airstrip available to them, Stalingradsaya Airfield.

Convoy No. 3 (SC.117):
Wireless conditions are still bad
and make escort duties impossible for Group "Jaguar". According to U 594 (Kptlt. Dietrich Hoffmann) report U 706 (Kptlt. Alexander von Zitzewitz) fired a quadruple miss at a destroyer on 23.1. and U 598 (Kptlt. Gottfried Holtorf) sighted a suspicious looking isolated vessel in AJ 7972 and smoke trails in AJ 7974. U 706 and U 123 searched in the direction of 20°, also 60° and began their return passage in the course of 24.1. owing to fuel shortage. Group "Haudegen" received orders to take up position in patrol lines with 15 boats at 1100 on 24.1 from AD(?) 3989 to AK 4178. With a cruising speed of 8 knots the convoy should reach the lines at about 1130. Owing to heavy north-westerly storms the boats could only cover a distance of 4 sea miles and were unable to occupy the lines at the time decided upon. As, however, U 266 (Kptlt. Ralf von Jessen) confirmed with certainty a broad hydrophone bearing in 80° at 0130 from AJ 2745 and a strong noise band of 210° - 265° from AJ 2746, it may be presumed that the convoy is further astern than previously supposed and the boats must have occupied the lines before it passed through. Group "Jaguar" and U 525 and 201 are operating on the hydrophone bearing obtained by U 266. No further messages were received up till morning. The operation continues.

U 105
(Oblt. Jürgen Nissen) sank a tanker of 10,000 GRT which was lying for no apparent reason with engines stopped about 60 sea miles S. of the isolated traffic route confirmed by Radio Intelligence report (special) in DQ 2347. It was carrying Benzene - Note: "The British Viligence" which had been hit by U 514 (Kptlt. Hans Jürgen Auffermann) on January 3rd and abandoned. A flying boat was sighted at 2115 circling over the sinking area.

U 217
(VIID; Kptlt. Kurt Reichenbach-Klinke) situation: From 26 - 29.12. and 10. - 23.1. only passenger steamer on a course of 330° encountered from EO 52 to EP 48 on the 200 meter line and a hydrophone bearing in EO 5252 with southerly deflection. Systematic aerial activity by "Consolidated" type flying boat as far as 200 sea miles from the Guiana Coast.

U 260
(Kptlt. Hubertus Purkhold) replenished supplies from U 117 (XB; Korvkpt. Hans-Werner Neumann) and began return passage.

U 164
(Korvkpt. Otto Fechner) operated off the Brazilian Coast and sank a steamer after examination of the cargo on 2.1. in FB 3815 (Note: Swedish Brazaland). In spite of repeated requests the boat has not since reported. According to an earlier W/T message, U 164 had a leak in the pressure tanks, that was effectively mended. It is likely that the leak sprang up again on a deep dive and caused the destruction of the boat. (Note: U 164 was sunk on Jan. 6th).

British war expenditure is estimated to be running at £14 million a day.

The Casablanca Conference ends with the announcement of a requirement for unconditional surrender from Germany to end the war.

U 648 (Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts exercises with the AGRU-Front Hela.

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Monday, 25 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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Our troops evacuate Voronezh and Armavir in southern Russia, and the remnants of the 6.Armee are split in two pockets, north and south, in Stalingrad.

In his Order of the Day, Stalin claimes that Soviet troops have routed 102 enemy divisions in two months of fighting.

U 575
(Kptlt. Günther Heydemann) - in patrol line of group "Delphin" - sank a large 10,000 ton vessel on a course of 1200, speed 12 knots in DG 1326. According to P.O.W. (Chief Cook Robert Daigle) reports the ship belonged to the expected convoy which put out of New York for Casablanca on 13.1 and which dispersed owing to bad weather on 22.1. (UGS.4). It can, therefore, be presumed that still further isolated vessels will pass the patrol lines. "Delphin" boats have received directions to report every ship sighted isolated.

Convoy No. 3 (SC.117):
Boat of the "Haudegen" group reported on request, that owing to persistent N.W. storms their passage speed still only amounts to 4 knots. This means that the lines previously ordered cannot be occupied before 0800 on 26.1. In order to intercept the convoy with certainty, Group "Haudegen" received orders to take up position in new patrol lines from AD 9533 to AK 4183. Further, boats are directed to operate at their own discretion and without orders from Command on receipt of convoy contact messages. U 266 (Kptlt. Ralf von Jessen) presumes convoy to be in AJ 2755 as two perfect hydrophone observations were obtained at 0300 on 25.1. in this area. No further messages received. Group "Jaguar" maintains an independent search from NE to E. Several boats are so low in fuel that they will have to start the return passage within 24 hours. Lack of sufficient tankers is now uncomfortably noticeable. The operation continues.

Owing to U 384's (Oblt. Hans-Achim von Rosenberg-Gruszcynski) necessary return, the line occupied by Group "Landsknecht" will be narrowed by one position on 1200 on 26.1 and will then extend from AL 4447 to BE 2138. According to present reckoning the arrival of the expected convoy cannot be expected until after today as the leaving times of the ON convoys has probably been postponed for 2 or 3 days.

U 214
(VIID; Kptlt. Günther Reeder) which was originally to have searched for traffic in DP 70, has received orders to proceed with small steps via DQ 70 to DR 55 and to operate there according to fuel supply. The grid mentioned is approximately the intersection point of the Trinidad/North Africa tanker convoy route and according to Radio Intelligence Report (special) a confirmed straggler route.

Owing to the temporary breakdown of "Milkcow" U 462 (Oblt. Bruno Vowe) the replenishment of supplies by U 124 (Kptlt. Johann Mohr) and U 105 (Oblt. Jürgen Nissen), in DF 50, must be carried out by a type IXc boat. U 504 (Kptlt. Wilhelm Luis) received orders to proceed to DP 3755 and carry out replenishment of supplies. Later replenishment of this boat by U 118 (XB; Korvkpt. Werner Czygan) is intended.

U 648 (Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts exercises with the AGRU-Front Hela.

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Monday, 25 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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Our troops evacuate Voronezh and Armavir in southern Russia, and the remnants of the 6.Armee are split in two pockets, north and south, in Stalingrad.

In his Order of the Day, Stalin claimes that Soviet troops have routed 102 enemy divisions in two months of fighting.

U 575
(Kptlt. Günther Heydemann) - in patrol line of group "Delphin" - sank a large 10,000 ton vessel on a course of 1200, speed 12 knots in DG 1326. According to P.O.W. (Chief Cook Robert Daigle) reports the ship belonged to the expected convoy which put out of New York for Casablanca on 13.1 and which dispersed owing to bad weather on 22.1. (UGS.4). It can, therefore, be presumed that still further isolated vessels will pass the patrol lines. "Delphin" boats have received directions to report every ship sighted isolated.

Convoy No. 3 (SC.117):
Boat of the "Haudegen" group reported on request, that owing to persistent N.W. storms their passage speed still only amounts to 4 knots. This means that the lines previously ordered cannot be occupied before 0800 on 26.1. In order to intercept the convoy with certainty, Group "Haudegen" received orders to take up position in new patrol lines from AD 9533 to AK 4183. Further, boats are directed to operate at their own discretion and without orders from Command on receipt of convoy contact messages. U 266 (Kptlt. Ralf von Jessen) presumes convoy to be in AJ 2755 as two perfect hydrophone observations were obtained at 0300 on 25.1. in this area. No further messages received. Group "Jaguar" maintains an independent search from NE to E. Several boats are so low in fuel that they will have to start the return passage within 24 hours. Lack of sufficient tankers is now uncomfortably noticeable. The operation continues.

Owing to U 384's (Oblt. Hans-Achim von Rosenberg-Gruszcynski) necessary return, the line occupied by Group "Landsknecht" will be narrowed by one position on 1200 on 26.1 and will then extend from AL 4447 to BE 2138. According to present reckoning the arrival of the expected convoy cannot be expected until after today as the leaving times of the ON convoys has probably been postponed for 2 or 3 days.

U 214
(VIID; Kptlt. Günther Reeder) which was originally to have searched for traffic in DP 70, has received orders to proceed with small steps via DQ 70 to DR 55 and to operate there according to fuel supply. The grid mentioned is approximately the intersection point of the Trinidad/North Africa tanker convoy route and according to Radio Intelligence Report (special) a confirmed straggler route.

Owing to the temporary breakdown of "Milkcow" U 462 (Oblt. Bruno Vowe) the replenishment of supplies by U 124 (Kptlt. Johann Mohr) and U 105 (Oblt. Jürgen Nissen), in DF 50, must be carried out by a type IXc boat. U 504 (Kptlt. Wilhelm Luis) received orders to proceed to DP 3755 and carry out replenishment of supplies. Later replenishment of this boat by U 118 (XB; Korvkpt. Werner Czygan) is intended.

U 648 (Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts exercises with the AGRU-Front Hela.

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Tuesday, 26 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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Soviet troops capture Voronezh, southern Russia.

Enemy reports a sunk ship still sticking out of the water in FB 9119.

U 358 (Kptlt. Rolf Manke) sank a fully loaded tanker of type "Nordatlantic" of 10,000 GRT, on a course of 90°, speed 11 knots in AK 2550.

U 594 (Oblt. Friedrich Mumm) encountered wreck of tanker "Kollbjoerg-Oslo" in AJ 3284 while operating on Convoy No. 3 (SC.117), and sank it.

Convoy No. 3 (SC.117):
As no contact messages were received up to nightfall, the convoy must according to dead reckoning, have passed the lines. U 384, 525, 707, 223 and 466 were to allocate to the Group "Haudegen" and if there was not contact, ordered to proceed to the S.W. at 0800 on 27th. If however, the convoy was still W. of the group it would have been intercepted during the night. Disposition in about AK 50 and 80 was intended for Group "Jaguar" until the low fuel supply was exhausted.
None of these orders were put into effect, as the group had been operating on destroyer sightings and hydrophone bearings of several boats, since 1900. The relevant W/T messages could not be picked up by the control station until 2400.
Subsequently, U 266 (Kptlt. Ralf von Jessen) and U 383 (Oblt. Horst Kremser) sighted a destroyer on an eastward course in AJ 3450 at 1800. U 466 (Oblt. Gerhard Thäter) reported a broad listening band from 260 to 290 from AJ 35 at 2120 and at 0237 destroyer and steamer noises were confirmed with certainty.
According to further hydrophone bearings, the boats must be on either side of the convoy. Both groups are operating at high speed. Direct sighting reports were, however, not received up to morning. The large number of boats coming up from all sides ensures the interception of the convoy at dawn.

U 444 (Oblt. Albert Langfeld) has begun the return passage owing to fuel shortage. Patrol lines occupied by Group "Landsknecht" are therefore shortened by one position to the southeast.

U 648 (Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts exercises with the AGRU-Front Hela.

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Tuesday, 26 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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Soviet troops capture Voronezh, southern Russia.

Enemy reports a sunk ship still sticking out of the water in FB 9119.

U 358 (Kptlt. Rolf Manke) sank a fully loaded tanker of type "Nordatlantic" of 10,000 GRT, on a course of 90°, speed 11 knots in AK 2550.

U 594 (Oblt. Friedrich Mumm) encountered wreck of tanker "Kollbjoerg-Oslo" in AJ 3284 while operating on Convoy No. 3 (SC.117), and sank it.

Convoy No. 3 (SC.117):
As no contact messages were received up to nightfall, the convoy must according to dead reckoning, have passed the lines. U 384, 525, 707, 223 and 466 were to allocate to the Group "Haudegen" and if there was not contact, ordered to proceed to the S.W. at 0800 on 27th. If however, the convoy was still W. of the group it would have been intercepted during the night. Disposition in about AK 50 and 80 was intended for Group "Jaguar" until the low fuel supply was exhausted.
None of these orders were put into effect, as the group had been operating on destroyer sightings and hydrophone bearings of several boats, since 1900. The relevant W/T messages could not be picked up by the control station until 2400.
Subsequently, U 266 (Kptlt. Ralf von Jessen) and U 383 (Oblt. Horst Kremser) sighted a destroyer on an eastward course in AJ 3450 at 1800. U 466 (Oblt. Gerhard Thäter) reported a broad listening band from 260 to 290 from AJ 35 at 2120 and at 0237 destroyer and steamer noises were confirmed with certainty.
According to further hydrophone bearings, the boats must be on either side of the convoy. Both groups are operating at high speed. Direct sighting reports were, however, not received up to morning. The large number of boats coming up from all sides ensures the interception of the convoy at dawn.

U 444 (Oblt. Albert Langfeld) has begun the return passage owing to fuel shortage. Patrol lines occupied by Group "Landsknecht" are therefore shortened by one position to the southeast.

U 648 (Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts exercises with the AGRU-Front Hela.

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Wednesday, 27 January 1943 - Stettin

Conducting tactical exercises and training with the 4th Training Flotilla (Freg.Kpt. Heinz FISCHER), Stettin and AGRU-Front, (Kvt.Kpt.-Ing. H. MÜLLER).

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The USAAF strickes Germany for the first time as B-17 and B-24 bombers attack Emden and Wilhelmshaven.

U 105
(Oblt. Jürgen Nissen) sank new American motor ship "Cape Indecision" of 8,000 GRT carrying aircraft parts and casked benzene from Charleston to Africa. General course 125°, speed 15 knots. Position of the sinking lies about 40 miles north of the straggler route confirmed by Radio Intelligence reports.

U 607
(Oblt. Wolf Jeschonnek) sank a tanker wreck in AJ 30 with 2 finishing shots.New positions for U 608, 89 and U 135 = AJ 89. A new disposition of another patrol line with the boats of Group "Landsknecht" still having adequate fuel supplies, is planned for the 5.2 in this area.

U 442
(Korvkpt. Hans-Joachim Hesse) and U 514 (Kptlt. Hans Jürgen Auffermann) each sighted a steamer on an easterly course in CE 8487 and CE 8157, in the patrol lines of Group "Delphin". The latter was left sinking by U 514 in CE 8198 (American ship "Charles C. Pinkney" of 6,800 GRT). Speed 14 knots, zig-zagging strongly. Ship was heavily armed.

As a result of the sightings reported by U 514 and U 442 the Group "Delphin"
is to be split up to the N. and S. and will then be in patrol lines from CE 5774 to DG 4342. The boats received orders to cover as much sea as possible to the E. from 0600 to dawn in order to reach the anticipated isolated traffic.

According to recently acquired information from Special Radio Intelligence reports, the Trinidad-Gibraltar convoy, coming from the Caribbean steers a course first, north of Cape Blanco along the African coast.

The boats operating in DU 70 are therefore too far to the S. and have received orders (in order to intercept regular traffic on this route) to proceed to the N. of the present operations area with a daily reckoning of 150 sea miles, via the first position of DU 4351 to 5185 and further via the second position from DU 2231 to 2365. Subsequently, the following operations areas are to be occupied at a depth of 15 sea miles: U 518 = DH 9595, U 43 = 9912, U 218 = 9566, U 521 = 9672, U 66 = 9687. Convoy traffic may be expected in a NE/SW direction.
The boats form the Group "Rochen".

U 648 (Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) interrupts exercises with the AGRU-Front Hela and commences Torpedo Firing Training with the 25th Flotilla Danzig.

RST
KorvKpt.& Cmdr. U 115
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