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Old 10-20-2021, 02:08 PM   #5986
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Default U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - In search of better weather for torpedo reloading

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Saturday, 18 October 1941 - Southwest of Rockall Bank -

0501 - Morning Dawn -
Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Convoy HX.155: Heavy Cruiser or Battleship expected in convoy. No attacks on neutral vessels!

0651 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 15 Oct., 0400h.

0845 - Qu.6255AL -

1200 - Qu.0355AL - Days Run: 149.3sm - (24h).
164.4cbm (2.7cbm/24h). On course 180°. 6900Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 15 Oct., 0400h.

1321 - Incoming F.T.: From U 132:
Attacked a small coastal convoy at Cape Gorodetskij/Murmansk, and sunk the soviet steamer Argun, 3487ts. - Vogelsang -

1802 - Qu.6555AL - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 15 Oct., 0400h.

1837 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W.-Report about the successful operation against convoy SC.48, with 10 ships sunk, including 3 fully laden tankers, for combined 60,000ts.

1906 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about the defeat of the soviet army in the Ukraine and the concerted merchant warfare of the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe, against the English supply lines.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0501/18.

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Sunday, 19 October 1941 - Southwest of Rockall Bank -

0350 - Qu.6855AL - Wind and sea have increased, shifting to south.

0502 - Morning Dawn -
Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
RST: Convoy HX.155 is commanded by experienced convoy commodore. Zig-zag and altering speed maneuvers expected.

0647 - Sunrise. S7/6, overcast, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, ~1000mb.

1051 - Incoming F.T.: From U 204:
Have sunk the British tanker Inverlee, 9158ts. - Kell -

1200 - Qu.6866AL - Days Run: 143.4sm - (24h).
161.8cbm (2.6cbm/24h). On course 90°. 6900Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since Sunrise.

1202 - First status and position request for U 204 (Kell).

1752 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Sunrise.

2037 - Qu.6955AL -

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0502/19.

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Old 10-21-2021, 03:12 AM   #5987
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Sunday, 19 October 1941 - Southwest of Rockall Bank -

0350 - Qu.6855AL - Wind and sea have increased, shifting to south.

0502 - Morning Dawn -
Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
RST: Convoy HX.155 is commanded by experienced convoy commodore. Zig-zag and altering speed maneuvers expected.

0647 - Sunrise. S7/6, overcast, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, ~1000mb.

1051 - Incoming F.T.: From U 204:
Have sunk the British tanker Inverlee, 9158ts. - Kell -

1200 - Qu.6866AL - Days Run: 143.4sm - (24h).
161.8cbm (2.6cbm/24h). On course 90°. 6900Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since Sunrise.

1202 - First status and position request for U 204 (Kell).

1752 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Sunrise.

2037 - Qu.6955AL -

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0502/19.

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Monday, 20 October 1941 - Northwest of Porcupine Bank -

0402 - Incoming F.T.: From U 126:
Have sunk the US Lehigh, 4983ts and the tanker British Mariner, 6996ts, Qu.ET61, off Freetown. - Bauer -

0501 - Morning Dawn -

Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
The boats remaining in their waiting positions for the convoy which is to leave Gibraltar, are to move away to the SW as far as necessary, in the case of heavy ASW activities. U 206 receives orders to carry out refueling from "Gata" (Cádiz) on the night of 21st to 22nd October.

0641 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged in 24h.

1200 - Qu.4754AM - Days Run: 139.0sm - (24h).
159.1cbm (2.7cbm/24h). On course 90°. 6900Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 19 Oct.

1201 - Second status and position request for U 204 (Kell).

1326 - Qu.4755AM. New course 0°.

1741 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 19 Oct.

2340 - Qu.4455AM -
Boat not operating on ship contact report in Qu.4499AM, on course WSW, medium speed, due to lack of torpedoes and bad weather.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0502/19.

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Old 10-22-2021, 03:16 AM   #5988
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November 9, 1939 0600 AM01
U53 keeps sailing toward assigned patrol area.
We have almost no wind and calm sea, visibility moderate.
Will continue doing brief sonar checks for possible targets.


0712 AM01 Ship spotted! Seems a small cargo cruising our way. Down to periscope depth and closing.


0719 A small freighter. Think we'll use the deck gun.


0736 Some deck gun shell and some flack ammo were enough to sink our target. Leaving the area and back on previous course.


1702 Reached assigned patrol grid AM41. Sky is partly cloudy and the wind picked up to 9 knots.


November 10, 1939 AM41 0303 Surfaced to ventilate boat and reload batteries. Storm is raging, wind blow so hard U53 has to tack and jibe like a sailboat. We'll go down as soon as batteries are good.


1704 Patrol complete. Storm still raging. No contacts...but I doubt we would have been able to spot them anyway. U53 will now sail toward AM53. Let's hope the storm relents a little.

November 11, 1940 1645 grid: AM43
Weather conditions have improved and U53 is now running on the surface.
As soon as our batteries are reloaded we'll go down and use our sonar to check the area.


1658 Sonar reports a merchant, long range, moving slow and closing. Another prey coming our way.


1711 Ship spotted through the periscope. Coming almost straight toward us. Course slightly adjusted to get into a better firing position. Trying to establish target speed


1716 It's a medium cargo moving 7 knots. Sonar report warship, medium speed closing, long range. That changes plans somewhat. Will fire two torpedoes to be sure.


1721 One hit and one missed! Just brushed past her back...damn! I'll take a risk and pop up briefly to finish her via deck gun.


1723 She's going down but we are being engaged by a destroyer! Shells are falling awfully close and she is closing fast. Time to run and hide!


1726 Managed to dive unscathed. We are now moving at 2knots, running as silently as we can and going as down as possible.



1730 Deep charges are going off somewhere north of us, seems like they don't have a good fix of us. We'll try to crawl away. My heart is hammering so wildly I fear they can pick it up on their damn sonar.


1745 Destroyer is sniffing north of us. Came closer at one point but we got pinged very shortly and she didn't pick us up. Still crawling away at 2 knots.


1802 Destroyer still searching for us but nowhere close to our position. Perhaps U53 will manage to slip away.


1834 Back to periscope depth. Destroyer left the area a few minutes ago. We'll put some more distance between us and then surface again. I didn't realize how quickly a destroyer can run to our position. Had one of those shell hit us...better not think about it. Crew is shaken too, they now realize how risky our task is. Shall find a good target to raise morale again.


November 12, 1940 0600
Uneventful night...and perhaps it's for the better. Weather got gloomy and windy but no rain yet. Let's keep our course.


2200 Wind picked up even more and sailing is now very difficult. U53 will cruise underwater and come up briefly to catch a breather every three hours.


November 13, 1940 0048 grid AM52
Sonar woke me up with news of sound contact west of us, closing. Surfacing and making a quick dash toward our target.


0101 Ship spotted! She is cruising on an east-west course and will pass a bit north of us.


0107 U53 dived and is now heading north on full speed to get into firing position. No other sound contact reported. Target identified as a coastal tanker. Sea condition won't let us use the deck gun so I plan to shot one torpedo from our aft tube.


0104 waves are so high it's very difficult to mantain periscope depth...I do hope the darkness will keep us hidden from the enemy.


0105 Torpedo impact! The tanker is burning from bow to stern. Don't think she will survive this.


0106 A big explosion split her in two! I think I saw a sailor blown away by the explosion. I do hope that was a quick death. Lets' leave the area and resume our patrol.


1200 U53 is keeping on the the same pattern of 3 hours down and half an hour on the surface. Sea conditions di not improve so right now we cannot use deck gun for our attacks. We will keep cruising eastward.


1322 Sound contact! Merchant closing, moving slow. U53 will surface and make a quick dash toward it.


1331 Ship spotted! Down to periscope depth and then we will identify her and determine her speed.



1336 A coastal freighter moving 9 knots heading roughly west. U53 is already in quite a good attack position. Will use one eel, a pity we cannot use deck gun on this small vessels.


1341 Torped impact! I aimed for the bow but hit her in the back. Perhaps I underestimated her speed somewhat. Small fire on the target. Running parallel and shadowing it, I do hope this will be enough.


1402 She is low on her back and has slowed to 3 knots. Fire keeps going on and off as their damage control team tries to manage thinks.


1447 We have been hearing explosions for the last few minutes and now she is slowly sinking. It's a small one but it's still one. U53 will now go back to previous course.
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Old 10-22-2021, 05:19 AM   #5989
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Monday, 20 October 1941 - Northwest of Porcupine Bank -

0402 - Incoming F.T.: From U 126:
Have sunk the US Lehigh, 4983ts and the tanker British Mariner, 6996ts, Qu.ET61, off Freetown. - Bauer -

0501 - Morning Dawn -

Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
The boats remaining in their waiting positions for the convoy which is to leave Gibraltar, are to move away to the SW as far as necessary, in the case of heavy ASW activities. U 206 receives orders to carry out refueling from "Gata" (Cádiz) on the night of 21st to 22nd October.

0641 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged in 24h.

1200 - Qu.4754AM - Days Run: 139.0sm - (24h).
159.1cbm (2.7cbm/24h). On course 90°. 6900Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 19 Oct.

1201 - Second status and position request for U 204 (Kell).

1326 - Qu.4755AM. New course 0°.

1741 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 19 Oct.

2340 - Qu.4455AM -
Boat not operating on ship contact report in Qu.4499AM, on course WSW, medium speed, due to lack of torpedoes and bad weather.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0502/19.

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Tuesday, 21 October 1941 - South of Rockall Bank -

0500 - Morning Dawn.

0641 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged in 48h.

0839 - It's beginning to rain. Wind and Sea becoming a bit less, shifting to SSE.

0920 - Qu.4155AM - SSE6/5, overcast, rain, limited visibility, <1000mb.

1200 - Qu.4128AM - Days Run: 140.7sm - (24h).
156.5cbm (2.6cbm/24h). On course 0°. 6900Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 0920h.

Third status and position request for U 204 (Kell). Boat is presumed lost.

(U 204 - VIIC, Kptlt. Walter Kell - was sunk on 19 October 1941 in the Straits of Gibraltar off Tangier, in position 35.46N, 06.02W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Mallow and the British sloop HMS Rochester. 46 dead, all hands lost.)

1750 - Sundown. SSE6/5, overcast, fog, poor visibility, ~1000mb.

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending a report about the French cargo ship Nivana (1,530 GRT) being bombed and damaged within French territorial waters in the Gulf of Hammamet (Tunisia) by seven British aircraft and being beached with the loss of nine of her crew. Instructions are then given by the Vichy-French Government to each ship off the French/Tunisian Coast, to provide an escort by torpedo boats and to shoot at attacking aircraft without prior warning.

1830 - Diving for submerged cruise at T=50. 65rpm, 1.6kn.

2022 - O = 20%.

2100 - Lights out for the Off-Watch. Silent Running.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0502/19.

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