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Old 10-17-2021, 02:08 AM   #5971
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Default U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - The convoy battle rages on

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- continued from 15 October 1941, 1341h -

1356 - Tube II reloaded with G7e, K-b.

1407 - Tube V reloaded with G7a, K-a.

1416 - Surfaced after 2h 44' and 7.7sm.
Weather unchanged since 0400h.
Corvette bearing 80° on course ESE, E=8000.

1424 - Boat ventilated. Battery 7900Ah. New course 90°. 2xH.F.-Voraus.

1438 - Corvette goes on search pattern astern of the convoy, which is now running on course 95°.

1440 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
After making contact with convoy 0710/15, immediately pressed home the attack and sunk 2 steamers for 11020ts. Wabo attack, no damages. Chasing after convoy, has 3 ships left and 1 corvette with 3000m range radar. Qu.3689AL. 174cbm. 5 internal eels. WNW5/4, overcast, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, ~1000mb. - RST -

1447 - Incoming F.T.: From U 553:
Convoy SC.48: Chased off by escort. Running after convoy. - Thurmann -

Cmdr.: The incoming F.T.'s from U-Thurmann, are being read to the crew over the intercom system, mainly to the benefit of one of our Stbd.DieselFireman 1cl, who's uncle is U 553's commander.

1500 - The steamers are running array from time to time, apparently, in an attempt to confuse contact keeping boats.

1516 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Great Job!

1531 - Incoming F.T.: From U 568:
Convoy SC.48: Taking over as contact keeper. - Preuß -

Cmdr.: The commander from our sister boat U 10, when operating in the North Sea at the outbreak of the war, has joined the convoy battle of convoy SC.48.

1544 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
The boats U 77, U 101, U 751, U 73, which were enroute to the operational area, were likewise set on to convoy SC.48 at high speed.

1550 - Reached forward position of convoy.
Diving at E=7000, for submerged attack. S-Tiefe.
Turning boat hard to port, in order to bring the stern tubes to bear.

Group "Mordbrenner" (Arsonist), reporting in from Qu.3669AL, on course south.

1558 - Incoming F.T.: From U 568:
Convoy SC.48 proceeding east with a mean course of 40°. - Preuß -

1601 - Incoming F.T. from U 204 (Kell) cannot be deciphered.

1603 - "Battle Stations!". Flooding tube VI.

- to be continued -

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- continued from 15 October 1941, 1603h -

1614 - The moment for the attack is ideal, as the Corvette is going on a search pattern astern of the convoy.

1626 - Qu.3931AL - Single Shot with tube VI: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 3.5m; Vt30. Own course 185°; Own speed 2kn astern; Shooter: Kptlt. & Cmdr. RST.
Target ship: Position 3 OreII Freighter, draught 5.8m.
Target course 95°; Target distance 729m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 6kn; Firing angle α 009°.

=> The torpedo is a hit midships after 35 Sec.!
After the torpedo hit, the steamer turns to port and heads directly for our position. Boat has to retreat with K.F.-Ahead, on course 005°. The steamer turns a full circle to port and almost get's in the way of the next torpedo shot.

1644 - Qu.3931AL - Single Shot with tube V: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 4.5m; Vt44. Own course 185°; Own speed 2kn astern; Shooter: Kptlt. & Cmdr. RST.
Target ship: Position 4 Medium Freighter, draught 8.0m.
Target course 95°; Target distance 1801m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 4kn; Firing angle α 000°.

=> The torpedo is a hit under the aft mast, after 86 Sec.!
However, the steamer continues on.

Cmdr.: Now the remaining three steamers have been torpedoed and are burning but not sinking, and I have only three torpedoes left under deck.

The Corvette is running up and down along the port beam of the convoy but not dropping any Wabos.

1715 - Boat running off submerged on course 51°.
"Dismissed from Battle Stations!". Dinner for the off-watch.

1720 - Group "Mordbrenner" (Arsonist), reporting in from Qu.3696AL, on course south.

1743 - O = 20%. The convoy is now proceeding again on course 95°. The Watch Officers and Quartermaster are taking turns at the observations periscope.

1807 - T=49. Reloading of tube VI.

1816 - Tube VI reloaded with G7a, K-a.

1825 - Sundown - Surfaced after 2h 35' and 6.7sm.
Weather unchanged since 0400h.

1833 - Boat ventilated and on course 94°. Battery 7500Ah. 2xH.F.-Ahead.

1846 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
As the convoy which was expected to leave Freetown has not been picked up, the boats are now ordered to search toward the west, in an attempt to find the traffic.

1900 - Incoming F.T.: From U 564:
Refueling from "Gata" has been carried out. - Suhren -

U 562 (VIIC, Oblt. Herwig Collmann) reporting that it has entered Brest.

2000 - Turning boat hard to stbd. and approaching the convoy with a narrow angle. Course 265°. "Battle Stations!".

- to be continued -

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Old 10-17-2021, 02:55 AM   #5972
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First patrol of the IXB U-64
01.03.1940 - 13.05.1940
Kaleun : Leutnant z.S. Georg Shulz
Days at sea : 74
Ships Sunk : 9
Tonnage : 36110
Wolfpacks/Convoy Battles : 2
Awards :
Leutnant z.S. Eugen Offermann (Wath Officer) - Iron Cross Second Class
Bootsman Fritz Zolke - Iron Cross First Class

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01.03.1940
22:00 - Departed Wilhemlshaven for first war patrol.

04.03.1940
AN2131
23:12 - Visual contact with british Empire-type Freigther. Engaged during surfaced night attack, fired two torpedoes (two hits). Sunk for 6780. Fuel 95, torpedoes 20. Clouds clear, visibility unlimited, wind 0mps 303.
23:31 - Status reported to BDU : BB PSLG HRE DQU IEPO NVNO PLUE EITE IOAZ BQVY JEBK PYM PSLG

05.03.1940
AF7954
12:52 - Visual contact with british Medium Cargo. Dived to conduct submerged daylight attack despite the bad weather condititions. Fired two torpedoes, two hits. Sunk for 4795.Fuel 95, torpedoes 18. Precipitaitons heavy, visibility poor, wind 15mps 78.
22:12 - Status reported to BDU : BB QFBW GCJ VYN YALB GPJT SMJJ ZWDD CPZP WVJT INIU YCZC RVZ QFBW

10.03.1940
AM5484
06:12 - Visual contact with british small merchant. Proceed to surfaced attack with aft torpedoes. Fire one torpedo, one hit. Sunk for 3168. Fuel 85, torpedoes 17. Clouds partial, visibility moderate, wind 0mps 76
AM7322
21:32 - Operation area reached. Status reported to BDU : BB IOWD ITH NYB JQUE FOPM MVCZ DKLI CXIU RJOT XTHP YIKN XOTU ZUCY ESP IOWD

20.03.1940
AM7359
22:43 - Received radio message from BDU : "REPORT CURRENT STATUS VIA IRELAND CIRCUIT"
23:03 - Status reported to BDU : BB LMAZ SDH HZP RLUH IKYZ LZXN ULCW ORKQ RWDG XKN LMAZ
23:49 - Received "officiers only" radio message from BDU : "OPERATION AREA RELOCATED TO BE36"

23.03.1940
BE3622
03:54 - New operation area reached. Fuel 75, torpedoes 17. Clouds clear, visibility unlimited, wind 0mps 28.

28.03.1940
BE3654
18:56 - Visual contact with british coastal freighter. Since she wasn't armed, we proceeded to surface attack using deckgun. Sunk for 1869. Fuel 75, torpedoes 17. Clouds partial, visibility unlimited, wind 3mps 126.
BE3657
24:51 - Status reported to BDU : BB AKO ZZL LKT GNHS GIYW MTXM PEWP FUZZ LMQJ YQDR ZJIM JIN AKO

02.04.1940
BE3692
06:46 - Visual contact with british coastal freigther, not armed. Engaged with deckgun during surface attack and sunk for 1871. Fuel 70, torpedoes 17. Clouds clear, visibility unlimited, wind 0mps 243.
BE3658
21:42 - Status reported to BDU : BB WEG OAXG QMUG VTHC DYXM XAWI QALT KWFO XHDX LFG WEG

04.04.1940
BE3668
00:06 - Visual contact with british Graville-type freighter. Impossible to determined if she was armed or not. Deceided to proceed to a good position for a surfaced night attack. Fired two torpedoes, to hits. Sunk for 4709. Fuel 65, torpedoes 15. Clouds overcast, visibility moderate, wind 9mps 72.
BE3691
06:13 : Status reported to BDU : BB SDH BEYC VUYK YVKK YYGH XVTG CALH DKPJ TMZV DDJO TGH SDH

14.04.1940
BE3684
01:37 - Received radio message from BDU : "REPORT STATUS AND FUEL CONDITION VIA IRELAND CIRCUIT"
02:01 - Status reported to BDU through Ireland Circuit : BB BDO BHVS COJX DRXT FGXN FLYE NWGN CCUH QFF BDO
02:46 - Received radio message from BDU : "OFFICERS ONLY - RELOCATE PICKET LINE TO BE 39"
BE3922
05:52 - New operation area reached. Fuel 60, torpedoes 15. Clouds clear, visbility moderate, wind 11mps 297.

15.04.1940
BE3946
07:42 - Visual contact with british warship, bearing 036. Crash dive to avoid detection.

16.04.1940
BE3654
20:54 - Visual contact with british warship, crashdive.

22.04.1940
BE3646
20:55 - Hydrophone contact with at least 10 ships, supposed convoy heading ESE at 7 knots. Despite bad weather conditions and precipitations, I deceided to tryng to make visual contact and get close. Made visual contact with several british merchants, no escorts in sight. Get into the best surfaced attack position I can and fired six torpedoes to the closest targets, four hits and two miss. Managed to sunk one british Coast Freighter, 1870, and one british Empire-type Freighter for 6782 tons. After first impacts, searchlights were pointed into our direction, immediate crashdive. No sound contact with escort of any kind. The precipitation was heavy. Fuel 55, torpedoes 9. Clouds overcast, precipitation heavy, visibility poor, wind 15mps 108.
21:33 - Status reported to BDU : BB SFH CZPN BRUO OQKJ JEIV IAPZ XGMR GUFA KFEV WXIB WVMK GIAH RGU SFH
21:56 - Radio message received from BDU : "CONVOY REPORTED - STAY IN PICKET LINE IN OUR ASSIGNED GRID - CONTINUE OPERATION - SEND SHORT WEATHER REPORT VIA IRELAND CIRCUIT"
22:26 - Short weather report send via Ireland Circuit : QQ222226Z P UVPL BMLW ZJGJ SQLX JMEX PPVH

02.05.1940
17:52 - Radio message received from BDU : "OFFICERS ONLY - U-101 REPORTED 20 MERCHANTS OUTBOUND CONVOY BEARING SSW AT MEDIUM SPEED HEADING TO YOUR PICKET LINE - INTERCEPT AND SHADOW UNTIL GOOD ATTACK POSITION - REPORT IMMEDIATLY AFTER ACTION"
BE3637
02:22 - Visual contact at 20:32 with 20 ships escorted by four escorts, heading W at medium speed. Supposed to be the convoy reported by BDU. Shadowed convoy and sending beacon signals for 1H. Spot a good position for surfaced night attack. Fired seven torpedoes at three targets, four hits and three misses. Sunk two british medium cargos, 6782 and 4267 before crashdiving. We were spotted and depthcharged for more than two hours by escorts. Flooding in command room; attack periscope qnd deckgun destroyed. We managed to stop flooding evaded after long period of depthcharging by at least two of the escort ships. Hull is intact. Weather deteriorating. Fuel 50, torpedoes 2. Clouds overcast, precipitation heavy, visibility poor, wind 7mps 63.
02:34 - Status reported to BDU : BB GJJ GLBV HXQV LQUO AZUB UIPT PDTW DJQF PSLH BGAV UBYX YIP GJJ
03:07 - Radio message received from BDU : " OFFICERS ONLY - FREE TO RETURN BASE"

13.05.1940
21:06 - Docked at Wilhelmshaven, ending patrol.
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- continued from 15 October 1941, 1603h -

1614 - The moment for the attack is ideal, as the Corvette is going on a search pattern astern of the convoy.

1626 - Qu.3931AL - Single Shot with tube VI: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 3.5m; Vt30. Own course 185°; Own speed 2kn astern; Shooter: Kptlt. & Cmdr. RST.
Target ship: Position 3 OreII Freighter, draught 5.8m.
Target course 95°; Target distance 729m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 6kn; Firing angle α 009°.

=> The torpedo is a hit midships after 35 Sec.!
After the torpedo hit, the steamer turns to port and heads directly for our position. Boat has to retreat with K.F.-Ahead, on course 005°. The steamer turns a full circle to port and almost get's in the way of the next torpedo shot.

1644 - Qu.3931AL - Single Shot with tube V: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 4.5m; Vt44. Own course 185°; Own speed 2kn astern; Shooter: Kptlt. & Cmdr. RST.
Target ship: Position 4 Medium Freighter, draught 8.0m.
Target course 95°; Target distance 1801m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 4kn; Firing angle α 000°.

=> The torpedo is a hit under the aft mast, after 86 Sec.!
However, the steamer continues on.

Cmdr.: Now the remaining three steamers have been torpedoed and are burning but not sinking, and I have only three torpedoes left under deck.

The Corvette is running up and down along the port beam of the convoy but not dropping any Wabos.

1715 - Boat running off submerged on course 51°.
"Dismissed from Battle Stations!". Dinner for the off-watch.

1720 - Group "Mordbrenner" (Arsonist), reporting in from Qu.3696AL, on course south.

1743 - O = 20%. The convoy is now proceeding again on course 95°. The Watch Officers and Quartermaster are taking turns at the observations periscope.

1807 - T=49. Reloading of tube VI.

1816 - Tube VI reloaded with G7a, K-a.

1825 - Sundown - Surfaced after 2h 35' and 6.7sm.
Weather unchanged since 0400h.

1833 - Boat ventilated and on course 94°. Battery 7500Ah. 2xH.F.-Ahead.

1846 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
As the convoy which was expected to leave Freetown has not been picked up, the boats are now ordered to search toward the west, in an attempt to find the traffic.

1900 - Incoming F.T.: From U 564:
Refueling from "Gata" has been carried out. - Suhren -

U 562 (VIIC, Oblt. Herwig Collmann) reporting that it has entered Brest.

2000 - Turning boat hard to stbd. and approaching the convoy with a narrow angle. Course 265°. "Battle Stations!".

- to be continued -

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- continued from 15 October 1941, 2000h -

2004 - Flooding tube II.

2011 - On course 185°. Inrun begins.

2014 - The boat is getting too close. K.F.-Astern.

2017 - The boat is being picked-up by the Corvette Radar. The Corvette is approaching the boat with a high bow wave at angle 0° and its max. speed of 16kn.

Running off with A.K. at course 90°. With the current sea state, the max. speed of the boat is 15kn, the corvette is slowly gaining on us.

2021 - Diving at a distance of 1600m to the Corvette.

2024 - At A+50. Silent Running. The order to close torpedo tube II was not given. The boat must reach S-Tiefe as soon as possible, before any water entry occurs or the torpedo in tube II is being damaged.

Group "Mordbrenner" can be heard in the hydrophone bearing 268°, E=19000, on a northerly course. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

The Corvette is dropping 22 Wabos at our diving position, 900m astern.

2049 - S-Tiefe. Closing torpedo tube II. The Corvette is still on ASW action at our diving position. Estimated distance is 3000m, just outside the enemy radar range.

2051 - Surfaced after 30 min. and 1.6sm.

2055 - The boat is still in favorable attack position.
"Battle Stations!". Turning in toward the steamers on course 185°. The Corvette has gone out of sight.

2058 - Qu.3833AL - Single Shot with tube II: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 3.5m; Vt30. Own course 185°; Own speed 3kn ahead; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Position 3 OreII Freighter, draught 5.8m.
Target course 95°; Target distance 1700m; Target angle red105°; Target speed 5kn; Firing angle α 332°.

=> The torpedo is a failure, understeers midships under the steamer!

Cmdr.: Perhaps, due to damage when the torpedo tube was not closed, when diving from the approaching Corvette.

2059 - Qu.3833AL - Single Shot with tube IV: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 4.5m; Vt30. Own course 185°; Own speed 3kn ahead; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Position 4 Medium Freighter, draught 8.0m.
Target course 95°; Target distance 1800m; Target angle red68°; Target speed 5kn; Firing angle α 015°.

=> Torpedo is hit amidships! The steamer continues on with a list to port and falls behind the OreII Freighter.

2101 - Running off on course 90° and 1/3-Ahead.

2129 - The Corvette is returning to the convoy.

2155 - "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

2222 - The already twice torpedoed steamer doesn't sink. The Corvette has disappeared. Approaching the steamer at a narrow angle.

2230 - "Battle Stations!". Flooding tube VI.

- to be continued -

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- continued from 15 October 1941, 2000h -

2004 - Flooding tube II.

2011 - On course 185°. Inrun begins.

2014 - The boat is getting too close. K.F.-Astern.

2017 - The boat is being picked-up by the Corvette Radar. The Corvette is approaching the boat with a high bow wave at angle 0° and its max. speed of 16kn.

Running off with A.K. at course 90°. With the current sea state, the max. speed of the boat is 15kn, the corvette is slowly gaining on us.

2021 - Diving at a distance of 1600m to the Corvette.

2024 - At A+50. Silent Running. The order to close torpedo tube II was not given. The boat must reach S-Tiefe as soon as possible, before any water entry occurs or the torpedo in tube II is being damaged.

Group "Mordbrenner" can be heard in the hydrophone bearing 268°, E=19000, on a northerly course. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

The Corvette is dropping 22 Wabos at our diving position, 900m astern.

2049 - S-Tiefe. Closing torpedo tube II. The Corvette is still on ASW action at our diving position. Estimated distance is 3000m, just outside the enemy radar range.

2051 - Surfaced after 30 min. and 1.6sm.

2055 - The boat is still in favorable attack position.
"Battle Stations!". Turning in toward the steamers on course 185°. The Corvette has gone out of sight.

2058 - Qu.3833AL - Single Shot with tube II: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 3.5m; Vt30. Own course 185°; Own speed 3kn ahead; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Position 3 OreII Freighter, draught 5.8m.
Target course 95°; Target distance 1700m; Target angle red105°; Target speed 5kn; Firing angle α 332°.

=> The torpedo is a failure, understeers midships under the steamer!

Cmdr.: Perhaps, due to damage when the torpedo tube was not closed, when diving from the approaching Corvette.

2059 - Qu.3833AL - Single Shot with tube IV: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 4.5m; Vt30. Own course 185°; Own speed 3kn ahead; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Position 4 Medium Freighter, draught 8.0m.
Target course 95°; Target distance 1800m; Target angle red68°; Target speed 5kn; Firing angle α 015°.

=> Torpedo is hit amidships! The steamer continues on with a list to port and falls behind the OreII Freighter.

2101 - Running off on course 90° and 1/3-Ahead.

2129 - The Corvette is returning to the convoy.

2155 - "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

2222 - The already twice torpedoed steamer doesn't sink. The Corvette has disappeared. Approaching the steamer at a narrow angle.

2230 - "Battle Stations!". Flooding tube VI.

- to be continued -

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- continued from 15 October 1941, 2230h -

2241 - Turning boat hard to stbd., in order to bring the stern tube to bear. K.F.-Astern, 3kn.

2244 - On course 185°.

2248 - Qu.1714AM - Single Shot with tube VI: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 4.5m; Vt40. Own course 185°; Own speed 3kn astern; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Position 4 Medium Freighter, draught 8.0m.
Target course 95°; Target distance 1500m; Target angle red79°; Target speed 4kn; Firing angle α 003°.

=> Torpedo is hit amidships after 69 Sec.!
The steamer breaks in two and is burning over its entire length. Both halves sink within 1min. Flames linger on the surface long after the ship has sunk.
Running off right after the shot with K.F.-Ahead on course 005°.

2251 - The Corvette comes back into sight, E < 3000m.
Running off with A.K. on course 54°. Too late: The boat is being picked-up by the Corvette Radar. As before, the Corvette is approaching the boat with a high bow wave at angle 0° and its max. speed of 16kn. With the current sea state, the max. speed of the boat is still 15kn, the corvette is slowly gaining on us again.

2300 - Diving from approaching Corvette at a distance of 2800m. Speed 1/3-Ahead, 185rpm.

2307 - At A-Meter everything is very quite. Reducing speed to 135rpm and Silent Running. There! A single ASDIC ping. Diving deeper.

2310 - At A+20, sound contact with Corvette, which does not drop any Wabos. Diving position is about 800m astern.

2346 - At reception depth.
Incoming F.T.: From U 558:
Have sunk the Canadian Freighter Vancouver Island, 9472ts. - Krech -

2352 - Surfaced after 52' and 2.5sm.
The Corvette is 4000m astern, still searching for us at the diving position. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

All internal eels expended.

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Just want to say that I'm really impressed by all your posts on this thread, Kapitän.
A very thrilling read and extremely well documented ! You inspired me to post career's KTB here.
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Just want to say that I'm really impressed by all your posts on this thread, Kapitän.
A very thrilling read and extremely well documented ! You inspired me to post career's KTB here.

Thank you very much! I see, that you also master the ENIGMA Code ... well played
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2241 - Turning boat hard to stbd., in order to bring the stern tube to bear. K.F.-Astern, 3kn.

2244 - On course 185°.

2248 - Qu.1714AM - Single Shot with tube VI: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 4.5m; Vt40. Own course 185°; Own speed 3kn astern; Shooter: OFähn.z.S & I.W.O. Udo HARTENSTEIN.
Target ship: Position 4 Medium Freighter, draught 8.0m.
Target course 95°; Target distance 1500m; Target angle red79°; Target speed 4kn; Firing angle α 003°.

=> Torpedo is hit amidships after 69 Sec.!
The steamer breaks in two and is burning over its entire length. Both halves sink within 1min. Flames linger on the surface long after the ship has sunk.
Running off right after the shot with K.F.-Ahead on course 005°.

2251 - The Corvette comes back into sight, E < 3000m.
Running off with A.K. on course 54°. Too late: The boat is being picked-up by the Corvette Radar. As before, the Corvette is approaching the boat with a high bow wave at angle 0° and its max. speed of 16kn. With the current sea state, the max. speed of the boat is still 15kn, the corvette is slowly gaining on us again.

2300 - Diving from approaching Corvette at a distance of 2800m. Speed 1/3-Ahead, 185rpm.

2307 - At A-Meter everything is very quite. Reducing speed to 135rpm and Silent Running. There! A single ASDIC ping. Diving deeper.

2310 - At A+20, sound contact with Corvette, which does not drop any Wabos. Diving position is about 800m astern.

2346 - At reception depth.
Incoming F.T.: From U 558:
Have sunk the Canadian Freighter Vancouver Island, 9472ts. - Krech -

2352 - Surfaced after 52' and 2.5sm.
The Corvette is 4000m astern, still searching for us at the diving position. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

All internal eels expended.

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Thursday, 16 October 1941 - Northwest of Rockall Bank -

0015 - The Corvette had gone out of sight, is now back in sight, bearing 79°, E=6000, on easterly course.

0029 - On course 95°. Speed 1/3 Ahead.

0050 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
On 15 October, 2250h, sunk out of convoy 0710/15, 1 steamer of 4792ts and torpedoed 2 Ore Freighters for combined 8157ts, Qu.1714AM. Had to dive twice from Corvette after radar detection, moderate Wabo pursuit, no damages. Continue to shadow remnants of convoy. 171cbm. 8 external Ato. WNW5/4, overcast, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, ~1000mb. - RST -

0139 - Boat is searching for the torpedoed Ore Freighter. Flower Corvette bearing 72°, E=4000, on opposite course.

0145 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received. Group Mordbrenner was at 0130h, in Qu.3663AL, on course 008°.

0152 - Ore Freighter comes into sight, bearing 004, E=4500. Turned boat around hard to port, new course 95°. Boat is now positioned lee-ward. The torpedoed OreII-Freighter, must be positioned ahead of the Corvette.

0200 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Convoy 0710/15 now in Qu.1715AM top left, course 95°, speed 5kn. - RST -

Contact keeping report is not heard by HQ.

0331 - Incoming F.T.: From U 568:
Convoy SC.48: Again being driven off by Corvette. Attempting to regain contact to convoy. - Preuß -

Cmdr.: Apparently, the other boats have similar issues with the convoy escorts, as we have.

0444 - Early Morning Dawn.
Caught up with the torpedoed OreII Freighter, bearing 350°, E=3500. Crossed over to luff-side again, on course 50°.

0501 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Group Mordbrenner is to carry out a reconnaissance off the Belle Isle Straits. Boats U 573, U 374, U 208 and U 109 received orders to steer to square AJ 71, day's run 120 miles.

Cmdr.: The B.d.U. is vacating the area off the southern tip of Greenland. The Naval War Staff, must have given permission to attack outside the blockade area.

0543 - Now, the Corvette also comes into sight, bearing 139°, E=8000, on course 95, speed 5kn. Boat is running on parallel course.

0633 - Incoming F.T.0204/16: From U 568:
Convoy SC.48 now in AK 6649. At 0114h, sunk the British Empire Heron, 6023ts, out of same convoy. - Preuß -

0656 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 15 Oct., 0400h.

0701 - Incoming F.T.: From U 568/U 502/U 558:
Boats continue to maintain contact to convoy SC.48.

0731 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting the departure of convoy HX.155. Arrival in Op.-Area is expected around 24 Oct.

Group Mordbrenner is answering position request 0730/16:
U 208, U 374, U 573 from Qu.3832AL, on course NNE;
U 109 from Qu.3669AL, on course SW.

0800 - Running off from convoy. Boat is moving to the south, in order for improved weather and sea conditions to allow the loading of the external torpedoes.

1055 - On course 180°. Evading the already torpedoed Ore Freighter on the surface.

1200 - Qu.1728AM - Days Run: 158.5sm - 140.7 (17h 47') - 17.8sm (6h 13').
169.7cbm (4.4cbm/24h). On course 180°. 6900Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 15 Oct., 0400h.

- to be continued -

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Thursday, 16 October 1941 - Northwest of Rockall Bank -

0015 - The Corvette had gone out of sight, is now back in sight, bearing 79°, E=6000, on easterly course.

0029 - On course 95°. Speed 1/3 Ahead.

0050 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
On 15 October, 2250h, sunk out of convoy 0710/15, 1 steamer of 4792ts and torpedoed 2 Ore Freighters for combined 8157ts, Qu.1714AM. Had to dive twice from Corvette after radar detection, moderate Wabo pursuit, no damages. Continue to shadow remnants of convoy. 171cbm. 8 external Ato. WNW5/4, overcast, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, ~1000mb. - RST -

0139 - Boat is searching for the torpedoed Ore Freighter. Flower Corvette bearing 72°, E=4000, on opposite course.

0145 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received. Group Mordbrenner was at 0130h, in Qu.3663AL, on course 008°.

0152 - Ore Freighter comes into sight, bearing 004, E=4500. Turned boat around hard to port, new course 95°. Boat is now positioned lee-ward. The torpedoed OreII-Freighter, must be positioned ahead of the Corvette.

0200 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Convoy 0710/15 now in Qu.1715AM top left, course 95°, speed 5kn. - RST -

Contact keeping report is not heard by HQ.

0331 - Incoming F.T.: From U 568:
Convoy SC.48: Again being driven off by Corvette. Attempting to regain contact to convoy. - Preuß -

Cmdr.: Apparently, the other boats have similar issues with the convoy escorts, as we have.

0444 - Early Morning Dawn.
Caught up with the torpedoed OreII Freighter, bearing 350°, E=3500. Crossed over to luff-side again, on course 50°.

0501 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Group Mordbrenner is to carry out a reconnaissance off the Belle Isle Straits. Boats U 573, U 374, U 208 and U 109 received orders to steer to square AJ 71, day's run 120 miles.

Cmdr.: The B.d.U. is vacating the area off the southern tip of Greenland. The Naval War Staff, must have given permission to attack outside the blockade area.

0543 - Now, the Corvette also comes into sight, bearing 139°, E=8000, on course 95, speed 5kn. Boat is running on parallel course.

0633 - Incoming F.T.0204/16: From U 568:
Convoy SC.48 now in AK 6649. At 0114h, sunk the British Empire Heron, 6023ts, out of same convoy. - Preuß -

0656 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 15 Oct., 0400h.

0701 - Incoming F.T.: From U 568/U 502/U 558:
Boats continue to maintain contact to convoy SC.48.

0731 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting the departure of convoy HX.155. Arrival in Op.-Area is expected around 24 Oct.

Group Mordbrenner is answering position request 0730/16:
U 208, U 374, U 573 from Qu.3832AL, on course NNE;
U 109 from Qu.3669AL, on course SW.

0800 - Running off from convoy. Boat is moving to the south, in order for improved weather and sea conditions to allow the loading of the external torpedoes.

1055 - On course 180°. Evading the already torpedoed Ore Freighter on the surface.

1200 - Qu.1728AM - Days Run: 158.5sm - 140.7 (17h 47') - 17.8sm (6h 13').
169.7cbm (4.4cbm/24h). On course 180°. 6900Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 15 Oct., 0400h.

- to be continued -

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- continued from 16 October 1941, 1200h -

1201 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
The boats operating in the Southern Op.-Area, have not picked up any traffic around or west of Freetown. The boats with the same fuel reserve are ordered to proceed to the north in a patrol line, in order to increase the possibility of picking up convoy traffic. U 103, U 107, U 66 and U 125 received orders to return to base slowly on a line between 18° 30' W., and 22° 10' W.

1603 - Incoming F.T.: From U 204:
Reporting that refueling from "Gata" has been carried out. - Kell -

1607 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
No further refueling is possible from "Gata" (Cádiz) on account of lack of supplies.

1640 - Incoming F.T.1637/16: From U 553:
Convoy SC.48 now in AL 4152. - Thurmann -

1753 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 15 Oct., 0400h.

2002 - Incoming F.T.1744/16: From U 553:
First Sunderland attached to Convoy SC.48, at about 26° W.
- Thurmann -

2251 - Incoming F.T.: From U 553:
Convoy Sc.48: At least 10 tankers, of medium and large size, in the convoy. Strong escort expected. - Thurmann -

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

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- continued from 16 October 1941, 1200h -

1201 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
The boats operating in the Southern Op.-Area, have not picked up any traffic around or west of Freetown. The boats with the same fuel reserve are ordered to proceed to the north in a patrol line, in order to increase the possibility of picking up convoy traffic. U 103, U 107, U 66 and U 125 received orders to return to base slowly on a line between 18° 30' W., and 22° 10' W.

1603 - Incoming F.T.: From U 204:
Reporting that refueling from "Gata" has been carried out. - Kell -

1607 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
No further refueling is possible from "Gata" (Cádiz) on account of lack of supplies.

1640 - Incoming F.T.1637/16: From U 553:
Convoy SC.48 now in AL 4152. - Thurmann -

1753 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 15 Oct., 0400h.

2002 - Incoming F.T.1744/16: From U 553:
First Sunderland attached to Convoy SC.48, at about 26° W.
- Thurmann -

2251 - Incoming F.T.: From U 553:
Convoy Sc.48: At least 10 tankers, of medium and large size, in the convoy. Strong escort expected. - Thurmann -

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

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Friday, 17 October 1941 - West of Rockall Bank -

0502 - Morning Dawn -
Incoming F.T.: From U 553:
Convoy SC.48 at 0143h in square AL 1966. Have sunk a tanker of 6000ts, and have observed the light of another tanker. - Thurmann -

0644 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 15 Oct., 0400h.

1200 - Qu.0355AL - Days Run: 149.6sm - (24h).
167.0cbm (2.7cbm/24h). On course 244°. 6900Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 15 Oct., 0400h.

1759 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 15 Oct., 0400h.

2321 - Incoming F.T.: From U 553:
Convoy SC.48: Have expended all torpedoes and request that another boat should take over and keep contact. Have sunk altogether 3 freighters and 1 tanker, totaling 21000ts.
- Thurmann -

2330 - Boat not operating on ship contact report in Qu.3983AL, on course East, slow speed, due to lack of torpedoes and bad weather.

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

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Friday, 17 October 1941 - West of Rockall Bank -

0502 - Morning Dawn -
Incoming F.T.: From U 553:
Convoy SC.48 at 0143h in square AL 1966. Have sunk a tanker of 6000ts, and have observed the light of another tanker. - Thurmann -

0644 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 15 Oct., 0400h.

1200 - Qu.0355AL - Days Run: 149.6sm - (24h).
167.0cbm (2.7cbm/24h). On course 244°. 6900Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 15 Oct., 0400h.

1759 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 15 Oct., 0400h.

2321 - Incoming F.T.: From U 553:
Convoy SC.48: Have expended all torpedoes and request that another boat should take over and keep contact. Have sunk altogether 3 freighters and 1 tanker, totaling 21000ts.
- Thurmann -

2330 - Boat not operating on ship contact report in Qu.3983AL, on course East, slow speed, due to lack of torpedoes and bad weather.

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

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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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January 21 1943 - Sector ET15

Enroute to ET57
- Radio contact report on convoy, heading NW, speed 6 knots. 3 hour intercept considered feasible and plotted.
- Torpedoes in tubes I, II (TIII G7e), III, IV (G7a FaT, G7e FaT) and V (TIII G7e) inspected and prepared for firing.
- Visibility moderate and improving, winds 11m/s from 26 degrees true. Overcast.

0549: "Biscay Cross" detects radar signals, likely escorts. Steered to put bow on to reduce signature. Visibility still very poor in low light.

0600: Course now 195, telegraph reads all ahead full - attempting high speed run prior to submerging.

0616: Course adjusted slightly to reduce radar profile. RWR now shows four distinct emitters.

0623: Dive ordered, depth 180m for submerged run to likely attack position.

0628: Sonar reports contacts on merchant-like screws. Convoy!

0630: Depth now 180m. Convoy appears to be closing off port bow. Boat rigged for silent running; speed 2.5kts.



0651: course now 180. Possibility of conducting attack from within the convoy appears to be forming Speed now 2 knots.

0708: Lead escort appears to be crossing bow. Starboard-side escort has begun to pass aft of us. Course now 215, speed 1 knot.

0712: Speed now 2 knots. Periscope depth ordered. Have penetrated enemy's starboard screen.



0731: Merchant screws aft to starboard; we are now in between lanes of the convoy. Depth presently 40m and rising. Speed 1 knot.

0736: Now at periscope depth. Medium cargo identified and used for solution data, speed estimated 5-6knots. AOB roughly 90 to starboard. Tubes I and IV flooded.

0740: Range to targets estimated at 2500m and 4000m - two columns of the convoy off our bow. Tubes I and IV fired at Medium Tanker.



0741: Tube II fired at coastal-type freighter, range 1953m.

0742: Tube III fired at small merchant, range 1759m. Torpedo set to a medium speed run. Wake appears to have been spotted, as searchlights begin to sweep the area.

0743: Tube V fired at Medium Cargo, range 1162m. Depth ordered to 200m, left standard rudder. As we begin to dive a torpedo impact is reported on time and on target for the Tanker.



0744: Torpedo impact reported for Tube II's, just slightly forward of run time. Sonar rapidly reports sounds of breaking bulkheads and hull popping noises. Rudder amidships, telegraph now reads Ahead 2/3rds. FaT torpedoes now appear to be beginning their ladder runs.



0746: A torpedo impact reported by sonar. One of the FaTs appeared to have hit something.



0749: Final FaT torpedo appears to have missed. Aft torpedo also appears to have missed, sonar never able to re-establish contact on its bearing after dive and course change. Focus now is evasion, damage assessment can be carried out later. Depth 100m and descending. Scheme is to delay and frustrate escorts attempts to locate by heading through and under the 'thundering herd.'





0803: Dive planes levelled off at 158m.

0806: Sonar reports sounds of another ship breaking up, hull popping noises. Believe it is the Tanker based on bearing. Escorts do not appear to have a fix on our location.



0921: Now at periscope depth. Periscope sweep shows escorts still visible just off port bow. Course ordered changed to 213. We will go deep again and open up the distance.

0933: Secured from silent running. Tubes I through IV ordered reloaded with T1 G7a.

1034: Tubes I through IV reported loaded. Ordered to periscope depth.

1042: Surfaced. Will now attempt to get ahead of convoy based on last known course, with an intention to be in likely attack position in 4 hours time. Swells remain high but in spite of this hot food and coffee distributed among all ratings. Organised rest in small 2 hour blocks to occur. Battery charge remains acceptable and we are running at standard propulsion.



1443: Course now 45. Sounding dive taken, faint noise bearing 40 relative.

1445: Surfaced. Ahead standard on standard propulsion.

1506: Metox detecting singals. Periscope depth ordered. Propeller noises constant at bearings 40-50 relative.

1513: Depth now 160m.

1517: Clear merchant screws, closing.

1521: Now at 163m. 3 minute high speed run followed by a drift planned.

1606: Portside escort now off starboard bow. Depth 165m, speed 4 knots. Silent running ordered.

1610: Depth now 170m. Speed 2 knots.

1614: Ordered to periscope depth.

1619: Speed now 4 knots. Nearest escort appears to be passing aft. Depth still rising.

1621: Planes levelled at 93m temporarily.

1626: Course now 20, speed 4 knots. Dpeth 122m.

1631: Re-ordered periscope depth. Course now 40. Speed maintaining at 4 knots - we are on our attack run. All tubes prepared for firing. Nearest escort passing off port bow.

1636: Now at periscope depth.

1638: Large Cargo identified as target 1. Empire-type identified as target 2.



1642: Tubes I and II fired at Empire-type on 4 degree spread. Range 3000m, fast run.

1643: Tubes II and IV fired at large Cargo on 3 degree spread. Range 2500m, medium run.



1645: Searchlights! Course changed to 80, depth ordered 150m. Speed 4 knots.

1646: 1 impact reported, followed rapidly by series of large, very loud, explosions. Hull popping noises.










1650: Depth now 144m and descending. Speed ordered ahead slow. Escorts once again do not appear to be aware of origin point of fire.

1706: Escort very close off starboard bow. No pinging or depth charges.

1711: Course reversed.

1843: Periscope sweep shows no contacts in sight. Surfaced; no sonar or RWR contacts. Will now head course 180(T) until nightfall, watch will then change and rest. Convoy is now exiting assigned grid of ET and ammo is limited, no follow up attack will occur. En route to ET57.

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@Rinaldi: Nice read, also with pics

Interesting to follow your tactic. Which Mod are you using (GWX, LSH, ...)?
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@Rinaldi: Nice read, also with pics

Interesting to follow your tactic. Which Mod are you using (GWX, LSH, ...)?
GWX 3.0 with SH3 commander.

My exact modlist is presently:

GWX 16km Atmosphere
GWX No Medals on Crew
GWX Open Hatch Mod
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Hull damage made by torpedo impact mod v1.0
Depth charge noise - v2 GWX
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GWX 3.0 with SH3 commander.

My exact modlist is presently:

GWX 16km Atmosphere
GWX No Medals on Crew
GWX Open Hatch Mod
GWX Captain America's Officer Icons
Hull damage made by torpedo impact mod v1.0
Depth charge noise - v2 GWX
TDW's Ship Plane Fire Damage_v1.4

Yes, mine is similar ... only, that my current career is on CCoM10.0 ... I feel like, it has slightly better graphics and improved game play, when compared with GWX3.0 ... but I also like GWX3.0 very much
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