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Old 01-10-2022, 03:32 AM   #6121
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Default U 113 (IXC) - 3rd War Patrol - With improved weather come the airplanes

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KTB - U 113

Friday, 9 January 1942 - ENE of Bermuda -

0420 - Qu.3155DD -

0747 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
Paukenschlag Boats: Distribution of attack areas off the American coast:
U 66 (Zapp) - CA 79, 97, DC 12-13
U 123 (Hardegen) - CA 28, 29, 52, 53
U 125 (Folkers) - CA 38, 59, 62, 63
U 109 (Bleichrodt) - area between points BA 9633 - CB 1577 - BB 7355 - BB 8575.
U 130 (Kals) - BB 51, 52, 54, 55, 57, 58. This boat will be assumed to be in her area on 13 January.
U 113 (RST) - area between DC 16 - CA 54 - BB 58. This boat will be assumed to be in her area on 14 January.

0920 - Early Morning Dawn.

1033 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 6 Jan.

1200 - Qu.2366DD - Days Run: 120.9sm (24h).
169.7cbm (3.5cbm/24h). On course 270°. Battery 7600Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 6 Jan.

1215 - Diving for torpedo maintenance and trial dive.

1220 - A-20. Lunch until 1250h. 135rpm, 3kn.

1300 - T=50. Commencing of torpedo maintenance.

1410 - O = 20%.

1538 - QU.2365DD - Listening contact with steamer bearing 0°, E=19000, on course East, medium speed.

1600 - Bow tubes serviced. Break until 1620h.

1620 - Steamer passing the boat 800m to our port beam, on opposite course. Commencing torpedo maintenance of stern tubes.

1750 - O = 19%. Stern tubes serviced.

1800 - At A-20. Dinner until 1845h.

1900 - Beginning of trial dive acc. B.d.U.-Standing Order 507.

1920 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter. Setting Reception Depth.

1936 - T=20.

1940 - Surfaced after 7h 25' and 21.3sm. Battery: 6000Ah.
Weather: NNW6/5, partly cloudy, light haze, medium visibility, >1000mb. Wind and Sea decreasing and shifting North.

2001 - Boat ventilated and Pressurized Air Supply filled.

2007 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
Paukenschlag Boats: Entrances to Portland and Boston have been mined. 13 U.S.A. harbors have been designated as defense areas, among which are New York, San Francisco, Boston and Norfolk.

2012 - Sundown. NNE5/4, partly cloudy, light haze, medium visibility, >1000mb.

2210 - Qu.2355DD - NE5/4, partly cloudy, light haze, medium visibility, >1000mb.

Cmdr.: Finally, the weather and sea conditions have improved.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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KTB - U 113

Saturday, 10 January 1942 - Northeast of Bermuda -

0915 - Qu.2255DD - Early Morning Dawn.

1031 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1200 - Qu.2246DD - Days Run: 135.9sm - 114.6sm (16h 35') - 21.3sm (7h 25').
168.8cbm (0.9cbm/24h). On course 270°. Battery 6000Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1201 - Incoming F.T.: From Yugoslav steamer "Nikolina Matkovic":
Urgently requesting help due to loss of her rudder. Qu.AJ 92.

Cmdr.: The steamer is probably in the same storm that we were in for this past week, and which has now shifted northward. A ship in this kind of storm without a rudder is lost. "God save their souls!".

1245 - Qu.2245DD - "ALARM!". Diving from airplane in 200°true, on course ENE, sighted at 6000m.

1247 - At A-20, no bombs.

Cmdr.: We are about 245sm Northeast of Bermuda. Visibility is about 5.5sm.

1300 - At Reception Depth.

1305 - Surfaced after 20min. and 1.1sm.
Battery: 5900Ah. 2x235RPM.

1316 - Pressurized Air Supply filled.

1425 - Qu.2244DD - "ALARM!". Diving from a pair of single engine airplanes in 240°true, approaching from the general direction of Bermuda, sighted at 6000m.

1426 - At A-20, no bombs.

1449 - At Reception Depth.

1455 - Surfaced after 30min. and 1.6sm.
Battery: 5900Ah. 2x235RPM.

1515 - Pressurized Air Supply filled.

1613 - Qu.2166DD - "ALARM!". Diving from a pair of single engine in 210°true, approaching from the general direction of Bermuda, on course ENE, sighted at 6000m. No direct approach! Turning away again in 180°true on course WSW, towards Bermuda. At A-20, no bombs.

1629 - At Reception Depth.

1633 - Surfaced after 20min. and 1.1sm.
Battery: 5800Ah. 2x235RPM.

1738 - Qu.2165DD - Single engine airplane in 195°true, on course 60. Sighted at 6000m. Flying until reaching 130°true and flying off again on course 240° in the general direction of Bermuda. Never got closer than 5000m, no direct approach. Boat remains surfaced.

Cmdr.: It is now clear, that as the storm has forced us south, we have now entered the enemy air cover zone of Bermuda.

2023 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

2049 - Qu.2155DD - "ALARM!". Diving from single engine airplane in 230°true, on course ENE, sighted at 5000m. At A-20, no bombs.

(Note: In the external view, 2 pair of airplanes can be seen)

2101 - At Reception Depth.

2104 - Surfaced after 15min. and 0.8sm.
Battery: 5800Ah. 2x235RPM.

2126 - Pressurized Air Supply filled.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
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Old 01-11-2022, 03:35 AM   #6122
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KTB - U 113

Saturday, 10 January 1942 - Northeast of Bermuda -

0915 - Qu.2255DD - Early Morning Dawn.

1031 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1200 - Qu.2246DD - Days Run: 135.9sm - 114.6sm (16h 35') - 21.3sm (7h 25').
168.8cbm (0.9cbm/24h). On course 270°. Battery 6000Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1201 - Incoming F.T.: From Yugoslav steamer "Nikolina Matkovic":
Urgently requesting help due to loss of her rudder. Qu.AJ 92.

Cmdr.: The steamer is probably in the same storm that we were in for this past week, and which has now shifted northward. A ship in this kind of storm without a rudder is lost. "God save their souls!".

1245 - Qu.2245DD - "ALARM!". Diving from airplane in 200°true, on course ENE, sighted at 6000m.

1247 - At A-20, no bombs.

Cmdr.: We are about 245sm Northeast of Bermuda. Visibility is about 5.5sm.

1300 - At Reception Depth.

1305 - Surfaced after 20min. and 1.1sm.
Battery: 5900Ah. 2x235RPM.

1316 - Pressurized Air Supply filled.

1425 - Qu.2244DD - "ALARM!". Diving from a pair of single engine airplanes in 240°true, approaching from the general direction of Bermuda, sighted at 6000m.

1426 - At A-20, no bombs.

1449 - At Reception Depth.

1455 - Surfaced after 30min. and 1.6sm.
Battery: 5900Ah. 2x235RPM.

1515 - Pressurized Air Supply filled.

1613 - Qu.2166DD - "ALARM!". Diving from a pair of single engine in 210°true, approaching from the general direction of Bermuda, on course ENE, sighted at 6000m. No direct approach! Turning away again in 180°true on course WSW, towards Bermuda. At A-20, no bombs.

1629 - At Reception Depth.

1633 - Surfaced after 20min. and 1.1sm.
Battery: 5800Ah. 2x235RPM.

1738 - Qu.2165DD - Single engine airplane in 195°true, on course 60. Sighted at 6000m. Flying until reaching 130°true and flying off again on course 240° in the general direction of Bermuda. Never got closer than 5000m, no direct approach. Boat remains surfaced.

Cmdr.: It is now clear, that as the storm has forced us south, we have now entered the enemy air cover zone of Bermuda.

2023 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

2049 - Qu.2155DD - "ALARM!". Diving from single engine airplane in 230°true, on course ENE, sighted at 5000m. At A-20, no bombs.

(Note: In the external view, 2 pair of airplanes can be seen)

2101 - At Reception Depth.

2104 - Surfaced after 15min. and 0.8sm.
Battery: 5800Ah. 2x235RPM.

2126 - Pressurized Air Supply filled.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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KTB - U 113

Sunday, 11 January 1942 - NNE of Bermuda -

0600 - Charging batteries at 5800Ah:
Stbd.Diesel Charging: 496RPM; Port Diesel Propulsion: 285RPM, 7kn.

0820 - Qu.1355DD -

0925 - Early Morning Dawn.
Batteries Charged => 3h 25' for 4200Ah. 2x235RPM, 7kn.

1041 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1037 - Qu.1346DD - "ALARM!". Diving from two pair of single engine airplanes in 170°true, on northerly heading, sighted at 8000m.

1039 - At A-20, no bombs.

1050 - At Reception Depth.

1052 - Surfaced after 15min. and 0.9sm.
Battery: 9800Ah. 2x235RPM.

1056 - Immediately after surfacing, again, "ALARM!". Diving from a twin engine airplanes in 205°true, on northerly heading, is already verily close, about 5500m.

1058 - At A-20, no bombs.

1105 - At Reception Depth.

1111 - Surfaced after 15min. and 0.9sm.
Battery: 9700Ah. 2x235RPM.

1200 - Qu.1345DD - Days Run: 159.6sm - 153.2sm (22h 05') - 6.4sm (1h 55').
165.3cbm (3.5cbm/24h). On course 270°. Battery 9700Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h. Pressurized Air Supply filled.

1202 - Incoming F.T.: From SS Cyclops (9076ts):
Have been torpedoed in 41° 51'N, 63° 48'W (CB 2424).

Cmdr.: Do we have a trigger-happy "Paukenschläger"?

1301 - Qu.1344DD - "ALARM!". Diving from a twin engine airplane, identified as a Catalina, in 205°true, on northerly heading, direct approach, E=5000. At T=20, two bombs abeam to stbd. and in further course more bombs at the diving position, 500m astern. At A-20, no damages.

Cmdr.: It seems that the enemy air patrol behavior has become more deliberate. I wonder if the sinking of the steamer east of Boston has anything to do with this. In any case, the enemy is now aware of our presence in the area.

1326 - At Reception Depth.

1327 - At S-Tiefe, a twin engine double-decker airplanes in 190°true, flying off on southerly heading, E=5000.

1331 - Surfaced after 30 min. and 1.6sm. Battery 9500Ah.

1344 - Qu.1344DD - "ALARM!". Diving from a pair of twin engine double-decker airplanes in 165°true, E=8000, on course NNE but at E=5000, turned towards the boat. At first one airplane was sighted and only then, the second airplane came into sight, as they approached out of the sun.
The airplanes are identified as type DeHaviland DH Dragon.

1345 - During the diving process, to well placed bombs. At T=30, two more bombs and strong concussions.

1346 - At A-20 no damages. Boat remains submerged for submerged cruise at A-20, 105rpm, 2kn, Silent Running.

1400 - More Wabos at the diving position, 1700m astern.

Cmdr.: The element of surprise is now clearly gone. Also, we will now very likely not reach the ordered patrol area at the designated time either. If we can manage to make the enemy believe that we have been sunk, we might gain some valuable time. In any case, the enemy does not appear to have any shortages of airplanes and aircrews.

1608 - O = 20%.

1715 - Stopped Silent Running. Battery 9100Ah (2h 15' at 105rpm/2kn => 400Ah). Dinner until 1800h.

1800 - Back to Silent Running, 135rpm, 3kn.

1840 - Qu.1266DD - The whole time, Wabos in various distances, no damages.

2030 - Sundown.

2058 - O = 19%.

2150 - At Reception Depth.

2154 - Surfaced after 8h 10min. and 21.9sm.
Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.
Battery 8200Ah (4h at 135rpm/3kn => 900Ah). 2x285rpm, 7kn.
The Flak was slightly damages during the last air attack and is quickly repaired.

2218 - Boat ventilated and Compressed Air Supply filled.

2220 - Charging Batteries: Port-Diesel Propulsion, 285RPM, 7kn; Stbd.-Diesel Charging, 496RPM.

2400 - Batteries Charged: 1h 40min., for 1800Ah. 2xH.F.-Ahead, 12kn.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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Old 01-12-2022, 06:00 AM   #6123
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KTB - U 113

Sunday, 11 January 1942 - NNE of Bermuda -

0600 - Charging batteries at 5800Ah:
Stbd.Diesel Charging: 496RPM; Port Diesel Propulsion: 285RPM, 7kn.

0820 - Qu.1355DD -

0925 - Early Morning Dawn.
Batteries Charged => 3h 25' for 4200Ah. 2x235RPM, 7kn.

1041 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1037 - Qu.1346DD - "ALARM!". Diving from two pair of single engine airplanes in 170°true, on northerly heading, sighted at 8000m.

1039 - At A-20, no bombs.

1050 - At Reception Depth.

1052 - Surfaced after 15min. and 0.9sm.
Battery: 9800Ah. 2x235RPM.

1056 - Immediately after surfacing, again, "ALARM!". Diving from a twin engine airplanes in 205°true, on northerly heading, is already verily close, about 5500m.

1058 - At A-20, no bombs.

1105 - At Reception Depth.

1111 - Surfaced after 15min. and 0.9sm.
Battery: 9700Ah. 2x235RPM.

1200 - Qu.1345DD - Days Run: 159.6sm - 153.2sm (22h 05') - 6.4sm (1h 55').
165.3cbm (3.5cbm/24h). On course 270°. Battery 9700Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h. Pressurized Air Supply filled.

1202 - Incoming F.T.: From SS Cyclops (9076ts):
Have been torpedoed in 41° 51'N, 63° 48'W (CB 2424).

Cmdr.: Do we have a trigger-happy "Paukenschläger"?

1301 - Qu.1344DD - "ALARM!". Diving from a twin engine airplane, identified as a Catalina, in 205°true, on northerly heading, direct approach, E=5000. At T=20, two bombs abeam to stbd. and in further course more bombs at the diving position, 500m astern. At A-20, no damages.

Cmdr.: It seems that the enemy air patrol behavior has become more deliberate. I wonder if the sinking of the steamer east of Boston has anything to do with this. In any case, the enemy is now aware of our presence in the area.

1326 - At Reception Depth.

1327 - At S-Tiefe, a twin engine double-decker airplanes in 190°true, flying off on southerly heading, E=5000.

1331 - Surfaced after 30 min. and 1.6sm. Battery 9500Ah.

1344 - Qu.1344DD - "ALARM!". Diving from a pair of twin engine double-decker airplanes in 165°true, E=8000, on course NNE but at E=5000, turned towards the boat. At first one airplane was sighted and only then, the second airplane came into sight, as they approached out of the sun.
The airplanes are identified as type DeHaviland DH Dragon.

1345 - During the diving process, to well placed bombs. At T=30, two more bombs and strong concussions.

1346 - At A-20 no damages. Boat remains submerged for submerged cruise at A-20, 105rpm, 2kn, Silent Running.

1400 - More Wabos at the diving position, 1700m astern.

Cmdr.: The element of surprise is now clearly gone. Also, we will now very likely not reach the ordered patrol area at the designated time either. If we can manage to make the enemy believe that we have been sunk, we might gain some valuable time. In any case, the enemy does not appear to have any shortages of airplanes and aircrews.

1608 - O = 20%.

1715 - Stopped Silent Running. Battery 9100Ah (2h 15' at 105rpm/2kn => 400Ah). Dinner until 1800h.

1800 - Back to Silent Running, 135rpm, 3kn.

1840 - Qu.1266DD - The whole time, Wabos in various distances, no damages.

2030 - Sundown.

2058 - O = 19%.

2150 - At Reception Depth.

2154 - Surfaced after 8h 10min. and 21.9sm.
Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.
Battery 8200Ah (4h at 135rpm/3kn => 900Ah). 2x285rpm, 7kn.
The Flak was slightly damages during the last air attack and is quickly repaired.

2218 - Boat ventilated and Compressed Air Supply filled.

2220 - Charging Batteries: Port-Diesel Propulsion, 285RPM, 7kn; Stbd.-Diesel Charging, 496RPM.

2400 - Batteries Charged: 1h 40min., for 1800Ah. 2xH.F.-Ahead, 12kn.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
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KTB - U 113

Monday, 12 January 1942 - North of Bermuda -

0040 - Qu.1255DD -

0210 - Qu.1246DD - Boat is being attacked by a pair of DH Dragons from 130°true, direct approach, E=4500. The bombs are off the stbd. beam, no damages. After the attack, the airplanes fly off initially on course East at a distance of 4500m astern of the boat, continue on course South.

Cmdr.: It is quite concerning, that the airplanes managed to detect the boat in the dark! Also, the plan to suggest to the enemy that we have been sunk, has not worked.

0715 - Qu.1155DD -

0935 - Early Morning Dawn. 2x285RPM, 7kn.

1051 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1057 - Qu.3366DC - A pair of single engine airplanes in 135°true on course NW. At a distance of 4500m, turn back and fly off on course SE. Must have reached their maximum range, about 180sm from Bermuda. The airplanes are identified as type Seversky P-35.

1102 - Incoming F.T.: From U 43 (IX):
Have sunk the Swedish Yngaren, 5246ts, straggler from convoy HX.168. - Lüth -

1137 - Qu.3366DC - "ALARM!". Diving from a twin engine airplane in 155°true, on course WNW, E=6000.

1138 - At A-20, no bombs. Boat remains submerged. 135rpm, 3kn.

1200 - Qu.3366DC - Days Run: 177.7sm - 154.2sm (15h 20') - 23.5sm (8h 40').
160.0cbm (5.3cbm/24h). On course 270°. Battery 9800Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. T=60. Lunch Break.

1305 - At Reception Depth. No F.T.s received.

1320 - At A-20. Submerged cruise, 135rpm, 3kn, Silent Running.

1328 - O = 20%.

1347 - The whole time, Wabos in various distances, no damages.

1715 - Interrupted Silent Running for Dinner until 1800h.

1820 - O = 19%. At Reception Depth. No F.T.s received.

1825 - At A-20. Submerged cruise, 135rpm, 3kn.

2150 - At Reception Depth.

2152 - S-Tiefe. Darkness.

2200 - Surfaced after 10h and 29sm since Etmal (Total: 10h 23min. and 30.3sm).
Battery 7900Ah => 10h at 135rpm/3kn => 1900Ah. 2x285RPM, 1/3-Ahead,

2209 - Boat ventilated and Compressed Air Supply filled.

2225 - Qu.3355DC - Charging batteries: Port-Diesel Propulsion, 396RPM, 9kn; Stbd.-Diesel Charging, 496RPM.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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KTB - U 113

Monday, 12 January 1942 - North of Bermuda -

0040 - Qu.1255DD -

0210 - Qu.1246DD - Boat is being attacked by a pair of DH Dragons from 130°true, direct approach, E=4500. The bombs are off the stbd. beam, no damages. After the attack, the airplanes fly off initially on course East at a distance of 4500m astern of the boat, continue on course South.

Cmdr.: It is quite concerning, that the airplanes managed to detect the boat in the dark! Also, the plan to suggest to the enemy that we have been sunk, has not worked.

0715 - Qu.1155DD -

0935 - Early Morning Dawn. 2x285RPM, 7kn.

1051 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1057 - Qu.3366DC - A pair of single engine airplanes in 135°true on course NW. At a distance of 4500m, turn back and fly off on course SE. Must have reached their maximum range, about 180sm from Bermuda. The airplanes are identified as type Seversky P-35.

1102 - Incoming F.T.: From U 43 (IX):
Have sunk the Swedish Yngaren, 5246ts, straggler from convoy HX.168. - Lüth -

1137 - Qu.3366DC - "ALARM!". Diving from a twin engine airplane in 155°true, on course WNW, E=6000.

1138 - At A-20, no bombs. Boat remains submerged. 135rpm, 3kn.

1200 - Qu.3366DC - Days Run: 177.7sm - 154.2sm (15h 20') - 23.5sm (8h 40').
160.0cbm (5.3cbm/24h). On course 270°. Battery 9800Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. T=60. Lunch Break.

1305 - At Reception Depth. No F.T.s received.

1320 - At A-20. Submerged cruise, 135rpm, 3kn, Silent Running.

1328 - O = 20%.

1347 - The whole time, Wabos in various distances, no damages.

1715 - Interrupted Silent Running for Dinner until 1800h.

1820 - O = 19%. At Reception Depth. No F.T.s received.

1825 - At A-20. Submerged cruise, 135rpm, 3kn.

2150 - At Reception Depth.

2152 - S-Tiefe. Darkness.

2200 - Surfaced after 10h and 29sm since Etmal (Total: 10h 23min. and 30.3sm).
Battery 7900Ah => 10h at 135rpm/3kn => 1900Ah. 2x285RPM, 1/3-Ahead,

2209 - Boat ventilated and Compressed Air Supply filled.

2225 - Qu.3355DC - Charging batteries: Port-Diesel Propulsion, 396RPM, 9kn; Stbd.-Diesel Charging, 496RPM.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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KTB - U 113

Tuesday, 13 January 1942 - Northwest of Bermuda -

- Fourth week at sea completed -

0020 - Batteries Charged: 1h 55min., for 2100Ah. 2xH.F.-Ahead, 12kn.

0502 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
RST: After reaching ordered patrol grid, your attack area is from Qu.BB58 to CA54. Wait for attack order!

0525 - Qu.3255DC - 2x235RPM/7kn.

0935 - Early Morning Dawn.

1051 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1200 - Qu.3166DC - Days Run: 155.9sm - 126.9sm (15h 00') - 29.0sm (10h 00').
153.9cbm (6.1cbm/24h). On course 270°. Battery 10000Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1202 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Second position and status request for U 374 (von Fischel).

1301 - Incoming F.T.: From U 552:
Sank the British steamer Dayrose off Cape Race, 4113 BRT. - Topp -

1305 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
RST: Regarding F.T.: 0502/13:
Once attack order is given, free hunting in ordered attack area. When out of torpedoes, send status report. Conserve fuel for return voyage!

1635 - Qu.3155DC - On new course 264°.

2043 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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Tuesday, 13 January 1942 - Northwest of Bermuda -

- Fourth week at sea completed -

0020 - Batteries Charged: 1h 55min., for 2100Ah. 2xH.F.-Ahead, 12kn.

0502 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
RST: After reaching ordered patrol grid, your attack area is from Qu.BB58 to CA54. Wait for attack order!

0525 - Qu.3255DC - 2x235RPM/7kn.

0935 - Early Morning Dawn.

1051 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1200 - Qu.3166DC - Days Run: 155.9sm - 126.9sm (15h 00') - 29.0sm (10h 00').
153.9cbm (6.1cbm/24h). On course 270°. Battery 10000Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1202 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Second position and status request for U 374 (von Fischel).

1301 - Incoming F.T.: From U 552:
Sank the British steamer Dayrose off Cape Race, 4113 BRT. - Topp -

1305 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
RST: Regarding F.T.: 0502/13:
Once attack order is given, free hunting in ordered attack area. When out of torpedoes, send status report. Conserve fuel for return voyage!

1635 - Qu.3155DC - On new course 264°.

2043 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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KTB - U 113

Wednesday, 14 January 1942 - East of Cape Hatteras -

0002 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
RST: Password PAUKENSCHLAG! Angriff, ran, versenken (Attack, engage, sink)!

0222 - Incoming F.T.: From U 43 (IX):
Sunk in heavy weather from convoy ON.55, the British Empire Surf, 6641ts and the Panamanian Chepo, 5707ts. - Lüth -

0945 - Early Morning Dawn.

1101 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1200 - Qu.2291DC - Days Run: 168.3sm (24h).
152.1cbm (1.8cbm/24h). On course 264°. Battery 10000Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1800 - Norddeich Radio sending report about war activities in West Africa: Under the Code name "Operation Postmaster", British Small Scale Raiding Force (SSRF) and the Special Operations Executive (SOE), conducted a special operation on the Spanish island of Fernando Po, in the Gulf of Guinea, during which they to boarded Italian and German Uboat supply ships in the harbour of Santa Isabel and sailed them to Lagos.

2054 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

2241 - It is beginning to rain. Wind and Sea are increasing. shifting East.

2400 - ESE7/6, overcast, rain, poor visibility, <1000mb.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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KTB - U 113

Wednesday, 14 January 1942 - East of Cape Hatteras -

0002 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
RST: Password PAUKENSCHLAG! Angriff, ran, versenken (Attack, engage, sink)!

0222 - Incoming F.T.: From U 43 (IX):
Sunk in heavy weather from convoy ON.55, the British Empire Surf, 6641ts and the Panamanian Chepo, 5707ts. - Lüth -

0945 - Early Morning Dawn.

1101 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1200 - Qu.2291DC - Days Run: 168.3sm (24h).
152.1cbm (1.8cbm/24h). On course 264°. Battery 10000Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

1800 - Norddeich Radio sending report about war activities in West Africa: Under the Code name "Operation Postmaster", British Small Scale Raiding Force (SSRF) and the Special Operations Executive (SOE), conducted a special operation on the Spanish island of Fernando Po, in the Gulf of Guinea, during which they to boarded Italian and German Uboat supply ships in the harbour of Santa Isabel and sailed them to Lagos.

2054 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 9 Jan., 2210h.

2241 - It is beginning to rain. Wind and Sea are increasing. shifting East.

2400 - ESE7/6, overcast, rain, poor visibility, <1000mb.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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Thursday, 15 January 1942 - ESE of Cape Hatteras -

0005 - Qu.2197DC - Diving for submerged cruise.

0010 - At A-20, 135rpm/3kn, Silent Running.

0228 - O = 20%.

0700 - At T=50. Beginning of Torpedo Maintenance.

0708 - O = 19%.

1000 - Bow tubes serviced.

1048 - O = 18%.

1110 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.2178DC - Days Run: 119.0sm - 84.7sm (22h 05') - 34.7sm (11h 55').
150.3cbm (1.8cbm/24h). On course 264°. T=50. O = 18%. Battery 7700Ah (12h at 135rpm => 2300Ah). 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Stern torpedoes serviced.

1300 - Beginning of Trial Dive acc. B.d.U.-Standing Order 507, 185rpm/4kn.

1315 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter. Setting for Reception Depth.

1322 - At Reception Depth.

1325 - Surfaced after 1h 25min and 4.5sm since Etmal, and after total of 13h 20min and 39.2sm. Battery: 7300Ah. 2x235RPM/8kn. Weather: SE7/6, overcast, rain, poor visibility, <1000mb.

1340 - Boat ventilated.

1403 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
Paukenschlag boats: Enemy situation off the East coast of America was reported as follows:
a) Along the coast of the USA and to the south still heavy single ship movements. Fuel points New York, Baltimore etc., Straits of Florida, Aruba, Trinidad. - to be continued -

1405 - F.T. from B.d.U.: To U 94, U 586, U 132:
Ites, von der Esch, Vogelsang: Due to entrance of our warships (Tirpitz + 4 destroyers) to Drontheim, do not to fire at warships and remain eastward of our own minefields, West of 3° 40'. - B.d.U. -

1408 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
Paukenschlag boats: Continued from F.T.1403/15:
b) Also heavy single ship movements after waiting for activity at the assembly points on the Halifax - Sydney Line. Only sparse movements to Bermuda. Assembly and organization of convoys in U.S.A. harbors possible but not yet noticeable. - to be continued -

1536 - Qu.1633DC - Reached ordered patrol area!
2x205RPM/K.F.-Ahead. On new course 233°.

Cmdr.: Finally, after 1 month, we finally reached our designated patrol area. We lost about 7-10 days in the storm and having to pass through the air cover zone of Bermuda. Still, morale is high, as the boat is combat ready and in position, with just 1 day delay. With the fuel supply and provisions on board, we should be able to stay in the operational area for up to 1 month, before we have to head back to base.

1800 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
Paukenschlag boats: Continued from F.T.1408/15:
c) Enemy air patrols heavy but not dangerous because of inexperience. - to be continued -

1806 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
Paukenschlag boats: Continued from F.T.1800/15:
d) Activity similar to that in English waters during the 1st 2 years of war. - End -

1807 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Third position and status request for U 374 (von Fischel). Boat is presumed lost.

(U 374, VIIC, Oblt.z.S.Unno von Fischel, was sunk on 12 January 1942 in the Mediterranean Sea, south-west of Cape Spartivento, in position 37.50N, 16.00E, by torpedoes from the British submarine HMS Unbeaten, 42 dead and 1 survivor.
Unno von Fischel was the son of Naval Admiral, Hermann von Fischel. Hermann commanded the U-65 during WWI. When Unno's boat, U 374 was sunk by the British submarine HMS Unbeaten, he and all but one of his men died. U 374 had been damaged two days earlier and was unable to dive on its return to port, when ambushed by the British submarine.)

1820 - Sailing athwart, doesn't help. Diving due to heavy swell continuously washing over the bridge.

1827 - At A-20. On new course 270°. 65rpm/1.6kn.

1958 - O = 20%.

2058 - Sundown.

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

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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KTB - U 113

Thursday, 15 January 1942 - ESE of Cape Hatteras -

0005 - Qu.2197DC - Diving for submerged cruise.

0010 - At A-20, 135rpm/3kn, Silent Running.

0228 - O = 20%.

0700 - At T=50. Beginning of Torpedo Maintenance.

0708 - O = 19%.

1000 - Bow tubes serviced.

1048 - O = 18%.

1110 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.2178DC - Days Run: 119.0sm - 84.7sm (22h 05') - 34.7sm (11h 55').
150.3cbm (1.8cbm/24h). On course 264°. T=50. O = 18%. Battery 7700Ah (12h at 135rpm => 2300Ah). 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Stern torpedoes serviced.

1300 - Beginning of Trial Dive acc. B.d.U.-Standing Order 507, 185rpm/4kn.

1315 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter. Setting for Reception Depth.

1322 - At Reception Depth.

1325 - Surfaced after 1h 25min and 4.5sm since Etmal, and after total of 13h 20min and 39.2sm. Battery: 7300Ah. 2x235RPM/8kn. Weather: SE7/6, overcast, rain, poor visibility, <1000mb.

1340 - Boat ventilated.

1403 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
Paukenschlag boats: Enemy situation off the East coast of America was reported as follows:
a) Along the coast of the USA and to the south still heavy single ship movements. Fuel points New York, Baltimore etc., Straits of Florida, Aruba, Trinidad. - to be continued -

1405 - F.T. from B.d.U.: To U 94, U 586, U 132:
Ites, von der Esch, Vogelsang: Due to entrance of our warships (Tirpitz + 4 destroyers) to Drontheim, do not to fire at warships and remain eastward of our own minefields, West of 3° 40'. - B.d.U. -

1408 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
Paukenschlag boats: Continued from F.T.1403/15:
b) Also heavy single ship movements after waiting for activity at the assembly points on the Halifax - Sydney Line. Only sparse movements to Bermuda. Assembly and organization of convoys in U.S.A. harbors possible but not yet noticeable. - to be continued -

1536 - Qu.1633DC - Reached ordered patrol area!
2x205RPM/K.F.-Ahead. On new course 233°.

Cmdr.: Finally, after 1 month, we finally reached our designated patrol area. We lost about 7-10 days in the storm and having to pass through the air cover zone of Bermuda. Still, morale is high, as the boat is combat ready and in position, with just 1 day delay. With the fuel supply and provisions on board, we should be able to stay in the operational area for up to 1 month, before we have to head back to base.

1800 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
Paukenschlag boats: Continued from F.T.1408/15:
c) Enemy air patrols heavy but not dangerous because of inexperience. - to be continued -

1806 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only:
Paukenschlag boats: Continued from F.T.1800/15:
d) Activity similar to that in English waters during the 1st 2 years of war. - End -

1807 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Third position and status request for U 374 (von Fischel). Boat is presumed lost.

(U 374, VIIC, Oblt.z.S.Unno von Fischel, was sunk on 12 January 1942 in the Mediterranean Sea, south-west of Cape Spartivento, in position 37.50N, 16.00E, by torpedoes from the British submarine HMS Unbeaten, 42 dead and 1 survivor.
Unno von Fischel was the son of Naval Admiral, Hermann von Fischel. Hermann commanded the U-65 during WWI. When Unno's boat, U 374 was sunk by the British submarine HMS Unbeaten, he and all but one of his men died. U 374 had been damaged two days earlier and was unable to dive on its return to port, when ambushed by the British submarine.)

1820 - Sailing athwart, doesn't help. Diving due to heavy swell continuously washing over the bridge.

1827 - At A-20. On new course 270°. 65rpm/1.6kn.

1958 - O = 20%.

2058 - Sundown.

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

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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Friday, 16 January 1942 - Southeast of Cape Hatteras -

0038 - O = 19%.

0548 - O = 18%. (Silent Running: 1% = 5h 10min.).

0700 - Swab the decks for the Off-Watch. Suspended Silent Running.

0948 - O = 17%.

0958 - T=20. L.I. distributing Oxygen in the boat. (After 10 min. of O=17%). Back to course 233°.

1002 - Surfaced after 15h 42' and 21.6sm.
Early Morning Dawn. Weather unchanged since 15 Jan., 1325h.
Battery: 6300Ah. 2x1/3-Ahead.

1018 - Boat ventilated. 2xSlow-Ahead.

1038 - Diving for submerged cruise.

1045 - At A-20. 65rpm/1.6kn. Silent Running.

1111 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.1626DC - Days Run: 59.7sm - 31.8sm (5h 31') - 27.9sm (18h 29').
149.5cbm (0.8cbm/24h). On course 180°. T=60. O = 21%. Battery 6100Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes.

1254 - O = 20%.

1536 - Patrolled ordered Patrol Grid for 24h.

1728 - O = 19%.

2102 - Sundown. Lights-Out for the Off-Watch.

2208 - O = 18%.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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Friday, 16 January 1942 - Southeast of Cape Hatteras -

0038 - O = 19%.

0548 - O = 18%. (Silent Running: 1% = 5h 10min.).

0700 - Swab the decks for the Off-Watch. Suspended Silent Running.

0948 - O = 17%.

0958 - T=20. L.I. distributing Oxygen in the boat. (After 10 min. of O=17%). Back to course 233°.

1002 - Surfaced after 15h 42' and 21.6sm.
Early Morning Dawn. Weather unchanged since 15 Jan., 1325h.
Battery: 6300Ah. 2x1/3-Ahead.

1018 - Boat ventilated. 2xSlow-Ahead.

1038 - Diving for submerged cruise.

1045 - At A-20. 65rpm/1.6kn. Silent Running.

1111 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.1626DC - Days Run: 59.7sm - 31.8sm (5h 31') - 27.9sm (18h 29').
149.5cbm (0.8cbm/24h). On course 180°. T=60. O = 21%. Battery 6100Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes.

1254 - O = 20%.

1536 - Patrolled ordered Patrol Grid for 24h.

1728 - O = 19%.

2102 - Sundown. Lights-Out for the Off-Watch.

2208 - O = 18%.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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Saturday, 17 January 1942 - East of Myrtle Beach -

0328 - O = 17%.

0335 - At Reception Depth.

0338 - Surfaced after 15h 38' and 19.9sm since Etmal, and after 17h and 21.7sm in total.
Weather unchanged since 15 Jan., 1325h.
Battery: 5000Ah. (17h at 65rpm => 1300Ah).

0351 - Turning into the wind, doesn't help.

0359 - Boat ventilated. On course 180°.

0508 - Compressed Air Supply filled.

0515 - Diving for submerged cruise.

0525 - At A-20. On course 270°. 65rpm/1.6kn.

0700 - Silent Running.

0708 - O = 20%.

1112 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.1682DC - Days Run: 36.5sm - 8.0sm (1h 37') - 28.5sm (22h 23').
148.6cbm (0.9cbm/24h). On course 270°. T=60. O = 20%. Battery 4900Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Suspended Silent Running.

1208 - O = 19%.

1308 - Silent Running.

1658 - O = 18%.

2107 - Sundown.

2208 - O = 17%.

2218 - At Reception Depth. L.I. distributing Oxygen in the boat.

2222 - On course 174°. Surfacing directly from T=20, after 10h 22' and 13.8sm since Etmal, and after 17h 07' and 22.4sm in total. Weather unchanged since 15 Jan., 1325h. Battery: 4200Ah.

2308 - Boat ventilated.

2400 - Compressed Air Supply filled.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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KTB - U 113

Saturday, 17 January 1942 - East of Myrtle Beach -

0328 - O = 17%.

0335 - At Reception Depth.

0338 - Surfaced after 15h 38' and 19.9sm since Etmal, and after 17h and 21.7sm in total.
Weather unchanged since 15 Jan., 1325h.
Battery: 5000Ah. (17h at 65rpm => 1300Ah).

0351 - Turning into the wind, doesn't help.

0359 - Boat ventilated. On course 180°.

0508 - Compressed Air Supply filled.

0515 - Diving for submerged cruise.

0525 - At A-20. On course 270°. 65rpm/1.6kn.

0700 - Silent Running.

0708 - O = 20%.

1112 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.1682DC - Days Run: 36.5sm - 8.0sm (1h 37') - 28.5sm (22h 23').
148.6cbm (0.9cbm/24h). On course 270°. T=60. O = 20%. Battery 4900Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Suspended Silent Running.

1208 - O = 19%.

1308 - Silent Running.

1658 - O = 18%.

2107 - Sundown.

2208 - O = 17%.

2218 - At Reception Depth. L.I. distributing Oxygen in the boat.

2222 - On course 174°. Surfacing directly from T=20, after 10h 22' and 13.8sm since Etmal, and after 17h 07' and 22.4sm in total. Weather unchanged since 15 Jan., 1325h. Battery: 4200Ah.

2308 - Boat ventilated.

2400 - Compressed Air Supply filled.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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Sunday, 18 January 1942 - South of Cape Hatteras -

0014 - On course 230°.

0500 - Diving for Torpedo Maintenance and Trial Dive.

0508 - T=60, course 270°, 65rpm/1.6kn.

0545 - Breakfast for the Port-Machine-Watch.

0600 - Port-Machine-Watch on duty. Wake-Up and Morning-Wash for the rest of the crew.

0630 - O = 20%. Breakfast for the rest of the crew.

0700 - T=50. Beginning of torpedo maintenance.

1000 - Bow tubes serviced. Break until 1020h.

1008 - O = 19%.

1112 - Sunrise.

1150 - Stern tubes serviced.

1200 - Qu.1836DC - Days Run: 61.5sm - 38.5sm (6h 38') - 23.0sm (17h 22').
147.7cbm (0.9cbm/24h). On course 270°. T=60. O = 19%. Battery 4700Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Lunch Break until 1300h.

1300 - Beginning of Trial Dive acc. Standing B.d.U.-Order 507, 135rpm/3kn.

1320 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter. Setting for Reception Depth.

1345 - At Reception Depth, no F.T. received. At S-Tiefe, weather and sea unchanged. Setting for A-20 for submerged cruise.

1348 - O = 18%.

1355 - At A-20. 65rpm/1.6kn, Silent Running.

1715 - Dinner until 1800h.

1838 - O = 17%.

1848 - L.I. is distributing O in the boat.

1855 - At Reception Depth. On course 230°.

1900 - Surfaced after 7h and 9.8sm since Etmal, and 14h and 19sm in total. Weather unchanged since 15 Jan., 1325h.

1908 - Boat ventilated.

1929 - Compressed Air Supply filled.

2107 - Sundown. Lights-Out for the Off-Watch.

2330 - Qu.1855DC -

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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Sunday, 18 January 1942 - South of Cape Hatteras -

0014 - On course 230°.

0500 - Diving for Torpedo Maintenance and Trial Dive.

0508 - T=60, course 270°, 65rpm/1.6kn.

0545 - Breakfast for the Port-Machine-Watch.

0600 - Port-Machine-Watch on duty. Wake-Up and Morning-Wash for the rest of the crew.

0630 - O = 20%. Breakfast for the rest of the crew.

0700 - T=50. Beginning of torpedo maintenance.

1000 - Bow tubes serviced. Break until 1020h.

1008 - O = 19%.

1112 - Sunrise.

1150 - Stern tubes serviced.

1200 - Qu.1836DC - Days Run: 61.5sm - 38.5sm (6h 38') - 23.0sm (17h 22').
147.7cbm (0.9cbm/24h). On course 270°. T=60. O = 19%. Battery 4700Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Lunch Break until 1300h.

1300 - Beginning of Trial Dive acc. Standing B.d.U.-Order 507, 135rpm/3kn.

1320 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter. Setting for Reception Depth.

1345 - At Reception Depth, no F.T. received. At S-Tiefe, weather and sea unchanged. Setting for A-20 for submerged cruise.

1348 - O = 18%.

1355 - At A-20. 65rpm/1.6kn, Silent Running.

1715 - Dinner until 1800h.

1838 - O = 17%.

1848 - L.I. is distributing O in the boat.

1855 - At Reception Depth. On course 230°.

1900 - Surfaced after 7h and 9.8sm since Etmal, and 14h and 19sm in total. Weather unchanged since 15 Jan., 1325h.

1908 - Boat ventilated.

1929 - Compressed Air Supply filled.

2107 - Sundown. Lights-Out for the Off-Watch.

2330 - Qu.1855DC -

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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Monday, 19 January 1942 - South of Cape Hatteras -

0010 - Diving for submerged cruise at A-20.

0020 - At A-20., on course 270°, 65rpm/1.6kn, Silent Running.

0228 - O = 20%.

0728 - O = 19%.

1112 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.1843DC - Days Run: 58.6sm - 33.7sm (5h 10') - 24.9sm (18h 50').
146.8cbm (0.9cbm/24h). On course 270°. T=60. O = 19%. Battery 3300Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes.

1228 - O = 18%.

1728 - O = 17%. Setting for Reception Depth. On course 230°.

1738 - At S-Tiefe. L.I. distributing Oin the boat.

1740 - Surfaced after 5h 40' and 7.6sm since Etmal, and 17h 30' and 22.7sm in total. Weather unchanged since 15 Jan., 1325h.

1748 - Boat ventilated.

1823 - Compressed Air Supply filled.

1830 - Charging Batteries (3000Ah):
- Port Engine Propulsion 296RPM/6kn;
- Stbd.Engine Charging, 496RPM.

2010 - Battery 50% charged (1h 40' for 2000Ah).

2030 - Diving for Submerged Cruise at A-20.

2045 - At A-20. On course 270°.

2105 - Sundown.

2258 - O = 20%.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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Old 01-20-2022, 07:40 AM   #6131
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KTB - U 113

Monday, 19 January 1942 - South of Cape Hatteras -

0010 - Diving for submerged cruise at A-20.

0020 - At A-20., on course 270°, 65rpm/1.6kn, Silent Running.

0228 - O = 20%.

0728 - O = 19%.

1112 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.1843DC - Days Run: 58.6sm - 33.7sm (5h 10') - 24.9sm (18h 50').
146.8cbm (0.9cbm/24h). On course 270°. T=60. O = 19%. Battery 3300Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes.

1228 - O = 18%.

1728 - O = 17%. Setting for Reception Depth. On course 230°.

1738 - At S-Tiefe. L.I. distributing Oin the boat.

1740 - Surfaced after 5h 40' and 7.6sm since Etmal, and 17h 30' and 22.7sm in total. Weather unchanged since 15 Jan., 1325h.

1748 - Boat ventilated.

1823 - Compressed Air Supply filled.

1830 - Charging Batteries (3000Ah):
- Port Engine Propulsion 296RPM/6kn;
- Stbd.Engine Charging, 496RPM.

2010 - Battery 50% charged (1h 40' for 2000Ah).

2030 - Diving for Submerged Cruise at A-20.

2045 - At A-20. On course 270°.

2105 - Sundown.

2258 - O = 20%.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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KTB - U 113

Tuesday, 20 January 1942 - East of Charleston -

- Fifth week at sea completed -

0408 - O = 19%.

0545 - Breakfast for the Port-Machine-Watch.

0600 - Port-Machine-Watch on duty. Wake-Up and Morning Wash of the rest of the crew.

0630 - Breakfast for the rest of the crew.

0700 - Swab-the-decks for the Off-Watch.

0908 - O = 18%.

1109 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.1794DC - Days Run: 47.0sm - 17.8sm (2h 40') - 29.2sm (21h 20').
145.9cbm (0.9cbm/24h). On course 270°. T=60. O = 18%. Battery 4200Ah (15.5h at 65rpm = 800Ah). 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Lunchbreak.

1300 - Daily work routine for the Off-Watch.

1358 - O = 17%. Setting for Reception Depth.

1408 - L.I. distributing Oin the boat.

1410 - At Reception Depth. On course 230°.

1415 - Surfaced after 2h 15' and 3.2sm since Etmal, and 17h 45' and 24.8sm in total. Weather unchanged since 15 Jan., 1325h.

1418 - Boat ventilated.

1449 - Compressed Air Supply filled.

1500 - Diving for submerged cruise at A-20.

1510 - At A-20. On course 270°. 65rpm/1.6kn. Silent running.

1715 - Dinner until 1800h. O = 20%.

2103 - Sundown. Lights-out for the Off-Watch.

2218 - O = 19%.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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Old 01-21-2022, 09:15 AM   #6132
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KTB - U 113

Tuesday, 20 January 1942 - East of Charleston -

- Fifth week at sea completed -

0408 - O = 19%.

0545 - Breakfast for the Port-Machine-Watch.

0600 - Port-Machine-Watch on duty. Wake-Up and Morning Wash of the rest of the crew.

0630 - Breakfast for the rest of the crew.

0700 - Swab-the-decks for the Off-Watch.

0908 - O = 18%.

1109 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.1794DC - Days Run: 47.0sm - 17.8sm (2h 40') - 29.2sm (21h 20').
145.9cbm (0.9cbm/24h). On course 270°. T=60. O = 18%. Battery 4200Ah (15.5h at 65rpm = 800Ah). 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Lunchbreak.

1300 - Daily work routine for the Off-Watch.

1358 - O = 17%. Setting for Reception Depth.

1408 - L.I. distributing Oin the boat.

1410 - At Reception Depth. On course 230°.

1415 - Surfaced after 2h 15' and 3.2sm since Etmal, and 17h 45' and 24.8sm in total. Weather unchanged since 15 Jan., 1325h.

1418 - Boat ventilated.

1449 - Compressed Air Supply filled.

1500 - Diving for submerged cruise at A-20.

1510 - At A-20. On course 270°. 65rpm/1.6kn. Silent running.

1715 - Dinner until 1800h. O = 20%.

2103 - Sundown. Lights-out for the Off-Watch.

2218 - O = 19%.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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KTB - U 113

Wednesday, 21 January 1942 - East of Charleston -

0338 - O = 18%.

0838 - O = 17%. Setting for Reception Depth.

0848 - At S-Tiefe. Weather and sea have improved somewhat. It stopped raining but still overcast and a heavy swell.
The L.I. is distributing Oin the boat.

0850 - Surfaced after 17h 50' and 23.sm.
Weather and sea improving somewhat, wind shifting NE, sea still with a heavy swell that washes over the bridge, although, not as much as before, overcast, medium visibility.

0858 - Boat ventilated. 2x235RPM.

0930 - Compressed Air Supply filled.

0955 - Early Morning Dawn.

1000 - Charging Batteries (2900Ah):
- Port Engine Propulsion 285RPM/6kn;
- Stbd.Engine Charging, 496RPM.

1108 - Sunrise. NE6/5, overcast, light haze, medium visibility, heavy swell, <1000mb.

1200 - Qu.1772DC - Days Run: 48.6sm - 25.4sm (3h 55') - 23.2sm (20h 05').
145.1cbm (0.8cbm/24h). On course 300°. Battery 6500Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, swell subsiding, visibility ~5sm.

1342 - Qu.1747DC - Single Engine airplane in 90°true, on northerly heading, E=6000, turning back right behind the boat and flying off on course South. 100sm from land. Suspect airplane belonging to U.S.A. Naval Air Command Tampa, Florida. Boat remains surfaced.

1506 - Batteries charged (5h for 7100Ah). 2x235RPM.

1515 - On course 270°. Water depth 435m.

1605 - Diving for Torpedo Maintenance and Trial Dive acc. Standing B.d.U.-Order 507.

1611 - T=49, 65rpm/1.6kn. Beginning of torpedo maintenance.

1741 - Stern tubes serviced.

1758 - O = 20%.

2103 - Sundown.

2130 - Bow tubes serviced.

2135 - Beginning of trial dive. Depth under keel 333m. 135rpm/3kn.

2138 - O = 19%.

2155 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter. Setting for Reception Depth.

2212 - At Reception Depth. No F.T.s received.

2228 - S-Tiefe. Darkness. Weather and Sea unchanged.

2230 - Surfaced after 6h 25' and 9.7sm.
Weather unchanged since Sunrise.

2238 - Boat ventilated

2245 - Charging Batteries (9500Ah):
- Port Engine Propulsion 285RPM/6kn;
- Stbd.Engine Charging, 496RPM.

2315 - Batteries charged (30' for 500Ah). 2x235RPM/7kn.

2319 - Incoming F.T.: From U 123:
Have sunk 53360ts off New York. - Hardegen -

Cmdr.: The other Paukenschlag boats that have left after us, have already scored nice successes further north, while we were yet again, battling through another storm. We have now arrived in the operational area as well, as the most southern boat of the Group Paukenschlag. Let's hope, the Americans have not closed their shipping lanes already.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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KTB - U 113

Wednesday, 21 January 1942 - East of Charleston -

0338 - O = 18%.

0838 - O = 17%. Setting for Reception Depth.

0848 - At S-Tiefe. Weather and sea have improved somewhat. It stopped raining but still overcast and a heavy swell.
The L.I. is distributing Oin the boat.

0850 - Surfaced after 17h 50' and 23.sm.
Weather and sea improving somewhat, wind shifting NE, sea still with a heavy swell that washes over the bridge, although, not as much as before, overcast, medium visibility.

0858 - Boat ventilated. 2x235RPM.

0930 - Compressed Air Supply filled.

0955 - Early Morning Dawn.

1000 - Charging Batteries (2900Ah):
- Port Engine Propulsion 285RPM/6kn;
- Stbd.Engine Charging, 496RPM.

1108 - Sunrise. NE6/5, overcast, light haze, medium visibility, heavy swell, <1000mb.

1200 - Qu.1772DC - Days Run: 48.6sm - 25.4sm (3h 55') - 23.2sm (20h 05').
145.1cbm (0.8cbm/24h). On course 300°. Battery 6500Ah. 14 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, swell subsiding, visibility ~5sm.

1342 - Qu.1747DC - Single Engine airplane in 90°true, on northerly heading, E=6000, turning back right behind the boat and flying off on course South. 100sm from land. Suspect airplane belonging to U.S.A. Naval Air Command Tampa, Florida. Boat remains surfaced.

1506 - Batteries charged (5h for 7100Ah). 2x235RPM.

1515 - On course 270°. Water depth 435m.

1605 - Diving for Torpedo Maintenance and Trial Dive acc. Standing B.d.U.-Order 507.

1611 - T=49, 65rpm/1.6kn. Beginning of torpedo maintenance.

1741 - Stern tubes serviced.

1758 - O = 20%.

2103 - Sundown.

2130 - Bow tubes serviced.

2135 - Beginning of trial dive. Depth under keel 333m. 135rpm/3kn.

2138 - O = 19%.

2155 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter. Setting for Reception Depth.

2212 - At Reception Depth. No F.T.s received.

2228 - S-Tiefe. Darkness. Weather and Sea unchanged.

2230 - Surfaced after 6h 25' and 9.7sm.
Weather unchanged since Sunrise.

2238 - Boat ventilated

2245 - Charging Batteries (9500Ah):
- Port Engine Propulsion 285RPM/6kn;
- Stbd.Engine Charging, 496RPM.

2315 - Batteries charged (30' for 500Ah). 2x235RPM/7kn.

2319 - Incoming F.T.: From U 123:
Have sunk 53360ts off New York. - Hardegen -

Cmdr.: The other Paukenschlag boats that have left after us, have already scored nice successes further north, while we were yet again, battling through another storm. We have now arrived in the operational area as well, as the most southern boat of the Group Paukenschlag. Let's hope, the Americans have not closed their shipping lanes already.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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KTB - U 113

Thursday, 22 January 1942 - South of Bald Head Island -

0032 - Incoming F.T.: From U 82:
Have sunk from convoy ON.56, the British tanker Athelcrown, 11999ts. - Rollmann -

0115 - Qu.3955DB - Water Depth 280m.

0505 - Qu.3945DB - "Commander to Bridge, Surface Vessel!".
A small American merchant relative bearing 29°Stbd., on course 82°, E=1800m.

0507 - Turning boat hard to stbd. and to course 355°.

0508 - Slow Ahead. "Battle Stations!".

0509 - Flooding tube I.

0510 - Qu.3945DB - Single Shot with tube I: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 4.5m; Vt30. Own course 355°; Own speed 5kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Small Freighter of 1710ts, draught 6.8m.
Target course 82°; Target distance 1110m; Target angle green75°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle α 357°.

=> Torpedo is hit amidships after 66 Sec.!

Steamer immediately looses headway and settles in the water, and sinks over the stbd. beam within 1-2 minutes. No radio message intercepted. After about 1 min., loud underwater explosions. Water depth here is 185m.

0520 - Questioned and supplied 3 survivors in one boat, and ran off on westerly heading. 2x235RPM/7kn. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

0600 - Water Depth 130m.

0707 - Qu.3866DB - Water Depth 55m.

0955 - Early Morning Dawn.

1000 - Diving for torpedo reloading. Water Depth 35m.

1010 - T=32. Depth under keel is 5m. Commencing torpedo reloading.

1021 - Tube I reloaded with G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ).

1026 - At Reception Depth.

1104 - Sunrise. Depth under keel is 14m.

1140 - Sound contact turbine bearing 262°, approaching at medium speed on course 350°, E=19000. Heading directly for our position.

1148 - O = 20%.

1200 - Qu.3864DB - Days Run: 118.5sm - 103.6sm (15h 35') - 14.9sm (8h 25').
144.2cbm (0.9cbm/24h). On course 270°. Battery 9500Ah. T=20. O = 20%. 13 internal and 8 external torpedoes.

1212 - S-Tiefe. In the A-Periscope, the patrol vessel comes into sight, bearing 248°, E=8000. Is identified as a Patrol Boat of 925ts, draught 2.5m, top speed 12kn.

1233 - Crossing our stern at a distance of 4300m.

1236 - I.W.O. manning the A-Periscope. Continuing Lunch Break until 1300h.

1300 - Patrol Boat has gone out of sight, still on course 350°. Surfaced after 1h and 2.9sm since Etmal, and 3h and 8.1sm in total. Battery 9400Ah. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 21 January.

1308 - Boat ventilated. 2x235RPM

1445 - Qu.3855DB - Water depth 30m.

1508 - Diving from a Single Engine Airplane in 140°true., on course NNW, E=8000. Before closing the Conning Tower Hatch, noticed that the airplane is crossing exactly Qu.3855DB and at a distance of about 5000m behind the boat, turns around and flies off again on course 164°. Suspect that the center of Qu.3855DB is used as a navigational fix point.

1548 - Surfaced after 40 min. and 1.9sm. Battery 9300Ah.
Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 21 January.

1902 - Incoming F.T.: From U 553:
Have sunk the Norwegian tanker Inneröy, 8260ts. - Thurmann -

2105 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 21 January.

2120 - On new course 305°.

2200 - Running along the coast of Kiawah Island from East to West and back again, until 0030h.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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KTB - U 113

Thursday, 22 January 1942 - South of Bald Head Island -

0032 - Incoming F.T.: From U 82:
Have sunk from convoy ON.56, the British tanker Athelcrown, 11999ts. - Rollmann -

0115 - Qu.3955DB - Water Depth 280m.

0505 - Qu.3945DB - "Commander to Bridge, Surface Vessel!".
A small American merchant relative bearing 29°Stbd., on course 82°, E=1800m.

0507 - Turning boat hard to stbd. and to course 355°.

0508 - Slow Ahead. "Battle Stations!".

0509 - Flooding tube I.

0510 - Qu.3945DB - Single Shot with tube I: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 4.5m; Vt30. Own course 355°; Own speed 5kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Small Freighter of 1710ts, draught 6.8m.
Target course 82°; Target distance 1110m; Target angle green75°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle α 357°.

=> Torpedo is hit amidships after 66 Sec.!

Steamer immediately looses headway and settles in the water, and sinks over the stbd. beam within 1-2 minutes. No radio message intercepted. After about 1 min., loud underwater explosions. Water depth here is 185m.

0520 - Questioned and supplied 3 survivors in one boat, and ran off on westerly heading. 2x235RPM/7kn. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

0600 - Water Depth 130m.

0707 - Qu.3866DB - Water Depth 55m.

0955 - Early Morning Dawn.

1000 - Diving for torpedo reloading. Water Depth 35m.

1010 - T=32. Depth under keel is 5m. Commencing torpedo reloading.

1021 - Tube I reloaded with G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ).

1026 - At Reception Depth.

1104 - Sunrise. Depth under keel is 14m.

1140 - Sound contact turbine bearing 262°, approaching at medium speed on course 350°, E=19000. Heading directly for our position.

1148 - O = 20%.

1200 - Qu.3864DB - Days Run: 118.5sm - 103.6sm (15h 35') - 14.9sm (8h 25').
144.2cbm (0.9cbm/24h). On course 270°. Battery 9500Ah. T=20. O = 20%. 13 internal and 8 external torpedoes.

1212 - S-Tiefe. In the A-Periscope, the patrol vessel comes into sight, bearing 248°, E=8000. Is identified as a Patrol Boat of 925ts, draught 2.5m, top speed 12kn.

1233 - Crossing our stern at a distance of 4300m.

1236 - I.W.O. manning the A-Periscope. Continuing Lunch Break until 1300h.

1300 - Patrol Boat has gone out of sight, still on course 350°. Surfaced after 1h and 2.9sm since Etmal, and 3h and 8.1sm in total. Battery 9400Ah. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 21 January.

1308 - Boat ventilated. 2x235RPM

1445 - Qu.3855DB - Water depth 30m.

1508 - Diving from a Single Engine Airplane in 140°true., on course NNW, E=8000. Before closing the Conning Tower Hatch, noticed that the airplane is crossing exactly Qu.3855DB and at a distance of about 5000m behind the boat, turns around and flies off again on course 164°. Suspect that the center of Qu.3855DB is used as a navigational fix point.

1548 - Surfaced after 40 min. and 1.9sm. Battery 9300Ah.
Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 21 January.

1902 - Incoming F.T.: From U 553:
Have sunk the Norwegian tanker Inneröy, 8260ts. - Thurmann -

2105 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 21 January.

2120 - On new course 305°.

2200 - Running along the coast of Kiawah Island from East to West and back again, until 0030h.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

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KTB - U 113

Friday, 23 January 1942 - Kiawah Island -

0030 - Ocean Park -

0250 - In front of the entrance to Charleston, between Cummings Point and Sullivan's Island. As nothing can be seen, running off on course 77°.

0600 - Charging Batteries (9300Ah):
- Port Engine Propulsion 285RPM/6kn;
- Stbd.Engine Charging, 496RPM.

0632 - Incoming F.T.: From U 82:
Have sunk from convoy ON.56, the Norwegian tanker Leiesten, 6118ts. - Rollmann -

0645 - Batteries charged (45' for 700Ah). 2x235RPM/7kn.

0810 - F.T.-Intercept: On 600m-Wave:
SSS SSS SSS Thirlby SSS SSS SSS
sinking quickly
43.20N 66.15W

Cmdr.: The position given in the radio intercept is Marqu.BA9955, which is in the Op.-area of Paukenschläger Bleichrodt (U 109).
Later we will learn, that SS Thirlby was a straggler from convoy SC.66 and indeed sunk by U 109.

0955 - Early Morning Dawn.

1108 - Qu.3831DB - Sunrise - Weather unchanged in 48h.
"Commander to Bridge, Surface Vessel!".
A steamer bearing 339°, on course 235°, E=6000m, approaching with angle to bow 0°.

1110 - Diving for submerged attack. S-Tiefe. Trying to get distance from the course line of the steamer on course 90°.

1125 - Turning a full circle hard to stbd. and Full Ahead to bring the bow tubes to bear. However, the steamer is much faster than anticipated and by the time we have reached our attack course of 325°, is already crossing our bows.

1128 - "Battle Stations!". Flooding tube I.

1129 - Qu.3831DB - Single Shot with tube I: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 4.5m; Vt30. Own course 325°; Own speed 3kn ahead; Shooter: Kptlt. & Cmdr. RST.
Target ship: Small Panamanian Merchant of 2180ts, draught 5.6m.
Target course 235°; Target distance 1289m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 10kn; Firing angle α 316°.

=> Torpedo is a failure, Early Detonator!

1130 - Qu.3831DB - Single Shot with tube II: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 4.0m; Vt30. Own course 325°; Own speed 3kn ahead; Shooter: Kptlt. & Cmdr. RST.
Target ship: Small Panamanian Merchant of 2180ts, draught 5.6m.
Target course 235°; Target distance 1289m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 9kn; Firing angle α 304°.

=> Torpedo is a failure, Early Detonator!

1140 - Running off on course 60°, as a pair of Seversky P-35 are flying over the merchant on course NW and fly off again on course SE. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

1155 - Surfaced after 45 min. and 2.7sm. Battery 9700Ah.
Heading East to deeper waters for torpedo maintenance and reloading.

1200 - Qu.3831DB - Days Run: 152.4sm - 144.9sm (21h 35') - 7.5sm (2h 25').
140.7cbm (3.5cbm/24h). On course 90°. Battery 9700Ah. 11 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 21 January.

- to be continued -

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KTB - U 113

Friday, 23 January 1942 - Kiawah Island -

0030 - Ocean Park -

0250 - In front of the entrance to Charleston, between Cummings Point and Sullivan's Island. As nothing can be seen, running off on course 77°.

0600 - Charging Batteries (9300Ah):
- Port Engine Propulsion 285RPM/6kn;
- Stbd.Engine Charging, 496RPM.

0632 - Incoming F.T.: From U 82:
Have sunk from convoy ON.56, the Norwegian tanker Leiesten, 6118ts. - Rollmann -

0645 - Batteries charged (45' for 700Ah). 2x235RPM/7kn.

0810 - F.T.-Intercept: On 600m-Wave:
SSS SSS SSS Thirlby SSS SSS SSS
sinking quickly
43.20N 66.15W

Cmdr.: The position given in the radio intercept is Marqu.BA9955, which is in the Op.-area of Paukenschläger Bleichrodt (U 109).
Later we will learn, that SS Thirlby was a straggler from convoy SC.66 and indeed sunk by U 109.

0955 - Early Morning Dawn.

1108 - Qu.3831DB - Sunrise - Weather unchanged in 48h.
"Commander to Bridge, Surface Vessel!".
A steamer bearing 339°, on course 235°, E=6000m, approaching with angle to bow 0°.

1110 - Diving for submerged attack. S-Tiefe. Trying to get distance from the course line of the steamer on course 90°.

1125 - Turning a full circle hard to stbd. and Full Ahead to bring the bow tubes to bear. However, the steamer is much faster than anticipated and by the time we have reached our attack course of 325°, is already crossing our bows.

1128 - "Battle Stations!". Flooding tube I.

1129 - Qu.3831DB - Single Shot with tube I: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 4.5m; Vt30. Own course 325°; Own speed 3kn ahead; Shooter: Kptlt. & Cmdr. RST.
Target ship: Small Panamanian Merchant of 2180ts, draught 5.6m.
Target course 235°; Target distance 1289m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 10kn; Firing angle α 316°.

=> Torpedo is a failure, Early Detonator!

1130 - Qu.3831DB - Single Shot with tube II: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 4.0m; Vt30. Own course 325°; Own speed 3kn ahead; Shooter: Kptlt. & Cmdr. RST.
Target ship: Small Panamanian Merchant of 2180ts, draught 5.6m.
Target course 235°; Target distance 1289m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 9kn; Firing angle α 304°.

=> Torpedo is a failure, Early Detonator!

1140 - Running off on course 60°, as a pair of Seversky P-35 are flying over the merchant on course NW and fly off again on course SE. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

1155 - Surfaced after 45 min. and 2.7sm. Battery 9700Ah.
Heading East to deeper waters for torpedo maintenance and reloading.

1200 - Qu.3831DB - Days Run: 152.4sm - 144.9sm (21h 35') - 7.5sm (2h 25').
140.7cbm (3.5cbm/24h). On course 90°. Battery 9700Ah. 11 internal and 8 external torpedoes. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 21 January.

- to be continued -

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- continued from 23 January 1942, 1200h -

1401 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about Kptlt. Reinhard Hardegen (U 123) being awarded on this day with the Knights Cross!

1515 - Boat operating on Ship Contact Report 1510/23, in Qu.3916DB, on course SSW, slow speed. Plotting course considering enemy speed of 6kn. New course 130°, Full Ahead.

1603 - On new course 140°.

1610 - Ship Contact Report 1510/23 comes into sight, bearing 347°, E=9000. Is identified as a M04B Merchant of 5650ts, draught 7.0m, on course 194°, speed 7kn.

1612 - On new course 180°.

1620 - Boat is positioned lee-ward and moving along the stbd. side of the steamer on parallel course 193°, in order to overtake and maneuver into attack position.

1638 - Incoming F.T.: From U 125:
Leaving operational area for area DC, because of lack of ship movement. - Folkers -

Cmdr.: Apparently, U-Folkers did not find any shipping in its Op.-area of CA 38, 59, 62, 63, and is now going to operate just east from us. Perhaps, the enemy has already stopped ships leaving port and the only ships still to be found, are the ones that were already or were still at sea, when the order was given.

1703 - Incoming F.T.: From U 123:
Have passed Bermuda on return cruise. Marqu.DD 25. City and harbor dimmed out. Lights extinguished even to single buoys. Searchlight defenses on harbor entrances. No mine defenses, no patrols or ship movements observed. - Hardegen -

Cmdr.: No mentioning of any air patrols, of which we had plenty.

1716 - Incoming F.T.: From U 85:
Sunk steamer in BD 8793. Attacked according Order No.50, Figure 23b (sinking of ship sailing alone screened by destroyer). - Greger -

1720 - Reached position forward of steamer, angle to bow 0°, E=7500. Reducing speed, on course 150°.

1739 - Incoming F.T.: From U 66:
Have sunk the U.S.A. tanker Venore, 8017ts, Qu.7968CA - Zapp -

Cmdr.: The position given by U-Zapp is off Cape Hatteras, just to the North from us.

1745 - Qu.3945DB - Diving for submerged attack.

1800 - "Battle Stations!". Flooding tube III & IV.

1803 - Incoming F.T.: From U 553:
All torpedoes fired, returning to port. Results: 2 tankers (16,000 BRT) sunk. Ships taking outer coastal route, about 100 miles east of Cape Hatteras - Cape Race line, steering for convoy assembly point.
- Thurmann -

1807 - Double Shot with tube III & IV: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 4.5m; Vt30. Own course 284°; Own speed 2kn ahead; Shooter: Kptlt. & Cmdr. RST.
Target ship: British M04B Merchant of 5650ts, draught 7.0m.
Target course 194°; Target distance 926m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 6kn; Firing angle tube III α 004°, tube IV α 001°.

=> Both torpedoes are hits after 51 Sec.!

Going on parallel course along port side of the steamer, which is continuing on with a list to port. Has upper deck cargo in crates.

1813 - The steamer capsizes over the port side and sinks. After about 1.5min., loud underwater explosions. Noticed 3 boats with 9 survivors

1820 - Boat remains submerged, running off on course 90°. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

1900 - T=50. 65rpm/1.6kn. Beginning of torpedo maintenance and reloading.

1924 - Tubes II & III reloaded with G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ).

1928 - O = 20%.

1949 - Tube I & IV reloaded with G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ). Break until 2005h.

2047 - Sundown.

2135 - Tubes V & VI serviced. No damages found.

2235 - At Reception Depth. No F.T. received.

2242 - S-Tiefe. Darkness. Weather and Sea unchanged.

2245 - Surfaced after 5h and 8.7sm.

2300 - On new course 0°. Boat ventilated. Charging Batteries (9100Ah):
- Port Engine Propulsion 285RPM/6kn;
- Stbd.Engine Charging, 496RPM.

2355 - Batteries charged (55' for 900Ah). 2x235RPM/7kn.

Boat operating acc. to Op.-Orders "Paukenschlag".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

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