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Old 11-02-2021, 03:08 AM   #6001
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Default U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - On delayed return cruise

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Monday, 27 October 1941 - West of Rockall Bank -

0215 - Qu.3855AL -

0101 - Incoming F.T.: From U 206:
Torpedoed a tanker, failed to detonate! Continuing on, as pursuit of tanker is not possible due to high speed. - Opitz -

0301 - Incoming F.T.: From U 206:
Was able to engage tanker after all. Tanker 7000ts sunk. He who laughs last laughs best. - Opitz -

0500 - Morning Dawn.

0601 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Commanders eyes only: Convoy HX.155:
Cancel operation. Great Job, Everyone! Boats that still have torpedoes, try to pursue convoy independently, but keep in mind, that enemy air cover zone will be reached soon. Be aware of enemy aircraft! As of now, released for independent hunting.

Cmdr.: As the operation on convoy HX.155 has been cancelled, I decide to go on delayed transfer back to base.

0643 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 48h.

0900 - Incoming F.T.: From U 74:
"Gustav Gelb!". Have sighted convoy ON.28. About 40 ships. U.S.A. escorts, 5 destroyers and 1 naval tanker. Keeping contact. - Kentrat -

0945 - Qu.0355AL -

1200 - Qu.0385AL - Days Run: 178.8sm - 176.9 (23h 15') - 1.9sm (45').
131.9cbm (5.2cbm/24h). On course 180°. 9300Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 25 Oct.

1755 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since Sunrise, 25 Oct.

1802 - Norddeich Radio sending report about RAF air raid on Kiel.

1830 - Boat not operating on ship report in Qu.6394AL, on course ENE, slow speed, due to no internal torpedoes and weather.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0601/27.

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Tuesday, 28 October 1941 - Southwest of Rockall Bank -

0500 - Morning Dawn.

0642 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged in 72h.

0701 - Incoming F.T.: From U 432:
Have sunk from convoy HG.75, the British steamer Ulea 1574ts. - Schultze -

1200 - Qu.6997AL - Days Run: 182.8sm - (24h).
127.5cbm (4.4cbm/24h). On course 180°. 9300Ah. 8 external Ato. NE7/6, overcast, light haze, medium visibility, ~1000mb, turning North.

1430 - NW7/6, overcast, light haze, medium visibility, ~1000mb,

1507 - Further contact keeping reports from convoy HG.75, from U 563 (Bargsten) and U 564 (Suhren).

1800 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 1430h.

2323 - Last shadowing report from convoy HG.75, from U 564 (Suhren), in BE 7945.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0601/27.

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Old 11-02-2021, 11:44 AM   #6002
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Default U48 - Type VIIb - 1st patrol - part 1

December 7, 1939 Kiel
0703 I've been transferred to U-flottilla Weddigen.
I'm now in command of U48, a type VIIb uboat based in Kiel.
The official reason for my transfer is they needed someone with more experience here...noone believed it, really.
The real reason is probably me sharing my unwanted opinion about some son of an important political figure being enrolled in our flotilla but never having to sail once.
(The real real reason is me installing SH3 commander and messing things up )

Anyway, here I'm.
A new ship, new crew, same old war.
Our assigned patrol area is grid AN82.
Off we go.

December 14, 1939 AN82
1406 Just reached our assigned patrol area.
Performed some drills on the way here to get to know the boat and the crew.
Weather was quite good for the most part but in the last few hours got cloudy and a bit wind.
Time to dive.

1632 Sound contact! Merchant, east of our position, long range closing slowly. Hopefully our first prey.

1702 Ship spotted! It's a small cargo vessel going 6 knots. Sea conditions are not good enough for a deck gun attack. Changing course to run a 90° submerged attack.

1723 Torpedo impact! Small fire visible on the target bow, let's wait and see.

1909 She is going down! Took a while, but at least one eel was enough. Resuming previous course.

December 15, 1939 AN82
1426 Patrol completed. One ship sunk. U48 is now moving SW. It's raining a lot and visibility is really poor.

1952 Ship spotted at very close range! Just in front of us a merchant is emerging from the fog less than a km away!

1953 A British passenger cargo, not much time to properly establish course and speed but we are so close it should not matter. Fire and...dive!

1953 They spotted us and begun turning just a couple of seconds before our eel struck her almost amidship. Big fire. U48 is now at periscope depth and turning as fast as she can to go on a parallel course.

2033 Target is sinking. We got lucky, were that cargo a few hundred meters off we would have not seen it, were it closer we would have had a collision.
Resuming previous course, will leave the area submerged, were any warship sent to this area we could not spot it with this weather.
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Old 11-02-2021, 02:37 PM   #6004
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Tuesday, 28 October 1941 - Southwest of Rockall Bank -

0500 - Morning Dawn.

0642 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged in 72h.

0701 - Incoming F.T.: From U 432:
Have sunk from convoy HG.75, the British steamer Ulea 1574ts. - Schultze -

1200 - Qu.6997AL - Days Run: 182.8sm - (24h).
127.5cbm (4.4cbm/24h). On course 180°. 9300Ah. 8 external Ato. NE7/6, overcast, light haze, medium visibility, ~1000mb, turning North.

1430 - NW7/6, overcast, light haze, medium visibility, ~1000mb,

1507 - Further contact keeping reports from convoy HG.75, from U 563 (Bargsten) and U 564 (Suhren).

1800 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 1430h.

2323 - Last shadowing report from convoy HG.75, from U 564 (Suhren), in BE 7945.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0601/27.

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Wednesday, 29 October 1941 - West of Porcupine Bank -

0500 - Mornig Dawn.

0638 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 28 Oct., 1430h.

1200 - Qu.2337BE - Days Run: 194.5sm - (24h).
123.1cbm (4.4cbm/24h). On course 180°. 9300Ah. 8 external Ato. NW7/6, overcast, light haze, medium visibility, ~1000mb.

1300 - Diving for trial dive acc. B.d.U. Standing Order 507. 135rpm, 3kn.

1325 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meters. Setting reception depth.

1341 - At reception depth.

1345 - Surfaced after 45min. and 2.0sm. Weather unchanged. 9100Ah.

Cmdr.: Nothing seen or heard of convoy HG.75, which should be in fairly close proximity to our position.

1800 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 28 Oct., 1430h.

2200 - Wind and Sea improving slightly, shifting East.

2400 - ENE6/5, overcast, hazy, medium visibility, ~1000mb.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0601/27.

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Old 11-03-2021, 03:38 AM   #6005
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Wednesday, 29 October 1941 - West of Porcupine Bank -

0500 - Mornig Dawn.

0638 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 28 Oct., 1430h.

1200 - Qu.2337BE - Days Run: 194.5sm - (24h).
123.1cbm (4.4cbm/24h). On course 180°. 9300Ah. 8 external Ato. NW7/6, overcast, light haze, medium visibility, ~1000mb.

1300 - Diving for trial dive acc. B.d.U. Standing Order 507. 135rpm, 3kn.

1325 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meters. Setting reception depth.

1341 - At reception depth.

1345 - Surfaced after 45min. and 2.0sm. Weather unchanged. 9100Ah.

Cmdr.: Nothing seen or heard of convoy HG.75, which should be in fairly close proximity to our position.

1800 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 28 Oct., 1430h.

2200 - Wind and Sea improving slightly, shifting East.

2400 - ENE6/5, overcast, hazy, medium visibility, ~1000mb.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0601/27.

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Thursday, 30 October 1941 - Off the Channel -

0515 - Morning Dawn.

0601 - Incoming F.T.: From U 106:
Have torpedoed USN Tanker Salinas (AO 19) 8246ts from convoy ON.28. Coup de grâce not possible due to ASW action from the U.S.A. escorts. - Rasch -

Cmdr.: The former XO of U 106 (IXB), Oblt. Hermann Rasch, has taken over the command of this successful boat, from the famous Kptlt. Jürgen Oesten, who has become commander of the 9th Flotilla at Brest. On his first war cruise as commander of U 106, Oblt. Rasch seems to experience firsthand, the "neutral" involvement of the U.S.A. in this conflict.

0635 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

0948 - Incoming F.T.0940/30: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting enemy convoy in Qu.5369BE, on course SSW, speed 6kn.

0959 - "All hands on Maneuver Stations!". 2xH.F., new course 147°. Boat is operating on convoy 0940/30.

1049 - Incoming F.T.1040/30: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting convoy 0940/30 now in Qu.5393BE bottom left, on course 200°, speed 6kn.

1052 - L.I. reporting that we have 120cbm fuel left (50%). New course 152°.

1200 - Qu.5395BE - Days Run: 208.4sm - 206.4 (23h 15') - 2.0sm (45').
117.8cbm (5.3cbm/24h)+2cbm Reserve. On course 171°. 9100Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h (12h).

- to be continued -

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Default U48 - Type VIIb - 1st patrol - part 2

December 17, 1939 AN84
0748 The storm that follow us all the way here is relenting a bit.
Wind is down to 14 meters per second and it's not raining anymore.
U48 is now investigating a sound contact SW of our position.
Sounds like a merchant.

0757 Ship spotted through the periscope. it's a small cargo cruising northward at 7 knots. Changing course to intercept.

0812 Another British Passenger/Cargo. Will shot one eel from our stern tube. Increasing speed to pass in front of the target, lowering the periscope.

0818 Torpedo impact! Got her in the bow as intended. Will put some distance between us and then run on parallel course.

0852 Secondary explosion on the target. It's burning now, and is very low and slow.

0931 Passenger/cargo just exploded! That's another one down. U65 will now sail NE submerged. There is a warship contact closing...

0939 An ASW trawler came to investigate the area. U65 changed course to North. We will crawl away.

1012 Enemy ship is still back at the crime scene, possibly trying to rescue the survivors. It's raining again and we have a sound contact NNW of our position. Visibility is really poor so I'll take the risk and surface to make a quick dash toward it.

1038 AN73 We just dived to check with sonar and operator already picked it up. Sounds like a crippled merchant, lots of creaking noises.

1106 From the fog emerges a British large merchant crawling NNW at about two knots. No visible damage yet it does not look in good conditions. I'll shot just one torpedo and see if it's enough.

1109 Sonar operator just picked up a warship contact coming from the south at medium speed. Maybe the ASW trawler we met earlier?...mmm...change of plan. I'll shot two torpedoes to be sure and leave the area. Fire!

1110 One hit and one dud! Readying another tube...aaargh.

1111 Holding fire...secondary explosions are going off and she is burning from bow to stern. Warship didn't pick up speed yet and is still at quite the distance...let's wait a bit.

1115 Down she goes! Changing course to west and moving away before that warship reach this area.

1444 AN73 Sound contact south of our position. Moving to investigate. Still raining...

1522 Contact is now at short range but still not visible. Heavy rain and waves does not help...

1526 There she is! At a very bad angle...hard to starboard and back full...

1527 Almost impossible to mantain periscope depth...I'm guessing both speed and course here...finger crossed...fire!

1527 ...and miss...fire again!....Hit her! just in the back...almost missed again...bet her propellers are gone. No visible fires. Let's wait and see.

1533 This British tramp steamer is now dead on the water...I just shot two eels at hit...I hope I don't have to shot a third one.

1628 Secondary explosion started a fire. Steamer is very low on her back...

1748 At last! She is sinking very slowly. Clearing the area and moving NNE

1822 Weather suddenly improved: no clouds, no wind. U48 is operating on the surface, ventilating, recharging batteries and reloading torpedoes

2222 AN73 Lookout spots a warship coming from the north...lowering the boat to 6 meters and slowing down...let's identify it.

2227 ASW Trawler...with a merchant just behind it...moving at 8 knots, heading SSE. Changing our course to SW.

2231 Trawler turning our way! Did they spot us or just doing a search pattern? Diving to periscope depth.

2238 Trawler is just running a search pattern while the merchant is still on her usual course. For a moment I feared we had been spotted. Merchant looks like a Granville freighter. Will go no closer than a km from them and shot two eels at the cargo...or perhaps one each if that trawler is back on standard course.

2251 Trawler is back on standard course. I'll shot the Granville first and the trawler soon after. Tube one...fire! Tube two...hold!...Searchlights! Down scope, down to 25 meters...I hate shallow waters...changing course to W...did they spot us? or picked up our torpedo when we opened fire?

2252 Torpedo impact! At least we got that...Trawler is moving slightly south of us...perhaps they don't have a proper fix on us...changing course to WNW...

2254 Depth charges about 600 meters southeast of our position! let's keep crawling away...

2301 Trawler just did another run about a km away...the Granville seems to be slowing down...

2320 No more depth charges from the trawler, it's sniffing around about 1500 meters SE of us. Granville seems to be down to about 3 knots, zigzagging along her previous course. We will try to mantain contact and finish her off later.

2329 Sonar reports secondary explosions from our target...perhaps we need not attack her again.

2341 Granville is sinking! How nice! Trawler still lurking in the area but we should be safe enough. Changed course to north, speed two knots, raised to boat to 20 meters.

2358 Back at periscope depth. Trawler stopped searching around and is now leaving the area cruising south at medium speed. We will stay for a while more than surface again. I wonder if the lookouts spotted our periscope or if their sonar operator detected our torpedo in the water. That was thrilling...A busy day, four ship sank and a lot of frustrated trawlers. Not bad.
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Thursday, 30 October 1941 - Off the Channel -

0515 - Morning Dawn.

0601 - Incoming F.T.: From U 106:
Have torpedoed USN Tanker Salinas (AO 19) 8246ts from convoy ON.28. Coup de grâce not possible due to ASW action from the U.S.A. escorts. - Rasch -

Cmdr.: The former XO of U 106 (IXB), Oblt. Hermann Rasch, has taken over the command of this successful boat, from the famous Kptlt. Jürgen Oesten, who has become commander of the 9th Flotilla at Brest. On his first war cruise as commander of U 106, Oblt. Rasch seems to experience firsthand, the "neutral" involvement of the U.S.A. in this conflict.

0635 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

0948 - Incoming F.T.0940/30: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting enemy convoy in Qu.5369BE, on course SSW, speed 6kn.

0959 - "All hands on Maneuver Stations!". 2xH.F., new course 147°. Boat is operating on convoy 0940/30.

1049 - Incoming F.T.1040/30: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting convoy 0940/30 now in Qu.5393BE bottom left, on course 200°, speed 6kn.

1052 - L.I. reporting that we have 120cbm fuel left (50%). New course 152°.

1200 - Qu.5395BE - Days Run: 208.4sm - 206.4 (23h 15') - 2.0sm (45').
117.8cbm (5.3cbm/24h)+2cbm Reserve. On course 171°. 9100Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h (12h).

- to be continued -

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- continued from 30 October 1941, 1200h -

1210 - Boat is being attacked by a HuntI destroyer, approaching the boat with zero angle and 28kn, bearing 287°.

1211 - At E=2800m, ALARM!

Cmdr.: Just before closing the conning tower hatch, I see a second destroyer bearing 270°, running in at our position at high speed with zero angle. The visibility is about 5500m. This means, that the escorts must have a radar range of well over 3000m, I suspect, at least twice that range.

1214 - While diving, the convoy can be heard in the sound gear, in Qu.5399BE top left.

1215 - At 2A-Meter, Silent Running. ASDIC and Wabos behind the boat, at the last ASDIC contact position.

1234 - One of the destroyers is running back to the convoy and almost overruns our position in doing so but doesn't detect the boat. The other destroyer keeps dropping Wabos.
In all, 75 Wabos are being dropped on the boat! No damages.

1237 - Setting A-Meter.

1250 - A-Meter. Setting reception depth.

1257 - T=20. Suspended silent running.

1259 - S-Tiefe. The second destroyer, a Clemson/Town Destroyer, is dropping Wabos about 3500m astern. Has a radar range of 7000m.

1300 - The convoy briefly comes into sight in the A-Periscope, ahead to port, E=5500. Seems to be zig-zagging around a mean course of WSW, consisting of about 16 steamers and 4 escorts.

1325 - According to sound contact, the convoy is running again on course SSW.

1330 - Surfaced after 1h 19min. and 3.9sm.

Cmdr.: I must try to locate the convoy and send a contact report, before being detected again by the escorts.

1337 - On course 180°. The convoy comes back into sight, E=5500.

1338 - Sending contact report:
"Gustav Gelb!". Convoy 0940/30 in Qu.5398BE middle, on course 200°, speed 7kn. 16 steamers and 4 escorts with 7000m radar range. - RST -

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Default U48 - Type VIIb - 1st patrol - part 3

December 18, 1939 AN73
0104 U48 was moving on the surface when lookouts spotted a torpedo boat approaching. We dived to periscope depth to avoid detection and soon after sonar operator detected a merchant slowly closing from the south. U48 is now operating submerged at 5 knots, moving south to intercept.

0148 Target spotted on the horizon. It's moving our way at 6 knots. Torpedo boat still in the area. Changing course to SW to get closer.

0158 Medium cargo, that's what our target is. Another warship contact is joining the party. Sounds like another torpedo boat.

0227 We are about 600 meters off to starboard. Will fire a single torpedo aiming at her bow. I hope it's enough but I can always finish her off if need be. Both torpedo boats are visible right now, each about 2000 meters away from us, one NW and the other SW of our position. Tube 2...fire!

0227 Impact! Small fire is going on. Periscope down and changing course.

0229 Both torpedo boats running in...down to 20 meters just to be sure...

0342 Target is down to 2 knots and heavy nosed. Torpedo boat still about and a trawler-sounding contact is coming from the north.

0440 U48 is now about 3 km away from our target. That ASW trawler came straight our way and we had to move away to avoid detection. It's now patrolling halfway between our uboat and the merchant. Both torpedo boats still in the area too. But that medium cargo is dead on the water and burning like Hell...I don't think she will go anywhere.

0458 The cargo is sinking. In the last few minutes there were many secondary explosions. U48 will move away submerged and surface when the warships are out of sight.

1341 Ship spotted north east of our position, heading NW. A small cargo vessel. Lowering our boat on the surface and closing distance.

1349 Another ship spotted! Another small cargo, about 2 km behind the first one, on similar course. Nice! We are diving now.

1355 First target is a Tramp Steamer moving at 6 knots, secondary target still unidentified but moving at 8 knots on a slightly northish course. Weather is good, I think I'll shot one eel at the first and then come up and do a deck gun attack on the second one, then finish the first off if need be.

1358 First tramp steamer is a neutral...changing course to close on the other one, identified as tramp steamer too.

1410 Warship coming from the south at medium speed...and this one sounds like a destroyer...not good.

1413 This is a British tramp steamer...getting data for TDC...

1421 Torpedo impact! She is burning already. U48 will move on the other side and put some distance between us.

1423 Destroyer increased speed and is now moving fast. But I believe this steamer is done...secondary explosion and new fires started. She is already slowing down too.

1430 U48 is now about 2 and a half km away to the north. Just spotted the destroyer rushing in but I don't think it will pick on us. Steamer is dead on the water and almost under.

1438 Tramp steamer is sinking. Destroyer is patrolling the area but nowhere close to us. U48 will slip away to the north.
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- continued from 30 October 1941, 1200h -

1210 - Boat is being attacked by a HuntI destroyer, approaching the boat with zero angle and 28kn, bearing 287°.

1211 - At E=2800m, ALARM!

Cmdr.: Just before closing the conning tower hatch, I see a second destroyer bearing 270°, running in at our position at high speed with zero angle. The visibility is about 5500m. This means, that the escorts must have a radar range of well over 3000m, I suspect, at least twice that range.

1214 - While diving, the convoy can be heard in the sound gear, in Qu.5399BE top left.

1215 - At 2A-Meter, Silent Running. ASDIC and Wabos behind the boat, at the last ASDIC contact position.

1234 - One of the destroyers is running back to the convoy and almost overruns our position in doing so but doesn't detect the boat. The other destroyer keeps dropping Wabos.
In all, 75 Wabos are being dropped on the boat! No damages.

1237 - Setting A-Meter.

1250 - A-Meter. Setting reception depth.

1257 - T=20. Suspended silent running.

1259 - S-Tiefe. The second destroyer, a Clemson/Town Destroyer, is dropping Wabos about 3500m astern. Has a radar range of 7000m.

1300 - The convoy briefly comes into sight in the A-Periscope, ahead to port, E=5500. Seems to be zig-zagging around a mean course of WSW, consisting of about 16 steamers and 4 escorts.

1325 - According to sound contact, the convoy is running again on course SSW.

1330 - Surfaced after 1h 19min. and 3.9sm.

Cmdr.: I must try to locate the convoy and send a contact report, before being detected again by the escorts.

1337 - On course 180°. The convoy comes back into sight, E=5500.

1338 - Sending contact report:
"Gustav Gelb!". Convoy 0940/30 in Qu.5398BE middle, on course 200°, speed 7kn. 16 steamers and 4 escorts with 7000m radar range. - RST -

- to be continued -

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- continued from 30 October 1941, 1338h -

1340 - Running off at high speed on course 245°. The Clemson/Town destroyer comes back into sight, bearing 113°. Running at high speed toward the position from where we sent the contact report but then turn toward the boat and approaches with zero angle and high bow wave.

1341 - Diving at E=3600.

1349 - At A-Meter, ASDIC but no detection. Silent Running and diving deeper.

1351 - AT A+20, Wabos at our diving position. In all, 45 Wabos are being dropped on the boat. No damages.

1414 - Back at A-Meter. Setting for reception depth.

1422 - T=20.

1423 - S-Tiefe. The Clemson/Town destroyer is sniffing around for us 4500m astern.

1438 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Convoy is OG.76. Attack independently if possible. Send report after attack.

Cmdr.: This means, that there are no boats available, that could be guided towards this convoy. I therefore decide, to run-off and continue with the delayed return cruise to base.

1507 - Incoming F.T.: From U 106:
U-Rasch reporting that it also sank a single ship, altogether 13000ts.

1520 - Surfaced after 39min. and 4.9sm. Weather unchanged. On course 290°.

1525 - Compressed air supply filled.

1535 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
According to sound contact, convoy OG.76 positioned at 1520h, in Qu.5633BE bottom middle, on course 200°, speed 6kn. Had to dive twice from directly approaching HuntI and Clemson/Town destroyer. Came with zero angle at high speed out of the haze, visibility 5500m. Suspect radar range of 7000m. Attack on convoy not possible due to no internal eels and weather. Running off and setting for delayed return voyage. 8 external Ato. 117cbm. ENE6/5, overcast, hazy visibility 3sm, ~1000mb. - RST -

1537 - Boat is running off in a circle to stbd. and astern of the convoy. After 5.5h, "Dismissed from Maneuver Stations!".

1554 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Load external torpedoes under deck at first possible opportunity.

1601 - Incoming F.T.1559/30: From U 81:
"FL, FL, FL, BF 1887, U-81"! U-Guggenberger reporting that it is unable to dive and that it was attacked by a British Flying boat, American type Martin PBM 1. "From U-81 request fighters!".

1806 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0601/27.

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Default U48 - Type VIIb - 1st patrol - part 4

December 19, 1939 Grid AN55

1948 U48 just reached this area and is now diving.
Sea conditions are not that bad but visibility is really poor, so I plan to dive quite often to do a sonar check and see if we can pick up what could be our last target of the patrol.
No contacts since we sank that steamer but for a group of three torpedo boats patrolling.

2224 Sonar reports a warship coming our way...let's see if it's alone or escorting something.

2302 Seems like we have a Trawler-Torpedo boat team or at least they sound like that...cannot see them even if they are not that far...will change course to east to put some distance between us as they are coming almost straight to us...

2321 the warship duo is passing right in front of us, about 2000 meters away...ASW trawler barely visible...torpedo boat not spotted. We have a new sound contact...SE of our position, faint but growing louder...seems like a merchant is coming our way...will move east to get away from these warships then surface and dash toward our target.

December 20, 1939 Grid AN55
0022 Sonar has been following this merchant for a while and it seems to be on a NNW course...visibility is still quite poor but it's coming straight for us...should see it pop out of the fog quite soon

0036 Here it comes...ship is emerging from the fog about 2500 meters away...and seems like a big one...a large merchant?

0040 It's a British large merchant moving 7 knots...U48 is now moving at full speed to get into firing position..we will attack from starboard and shot our last two eels...weather doesn't allow for a deck gun attack...we still have all our shells I believe.

0044 Opening tubes...we are really close...let's adjust spread to 6 degrees...fire!....both eels away and running....Impact!...and again!..nice spread, got her in the bow and just ahead of the propellers...small fire on the bow deck...time to wait...

0122 Large merchant is now very slow, perhaps two knots, listing to starboard and low on the water...fire is not visible but she is smoking quite a lot...

0156 Secondary explosion on her stern deck! That started a new big fire! A small fire is visible on her bow again...looking good...

0232 Target is dead on the water, very low, heavily listing to starboard and burning...but still afloat...if only weather was better...

0252 At last! With a final firework display she surrendered to the sea...for a moment I feared she would stay there burning forever. Surfacing and starting our way back home.


December 23, 1939 Kiel
0219 U48 is now docking at Kiel. On our way back weather was quite awful and rainy.
we met a couple of neutrals and nothing more.

Our first patrol from this base went well but for the weather...never had a chance to use deck gun, really.
Still, we managed to sink 9 ships and that's not bad, really.
Also, we made it back here just in time for Christmas...crew will be happy about it.
I look forward to having dinner at Nightclub and hear the later gossips...but hopefully some important info too.

Patrol results:
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 9
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 37767 tons
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Default U 113 (IXC) - 2nd War Patrol - Topp sinks the Reuben James

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- continued from 30 October 1941, 1338h -

1340 - Running off at high speed on course 245°. The Clemson/Town destroyer comes back into sight, bearing 113°. Running at high speed toward the position from where we sent the contact report but then turn toward the boat and approaches with zero angle and high bow wave.

1341 - Diving at E=3600.

1349 - At A-Meter, ASDIC but no detection. Silent Running and diving deeper.

1351 - AT A+20, Wabos at our diving position. In all, 45 Wabos are being dropped on the boat. No damages.

1414 - Back at A-Meter. Setting for reception depth.

1422 - T=20.

1423 - S-Tiefe. The Clemson/Town destroyer is sniffing around for us 4500m astern.

1438 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Convoy is OG.76. Attack independently if possible. Send report after attack.

Cmdr.: This means, that there are no boats available, that could be guided towards this convoy. I therefore decide, to run-off and continue with the delayed return cruise to base.

1507 - Incoming F.T.: From U 106:
U-Rasch reporting that it also sank a single ship, altogether 13000ts.

1520 - Surfaced after 39min. and 4.9sm. Weather unchanged. On course 290°.

1525 - Compressed air supply filled.

1535 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
According to sound contact, convoy OG.76 positioned at 1520h, in Qu.5633BE bottom middle, on course 200°, speed 6kn. Had to dive twice from directly approaching HuntI and Clemson/Town destroyer. Came with zero angle at high speed out of the haze, visibility 5500m. Suspect radar range of 7000m. Attack on convoy not possible due to no internal eels and weather. Running off and setting for delayed return voyage. 8 external Ato. 117cbm. ENE6/5, overcast, hazy visibility 3sm, ~1000mb. - RST -

1537 - Boat is running off in a circle to stbd. and astern of the convoy. After 5.5h, "Dismissed from Maneuver Stations!".

1554 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Load external torpedoes under deck at first possible opportunity.

1601 - Incoming F.T.1559/30: From U 81:
"FL, FL, FL, BF 1887, U-81"! U-Guggenberger reporting that it is unable to dive and that it was attacked by a British Flying boat, American type Martin PBM 1. "From U-81 request fighters!".

1806 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0601/27.

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Friday, 31 October 1941 - West of St.Nazaire -

- 4th week at sea completed -

0130 - Qu.6455BE. New course 90°.

0515 - Morning Dawn.

0602 - Incoming F.T.: From U 374:
Sunk single ship Rose Schiaffino 3349ts. - von Fischel -

0628 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

0802 - Incoming F.T.: From U 552:
Gustav Gelb! Sighted convoy HX.156. About 44 ships and 5 U.S.A. escorts. Immediately attacked and sunk the destroyer Reuben James (DD 245). - Topp -

1200 - Qu.6554BE - Days Run: 190.3sm - 181.5 (22h 02') - 8.8sm (1h 58').
113.4cbm (4.4cbm/24h)+2cbm Reserve. On course 90°. 8100Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h (36h).

1305 - Qu.6555BE -

1322 - Incoming F.T.: From U 96:
Sunk a ship of 5998ts out of unknown convoy. - Lehmann-Willenbrock -

Cmdr.: It will be established later, that it was the Dutch steamer Bennekom, from convoy OS.10.

1755 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending report about German forces breaking through to the Crimea at Ishun on 26 Oct. The Russian defenders are being pushed back to Sevastopol, the Kerch peninsular and the Jaila mountains.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0601/27.

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Friday, 31 October 1941 - West of St.Nazaire -

- 4th week at sea completed -

0130 - Qu.6455BE. New course 90°.

0515 - Morning Dawn.

0602 - Incoming F.T.: From U 374:
Sunk single ship Rose Schiaffino 3349ts. - von Fischel -

0628 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

0802 - Incoming F.T.: From U 552:
Gustav Gelb! Sighted convoy HX.156. About 44 ships and 5 U.S.A. escorts. Immediately attacked and sunk the destroyer Reuben James (DD 245). - Topp -

1200 - Qu.6554BE - Days Run: 190.3sm - 181.5 (22h 02') - 8.8sm (1h 58').
113.4cbm (4.4cbm/24h)+2cbm Reserve. On course 90°. 8100Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h (36h).

1305 - Qu.6555BE -

1322 - Incoming F.T.: From U 96:
Sunk a ship of 5998ts out of unknown convoy. - Lehmann-Willenbrock -

Cmdr.: It will be established later, that it was the Dutch steamer Bennekom, from convoy OS.10.

1755 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending report about German forces breaking through to the Crimea at Ishun on 26 Oct. The Russian defenders are being pushed back to Sevastopol, the Kerch peninsular and the Jaila mountains.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0601/27.

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Saturday, 1 November 1941 - Off the Bay of Biscay -

0045 - Qu.4455BF -

0500 - Morning Dawn.

0618 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

1200 - Qu.4455BF - Days Run: 200.1sm - (24h).
108.1cbm (5.3cbm/24h)+2cbm Reserve. On course 90°. 8100Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h (3.5 days).

1300 - Diving for trial dive acc. B.d.U. Standing Order 507. 135rpm, 3kn.

1325 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meters. Setting reception depth.

1341 - At reception depth.

1345 - Surfaced after 45min. and 1.9sm. Weather unchanged. Battery: 7900Ah.

1650 - Boat not operating on ship contact report 1650/1, in Qu.4427BF, on course NNE, medium speed, due to no internal torpedoes and weather.

1743 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

2245 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Will be at point Lore on 2 Nov., 2230h. - RST -

2257 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Proceed independently from point Lore on approach path Heart. Next message when 12h from point Luci2.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.2257/1.

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Saturday, 1 November 1941 - Off the Bay of Biscay -

0045 - Qu.4455BF -

0500 - Morning Dawn.

0618 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

1200 - Qu.4455BF - Days Run: 200.1sm - (24h).
108.1cbm (5.3cbm/24h)+2cbm Reserve. On course 90°. 8100Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h (3.5 days).

1300 - Diving for trial dive acc. B.d.U. Standing Order 507. 135rpm, 3kn.

1325 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meters. Setting reception depth.

1341 - At reception depth.

1345 - Surfaced after 45min. and 1.9sm. Weather unchanged. Battery: 7900Ah.

1650 - Boat not operating on ship contact report 1650/1, in Qu.4427BF, on course NNE, medium speed, due to no internal torpedoes and weather.

1743 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

2245 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Will be at point Lore on 2 Nov., 2230h. - RST -

2257 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Proceed independently from point Lore on approach path Heart. Next message when 12h from point Luci2.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.2257/1.

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Sunday, 2 November 1941 - Bay of Biscay -


0030 - Qu.4555BF. Reached enemy air cover zone.
"From now on, all hands on 'Quivive'!".

0500 - Morning Dawn.

0606 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

1200 - Qu.4655BF - Days Run: 197.5sm - 195.6sm (23h 15') - 1.9sm (45').
103.7cbm (4.4cbm/24h)+2cbm Reserve. On course 59°. Battery 7900Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h (4.5 days).

1502 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about successes of the Kriegsmarine during the month of October 1941. The Uboat arm contributed 32 ships for 156,554ts sunk to the tally.

1612 - Incoming F.T.: To U 109:
Bleichrodt: Free maneuver. - B.d.U. -

1727 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

2300 - Point Lore. Nothing noticed.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.2257/1.

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Sunday, 2 November 1941 - Bay of Biscay -


0030 - Qu.4555BF. Reached enemy air cover zone.
"From now on, all hands on 'Quivive'!".

0500 - Morning Dawn.

0606 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

1200 - Qu.4655BF - Days Run: 197.5sm - 195.6sm (23h 15') - 1.9sm (45').
103.7cbm (4.4cbm/24h)+2cbm Reserve. On course 59°. Battery 7900Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h (4.5 days).

1502 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about successes of the Kriegsmarine during the month of October 1941. The Uboat arm contributed 32 ships for 156,554ts sunk to the tally.

1612 - Incoming F.T.: To U 109:
Bleichrodt: Free maneuver. - B.d.U. -

1727 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

2300 - Point Lore. Nothing noticed.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.2257/1.

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Monday, 3 November 1941 - On approach path Heart -

0401 - Incoming F.T.: From U 202:
In two attacks sunk from convoy SC.52 the Danish steamer Flynderborg 2022ts and the British steamer Gretavale 4586ts. - Kptlt. Linder -

0445 - Morning Dawn.

0509 - Qu.5199BF. An inbound French Ferryboat to our stbd. beam on parallel course, speed 12kn, E=3600. Evaded on surface.

0556 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

1030 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Will be at point Luci2 on 3 Nov., 2230h. - RST -

1120 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Escort will be at point Luci2 on 4 Nov., 0700h. Next radio message on shortwave.

1200 - Qu.5286BF - Days Run: 211.7sm - (24h).
96.7cbm (7.0cbm/24h)+2cbm Reserve. On course 59°. 7900Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h (5.5 days).

1330 - 18sm south of Pen March.

1711 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

1830 - New course 45°. First beacon lights of Ìle de Groix come into sight.

1900 - Diving for submerged cruise at reception depth, silent running, 65rpm.

2058 - At A-Meter.

2100 - Setting boat aground. Water depth 104m. "Lights out for the off-watch, quite in the boat."

2122 - O = 20%.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.1120/3.

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Monday, 3 November 1941 - On approach path Heart -

0401 - Incoming F.T.: From U 202:
In two attacks sunk from convoy SC.52 the Danish steamer Flynderborg 2022ts and the British steamer Gretavale 4586ts. - Kptlt. Linder -

0445 - Morning Dawn.

0509 - Qu.5199BF. An inbound French Ferryboat to our stbd. beam on parallel course, speed 12kn, E=3600. Evaded on surface.

0556 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

1030 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Will be at point Luci2 on 3 Nov., 2230h. - RST -

1120 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Escort will be at point Luci2 on 4 Nov., 0700h. Next radio message on shortwave.

1200 - Qu.5286BF - Days Run: 211.7sm - (24h).
96.7cbm (7.0cbm/24h)+2cbm Reserve. On course 59°. 7900Ah. 8 external Ato. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h (5.5 days).

1330 - 18sm south of Pen March.

1711 - Sundown. Weather unchanged since 29 Oct., 2400h.

1830 - New course 45°. First beacon lights of Ìle de Groix come into sight.

1900 - Diving for submerged cruise at reception depth, silent running, 65rpm.

2058 - At A-Meter.

2100 - Setting boat aground. Water depth 104m. "Lights out for the off-watch, quite in the boat."

2122 - O = 20%.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.1120/3.

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Tuesday, 4 November 1941 - South of Ìsle de Groix -

0242 - O = 19%.

0539 - Sunrise.

0545 - Breakfast for the Port-Machine-Watch.

0600 - Breakfast for the rest of the crew.

0617 - Raising boat from ground.

0631 - At A-Meter. Setting for reception depth. 135rpm.

0639 - T=20.

0641 - S-Tiefe. Wind and Sea conditions have improved somewhat.

0645 - Surfaced after 11h 45 min. and 3.6sm.
Battery 7700Ah. Weather has improved slightly: ENE4/3, overcast, hazy, visibility 3sm, ~1000mb.

0652 - Boat ventilated. 1/3-Ahead.

0705 - At point Luci-2 no escort.

0707 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
At Luci2. Request escort. - RST -

0738 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Enter port together with U 433.

Entering Lorient together with U 433 (Oblt. Hans Ey).
U-Ey is on its way from St.Nazaire to the Mediterranean and has an overlay stop at Lorient.

Harbor is protected by a pair of Me110.

(U 433, VIIC, will be sunk at 2155hrs on 16 November 1941 in the Mediterranean Sea east of Gibraltar, in position 36.13N, 04.42W, by depth charges and gunfire from the British corvette HMS Marigold; 6 dead and 38 survivors, among the survivors will be Obtl. Hans Ey).

0820 - All available hands on deck for the greeting in the bunker.

0840 - Making fast and mooring boat in the bunker.

Distance traveled since Etmal: 100.0sm - 96.4 (8h 55') - 3.6sm (11h 45').
94.1cbm (2.6cbm/since Etmal)+2cbm Reserve. 7700Ah. 8 external Ato.
ENE4/3, overcast, hazy, visibility 3sm, ~1000mb.

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