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U-boat refitting at sea
Part II: Surface units in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean

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Ship Name: Ehrenfels class auxiliary cruiser Pinguin (HSK-5) / Schiff 33



Documented refits from this unit:

U-A (type UA), 2nd patrol: outbound Kiel, 6/06/1940, inbound Kiel, 30/08/1940; patrol duties carried out: patrolling North Atlantic off Southern coast of Iceland, and then Central and Southern Atlantic, along West African coast; refitted from Pinguin on 19/07/1940, ca. 650 nmi NW of St. Paul Rocks.



Ship Name: Dithmarschen class supply ship Nordmark (Dixie)



Documented refits from this unit:

U-65 (type IXb), 5th patrol: outbound Lorient, 15/10/1940, inbound Lorient, 10/01/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling South Atlantic along West African coast; refitted from Nordmark on 10/11/1940, ca. 360 nmi NNW of St. Peter and Paul Rocks [pos: 0627'N, 3109'W], and again on 29/11/1940, in the same position, and on 7/12/1940, ca. 330 nmi WNW of St. Peter and Paul [pos: 0157'N, 3445'W].

U-106 (type IXb), 2nd patrol: outbound Lorient, 26/02/1941, inbound Lorient, 17/06/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling central Atlantic, off Cape Verde and West African coast, then escorting the German blockade runner MV Lech; refuelled from Nordmark on 29/03/1941, ca. 130 nmi NNW of St. Peter and Paul Rocks Archipelago [pos: 0251'N, 3015'W], and again on 8/04/1941, ca. 160 nmi NE of the same location [pos: 0251'N, 2733'W];

U-105 (type IXb), 2nd patrol: outbound Lorient, 22/02/1941, inbound Lorient, 13/06/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling central Atlantic, off Cape Verde and West African coast, then escorting the German blockade runner MV Lech; refuelled from Nordmark on 29/3/1941, ca. 200 nmi NW of St. Peter and Paul Rocks Archipelago [pos: 0251'N, 3109'W], and again on 8/04/1941, ca. 170 nmi N of St. Peter and Paul Rock [pos: 0345'N, 3109'W], and on 3/05/1941, ca. 400 nmi NNW of the same location [pos: 0721'N, 3109'W];

U-107 (type IXb), 2nd patrol: outbound Lorient, 29/03/1941, inbound Lorient, 2/07/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling South Atlantic along West African coast; refitted from Nordmark on 3/05/1941, NW of St. Peter and Paul Archipelago.



Ship Name: auxiliary cruiser Kormoran (HSK-8) / Schiff 41



Documented refits from this unit:

U-124 (type IXb), 4th patrol: outbound Lorient, 23/02/1941, inbound Lorient, 01/05/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling central Atlantic and West African coast; met with Kormoran for refitting and equipment transfer on 15/03/1941, ca. 400 nmi N of St. Peter and Paul Rocks Archipelago [0721'N, 3015'W] though, due to bad weather, the refitting took actually place 3 days later [pos: 0251'N, 3351'W];

U-105 (type IXb) 2nd patrol: outbound Lorient, 22/02/1941, inbound Lorient, 13/06/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling central Atlantic, off Cape Verde and West African coast, then escorting the German blockade runner Lech; refitted of torpedoes from Kormoran (that, on turn, received spare parts from the U-boat) on 29/03/1941, ca. 200 nmi NW of St. Peter and Paul Rocks Archipelago [pos: 0251'N, 3109'W].



Ship Name: supply ship Egerland



Documented refits from this unit:

U-107 (type IXb), 2nd patrol: outbound Lorient, 29/03/1941, inbound Lorient, 2/07/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling South Atlantic along West African coast; refitted from Egerland on 10/05/1941, ca. 330 nmi N of St. Peter and Paul Archipelago [pos: 0627'N, 2921'W].

U-38 (type IX), 9th patrol: outbound Lorient, 9/04/1941, inbound Lorient, 29/06/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling South Atlantic, along and off West African coast; refitted from Egerland on 16/05/1941, ca. 320 nmi NNW of St. Peter and Paul Rock [pos: 0533'N, 3203'W];

U-103 (type IXb), 4th patrol: outbound Lorient, 01/04/1941, inbound Lorient 12/07/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling central Atlantic and West African coast; refitted from Egerland on 17/05/1941, ca. 280 nmi N of St. Peter and Paul Rock [pos: 0533'N, 2827'W];

U-106 (type IXb), 2nd patrol: outbound Lorient, 26/02/1941, inbound Lorient, 17/06/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling central Atlantic, off Cape Verde and West African coast, then escorting the German blockade runner MV Lech; refitted from Egerland on 17/05/1941, ca. 400 nmi NNW of St. Peter and Paul Rock [pos: 0721'N, 3109'W];

U-69 (type VIIc), 3rd patrol: outbound Lorient, 05/05/1941, inbound St. Nazaire, 08/07/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling central Atlantic and West African coast down to Gulf of Guinea, and mine lying Lagos (Nigeria) and Takoradi (Ghana); refitted from Egerland on 19/05/1941, ca. 390 nmi N of St. Peter and Paul Rock [pos: 0721'N, 3015'W];

U-A (type UA), 5th patrol: outbound Lorient, 03/05/1941, inbound Lorient, 20/07/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling Central and South Atlantic, along and off West African coast; refitted from Egerland on 28/05/1941;

Sunk on 5/06/1941 before she could rendezvous with U-38 and U-69, that should have refuelled from here around 7/06/1941, ca. 330 nmi N of St. Peter and Paul Rock [pos: 0627'N, 2921'W].



Ship Name: supply ship Belchen

Documented refits from this unit:

U-111 (type IXb), 1st patrol: outbound Wilhelmshaven, 5/05/1941, inbound Lorient, 7/07/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling North Atlantic, up to Southern coats of Greenland and off St. Lawrence Gulf; refitted from Belchen on 25/05/1941, ca. 130 nmi SSW of Cape Farewell, Greenland [pos: 5745'N, 4524'W];

U-557 (type VIIc), 1st patrol: outbound Kiel, 13/05/1941, inbound Lorient, 10/07/1941; patrol duties carried out: North Atlantic, up to Southern coast of Greenland; refitted from Belchen between 1-2/06/1941, ca. 120 nmi WSW of Cape Farewell [pos: 5839'N, 4712'W];

U-93 (type VIIc), 4th patrol: outbound Lorient, 3/05/1941, inbound St. Nazaire, 10/06/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling North Atlantic, up to South-eastern coast of Greenland; refitted from Belchen on 3/06/1941, ca. 120 nmi WSW of Cape Farewell [pos: 5839'N, 4712'W]; during this refitting, Belchen was intercepted and sunk by the British Cruisers HMS Aurora and HMS Kenya.



Ship Name: supply ship Lothringen

Documented refits from this unit:

Sunk 15/06/1941 in South Atlantic by the British cruiser HMS Dunedin, before she could rendezvous with U-A, U-69, U-103, and U-107, that should have refuelled from here between 18 and 19/06/1941, ca. 630 nmi NNW of St. Peter and Paul, and 720 nmi WSW of Santiago, Cape Verde [pos: 1003'N, 3445'W].




Ship Name: supply ship Python



Documented refits from this unit:

U-124 (type IXb), 7th patrol: outbound Lorient, 30/10/1941, inbound Lorient 29/12/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling South Atlantic; U-124 left from Lorient together with the supply ship Python, that had to be escorted off West Africa by U-124 and U-129, and to refit them before they proceeded with their southward passage; the refitting of U-124 took place on 20/11/1941, ca. 670 nmi WSW of Santiago, Cape Verde [pos: 1003'N, 3351'W];

U-129 (type IXc), 3rd patrol: outbound Lorient, 21/10/1941, inbound Lorient 28/12/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling South Atlantic; U-129 travelled together with the supply ship Python, that had to be escorted off West Africa by U-124 and U-129, and to refit them before they proceeded with their southward passage; the refitting of U-129 took place on 20/11/1941, ca. 650 nmi WSW of Santiago, Cape Verde [pos: 0909'N, 3257'W].

U-A (type UA), 7th patrol: outbound Lorient 21/10/1941, inbound Lorient, 25/12/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling Central and South Atlantic; refitted from Python between 30/11-1/12/1941, ca. 710 nmi S of St. Helena [pos: 2745'S, 0409'W].

U-68 (type IXc), 2nd patrol: outbound Lorient, 11/09/1941, inbound Lorient, 25/12/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling South Atlantic, along West and South African coasts; refitted from Python between 30/11-1/12/1941, ca. 710 nmi S of St. Helena [pos: 2745'S, 0409'W].
While refitting U-A and U-68, on 01/12/1941, Python was intercepted and sunk by HMS Dorsetshire.



Ship Name: Ehrenfels class auxiliary cruiser Atlantis (HSK-2) / Schiff 16



Documented refits from this unit:

U-68 (type IXc), 2nd patrol: outbound Lorient, 11/09/1941, inbound Lorient, 25/12/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling South Atlantic, along West and South African coasts; refitted from Atlantis on 13/11/1941, ca. 500 nmi S of St. Helena [pos: 2409'S, 0651'W];

U-126 (type IXc), 2nd patrol: outbound Lorient, 24/09/1941, inbound Lorient, 13/12/1941; patrol duties carried out: patrolling South Atlantic, along West Africa and Gulf of Guinea; met with Atlantis on 22/11/1941, ca. 330 nmi NW of Ascension, [pos: 0421'S, 1833'W]. The OKM signal instruction sent to U-126 ordering this rendezvous was intercepted and deciphered by the Allied Enigma code breakers at Bletchley Park and was passed on to the Admiralty: the refitting had to be interrupted when the British cruiser HMS Devonshire appeared on the horizon. U-126 was eventually able to dive and escape the attack, but Atlantis was sunk later the same day.



Ship Name: supply ship Charlotte Schliemann



Documented refits from this unit:

U-198 (type IXd2), 1st patrol: outbound Kiel, 09/03/1943, inbound Bordeaux, 29/09/1943; patrol duties carried out: patrolling off South African coast; refitted from Charlotte Schliemann on 22/06/1943, ca. 550 nmi S of Mauritius [pos: 2939'S, 5824'E];

U-196 (type IXd2), 1st patrol: outbound Kiel, 13/03/1943, inbound Bordeaux, 23/10/1943; patrol duties carried out: patrolling off South and East Africa along Mozambique Channel; refitted from Charlotte Schliemann on 22/06/1943, ca. 550 nmi S of Mauritius [pos: 2939'S, 5824'E];

U-181 (type IXd2), 2nd patrol: outbound Bordeaux, 23/03/1943, inbound Bordeaux, 14/10/1943; patrol duties carried out: patrolling off South Africa and eastern coast of Madagascar; refitted from Charlotte Schliemann on 23/06/1943, ca. 550 nmi S of Mauritius [pos: 2939'S, 5824'E];

U-178 (type IXd2), 2nd patrol: outbound Bordeaux, 28/03/1943, inbound Penang, 27/08/1943; patrol duties carried out: patrolling off South and East Africa; refitted from Charlotte Schliemann on 23/06/1943, ca. 550 nmi S of Mauritius [pos: 2939'S, 5824'E];

U-197 (type IXd2), 1st patrol: outbound Kiel, 03/04/1943, Sunk 20 Aug, 1943 south of Madagascar by depth charges from 2 British Catalina aircraft; patrol duties carried out: patrolling off South African coast; refitted from Charlotte Schliemann on 23/06/1943, ca. 550 nmi S of Mauritius [pos: 2939'S, 5824'E];

U-177 (type IXd2), 2nd patrol: outbound Kiel, 01/04/1943, inbound Bordeaux, 01/10/1943; patrol duties carried out: patrolling off South Africa and south-eastern coast of Madagascar; refitted from Charlotte Schliemann on 24/06/1943, ca. 550 nmi S of Mauritius [pos: 2939'S, 5824'E];

U-510 (type IXc), 5th patrol: outbound Lorient, 03/11/1943, inbound Penang, 05/04/1944; patrol duties carried out: patrolling south-eastern African coast, Gulf of Aden and Laccadive Sea; refitted from Charlotte Schliemann on 27/01/1944, ca. 550 nmi ESE of Mauritius [pos: 2415S, 6800E];

U-178 (type IXd2), 3rd patrol: outbound Penang, 27/11/1943, inbound Bordeaux, 25/05/1944; patrol duties carried out: patrolling Bay of Bengal, Laccadive sea and Indian Ocean off Mauritius; refitted from Charlotte Schliemann on 27/01/1944, ca. 550 nmi WSW of Mauritius [pos: 2415S, 6800E];

U-532 (type IXc/40), 3rd patrol: outbound Penang, 04/01/1944, inbound Europe, then back to Penang after failing to refit from Charlotte Schlieman on 11/02/1944, when the tanker was forced to stop the refuelling and to scuttle in order to avoid an Allied attack, ca. 900 nm E of Mauritius.



Ship Name: supply ship Brake



Documented refits from this unit:

U-168 (type IXc/40), 2nd patrol: outbound Lorient, 3/07/1943, inbound Penang, 11/11/1943; patrol duties carried out: patrolling the Arabian Sea, from Gulf of Aden to Gulf of Oman and Laccadive; refitted from Brake on 11/09/1943, ca. 450 nmi SSE of Mauritius [pos: 2751'S, 5936'E];

U-183 (type IXc/40), 3rd patrol: outbound Lorient, 3/07/1943, inbound Penang, 30/10/1943; patrol duties carried out: patrolling the Indian Ocean, from East African coast to Laccadive; refitted from Brake on 11/09/1943, ca. 450 nmi SSE of Mauritius [pos: 2751'S, 5936'E];

U-188 (type IXc/40), 2nd patrol: outbound Lorient, 30/06/1943, inbound Penang, 30/10/1943; patrol duties carried out: patrolling the Arabian Sea, from Gulf of Aden to Gulf of Oman and Laccadive; refitted from Brake on 11/09/1943, ca. 450 nmi SSE of Mauritius [pos: 2751'S, 5936'E];

U-532 (type IXc/40), 2nd patrol: outbound Lorient, 3/07/1943, inbound Penang, 30/10/1943; patrol duties carried out: patrolling the Laccadive sea; refitted from Brake on 11/09/1943, ca. 450 nmi SSE of Mauritius [pos: 2751'S, 5936'E];

U-533 (type IXc/40), 2nd patrol: outbound Lorient, 5/07/1943, sunk 16/10/1943 in the Gulf of Oman by depth charges from a British Bisley (Blenheim) aircraft; patrol duties carried out: patrolling the Arabian Sea, from Gulf of Aden to Gulf of Oman; refitted from Brake on 11/09/1943, ca. 450 nmi SSE of Mauritius [pos: 2751'S, 5936'E];

On 11/03/1945, U-532 U-188 and U-532 met up 1,000 nm SE of Mauritius [pos: 32.21S, 72.48E] for refitting from Brake, before heading back from Indian Ocean to Europe. Due to bad weather, the refuelling took longer than expected. On the morning of the day after, only U-188 and U-532 had successfully refuelled. U-168 was attempting to do the same when the group was spotted by several planes from the British escort carrier HMS Battler. The U-boats managed to avoid the Allied attack by diving promptly, but the tanker was forced to scuttle before capture by the destroyer HMS Roebuck, who had been called as reinforcement.

Other German supply ships:
Kota Pinang, Alstertor, Esso, Friedrich Breme, Gedania, Gonzenheim, Spichern, Ermland, Altmark (Uckermark), Dithmarschen, Westerwald, Franken

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