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Old 04-26-22, 05:11 AM   #6256
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Default U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Second convoy of this patrol destroyed

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Saturday, 25 April 1942 - East of the American Virgin Islands -

0247 - On new course 45°.
0320 - Boat operating on ship contact report 0000/25, in Qu.3712ED, course WNW, medium speed.
Altering course to 180°, Full-Ahead.

0530 - At plotted interception point noting found. Reducing speed in order to allow dieel engines to cool down before submerging.

0538 - Shortly before diving, Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting a small enemy convoy in Qu.2655ED, on course north, speed 9kn.

0540 - Diving for sound check. At Reception Depth nothing heard.

0545 - Surfacing directly from Reception Depth, after 5min. and 0.3sm. Boat returning to course 45°. Full-Ahead.

Cmdr.: I suspect that the ship contact report 0000/25, actually is this convoy reported by the B-Dienst, and that it has changed its course to north, which is the reason for us not making contact at the plotted interception point.

0704 - "Smoke Plume Ahead Stbd.30!". 3 steamers in keel line, traveling darkened. Escorts cannot be seen. Water depth here is 33m.

0732 - "Maneuver Stations!".

0735 - At E=5000 the ships can be identified:
In front in the middle two Small Passenger Ships of 1449ts each, draught 4.6m and in back a Large Ferryship of 6200ts, draught 8.5m. The forward and rear steamers are Panamanian, the steamer in the middle is identified as Mexican. The forward steamer is also painted with camouflage painting. All are traveling darkened.

0745 - 2xH.F. Boat is passing the convoy along its port beam on parallel course 0°, distance 4000m. Speed of the convoy is 9kn.

Cmdr.: My plan is to attack the large Ferryship with one torpedo and to fire a star shell in order to observe how the convoy will react. If they will start sending "SSS" and/or act in some kind of hostile manner, I will engage and sink them.

0750 - 1/3-Ahead.

0755 - Turning into the convoy on attack course 91°. Small Ahead. "Battle Stations!". Preparing boat for surface attack according B.d.U.-Standing Order No.302.

0758 - Flooding tube III.

0801 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Mützelburg: Port of Entry is Brest.
Hardegen and Loewe: Port of Entry is Lorient.
- B.d.U. -

0802 - Qu.2625ED - Single Shot with tube III: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 5.5m; Vt30; Own course 91°; Own speed 7kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Pos.3 Large Ferryship of 6200ts, draught 8.5m.
Target course 001°; Target distance 2600m; Target angle red73°; Target speed 9kn; Firing angle α 000°.

Closing tubes II. Running off on northerly heading with 1/3-Ahead.

Torpedo is a hit midships after 2min. 41Sec.!

The steamer explodes in a huge fireball across its entire length, breaks in-two and both halfs sinking in less than 1 minute. Flames linger on the ocean surface for well over 2 minutes after the sinking. Boats cannot be made out.

The other two steamers begin zig-zagging and sending "SSS". Now, also a deck gun on the stern can be made out on both steamers.

0812 - Reloading of tube III.

Cmdr.: I decide to attack the forward Panamanian steamer with an Ato and to stop the Mexican steamer for investigation, as they clearly are not transporting passengers, but have to hurry, as it is getting light very fast now.

- to be continued -

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- continued from 25 April, 0812h -

0820 - Morning Dawn. Tube II reloaded with Ato. Turning into the convoy on attack course 92°. Small-Ahead.

0822 - Decks awash, 85RPM/1kn.

0827 - Steamers are traveling only with 2kn and zig-zagging. Flooding tube III.

0902 - Qu.2625ED - Single Shot with tube III: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 2.5m; Vt40; Own course 92°; Own speed 1kn ahead decks awash; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Pos.1 Small Passenger Ship of 1449ts, draught 4.6m.
Target course 001° zig-zagging; Target distance 1300m; Target angle red85°; Target speed 2kn; Firing angle α 017°.

0903 - Closing tubes III.
The steamer starts to engage the boat with its stern deck gun! The torpedo is a dud, hits the steamer amidships after 1min. 48Sec., but fails to detonate!

0904 - Qu.2625ED - Flooding tube II.
Single Shot with tube II: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 2.5m; Vt30; Own course 92°; Own speed 1kn ahead decks awash; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Pos.1 Small Passenger Ship of 1449ts, draught 4.6m.
Target course 001° zig-zagging; Target distance 1200m; Target angle red82°; Target speed 2kn; Firing angle α 011°. Closing tube II.

The torpedo is a hit after 1min 15Sec.!

Also, this steamer explodes in a huge fireball and sinks in less than 1 minute, on an even keel, generating a lot of smoke. Boats cannot be made out.

0908 - Blowing tanks and manning deck gun.

0910 - E=900. "Weapons Free!". Shooting a round of the deck gun across the bow of the Mexican steamer. At first no reaction, but then, the steamer returns fire with its stern deck gun and 1-2 Flak guns, however, the shots are way off.

0917 - Sunrise. Weather and Sea unchanged since 23 April, 1300h.

0913 - After 19 shots and 16 hits (45 remaining) with the deckgun - the 9th hit taking out the steamers stern deck gun - the Mexican steamer sinks on an even keel, also generating a lot of smoke.

"Secure Weapons!". Approached the sinking position and questioned and supplied 7 survivors in 2 boats.

0930 - Running off at high speed on northerly heading. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

- to be continued -

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Old 04-26-22, 03:40 PM   #6257
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- continued from 25 April, 0812h -

0820 - Morning Dawn. Tube II reloaded with Ato. Turning into the convoy on attack course 92°. Small-Ahead.

0822 - Decks awash, 85RPM/1kn.

0827 - Steamers are traveling only with 2kn and zig-zagging. Flooding tube III.

0902 - Qu.2625ED - Single Shot with tube III: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 2.5m; Vt40; Own course 92°; Own speed 1kn ahead decks awash; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Pos.1 Small Passenger Ship of 1449ts, draught 4.6m.
Target course 001° zig-zagging; Target distance 1300m; Target angle red85°; Target speed 2kn; Firing angle α 017°.

0903 - Closing tubes III.
The steamer starts to engage the boat with its stern deck gun! The torpedo is a dud, hits the steamer amidships after 1min. 48Sec., but fails to detonate!

0904 - Qu.2625ED - Flooding tube II.
Single Shot with tube II: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 2.5m; Vt30; Own course 92°; Own speed 1kn ahead decks awash; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Pos.1 Small Passenger Ship of 1449ts, draught 4.6m.
Target course 001° zig-zagging; Target distance 1200m; Target angle red82°; Target speed 2kn; Firing angle α 011°. Closing tube II.

The torpedo is a hit after 1min 15Sec.!

Also, this steamer explodes in a huge fireball and sinks in less than 1 minute, on an even keel, generating a lot of smoke. Boats cannot be made out.

0908 - Blowing tanks and manning deck gun.

0910 - E=900. "Weapons Free!". Shooting a round of the deck gun across the bow of the Mexican steamer. At first no reaction, but then, the steamer returns fire with its stern deck gun and 1-2 Flak guns, however, the shots are way off.

0917 - Sunrise. Weather and Sea unchanged since 23 April, 1300h.

0913 - After 19 shots and 16 hits (45 remaining) with the deckgun - the 9th hit taking out the steamers stern deck gun - the Mexican steamer sinks on an even keel, also generating a lot of smoke.

"Secure Weapons!". Approached the sinking position and questioned and supplied 7 survivors in 2 boats.

0930 - Running off at high speed on northerly heading. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

- to be continued -

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- continued from 25 April, 0930h -

0951 - Compressed Air Supply filled.

1005 - Qu.ED23 - Back in ordered patrol area. Small-Ahead.

1031 - F.T. from B.d.U.: To U 506 and U 507:
Würdemann and Schacht: Pay attention to traffic situation in the Gulf of Mexico. - B.d.U. -

1040 - Beginning of torpedo reloading.

1054 - F.T. from U 582: To B.d.U.:
Have supplied with provisions for 18 days and 55 cbm fuel from tanker. - Schulte -

1056 - Tubes II & III reloaded with G7a.

1100 - "All Engines Stop!". Beginning of external torpedo loading.

1101 - F.T. from U 582: To B.d.U.:
Was in CB 80 and 90 from 14-22 April. No traffic. On 21 April in CB 8252 Portuguese ship, course west. - Schulte -

1140 - Loaded first external Ato in bow compartment.

1200 - Qu.2385ED - Days Run: 200.3sm - 200.0sm (23h 55') - 0.3sm (05').
186cbm (6cbm/24h). Battery 9500Ah. 15+2 Torpedoes. 10.5cm: 45xSpG, 29xLkG. On course 0°. Weather and Sea unchanged since 23 April, 1300h.

1230 - Loaded second external Ato in bow compartment.
Small-Ahead.

1255 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Since 20 April, 1417h, no airplanes or ASW vessels. Today from 0805h until 0915h, destroyed convoy 0530/25. Two Panamanian and one Mexican Passenger Ships, loaded with War Materials, incl. Ammunitions, as well as, Military and Civilian Personal, on course 0° in Qu.2625ED, total of 9369ts. 2 Eto hits and 1 Ato a dud. Use of deck gun. Still have 15 internal and 2 external eels, 45 rounds of 10.5 and 186cbm. NNW1/1, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 3-4sm, >1000mb. Continuing acc. Op.-Order. - RST -

1302 - Incoming F.T.: From U 402:
No traffic since 19 April in CA 98 and 99 and south of this. Slight air patrol observed.
- Freiherr von Forstner -

1305 - Diving for Torpedo Maintenance and Trial Dive.

1306 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Congratulations! Excellent Results! - B.d.U. -

1310 - At T=50. Beginning of Torpedo Maintenance.

1440 - Both bow Eto serviced.

1453 - O = 20%.

1635 - Both stern Eto serviced.

1640 - Beginning of Trial Dive acc. B.d.U.-Standing Order 507. 135rpm/3kn.

1700 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter.
Setting for Reception Depth.

1719 - At Reception Depth.

1725 - Surfaced after 4h 20min. and 12.4sm.
Weather and Sea unchanged since 23 April, 1300h.

1730 - Charging batteries (8900Ah): Port Diesel Propulsion 285RPM/8kn; Stbd.Diesel Charging 496RPM.

1740 - Boat ventilated.

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending report about air raid on Lübeck during the night of 24-25 April, 204 dead and many injured.

1845 - Batteries charged => 1h 15' for 1100Ah.

1850 - 1/3-Ahead. On course 138°.

2030 - 325RPM/11.5kn.

2122 - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged since 23 April, 1300h.

2303 - On new course 180°.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Order as per F.T.0907/23.

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- continued from 25 April, 0930h -

0951 - Compressed Air Supply filled.

1005 - Qu.ED23 - Back in ordered patrol area. Small-Ahead.

1031 - F.T. from B.d.U.: To U 506 and U 507:
Würdemann and Schacht: Pay attention to traffic situation in the Gulf of Mexico. - B.d.U. -

1040 - Beginning of torpedo reloading.

1054 - F.T. from U 582: To B.d.U.:
Have supplied with provisions for 18 days and 55 cbm fuel from tanker. - Schulte -

1056 - Tubes II & III reloaded with G7a.

1100 - "All Engines Stop!". Beginning of external torpedo loading.

1101 - F.T. from U 582: To B.d.U.:
Was in CB 80 and 90 from 14-22 April. No traffic. On 21 April in CB 8252 Portuguese ship, course west. - Schulte -

1140 - Loaded first external Ato in bow compartment.

1200 - Qu.2385ED - Days Run: 200.3sm - 200.0sm (23h 55') - 0.3sm (05').
186cbm (6cbm/24h). Battery 9500Ah. 15+2 Torpedoes. 10.5cm: 45xSpG, 29xLkG. On course 0°. Weather and Sea unchanged since 23 April, 1300h.

1230 - Loaded second external Ato in bow compartment.
Small-Ahead.

1255 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Since 20 April, 1417h, no airplanes or ASW vessels. Today from 0805h until 0915h, destroyed convoy 0530/25. Two Panamanian and one Mexican Passenger Ships, loaded with War Materials, incl. Ammunitions, as well as, Military and Civilian Personal, on course 0° in Qu.2625ED, total of 9369ts. 2 Eto hits and 1 Ato a dud. Use of deck gun. Still have 15 internal and 2 external eels, 45 rounds of 10.5 and 186cbm. NNW1/1, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 3-4sm, >1000mb. Continuing acc. Op.-Order. - RST -

1302 - Incoming F.T.: From U 402:
No traffic since 19 April in CA 98 and 99 and south of this. Slight air patrol observed.
- Freiherr von Forstner -

1305 - Diving for Torpedo Maintenance and Trial Dive.

1306 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Congratulations! Excellent Results! - B.d.U. -

1310 - At T=50. Beginning of Torpedo Maintenance.

1440 - Both bow Eto serviced.

1453 - O = 20%.

1635 - Both stern Eto serviced.

1640 - Beginning of Trial Dive acc. B.d.U.-Standing Order 507. 135rpm/3kn.

1700 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter.
Setting for Reception Depth.

1719 - At Reception Depth.

1725 - Surfaced after 4h 20min. and 12.4sm.
Weather and Sea unchanged since 23 April, 1300h.

1730 - Charging batteries (8900Ah): Port Diesel Propulsion 285RPM/8kn; Stbd.Diesel Charging 496RPM.

1740 - Boat ventilated.

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending report about air raid on Lübeck during the night of 24-25 April, 204 dead and many injured.

1845 - Batteries charged => 1h 15' for 1100Ah.

1850 - 1/3-Ahead. On course 138°.

2030 - 325RPM/11.5kn.

2122 - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged since 23 April, 1300h.

2303 - On new course 180°.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Order as per F.T.0907/23.

RST
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Sunday, 26 April 1942 - Lesser Antilles -

- Third week at sea completed -

0141 - On new course 153°.

0727 - Qu.3755ED - On new course 180°.

0810 - Morning Dawn.

0846 - Qu.3785ED - A Colombian Colonial Freighter of 2540ts, bearing 22°, on course 350°, 5kn, E=5500.

0850 - Running to, on course 270°.

0855 - At E=3000, own speed 1kn. "Manning Deck Gun!".

0900 - At E=2200, firing a star shell over the steamer.
Steamer answers by firing with her stern deck gun and sending "SSS".

"Weapons Free!". With her third round, the steamer scores a near hit on the port side in the area of the diesel engines. The port diesel engine is knocked off-line for about 1 minute. After this, the steamer deck gun stops firing for the most part of the engagement but resumes again later on.

The final hit scored on the steamer, causes the stern deck gun ammunition to explode, setting the entire ship on fire. After 19 shots and 13 hits (Remaining 26SpG/28LkG), the steamer breaks in-two in a huge explosion and both halfs sinking in flames of fire. The flames linger on the ocean surface for about 3 min. after the steamer has sunk.

0908 - The port diesel is back online. Running to the sinking position - nothing found!

0910 - Sunrise. Weather and Sea unchanged since 23 April, 1300h.

0920 - Running off on southerly heading, 325RPM/11.5kn.

0939 - Qu.3785ED - "ALARM!". 2-3 pair of Catalina's approaching from 140°true, are already fairly close. Machine Gun fire. During the diving process several well placed bombs. Water entry in the Control Room, the Main Bilge Pump and the F.T.-Equipment are damaged.

0943 - Restored trim at A-Meter. The Water Entry in the Control Room is repaired.

0948 - The Main Bilge Pump is repaired. The whole time more bombs are dropped at and around our diving position.

1001 - The F.T.-Equipment is repaired.

1003 - Commencing Trial Dive acc. B.d.U.-Standing Order 507.

1009 - At A+35, the Pressure Hull is cracking. Blowing tanks (0.5 Atü) and setting for Reception Depth.

1018 - Restoring trim at T=50.

1020 - Commencing of Torpedo Maintenance.

Cmdr.: I decide to do the required torpedo maintenace now, as it also serves as somewhat of a distraction for the crew.

1113 - O = 20%.

1150 - Stern tubes serviced.

1200 - Qu.3788ED - Days Run: 197.4sm - 178.2sm (17h 19') - 19.2sm (6h 41').
181cbm (5cbm/24h). Battery 9500Ah. 15+2 Torpedoes. 10.5cm: 26xSpG, 28xLkG. On course 178°. T=50.

- to be continued -

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Sunday, 26 April 1942 - Lesser Antilles -

- Third week at sea completed -

0141 - On new course 153°.

0727 - Qu.3755ED - On new course 180°.

0810 - Morning Dawn.

0846 - Qu.3785ED - A Colombian Colonial Freighter of 2540ts, bearing 22°, on course 350°, 5kn, E=5500.

0850 - Running to, on course 270°.

0855 - At E=3000, own speed 1kn. "Manning Deck Gun!".

0900 - At E=2200, firing a star shell over the steamer.
Steamer answers by firing with her stern deck gun and sending "SSS".

"Weapons Free!". With her third round, the steamer scores a near hit on the port side in the area of the diesel engines. The port diesel engine is knocked off-line for about 1 minute. After this, the steamer deck gun stops firing for the most part of the engagement but resumes again later on.

The final hit scored on the steamer, causes the stern deck gun ammunition to explode, setting the entire ship on fire. After 19 shots and 13 hits (Remaining 26SpG/28LkG), the steamer breaks in-two in a huge explosion and both halfs sinking in flames of fire. The flames linger on the ocean surface for about 3 min. after the steamer has sunk.

0908 - The port diesel is back online. Running to the sinking position - nothing found!

0910 - Sunrise. Weather and Sea unchanged since 23 April, 1300h.

0920 - Running off on southerly heading, 325RPM/11.5kn.

0939 - Qu.3785ED - "ALARM!". 2-3 pair of Catalina's approaching from 140°true, are already fairly close. Machine Gun fire. During the diving process several well placed bombs. Water entry in the Control Room, the Main Bilge Pump and the F.T.-Equipment are damaged.

0943 - Restored trim at A-Meter. The Water Entry in the Control Room is repaired.

0948 - The Main Bilge Pump is repaired. The whole time more bombs are dropped at and around our diving position.

1001 - The F.T.-Equipment is repaired.

1003 - Commencing Trial Dive acc. B.d.U.-Standing Order 507.

1009 - At A+35, the Pressure Hull is cracking. Blowing tanks (0.5 Atü) and setting for Reception Depth.

1018 - Restoring trim at T=50.

1020 - Commencing of Torpedo Maintenance.

Cmdr.: I decide to do the required torpedo maintenace now, as it also serves as somewhat of a distraction for the crew.

1113 - O = 20%.

1150 - Stern tubes serviced.

1200 - Qu.3788ED - Days Run: 197.4sm - 178.2sm (17h 19') - 19.2sm (6h 41').
181cbm (5cbm/24h). Battery 9500Ah. 15+2 Torpedoes. 10.5cm: 26xSpG, 28xLkG. On course 178°. T=50.

- to be continued -

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- continued from 26 April, 1200h -

1300 - Servicing of the bow tubes until 1600h.

1453 - O = 19%.

1606 - At Reception Depth. Receiving and Sending of F.T. messages seems still to be not possible.

1609 - Surfaced after 4h 09' and 12.2sm since Etmal, and 6h 30' and 19.0sm in total.
Weather: SSW1/1, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

1613 - Boat ventilated and damages to Conning Tower repaired.

1636 - Flak2 repaired.

1642 - Qu.6128ED - "ALARM!". Direct approach of a pair of single engine fighters from 215°true, E=6000.
Due to the Repair Crew being on top, it takes longer to dive. During the diving process Machine Gun fire and 4 bombs - no damages.

1644 - At A-20, no further bombs.

1702 - Qu.6128ED - Surfaced after 20min and 1.1sm.

1703 - Right after surfacing, again "ALARM!", from a Catalina, direct approach from 175°true, E=7000.

Since the tanks haven't been fully blown yet, the diving process is faster than usual.

1704 - At A-20, about 3 bombs, followed by another 2. In further course, about 22-24 bombs are dropped at and around our diving position.

Cmdr.: Clearly, the enemy has organized a hunt for us, however, we have still have not encountered any ASW vessels, yet.

1723 - Surfaced after 20min.and 1.0sm.
Weather and Sea unchanged since 1609h.

1731 - Flak1 repaired.

1735 - Damaged to the Upper Deck are repaired.

The Radio Antenna is destroyed! Boat is not able to receive or send F.T.-Messages!

1802 - 2xH.F.

1835 - Qu.6155ED - On new course 180°.
Compressed Air Supply filled. Battery 8500Ah.

Cmdr.: The boat is only partially able to dive - max. depth is A+20. We are also unable to send or receive any F.T.-Messages. But still, we were very lucky and count our blessings, as our fate could have been of a much different nature. After deliberation with the Officers onboard, I decide to continue the war patrol.

1840 - Charging Batteries (8500Ah).
Port-Diesel, Propulsion 396RPM/11kn; Stbd.-Diesel, Charging 496RPM.

2007 - Batteries charges => 1h 27min. for 1500Ah.
2xH.F.-Ahead/14kn.

2110 - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged since 1600h.

2200 - Diving for submerged cruise at A-20.

2207 - A-20; 135rpm/3kn, Silent Running.

Cmdr.: Our last outgoing F.T. was sent yesterday, and the one prior to that, the day before yesterday. B.d.U.will anticipate our next report by latest tomorrow. From our inability to send F.T.s and from intercepted enemy F.T.s, B.d.U. will conclude that we might have been sunk and will start sending position and status requests for the next 3 days. The only way for us to give indications to B.d.U., that we are still operational, is by further sinkings over the next few days, until we reach the supply ship again.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Order as per F.T.0907/23.

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- continued from 26 April, 1200h -

1300 - Servicing of the bow tubes until 1600h.

1453 - O = 19%.

1606 - At Reception Depth. Receiving and Sending of F.T. messages seems still to be not possible.

1609 - Surfaced after 4h 09' and 12.2sm since Etmal, and 6h 30' and 19.0sm in total.
Weather: SSW1/1, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

1613 - Boat ventilated and damages to Conning Tower repaired.

1636 - Flak2 repaired.

1642 - Qu.6128ED - "ALARM!". Direct approach of a pair of single engine fighters from 215°true, E=6000.
Due to the Repair Crew being on top, it takes longer to dive. During the diving process Machine Gun fire and 4 bombs - no damages.

1644 - At A-20, no further bombs.

1702 - Qu.6128ED - Surfaced after 20min and 1.1sm.

1703 - Right after surfacing, again "ALARM!", from a Catalina, direct approach from 175°true, E=7000.

Since the tanks haven't been fully blown yet, the diving process is faster than usual.

1704 - At A-20, about 3 bombs, followed by another 2. In further course, about 22-24 bombs are dropped at and around our diving position.

Cmdr.: Clearly, the enemy has organized a hunt for us, however, we have still have not encountered any ASW vessels, yet.

1723 - Surfaced after 20min.and 1.0sm.
Weather and Sea unchanged since 1609h.

1731 - Flak1 repaired.

1735 - Damaged to the Upper Deck are repaired.

The Radio Antenna is destroyed! Boat is not able to receive or send F.T.-Messages!

1802 - 2xH.F.

1835 - Qu.6155ED - On new course 180°.
Compressed Air Supply filled. Battery 8500Ah.

Cmdr.: The boat is only partially able to dive - max. depth is A+20. We are also unable to send or receive any F.T.-Messages. But still, we were very lucky and count our blessings, as our fate could have been of a much different nature. After deliberation with the Officers onboard, I decide to continue the war patrol.

1840 - Charging Batteries (8500Ah).
Port-Diesel, Propulsion 396RPM/11kn; Stbd.-Diesel, Charging 496RPM.

2007 - Batteries charges => 1h 27min. for 1500Ah.
2xH.F.-Ahead/14kn.

2110 - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged since 1600h.

2200 - Diving for submerged cruise at A-20.

2207 - A-20; 135rpm/3kn, Silent Running.

Cmdr.: Our last outgoing F.T. was sent yesterday, and the one prior to that, the day before yesterday. B.d.U.will anticipate our next report by latest tomorrow. From our inability to send F.T.s and from intercepted enemy F.T.s, B.d.U. will conclude that we might have been sunk and will start sending position and status requests for the next 3 days. The only way for us to give indications to B.d.U., that we are still operational, is by further sinkings over the next few days, until we reach the supply ship again.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Order as per F.T.0907/23.

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Monday, 27 April 1942 - Lesser Antilles -

0025 - O = 20%.

0425 - Qu.6455ED -

0545 - O = 19%. Stopping Silent Running.

0855 - Sunrise.

0923 - T=20. O = 18%.

0930 - Surfaced after 11h 30min. and 33.6sm.

0933 - Boat ventilated.

0935 - Charging Batteries (7700Ah).
Port-Diesel, Propulsion 396RPM/11kn; Stbd.-Diesel, Charging 496RPM.

1135 - Batteries charges => 2h for 2300Ah.
2xH.F.-Ahead/14kn.

1200 - Qu.6728ED - Days Run: 132.0sm - 84.1sm (7h 41') - 47.9sm (16h 19').
179cbm (2cbm/24h). Battery 10000Ah. 15+2 Torpedoes. 10.5cm: 26xSpG, 28xLkG. On course 180°. Weather and Sea unchanged since 26 April, 1600h.

1235 - It's beginning to rain, wind and sea increasing and shifting west and in due course north, poor visibility.

1305 - Qu.6755ED - SW2/2, overcast, rain, poor visibility, <1000mb.

1735 - Qu.9155ED - N4/3, overcast, rain, poor visibility, <1000mb.

2103 - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged since 1700h.

2115 - Diving for submerged cruise at A-20.

2122 - A-20, 135rpm/3kn, Silent Running.

2353 - O = 20%.

Cmdr.: I suspect, that B.d.U. sent the first status and position request today.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Order as per F.T.0907/23.

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Default U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Two more tankers fall

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Monday, 27 April 1942 - Lesser Antilles -

0025 - O = 20%.

0425 - Qu.6455ED -

0545 - O = 19%. Stopping Silent Running.

0855 - Sunrise.

0923 - T=20. O = 18%.

0930 - Surfaced after 11h 30min. and 33.6sm.

0933 - Boat ventilated.

0935 - Charging Batteries (7700Ah).
Port-Diesel, Propulsion 396RPM/11kn; Stbd.-Diesel, Charging 496RPM.

1135 - Batteries charges => 2h for 2300Ah.
2xH.F.-Ahead/14kn.

1200 - Qu.6728ED - Days Run: 132.0sm - 84.1sm (7h 41') - 47.9sm (16h 19').
179cbm (2cbm/24h). Battery 10000Ah. 15+2 Torpedoes. 10.5cm: 26xSpG, 28xLkG. On course 180°. Weather and Sea unchanged since 26 April, 1600h.

1235 - It's beginning to rain, wind and sea increasing and shifting west and in due course north, poor visibility.

1305 - Qu.6755ED - SW2/2, overcast, rain, poor visibility, <1000mb.

1735 - Qu.9155ED - N4/3, overcast, rain, poor visibility, <1000mb.

2103 - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged since 1700h.

2115 - Diving for submerged cruise at A-20.

2122 - A-20, 135rpm/3kn, Silent Running.

2353 - O = 20%.

Cmdr.: I suspect, that B.d.U. sent the first status and position request today.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Order as per F.T.0907/23.

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Tuesday, 28 April 1942 - North of Venezuela -

0125 - Qu.9455ED - On new course 135°.

0154 - Sound contact with steamer bearing 260°, E=21000. on course 147°, slow speed.

0159 - Second sound contact with steamer bearing 259°. E=20000, on course 147°, slow speed.

The steamers seem to be running next to each other and heading toward Port-of-Spain.

0207 - T=20.

0208 - S-Tiefe. It stopped raining but is very foggy.

0210 - Surfaced after 4h 55min. and 14.3sm.
N4/3, overcast, fog, visibility ~600m, <1000mb.

0214 - Boat ventilated.

0220 - On new course 72°. 2xH.F.-Ahead. "Maneuver Stations!".

0255 - Diving to T=20 for sound check.
Steamers now in keel-line, bearing 305°, on course 147°, E=5000. Picking up a second sound contact of a warship, bearing 68°, E=20000, running away at high speed, in general direction toward Port-of-Spain.

0300 - Surfaced directly from T=20, after 5 min. and 0.3sm.

0310 - "Battle Stations!". Flodding tubes II&III. Speed 1.6kn. Preparing boat for surface attack according B.d.U.-Standing Order No.302.

Lead tanker comes into sight through the fog, visibility about 600m. Is an empty Standard Tanker of 8286ts.

0325 - Qu.9464ED - Salvo Shot with tubes II&III: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 3.0m; Vt30; Angle of divergence 1.5°; Own course 72°; Own speed 1.6kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Empty U.S.A. Standard Tanker of 8286ts, draught 5.5m.
Target course 147°; Target distance 500m; Target angle green91°; Target speed 5kn; Firing angle α 001°.
Closing tubes II&III.

Tube II understeers amidships, Tube III hits amidships but fails to detonate!

0326 - Flooding tubes I&IV.
- Qu.9464ED - Salvo Shot with tubes I&IV: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 3.0m; Vt30; Angle of divergence 1.5°; Own course 72°; Own speed 1.6kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Empty U.S.A. Standard Tanker of 8286ts, draught 5.5m.
Target course 147°; Target distance 550m; Target angle green120°; Target speed 5kn; Firing angle α 018°.
Closing tubes I&IV.

Both torpedoes are hits! The tanker explodes and sinks after 1-2min.!

In the meanwhile the pos.2 tanker comes into sight. It is a Supply Tanker of 2555ts. Turning boat hard to stbd. and 2xH.F., to bring the stern tubes to bear.

0330 - On course 241°, speed 1.6kn. Flooding tubes V&VI.

0331 - Qu.9464ED - Salvo Shot with tubes V&VI: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 3.0m; Vt30; Angle of divergence 1.5°; Own course 241°; Own speed 1.6kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: U.S.A. Supply Tanker of 2555ts, draught 6.0m.
Target course 147°, zig-zagging; Target distance 700m; Target angle green82°; Target speed 4kn; Firing angle α 011°.
Closing tubes V&VI.

Both torpedoes are hits! The tanker explodes in a huge ball of fire, immediately after tube V hits, even before tube VI hits. Debris are flying through the air, as the tanker sinks within mere seconds. The flames of the cargo that was set on fire, linger on the ocean surface for 2-3 minutes after the sinking.

Running towards the sinking positions, which are very close to each other. Questioning and supplying 3 survivors in 1 boat and 16 survivors in 4 boats.

0400 - Running off at high speed on a southerly heading. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

- to be continued -

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Default U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Navigating the outer defense ring of Port-of-Spain

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Tuesday, 28 April 1942 - North of Venezuela -

0125 - Qu.9455ED - On new course 135°.

0154 - Sound contact with steamer bearing 260°, E=21000. on course 147°, slow speed.

0159 - Second sound contact with steamer bearing 259°. E=20000, on course 147°, slow speed.

The steamers seem to be running next to each other and heading toward Port-of-Spain.

0207 - T=20.

0208 - S-Tiefe. It stopped raining but is very foggy.

0210 - Surfaced after 4h 55min. and 14.3sm.
N4/3, overcast, fog, visibility ~600m, <1000mb.

0214 - Boat ventilated.

0220 - On new course 72°. 2xH.F.-Ahead. "Maneuver Stations!".

0255 - Diving to T=20 for sound check.
Steamers now in keel-line, bearing 305°, on course 147°, E=5000. Picking up a second sound contact of a warship, bearing 68°, E=20000, running away at high speed, in general direction toward Port-of-Spain.

0300 - Surfaced directly from T=20, after 5 min. and 0.3sm.

0310 - "Battle Stations!". Flodding tubes II&III. Speed 1.6kn. Preparing boat for surface attack according B.d.U.-Standing Order No.302.

Lead tanker comes into sight through the fog, visibility about 600m. Is an empty Standard Tanker of 8286ts.

0325 - Qu.9464ED - Salvo Shot with tubes II&III: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 3.0m; Vt30; Angle of divergence 1.5°; Own course 72°; Own speed 1.6kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Empty U.S.A. Standard Tanker of 8286ts, draught 5.5m.
Target course 147°; Target distance 500m; Target angle green91°; Target speed 5kn; Firing angle α 001°.
Closing tubes II&III.

Tube II understeers amidships, Tube III hits amidships but fails to detonate!

0326 - Flooding tubes I&IV.
- Qu.9464ED - Salvo Shot with tubes I&IV: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 3.0m; Vt30; Angle of divergence 1.5°; Own course 72°; Own speed 1.6kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Empty U.S.A. Standard Tanker of 8286ts, draught 5.5m.
Target course 147°; Target distance 550m; Target angle green120°; Target speed 5kn; Firing angle α 018°.
Closing tubes I&IV.

Both torpedoes are hits! The tanker explodes and sinks after 1-2min.!

In the meanwhile the pos.2 tanker comes into sight. It is a Supply Tanker of 2555ts. Turning boat hard to stbd. and 2xH.F., to bring the stern tubes to bear.

0330 - On course 241°, speed 1.6kn. Flooding tubes V&VI.

0331 - Qu.9464ED - Salvo Shot with tubes V&VI: G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ); Running depth 3.0m; Vt30; Angle of divergence 1.5°; Own course 241°; Own speed 1.6kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: U.S.A. Supply Tanker of 2555ts, draught 6.0m.
Target course 147°, zig-zagging; Target distance 700m; Target angle green82°; Target speed 4kn; Firing angle α 011°.
Closing tubes V&VI.

Both torpedoes are hits! The tanker explodes in a huge ball of fire, immediately after tube V hits, even before tube VI hits. Debris are flying through the air, as the tanker sinks within mere seconds. The flames of the cargo that was set on fire, linger on the ocean surface for 2-3 minutes after the sinking.

Running towards the sinking positions, which are very close to each other. Questioning and supplying 3 survivors in 1 boat and 16 survivors in 4 boats.

0400 - Running off at high speed on a southerly heading. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

- to be continued -

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- continued from 28 April, 0400h -


0500 - About 16km from the sinking position, diving for torpedo re-loading and submerged cruise.

0506 - T=50, 135rpm/3kn.

0553 - Sound contact with steamer, bearing 102°, at medium speed on course 130°, E=20000.

0600 - Beginning of torpedo loading.
Sound contact turbine, bearing 340°, fast on course 320°, E=22000.

0603 - Sound contact turbine, bearing 284°, at medium speed on course 272°, E=21000.

Cmdr.: It seems that we reached the outer defense line, about 100sm from Port-of-Spain.

0619 - Qu.9492ED - Tubes II&III re-loaded. Sound contact 0600/28 is passing our port beam on opposite course, E=3500.

0623 - Interrupting torpedo works, going to Silent Running.

0630 - Lost sound contact 0600/28, in relative bearing 200°, on course 320°, E=7000.

0644 - O = 20%. Sound contact turbine, bearing 159°, fast on course 183°, E=7000 - seems to be sound contact 0600/28, now on its way back toward the main land.

0648 - Lost sound contact 0603/28, in relative bearing 200°, on course 272°, E=10000.

0652 - Sound contact 0613/28 is passing our stbd. beam on parallel course, E=7500.

0705 - Continuing torpedo re-loading.

0709 - Sound contact turbine, bearing 159°, at medium speed on course 271°, E=18000 - seems to be sound contact 0603/28.

0713 - Lost sound contact 0613/28 in relative bearing 52°, fast on course 182°, E=18000.

0719 - Lost sound contact 0709/28 in relative bearing 155°, medium speed, on course 271°, E=21000.

Cmdr.: Both patrol vessels have crossed our diving position.

0723 - Re-loaded all bow tubes.

0742 - Re-loaded both stern tubes.

0800 - Beginning of trial dive, 135rpm/3kn.

0807 - Boat is safe and secure at A+20.

0819 - At A-20. Sound contact turbine, bearing 334°, fast on course 318°, E=18000 - seems to be the same as sound contact 0600/28 and 0613/28, repeating its patrol pattern.

0838 - Sound contact 0819/28 passing our port beam on course 318°, E=5000.
Lost steamer sound contact 0553/28, in relative bearing 17°, medium speed, on course 130°.

0850 - Sunrise. Setting for T=20.

0857 - At T=20.

0858 - S-Tiefe. Wind and Sea seem to be unchanged, fog.
Lost sound contact 0819/28 in relative bearing 198°, fast on course 318°, E=10000.

0900 - Surfaced after 4h and 11.6sm.
Weather and Sea unchanged since 0210h.

0910 - Boat ventilated. Charging batteries (8200Ah):
Port-Diesel, Propulsion 396RPM/9kn; Stbd.-Diesel, Charging 496RPM.

1000 - Port-Diesel, 285RPM/7kn.

1020 - Qu.9499ED - The charging process has not yet been finished (9500Ah), when the boat is being attacked by a S-Boat with surface weapons. Direct approach from relative bearing 136°, is already very close, coming out of the fog. The conning tower is taking some damage. "ALARM!". Water depth here is 105m.

1025 - At A-Meter, Silent Running. Depth under keel is 30m.

1030 - The S-Boat is circling our diving position.

Cmdr.: I suspect that the S-Boat is the sound contact we obtained throughout the morning, last heard at 0819h. As it directly approached us out of the fog, it must also be fitted with somekind of radar equipment.

1037 - Sound contact with what appears to be a cutter of somekind, bearing 352°, on course 32°, slow speed, E=20000.

1039 - Second sound contact with a cutter, bearing 356°, on course NE, slow speed, E=20000.

1045 - Third sound contact with a cutter, bearing 359°, on course NE, slow speed, E=20000 - seems to be a fishing trawler fleet.

1055 - T=60.

1109 - On new course 135°.

1116 - T=20. Sound Contact turbine bearing 190° within our own baffles (can only be heard if operating the hydrophone yourself, command key-"H"). Turning rudder 15° to port, for the Sound Operator to hear the contact as well.

1121 - Sound contact 1116/28 is identified as the S-Boat still at our diving position, 6000m astern. Boat remains submerged.

1156 - S-Boat running off on course 86°.

1200 - Qu.9811ED - Days Run: 183.3sm - 152.2sm (13h 20') - 31.1sm (10h 40').
173cbm (6cbm/24h). Battery 9100Ah. 7 internal & 2 external Ato. 10.5cm: 26xSpG, 28xLkG. On course 103°. T=20.

- to be continued -

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- continued from 28 April, 0400h -


0500 - About 16km from the sinking position, diving for torpedo re-loading and submerged cruise.

0506 - T=50, 135rpm/3kn.

0553 - Sound contact with steamer, bearing 102°, at medium speed on course 130°, E=20000.

0600 - Beginning of torpedo loading.
Sound contact turbine, bearing 340°, fast on course 320°, E=22000.

0603 - Sound contact turbine, bearing 284°, at medium speed on course 272°, E=21000.

Cmdr.: It seems that we reached the outer defense line, about 100sm from Port-of-Spain.

0619 - Qu.9492ED - Tubes II&III re-loaded. Sound contact 0600/28 is passing our port beam on opposite course, E=3500.

0623 - Interrupting torpedo works, going to Silent Running.

0630 - Lost sound contact 0600/28, in relative bearing 200°, on course 320°, E=7000.

0644 - O = 20%. Sound contact turbine, bearing 159°, fast on course 183°, E=7000 - seems to be sound contact 0600/28, now on its way back toward the main land.

0648 - Lost sound contact 0603/28, in relative bearing 200°, on course 272°, E=10000.

0652 - Sound contact 0613/28 is passing our stbd. beam on parallel course, E=7500.

0705 - Continuing torpedo re-loading.

0709 - Sound contact turbine, bearing 159°, at medium speed on course 271°, E=18000 - seems to be sound contact 0603/28.

0713 - Lost sound contact 0613/28 in relative bearing 52°, fast on course 182°, E=18000.

0719 - Lost sound contact 0709/28 in relative bearing 155°, medium speed, on course 271°, E=21000.

Cmdr.: Both patrol vessels have crossed our diving position.

0723 - Re-loaded all bow tubes.

0742 - Re-loaded both stern tubes.

0800 - Beginning of trial dive, 135rpm/3kn.

0807 - Boat is safe and secure at A+20.

0819 - At A-20. Sound contact turbine, bearing 334°, fast on course 318°, E=18000 - seems to be the same as sound contact 0600/28 and 0613/28, repeating its patrol pattern.

0838 - Sound contact 0819/28 passing our port beam on course 318°, E=5000.
Lost steamer sound contact 0553/28, in relative bearing 17°, medium speed, on course 130°.

0850 - Sunrise. Setting for T=20.

0857 - At T=20.

0858 - S-Tiefe. Wind and Sea seem to be unchanged, fog.
Lost sound contact 0819/28 in relative bearing 198°, fast on course 318°, E=10000.

0900 - Surfaced after 4h and 11.6sm.
Weather and Sea unchanged since 0210h.

0910 - Boat ventilated. Charging batteries (8200Ah):
Port-Diesel, Propulsion 396RPM/9kn; Stbd.-Diesel, Charging 496RPM.

1000 - Port-Diesel, 285RPM/7kn.

1020 - Qu.9499ED - The charging process has not yet been finished (9500Ah), when the boat is being attacked by a S-Boat with surface weapons. Direct approach from relative bearing 136°, is already very close, coming out of the fog. The conning tower is taking some damage. "ALARM!". Water depth here is 105m.

1025 - At A-Meter, Silent Running. Depth under keel is 30m.

1030 - The S-Boat is circling our diving position.

Cmdr.: I suspect that the S-Boat is the sound contact we obtained throughout the morning, last heard at 0819h. As it directly approached us out of the fog, it must also be fitted with somekind of radar equipment.

1037 - Sound contact with what appears to be a cutter of somekind, bearing 352°, on course 32°, slow speed, E=20000.

1039 - Second sound contact with a cutter, bearing 356°, on course NE, slow speed, E=20000.

1045 - Third sound contact with a cutter, bearing 359°, on course NE, slow speed, E=20000 - seems to be a fishing trawler fleet.

1055 - T=60.

1109 - On new course 135°.

1116 - T=20. Sound Contact turbine bearing 190° within our own baffles (can only be heard if operating the hydrophone yourself, command key-"H"). Turning rudder 15° to port, for the Sound Operator to hear the contact as well.

1121 - Sound contact 1116/28 is identified as the S-Boat still at our diving position, 6000m astern. Boat remains submerged.

1156 - S-Boat running off on course 86°.

1200 - Qu.9811ED - Days Run: 183.3sm - 152.2sm (13h 20') - 31.1sm (10h 40').
173cbm (6cbm/24h). Battery 9100Ah. 7 internal & 2 external Ato. 10.5cm: 26xSpG, 28xLkG. On course 103°. T=20.

- to be continued -

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- continued from 28 April, 1200h -

1214 - O = 20%. Sound contact 1116/28 is running off on northerly heading.

1224 - S-Tiefe. On course 136°. Distance to sound contact 1116/28 is 20000m.

1230 - Surfaced after 30min. and 1.6sm since Etmal, and 2h 10min. and 6.5sm in total.

NNE6/5, overcast, rain, hazy, poor visibility, <1000mb. Wind and Sea increasing and shifting East.

1238 - Slight damage to Flak repaired.

1245 - Boat ventilated. Charging batteries (9100Ah):
Port Diesel, Propulsion 285RPM/6kn; Stbd.Diesel, Charging 496RPM.

1340 - Batteries charged => 55min. for 900Ah. 2x1/3-Ahead.

ENE7/6, overcast, rain, hazy, poor visibility, <1000mb. Water depth here is 150m.

1415 - Diving for submerged cruise.
Sound contact bearing 339°, fast on a westerly heading, about 13kn and on course 277°.

1421 - Surfaced directly from T=20, after 6min. and 0.4sm.
It stopped raining but still foggy, wind and sea shifting East.

1425 - On course 185°. Preparing boat for surface attack according B.d.U.-Standing Order No.302.

1430 - "Battle Stations!". 2xH.F.

1432 - Flooding tubes I&IV for salvo shot.

1434 - 1/3-Ahead.

1435 - Small-Ahead.

Cmdr.: Out of the fog appears a Small Panamanian Passenger Steamer of 1449ts, draught 4.6m. I decide to switch to single shots.

1439 - Small-Astern. Just before the first torpedo is launched, the steamer fires one round with its stern gun, but the shot passes well over the boat, E=700, also, has slowed down to 2kn, possibly going into reverse, and turns away to its port side.

1440 - Qu.9815ED - Single Shot with tube I: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 3.0m; Vt30; Own course 185°; Own speed 2kn astern; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Panamanian Passenger Steamer of 1449ts, draught 4.6m.
Target course ~260°; Target distance 700m; Target angle green87°; Target speed 2kn; Firing angle α 342°.
Closing tube I.

Torpedo is a failure, understeers midships!

1441 - Qu.9815ED - Small Ahead. After the shot, Small-Astern.
Single Shot with tube IV: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 3.0m; Vt44; Own course 185°; Own speed 5kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Panamanian Passenger Steamer of 1449ts, draught 4.6m.
Target course ~260°; Target distance 750m; Target angle green87°; Target speed 2kn; Firing angle α 345°.
Closing tube IV. Compressed Air Supply filled.

Torpedo is a failure, understeers midships!

1442 - The steamers fires another shot with its stern gun, which misses the boat by a hair.

"ALARM!". At A-20 no damages. Breaking-off attack. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!". Boat remains submerged, running off on course 133°.

Cmdr.: The steamer seems to be stationary about 1000m astern. However, I will not expend another torpedo at this small target in such weather and sea conditions.

1510 - T=50. Reloading tube IV.

1520 - Tube IV reloaded with G7a. Continue submerged cruise at A-20, 135rpm/3kn.

1624 - O = 20%.

2004 - O = 19%.

2046 - Sundown.

2055 - S-Tiefe. It has cleared-up, but wind and sea are still stormy.

2057 - Surfaced after 6h 15min. and 18.4sm.
SSE7/6, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.
Battery 8700Ah, Compressed Air Supply 5.4Atü, 2x1/3-Ahead.

2114 - Boat ventilated.

2151 - Qu.9855ED - On new course 190°. It has grown dark.

2205 - Compressed Air Supply filled. Charging Batteries: Port-Diesel Propulsion, 396RPM/8-9kn; Stbd.-Diesel Charging, 496RPM.

2256 - 7sm north of Chacachacare - Lighthouse is dimmed. Port-Diesel on 1/3-Ahead.

2320 - 4.3sm north of Chacachacare - Batteries charged: 1h 15min. for 1300Ah. Small-Ahead in order to prevent any bow waves or stern wake.

2351 - On new course 220°. Passing the Bocas del Dragon, between Punta Peñas in the West and Chacachacare in the East.

2400 - 1/3-Ahead. "Maneuver Stations!".

Boat operating acc. Op.-Order as per F.T.0907/23.

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- continued from 28 April, 1200h -

1214 - O = 20%. Sound contact 1116/28 is running off on northerly heading.

1224 - S-Tiefe. On course 136°. Distance to sound contact 1116/28 is 20000m.

1230 - Surfaced after 30min. and 1.6sm since Etmal, and 2h 10min. and 6.5sm in total.

NNE6/5, overcast, rain, hazy, poor visibility, <1000mb. Wind and Sea increasing and shifting East.

1238 - Slight damage to Flak repaired.

1245 - Boat ventilated. Charging batteries (9100Ah):
Port Diesel, Propulsion 285RPM/6kn; Stbd.Diesel, Charging 496RPM.

1340 - Batteries charged => 55min. for 900Ah. 2x1/3-Ahead.

ENE7/6, overcast, rain, hazy, poor visibility, <1000mb. Water depth here is 150m.

1415 - Diving for submerged cruise.
Sound contact bearing 339°, fast on a westerly heading, about 13kn and on course 277°.

1421 - Surfaced directly from T=20, after 6min. and 0.4sm.
It stopped raining but still foggy, wind and sea shifting East.

1425 - On course 185°. Preparing boat for surface attack according B.d.U.-Standing Order No.302.

1430 - "Battle Stations!". 2xH.F.

1432 - Flooding tubes I&IV for salvo shot.

1434 - 1/3-Ahead.

1435 - Small-Ahead.

Cmdr.: Out of the fog appears a Small Panamanian Passenger Steamer of 1449ts, draught 4.6m. I decide to switch to single shots.

1439 - Small-Astern. Just before the first torpedo is launched, the steamer fires one round with its stern gun, but the shot passes well over the boat, E=700, also, has slowed down to 2kn, possibly going into reverse, and turns away to its port side.

1440 - Qu.9815ED - Single Shot with tube I: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 3.0m; Vt30; Own course 185°; Own speed 2kn astern; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Panamanian Passenger Steamer of 1449ts, draught 4.6m.
Target course ~260°; Target distance 700m; Target angle green87°; Target speed 2kn; Firing angle α 342°.
Closing tube I.

Torpedo is a failure, understeers midships!

1441 - Qu.9815ED - Small Ahead. After the shot, Small-Astern.
Single Shot with tube IV: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 3.0m; Vt44; Own course 185°; Own speed 5kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Panamanian Passenger Steamer of 1449ts, draught 4.6m.
Target course ~260°; Target distance 750m; Target angle green87°; Target speed 2kn; Firing angle α 345°.
Closing tube IV. Compressed Air Supply filled.

Torpedo is a failure, understeers midships!

1442 - The steamers fires another shot with its stern gun, which misses the boat by a hair.

"ALARM!". At A-20 no damages. Breaking-off attack. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!". Boat remains submerged, running off on course 133°.

Cmdr.: The steamer seems to be stationary about 1000m astern. However, I will not expend another torpedo at this small target in such weather and sea conditions.

1510 - T=50. Reloading tube IV.

1520 - Tube IV reloaded with G7a. Continue submerged cruise at A-20, 135rpm/3kn.

1624 - O = 20%.

2004 - O = 19%.

2046 - Sundown.

2055 - S-Tiefe. It has cleared-up, but wind and sea are still stormy.

2057 - Surfaced after 6h 15min. and 18.4sm.
SSE7/6, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.
Battery 8700Ah, Compressed Air Supply 5.4Atü, 2x1/3-Ahead.

2114 - Boat ventilated.

2151 - Qu.9855ED - On new course 190°. It has grown dark.

2205 - Compressed Air Supply filled. Charging Batteries: Port-Diesel Propulsion, 396RPM/8-9kn; Stbd.-Diesel Charging, 496RPM.

2256 - 7sm north of Chacachacare - Lighthouse is dimmed. Port-Diesel on 1/3-Ahead.

2320 - 4.3sm north of Chacachacare - Batteries charged: 1h 15min. for 1300Ah. Small-Ahead in order to prevent any bow waves or stern wake.

2351 - On new course 220°. Passing the Bocas del Dragon, between Punta Peñas in the West and Chacachacare in the East.

2400 - 1/3-Ahead. "Maneuver Stations!".

Boat operating acc. Op.-Order as per F.T.0907/23.

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Wednesday, 29 April 1942 - Trinidad & Tobago -

0000 - Passing the northwestern Fortress of Chacachacare, at a distance of 5000m. All remains calm.

0020 - Making out a second Fortress on the southwestern tip of Chacachacare, passing at a distance of 5000m, as well.

0029 - Diving from a Parcel Freighter and a Colonial Freighter in keel-line, bearing 35°, on course 6°.
Diving to T=30 at a distance of 2100m and bearing 56°.
Boat remained undetected.

0051 - Shortly before surfacing, sound contact with a small vessel bearing 302°, slow speed, E=20000.
Surfaced directly from T=20, after 22min. and 1.1sm.

0055 - On new course 114°. Nothing seen. 1/3-Ahead.

0110 - 2/3-Moon rising in the South.

0126 - On new course 90°. Approaching Port-of-Spain.

0235 - Port-of-Spain comes into sight, E=10000. Harbor is darkened. Need to be careful of radar detection as of E=7000.

Located a Light Cruiser of the Arethusa Class and a what is identified as a fully laden Standard Tanker, north of the northern harbor mole. The Cruiser is covered by a Small Coastal Steamer and the Tanker is covered by a L02-Merchant.
Preparing boat for surface attack according B.d.U.-Standing Order No.302.

0305 - At E=3600, turning in toward the targets on course 73° and 2kn. "Battle Stations!".

0307 - Flooding tube II.

0308 - Qu.9894ED - Single Shot with tube II: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 3.0m; Vt44; Own course 73°; Own speed 2kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Light Cruiser Arethusa Class, 5240ts, draught 5.0m.
Target course ~350°; Target distance 3800m; Target angle red80°; Target speed 0kn; Firing angle α 355°.
Closing tube II.

Torpedo is a failure, Early Detonator!

0308 - Qu.9894ED - Flooding tube IV.
Single Shot with tube IV: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 3.0m; Vt30; Own course 73°; Own speed 2kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Light Cruiser Arethusa Class, 5240ts, draught 5.0m.
Target course ~350°; Target distance 3600m; Target angle red80°; Target speed 0kn; Firing angle α 355°.
Closing tube IV.

Torpedo is a failure, Early Detonator after 4sec.!

0311 - Qu.9894ED - Flooding tube III.
Single Shot with tube IV: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 3.5m; Vt30; Own course 73°; Own speed 2kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Light Cruiser Arethusa Class, 5240ts, draught 5.0m.
Target course ~350°; Target distance 3600m; Target angle red80°; Target speed 0kn; Firing angle α 355°.

Torpedo is a hit in the forecastle after 3min 40sec.!

0312 - Closing tube III and turning boat hard to stbd., to bring the stern tubes to bear.

0316 - The cruiser sinks by the bow and capsizes to port.

0317 - Weather and Sea are improving: SSE5/4, shifting to south, clear, light haze, visibility ~3sm, >1000mb.
Boat on heading 237° and Small-Astern. Flooding tube V.

0318 - Qu.9894ED - Single Shot with tube V: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 6.0m; Vt30; Own course 67°; Own speed 3kn astern; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Standard Tanker, 8230ts, draught 9.0m.
Target course ~355°; Target distance 3600m; Target angle red80°; Target speed 0kn; Firing angle α 358°.
Closing tube V. Flooding tube VI.

Torpedo is a hit midships after 3min 54sec.!
The tanker is burning at the impact zone but doesn't sink.

Behind the Standard Tanker, a Tanker09 of 6949ts is identified. Boat on heading 247°.

0325 - Qu.9894ED - Single Shot with tube VI: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 6.0m; Vt30; Own course 77°; Own speed 1kn astern; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Standard Tanker, 8230ts, draught 9.0m.
Target course ~355°; Target distance ~3000m; Target angle red80°; Target speed 0kn; Firing angle α 359°.
Closing tube VI.

Torpedo is a hit midships after 3min 12sec.!
The tanker burnes over its entire length and breaks in two, both halfs sticking out of the shallow harbor water.

Cmdr.: As the weather and sea state is immproving, I decide to engage the Tanker09 with the deck gun.

0331 - Turning boat hard to port.

0335 - Manning deck gun.

0337 - E=3200. "Weapons Free!"

0339 - After 18 shots and hits (10 remaining), the tanker explodes and sinks on an even keel!

0341 - Turning boat hard to stbd., and running off at high speed on an easterly heading. The entire time during the torpedo and deck gun attacks, the entire harbor remains quite.

Cmdr.: Now B.d.U. should become aware of our continued presence in the Op.-area.

0355 - "Dismissed from Battle Stations! Remain on Maneuver Stations!".

0445 - On new course 295°. 1/3-Ahead.

0516 - Taking the steamer path on course 6°.

0545 - SW1/1, clear, light haze, visibility ~3sm, >1000mb.
Passed the Bocas del Dragon. At both fortresses of Chacachacare, everything remained calm. On new course 15°. "Dismissed from Maneuver Stations!".

- to be continued -

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Default U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Being hunted by air and sea patrols

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Wednesday, 29 April 1942 - Trinidad & Tobago -

0000 - Passing the northwestern Fortress of Chacachacare, at a distance of 5000m. All remains calm.

0020 - Making out a second Fortress on the southwestern tip of Chacachacare, passing at a distance of 5000m, as well.

0029 - Diving from a Parcel Freighter and a Colonial Freighter in keel-line, bearing 35°, on course 6°.
Diving to T=30 at a distance of 2100m and bearing 56°.
Boat remained undetected.

0051 - Shortly before surfacing, sound contact with a small vessel bearing 302°, slow speed, E=20000.
Surfaced directly from T=20, after 22min. and 1.1sm.

0055 - On new course 114°. Nothing seen. 1/3-Ahead.

0110 - 2/3-Moon rising in the South.

0126 - On new course 90°. Approaching Port-of-Spain.

0235 - Port-of-Spain comes into sight, E=10000. Harbor is darkened. Need to be careful of radar detection as of E=7000.

Located a Light Cruiser of the Arethusa Class and a what is identified as a fully laden Standard Tanker, north of the northern harbor mole. The Cruiser is covered by a Small Coastal Steamer and the Tanker is covered by a L02-Merchant.
Preparing boat for surface attack according B.d.U.-Standing Order No.302.

0305 - At E=3600, turning in toward the targets on course 73° and 2kn. "Battle Stations!".

0307 - Flooding tube II.

0308 - Qu.9894ED - Single Shot with tube II: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 3.0m; Vt44; Own course 73°; Own speed 2kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Light Cruiser Arethusa Class, 5240ts, draught 5.0m.
Target course ~350°; Target distance 3800m; Target angle red80°; Target speed 0kn; Firing angle α 355°.
Closing tube II.

Torpedo is a failure, Early Detonator!

0308 - Qu.9894ED - Flooding tube IV.
Single Shot with tube IV: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 3.0m; Vt30; Own course 73°; Own speed 2kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Light Cruiser Arethusa Class, 5240ts, draught 5.0m.
Target course ~350°; Target distance 3600m; Target angle red80°; Target speed 0kn; Firing angle α 355°.
Closing tube IV.

Torpedo is a failure, Early Detonator after 4sec.!

0311 - Qu.9894ED - Flooding tube III.
Single Shot with tube IV: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 3.5m; Vt30; Own course 73°; Own speed 2kn ahead; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Light Cruiser Arethusa Class, 5240ts, draught 5.0m.
Target course ~350°; Target distance 3600m; Target angle red80°; Target speed 0kn; Firing angle α 355°.

Torpedo is a hit in the forecastle after 3min 40sec.!

0312 - Closing tube III and turning boat hard to stbd., to bring the stern tubes to bear.

0316 - The cruiser sinks by the bow and capsizes to port.

0317 - Weather and Sea are improving: SSE5/4, shifting to south, clear, light haze, visibility ~3sm, >1000mb.
Boat on heading 237° and Small-Astern. Flooding tube V.

0318 - Qu.9894ED - Single Shot with tube V: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 6.0m; Vt30; Own course 67°; Own speed 3kn astern; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Standard Tanker, 8230ts, draught 9.0m.
Target course ~355°; Target distance 3600m; Target angle red80°; Target speed 0kn; Firing angle α 358°.
Closing tube V. Flooding tube VI.

Torpedo is a hit midships after 3min 54sec.!
The tanker is burning at the impact zone but doesn't sink.

Behind the Standard Tanker, a Tanker09 of 6949ts is identified. Boat on heading 247°.

0325 - Qu.9894ED - Single Shot with tube VI: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 6.0m; Vt30; Own course 77°; Own speed 1kn astern; Shooter: Ltnt.z.S & I.W.O. Rainer SCHEUFLER.
Target ship: Standard Tanker, 8230ts, draught 9.0m.
Target course ~355°; Target distance ~3000m; Target angle red80°; Target speed 0kn; Firing angle α 359°.
Closing tube VI.

Torpedo is a hit midships after 3min 12sec.!
The tanker burnes over its entire length and breaks in two, both halfs sticking out of the shallow harbor water.

Cmdr.: As the weather and sea state is immproving, I decide to engage the Tanker09 with the deck gun.

0331 - Turning boat hard to port.

0335 - Manning deck gun.

0337 - E=3200. "Weapons Free!"

0339 - After 18 shots and hits (10 remaining), the tanker explodes and sinks on an even keel!

0341 - Turning boat hard to stbd., and running off at high speed on an easterly heading. The entire time during the torpedo and deck gun attacks, the entire harbor remains quite.

Cmdr.: Now B.d.U. should become aware of our continued presence in the Op.-area.

0355 - "Dismissed from Battle Stations! Remain on Maneuver Stations!".

0445 - On new course 295°. 1/3-Ahead.

0516 - Taking the steamer path on course 6°.

0545 - SW1/1, clear, light haze, visibility ~3sm, >1000mb.
Passed the Bocas del Dragon. At both fortresses of Chacachacare, everything remained calm. On new course 15°. "Dismissed from Maneuver Stations!".

- to be continued -

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- continued from 29 April, 0545h -

0650 - Qu.9855ED - On new course 45°.

0741 - Qu.9853ED - Morning Dawn.
Two coastal freighters in keel line, bearing 309°, on course SW, E=3000. In front a Panamanian of 1050ts and in back an Englishman of 1120ts.

0742 - Turning toward the steamers on course 270°. Speed 1kn. "Manning Deck Gun!".

0745 - Speed 1kn. "Battle Stations!".

0747 - E=2400. "Weapons Free!". Firing at the front Panamanian steamer and incinerating the middle upper deck cargo with the second shot and hit.

0748 - After 3 shots at the Panamanian steamer, the Englishmen in back is firing with a deck gun, which is mounted amidhsips. Boat has to re-direct its fire onto the English steamer.

Boat scores a direct hit after for shots and hits on the enemy deck gun, the steamer has fired 3 shots in total, which were either too short or way over the boat.

0749 - After 3 more shots, the boat is out of ammunition. Both steamers are burning, but continue on. "Secure Weapons!".

0750 - Turning boat hard to port and running off at high speed, on an easterly heading.

0805 - On new course 40°. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

0834 - Sunrise. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0545h, visibility ~4.6sm.

0913 - Qu.9835ED - "ALARM!". Crash-diving from at least 4 pair of Catalinas, direct approach from 180°true, E=8500.
At T=25 the first well-placed bombs, very strong concussions.

0915 - Regained trim at A-Meter, Small-Ahead. In due course, several more bombs at and around our diving position.

0923 - Boat remains submerged at A-20, 135rpm/3kn.

0932 - Sound contact with warship bearing 143°, medium speed on course north, E=20000, seems to be heading straight for our diving position.

1000 - At S-Tiefe, the distance to the ASW sound contact is now about 10000m. The I.W.O. is scanning the skies for A/C with the B-Sehrohr.

1002 - In the A-Sehrohr, a destroyer is emerging through the haze, bearing 160°, E=8500, medium speed, course north.

1010 - At E=6200, Silent Running. The periscopes are sticking about 1m out of the water.

1012 - At E=6000, the destroyer is positivly identified as a Clemson type Destroyer, is sniffing around for us at the diving position.

1033 - The Destroyer is running off on course south. Secured from Silent Running. Boat is staying submerged, setting for A-20.

Cmdr.: It is quite surprising to me, that the destroyer approached our position only at medium speed. However, since she did, we were able to gain the necessary safe distance without straining the batteries too much.

1104 - O = 20%.

1200 - Qu.9833ED - Days Run: 158.8sm - 129.1sm (14h) - 29.7sm (10h).
168cbm (5cbm/24h). Battery 9300Ah. 2 external Ato. 10.5cm: 28xLkG. On course 40°. T=60. O = 20%.

1230 - Surfaced after 30min. and 1.5sm since Etmal, and 3h 17min. and 9.7sm in total. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0545h. Flak and Forward Upper Deck took some damage at the last A/C attack.

1233 - Compressed Air Supply filled and Flak repaired.

1234 - Boat ventilated and Forward Upper Deck repaired. 1/3-Ahead.

1240 - On new course 45°. 2xH.F.-Ahead.

1535 - Qu.9655ED -

1556 - Qu.9653ED - "ALARM!". Crash-diving from at least 3 pair of Catalinas, direct approach from 225°true, E=6500.
At T=40 the first bombs, medium concussions.

1557 - At A-Meter and in due course, min. of 48 bombs are dropped at and around our diving position.

1615 - Boat remains submerged at A-20, 135rpm/3kn.

Cmdr.: Clearly, the enemy has organized a concerted hunt for us.

1744 - O = 20%.

1911 - Surfaced after 3h 15min. and 9.7sm.
Weather and Sea unchanged since 0545h.

1915 - Boat ventilated. Charging batteries: Port-Diesel, Propulsion, 396RPM/11kn; Stbd.-Diesel, Charging, 496RPM.

2032 - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0545h.

2040 - Batteries charged => 1h 25min. for 1500Ah.

2100 - Diving for submerged cruise.

2108 - A-20, 135rpm/3kn, Silent Running.

2324 - O = 20%.

Boat heading toward supply ship.

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Default U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - The diesels are giving us some trouble

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- continued from 29 April, 0545h -

0650 - Qu.9855ED - On new course 45°.

0741 - Qu.9853ED - Morning Dawn.
Two coastal freighters in keel line, bearing 309°, on course SW, E=3000. In front a Panamanian of 1050ts and in back an Englishman of 1120ts.

0742 - Turning toward the steamers on course 270°. Speed 1kn. "Manning Deck Gun!".

0745 - Speed 1kn. "Battle Stations!".

0747 - E=2400. "Weapons Free!". Firing at the front Panamanian steamer and incinerating the middle upper deck cargo with the second shot and hit.

0748 - After 3 shots at the Panamanian steamer, the Englishmen in back is firing with a deck gun, which is mounted amidhsips. Boat has to re-direct its fire onto the English steamer.

Boat scores a direct hit after for shots and hits on the enemy deck gun, the steamer has fired 3 shots in total, which were either too short or way over the boat.

0749 - After 3 more shots, the boat is out of ammunition. Both steamers are burning, but continue on. "Secure Weapons!".

0750 - Turning boat hard to port and running off at high speed, on an easterly heading.

0805 - On new course 40°. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

0834 - Sunrise. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0545h, visibility ~4.6sm.

0913 - Qu.9835ED - "ALARM!". Crash-diving from at least 4 pair of Catalinas, direct approach from 180°true, E=8500.
At T=25 the first well-placed bombs, very strong concussions.

0915 - Regained trim at A-Meter, Small-Ahead. In due course, several more bombs at and around our diving position.

0923 - Boat remains submerged at A-20, 135rpm/3kn.

0932 - Sound contact with warship bearing 143°, medium speed on course north, E=20000, seems to be heading straight for our diving position.

1000 - At S-Tiefe, the distance to the ASW sound contact is now about 10000m. The I.W.O. is scanning the skies for A/C with the B-Sehrohr.

1002 - In the A-Sehrohr, a destroyer is emerging through the haze, bearing 160°, E=8500, medium speed, course north.

1010 - At E=6200, Silent Running. The periscopes are sticking about 1m out of the water.

1012 - At E=6000, the destroyer is positivly identified as a Clemson type Destroyer, is sniffing around for us at the diving position.

1033 - The Destroyer is running off on course south. Secured from Silent Running. Boat is staying submerged, setting for A-20.

Cmdr.: It is quite surprising to me, that the destroyer approached our position only at medium speed. However, since she did, we were able to gain the necessary safe distance without straining the batteries too much.

1104 - O = 20%.

1200 - Qu.9833ED - Days Run: 158.8sm - 129.1sm (14h) - 29.7sm (10h).
168cbm (5cbm/24h). Battery 9300Ah. 2 external Ato. 10.5cm: 28xLkG. On course 40°. T=60. O = 20%.

1230 - Surfaced after 30min. and 1.5sm since Etmal, and 3h 17min. and 9.7sm in total. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0545h. Flak and Forward Upper Deck took some damage at the last A/C attack.

1233 - Compressed Air Supply filled and Flak repaired.

1234 - Boat ventilated and Forward Upper Deck repaired. 1/3-Ahead.

1240 - On new course 45°. 2xH.F.-Ahead.

1535 - Qu.9655ED -

1556 - Qu.9653ED - "ALARM!". Crash-diving from at least 3 pair of Catalinas, direct approach from 225°true, E=6500.
At T=40 the first bombs, medium concussions.

1557 - At A-Meter and in due course, min. of 48 bombs are dropped at and around our diving position.

1615 - Boat remains submerged at A-20, 135rpm/3kn.

Cmdr.: Clearly, the enemy has organized a concerted hunt for us.

1744 - O = 20%.

1911 - Surfaced after 3h 15min. and 9.7sm.
Weather and Sea unchanged since 0545h.

1915 - Boat ventilated. Charging batteries: Port-Diesel, Propulsion, 396RPM/11kn; Stbd.-Diesel, Charging, 496RPM.

2032 - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0545h.

2040 - Batteries charged => 1h 25min. for 1500Ah.

2100 - Diving for submerged cruise.

2108 - A-20, 135rpm/3kn, Silent Running.

2324 - O = 20%.

Boat heading toward supply ship.

RST
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Thursday, 30 April 1942 - Southwest of Barbados -

0444 - O = 19%.

0600 - Secured from Silent Running.

0751 - T=20.

0753 - S-Tiefe. Morning Dawn. Weather and Sea seem to be unchanged.

0800 - Surfaced after 11h and 32.1sm.
NNW1/1, clear light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

0805 - Boat ventilated. Batteries 7900Ah. 1/3-Ahead.

0810 - 2xH.F.-Ahead.

0818 - Sunrise.

0925 - Qu.7155EE - On new course 63°.

Testing Diesel Engines:
2xHalf-Ahead: 12.5kn; Full-Ahead: 14kn; A.K.: 16kn.

Cmdr.: In the upper speed settings, we seem to be about 1-2kn short.

1200 - Qu.7139EE - Days Run: 159.0sm - 115.7sm (9h 15') - 43.3sm (14h 45').
165cbm (3cbm/24h). Battery 7900Ah. 2 external Ato. 10.5cm: 28xLkG. On course 63°. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0800h.

5sm south of Barbados, southern tip is visible in the haze. Water depth is 210m. Taking navigational land fix.

1955 - Qu.4955EE -

2020 - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0800h.

2045 - Diving for submerged cruise.

2100 - A-20, 135rpm/3kn, Silent Running.

2314 - O = 20%.

Boat heading toward supply ship.

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Default U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Heading toward the supply ship

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Thursday, 30 April 1942 - Southwest of Barbados -

0444 - O = 19%.

0600 - Secured from Silent Running.

0751 - T=20.

0753 - S-Tiefe. Morning Dawn. Weather and Sea seem to be unchanged.

0800 - Surfaced after 11h and 32.1sm.
NNW1/1, clear light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

0805 - Boat ventilated. Batteries 7900Ah. 1/3-Ahead.

0810 - 2xH.F.-Ahead.

0818 - Sunrise.

0925 - Qu.7155EE - On new course 63°.

Testing Diesel Engines:
2xHalf-Ahead: 12.5kn; Full-Ahead: 14kn; A.K.: 16kn.

Cmdr.: In the upper speed settings, we seem to be about 1-2kn short.

1200 - Qu.7139EE - Days Run: 159.0sm - 115.7sm (9h 15') - 43.3sm (14h 45').
165cbm (3cbm/24h). Battery 7900Ah. 2 external Ato. 10.5cm: 28xLkG. On course 63°. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0800h.

5sm south of Barbados, southern tip is visible in the haze. Water depth is 210m. Taking navigational land fix.

1955 - Qu.4955EE -

2020 - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0800h.

2045 - Diving for submerged cruise.

2100 - A-20, 135rpm/3kn, Silent Running.

2314 - O = 20%.

Boat heading towards supply ship.

RST
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Friday, 1 May 1942 - ENE of Barbados -

0434 - O = 19%.

0600 - Secured from Silent Running.

0735 - T=20.

0737 - S-Tiefe. Morning Dawn. Weather and Sea seem to be unchanged.

0745 - Surfaced after 11h and 32.1sm.
SE1/1, clear light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

0755 - Boat ventilated. Batteries 5700Ah. 2xH.F.-Ahead.

0802 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.5493EE - Days Run: 192.3sm - 160.2sm (13h) - 32.1sm (11h).
160cbm (5cbm/24h). Battery 5700Ah. 2 external Ato. 10.5cm: 28xLkG. On course 63°. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0745h.

1455 - Qu.5555EE - On new course 45°.

2008 - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0745h.

2030 - Diving for submerged cruise.

2100 - A-20, 135rpm/3kn, Silent Running.

2249 - O = 20%.

2314 - Batteries 5000Ah.

Boat heading towards supply ship.

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Friday, 1 May 1942 - ENE of Barbados -

0434 - O = 19%.

0600 - Secured from Silent Running.

0735 - T=20.

0737 - S-Tiefe. Morning Dawn. Weather and Sea seem to be unchanged.

0745 - Surfaced after 11h and 32.1sm.
SE1/1, clear light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

0755 - Boat ventilated. Batteries 5700Ah. 2xH.F.-Ahead.

0802 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.5493EE - Days Run: 192.3sm - 160.2sm (13h) - 32.1sm (11h).
160cbm (5cbm/24h). Battery 5700Ah. 2 external Ato. 10.5cm: 28xLkG. On course 63°. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0745h.

1455 - Qu.5555EE - On new course 45°.

2008 - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0745h.

2030 - Diving for submerged cruise.

2100 - A-20, 135rpm/3kn, Silent Running.

2249 - O = 20%.

2314 - Batteries 5000Ah.

Boat heading towards supply ship.

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Saturday, 2 May 1942 - East of the Lesser Antilles -

0110 - Qu.5355EE -

0404 - O = 19%.

0600 - Secured from Silent Running.

0720 - T=20.

0722 - S-Tiefe. Morning Dawn. Weather and Sea seem to be unchanged.

Cmdr.: Three minutes before the boat is to surface, 2 pair of Catalina's are visible in the B-Periscope. E=6000. Approaching from 225°true on course Northeast and right over the position of the boat, turn back on course 225°. 4 bombs each under each wing can clearly be made out in the periscope.

0740 - Surfaced after 11h 10min. and 32.6sm.
NNW1/1, clear, very good visibility, >1000mb.

0745 - Boat ventilated. Batteries 3500Ah. 1/3-Ahead.

0748 - Sunrise.

0800 - 2xH.F.

0845 - Charging batteries: Stbd.-Diesel Charging 496RPM; Port Diesel Propulsion 405RPM/11kn.

0933 - Batteries 5000Ah.

1102 - Batteries 7500Ah.

1155 - Interrupted Battery Charging at 8700Ah. 2xH.F.

1200 - Qu.3773EE - Days Run: 186.6sm - 154.0sm (12h 50') - 32.6sm (11h 10').
155cbm (5cbm/24h). Battery 8700Ah. 2 external Ato. 10.5cm: 28xLkG. On course 45°. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0740h.

1300 - Continued with battery charging: Stbd.-Diesel Charging 496RPM; Port Diesel Propulsion 405RPM/11kn.

1313 - Qu.3755EE -

1415 - Batteries charged: 4h 25min. for 6500Ah. 2xH.F./12kn.

1957 - Qu.3555ED - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0740h.

2020 - Diving for submerged cruise.

2100 - A-20, 135rpm/3kn, Silent Running.

2234 - O = 20%.

Boat heading towards supply ship.


RST
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Saturday, 2 May 1942 - East of the Lesser Antilles -

0110 - Qu.5355EE -

0404 - O = 19%.

0600 - Secured from Silent Running.

0720 - T=20.

0722 - S-Tiefe. Morning Dawn. Weather and Sea seem to be unchanged.

Cmdr.: Three minutes before the boat is to surface, 2 pair of Catalina's are visible in the B-Periscope. E=6000. Approaching from 225°true on course Northeast and right over the position of the boat, turn back on course 225°. 4 bombs each under each wing can clearly be made out in the periscope.

0740 - Surfaced after 11h 10min. and 32.6sm.
NNW1/1, clear, very good visibility, >1000mb.

0745 - Boat ventilated. Batteries 3500Ah. 1/3-Ahead.

0748 - Sunrise.

0800 - 2xH.F.

0845 - Charging batteries: Stbd.-Diesel Charging 496RPM; Port Diesel Propulsion 405RPM/11kn.

0933 - Batteries 5000Ah.

1102 - Batteries 7500Ah.

1155 - Interrupted Battery Charging at 8700Ah. 2xH.F.

1200 - Qu.3773EE - Days Run: 186.6sm - 154.0sm (12h 50') - 32.6sm (11h 10').
155cbm (5cbm/24h). Battery 8700Ah. 2 external Ato. 10.5cm: 28xLkG. On course 45°. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0740h.

1300 - Continued with battery charging: Stbd.-Diesel Charging 496RPM; Port Diesel Propulsion 405RPM/11kn.

1313 - Qu.3755EE -

1415 - Batteries charged: 4h 25min. for 6500Ah. 2xH.F./12kn.

1957 - Qu.3555ED - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged since 0740h.

2020 - Diving for submerged cruise.

2100 - A-20, 135rpm/3kn, Silent Running.

2234 - O = 20%.

Boat heading towards supply ship.


RST
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Sunday, 3 May 1942 - East of the Lesser Antilles -

- Fourth week at sea completed -

0354 - O = 19%.

0545 - Breakfast for the Port-Machine-Watch.

0600 - Secured from Silent Running. Port Machine-Watch on duty. Wake-Up and Morning Wash of remaining crew.

0630 - Breakfast for the remaining crew.

0700 - Swap-the-Decks for the Off-Watch.

0705 - T=20.

0707 - S-Tiefe. Morning Dawn. Weather and Sea seem to be unchanged.

0710 - Surfaced after 10h 50min. and 31.6sm.
Weather and Sea unchanged in 24h.

0715 - Boat ventilated. Batteries 7900Ah. 1/3-Ahead.

0738 - Sunrise.

0745 - 2xH.F.

0845 - Daily work routine for the Off-Watch.

1105 - Qu.3355EE -

1200 - Qu.3353EE - Days Run: 191.5sm - 159.9sm (13h 10') - 31.6sm (10h 50').
149cbm (6cbm/24h). Battery 7900Ah. 2 external Ato. 10.5cm: 28xLkG. On course 45°. Weather and Sea unchanged since 2 May, 0740h. – Lunch Break –

1300 - Daily work routine for the Off-Watch.

1430 - Qu.7777DQ - Reached limit of enemy air cover zone.

1715 - Dinner for the crew.

1740 - Qu.7755DQ -

1800 - Port Machine-Watch on duty.

1948 - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged since 2 May, 0740h.

2100 - Lights-Out for the Off-Watch.

2212 - On new course 90°. Darkness.

2305 - 1/3-Ahead. 16km from Supply Ship. 2/3-Moon rising in the East.

2330 - At E=8000, Supply Ship comes into sight (visibility for crew is 6000m).

2340 - Wake-Up for the Stbd.-Machine-Watch and the 1st Sea-Watch.
At E=5000, reducing speed. Exchanging Recognition Signal and running to the Leeward (Stbd.) and the moonlit Side of the Supply Ship.

2400 - "Mittelwächter": Mid-Night Coffee for the Watch on Duty.

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Patrol 11:
U64 a type IX sub was leaving Brest 05.11.1940 at 0304. Went to PQ DG81


08.11.1940 BF 77 early morning crew found a small convoy in bad weather. Rain, fog and heavy sea. Started surface attack with torpedos. Sent all 4 ships down within 20 minutes. (coastal freight, passenger and freight, colonial freight and caribou)
Back heading wsw towards DG81


11.11.1940 CF 59 in germany they start 5th season - we started submerged attack against big convoy (5 escorts). Shot down another 5 ships in heavy seas. (big freightsteam, big tanker, big tanker, freight M33 and trooper)
After silent running for rest of day, we did it out and went back to general direction.


After cruising our PQ without any contact, i decided to go towards Rockall Banks.


02.12.1940 BE 36 another convoy was reported and we could go in good position. Again wind with 10m/s and high waves. Again 5 escorts. 6 torps left. Shot 2 again tanker, next 2 for standard freight didn´t hit. So 1 torp to get tanker down and 1 torp for standard freighter. Both hit and both ships went down. Again silent running to get out of convoy.


After surfacing we just went home to Brest with 82722 tons.
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