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Old 04-04-23, 01:06 AM   #376
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U 115
- KTB -
First War Patrol
(17th war patrol overall)

Saturday, 3 April 1943 - Bay of Biscay -

0005 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Will be at entry point Gabel on 4 April, 0000. - RST -

0225 - Qu.8246BF center right - FuMB and Magic Eye Detection in 170°true, E=18000. Boat remains surfaced.

0241 - Qu.8254BF center left - FuMB Detection 0225 now in 187°true, E=19000 - seems to be on course 222°, speed 4-5kn.

0411 - Qu.8255BF -

0530 - Morning Dawn.

0642 - Sunrise. Weather and Sea unchanged in 3 days and 3h.

1200 - Qu.8346BF - Days Run: 227.5nm - ↗ 227.5nm (24h) - On course 90°; 386cbm (6cbm in 24h)
Total: 4539.3 nm (21days 14h 17') - ↗ 4281.1 nm (17days 16h 46') - ↘ 258.2 nm (3days 21h 31')
Weather and Sea unchanged in 3 days and 8h; 11 internal torpedoes.

1352 - Qu.8355BF -

1915 - Sundown. Weather and Sea unchanged in 3 days and 15.5h.

2310 - Qu.9155BF center right - FuMB and Magic Eye Detection of A/C in 119° true, E=6600. In due course, continued FuMB and Magic Eye Detection with A/C in different directions and distances. Appears to be of own escort airplane patrolling the escort point.

2334 - Qu.9155BF - Course 122°.

2346 - Arrived at escort point Gabel. Course 70°.
(No escort sighted).

Cmdr.: U 648 (Ob.Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) leaves Kiel for her First War Patrol, acc. Op.-Order 54.

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U 115
- KTB -
First War Patrol
(17th war patrol overall)

Sunday, 4 April 1943 - Bay of Biscay -

0003 - Entering approach path escorted by own A/C. The entire time, several FuMB and Magic Eye Detections - seem to be 2-3 A/C.

0520 - Morning Dawn.

0629 - Sunrise. Weather and Sea unchanged in 4 days and 2.5h.

0722 - Radar Detection with Surface Vessel in 70°true; E=7500. It is our escort. Wind and Sea subsiding somewhat, weather is clearing up.

0735 - SE7/6, decreasing, shifting East, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 3.5nm, >1000mb.
Taking on escort (1 Escort Destroyer und 3 R-Boats); Bf110's continue to patrol approach path.

0836 - Course 110°.

1200 - Qu.9234BF - Days Run: 228.0nm - ↗ 228.0nm (24h)
Total: 4767.3 nm (22days 14h 17') - ↗ 4509.1 nm (18days 16h 46') - ↘ 258.2 nm (3days 21h 31')
On course 110°; ENE7/6, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 3.5nm, >1000mb; 380cbm (6cbm in 24h); 11 internal torpedoes; Battery 97%.

1228 - Arrived at exit point of approach path. Releasing escort. Course 90°.

1300 - ENE4/3, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 3.5nm, >1000mb.
Starting repair of Flak guns.

1325 - Patrol boat (M-Boat) on opposite course to our port beam.

1419 - Course 135°. Flak guns repaired. Three 3-Mast-Schooners are patrolling the Gironde Estuary.

1533 - Qu.9341BF - Course 140°. Entering Bordeaux.

1615 - Making fast in the Box. Mooring boat.

1615 - Qu.9344BF - Since Etmal: 41.5nm - ↗ 41.5nm (4h 15')
Total: 4808.8 nm (22days 18h 32') - ↗ 4550.6 nm (18days 21h 01') - ↘ 258.2 nm (3days 21h 31')
Arrived Bordeaux: ENE7/6, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 3.5nm, >1000mb; 379cbm (1cbm in 4h); 11 internal torpedoes; Battery 97%.

Clearing out of boat and placing boat in dry-dock.
Crew standing by and guarding the boat during the shipyard time.

Cmdr.: Upon arrival in Bordeaux received word that RAF bombers conducted a raid on Kiel during the night and that Soviet troops launched the Taman Offensive Operation in an attempt to push our troops out of the Taman Peninsula in the Caucasus.

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Old 04-05-23, 01:22 AM   #377
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U 115
- KTB -
First War Patrol
(17th war patrol overall)

Sunday, 4 April 1943 - Bay of Biscay -

0003 - Entering approach path escorted by own A/C. The entire time, several FuMB and Magic Eye Detections - seem to be 2-3 A/C.

0520 - Morning Dawn.

0629 - Sunrise. Weather and Sea unchanged in 4 days and 2.5h.

0722 - Radar Detection with Surface Vessel in 70°true; E=7500. It is our escort. Wind and Sea subsiding somewhat, weather is clearing up.

0735 - SE7/6, decreasing, shifting East, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 3.5nm, >1000mb.
Taking on escort (1 Escort Destroyer und 3 R-Boats); Bf110's continue to patrol approach path.

0836 - Course 110°.

1200 - Qu.9234BF - Days Run: 228.0nm - ↗ 228.0nm (24h)
Total: 4767.3 nm (22days 14h 17') - ↗ 4509.1 nm (18days 16h 46') - ↘ 258.2 nm (3days 21h 31')
On course 110°; ENE7/6, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 3.5nm, >1000mb; 380cbm (6cbm in 24h); 11 internal torpedoes; Battery 97%.

1228 - Arrived at exit point of approach path. Releasing escort. Course 90°.

1300 - ENE4/3, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 3.5nm, >1000mb.
Starting repair of Flak guns.

1325 - Patrol boat (M-Boat) on opposite course to our port beam.

1419 - Course 135°. Flak guns repaired. Three 3-Mast-Schooners are patrolling the Gironde Estuary.

1533 - Qu.9341BF - Course 140°. Entering Bordeaux.

1615 - Making fast in the Box. Mooring boat.

1615 - Qu.9344BF - Since Etmal: 41.5nm - ↗ 41.5nm (4h 15')
Total: 4808.8 nm (22days 18h 32') - ↗ 4550.6 nm (18days 21h 01') - ↘ 258.2 nm (3days 21h 31')
Arrived Bordeaux: ENE7/6, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 3.5nm, >1000mb; 379cbm (1cbm in 4h); 11 internal torpedoes; Battery 97%.

Clearing out of boat and placing boat in dry-dock.
Crew standing by and guarding the boat during the shipyard time.

Cmdr.: Upon arrival in Bordeaux received word that RAF bombers conducted a raid on Kiel during the night and that Soviet troops launched the Taman Offensive Operation in an attempt to push our troops out of the Taman Peninsula in the Caucasus.

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U 115
- KTB -
First War Patrol
(17th war patrol overall)

Monday, 5 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux -

Debriefing with F.d.U. (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholz; ex U 108)

Totals of 1st leg of the 1st war patrol with U 115 (17th war patrol overall):

- Torpedo hits: None
- Torpedo misses: 4 T-3/Pi39H on fast Escort Carrier at great distance and in medium-heavy swell.
- Torpedo failures: None

- Crash Dives: 18 from airplanes (mainly in Iceland Passage)

- Depth Charges/Fliebos: 80 from airplanes (one from warships). The Bold-2 was not deployed.

Pressure hull: 95% (Accumulated damage: 5%); Safe Diving Depth is now 218.5m (historic specification max.230m x 95%); Honour points: None (Accumulated: None)

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) Major General Theo Osterkemp is appointed the commanding officer of Jagdfliegerführer Sizilien and charged with safeguarding Axis flights between Sicily and Tunisia, while the Allies launch Operation Flax, a concentrated effort to destroy Axis capability to supply Tunisia by air.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) U 648 (Ob.Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) arrives at Kristiansand for Fuel and Fresh Water Supply.

B-Dienst Report:
a) Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger (CV-4) arrived at Argentia, Newfoundland.

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U 115
- KTB -
First War Patrol
(17th war patrol overall)

Monday, 5 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux -

Debriefing with F.d.U. (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholz; ex U 108)

Totals of 1st leg of the 1st war patrol with U 115 (17th war patrol overall):

- Torpedo hits: None
- Torpedo misses: 4 T-3/Pi39H on fast Escort Carrier at great distance and in medium-heavy swell.
- Torpedo failures: None

- Crash Dives: 18 from airplanes (mainly in Iceland Passage)

- Depth Charges/Fliebos: 80 from airplanes (one from warships). The Bold-2 was not deployed.

Pressure hull: 95% (Accumulated damage: 5%); Safe Diving Depth is now 218.5m (historic specification max.230m x 95%); Honour points: None (Accumulated: None)

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) Major General Theo Osterkemp is appointed the commanding officer of Jagdfliegerführer Sizilien and charged with safeguarding Axis flights between Sicily and Tunisia, while the Allies launch Operation Flax, a concentrated effort to destroy Axis capability to supply Tunisia by air.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) U 648 (Ob.Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) arrives at Kristiansand for Fuel and Fresh Water Supply.

B-Dienst Report:
a) Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger (CV-4) arrived at Argentia, Newfoundland.

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U 115
- KTB -
First War Patrol
(17th war patrol overall)

Tuesday, 6 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) Axis forces fell back from Wadi Akarit towards Enfidaville, Tunisia, as the British Eighth Army began linking up with US II Corps.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) Captured French torpedo boats Bombarde, La Pomone, and L'Iphigénie, been in Italian service since Dec 1942, are transferred on loan to the German Navy.
b) U 648 (Ob.Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) leaves Kristiansand for a stop-over in Egersund, due to an escort vessel suffering damage from the high sea; leaving Egersund again in the evening without escort.
c) After leaving the Bay of Biscay U 124 (KrvKpt. Johann Mohr; ex Kptlt. Georg-Wilhelm Schulz) operated against a convoy bound for Gibraltar and reported it for the last time on the 2nd April in CF 3652. Since there were no other boats in the vicinity, U 124 was ordered not to send in further reports on contacts. Later orders to report her position were not answered. She must be considered lost. There is no information from any sighting or operational report.

Cmdr.: Mohr and U 124 are gone!

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Uboat disposition report from 2 April 1943

Supreme Command of the Navy (O.K.M.)
S. O. Only.

U-boats as of 1.April 1943

I. In service on the 1st March 1943: 411 (412 incl. U 115)
Put into commission in March: 27
Total: 438 (439 incl. U 115)

Losses in March: 15 (incl. 1 in home waters, U 5)
In service on 1st April 1943: 423 (424 incl. U 115)
Foreign submarines: 9
Total: 432 (433 incl. U 115)

Losses in March:
a) In the Atlantic:
Type VIIc: U 87 - 444 - 633 - 432 - 384 - 665 - 469 = 7
Type IX: U 529 - 130 - 163 - 156 - 524 = 5
b) In the Mediterranean:
Type VII: U 83 - 77 = 2
c) At home:
Type II: U 5 = 1
Total: 15

Details:
a) In the Atlantic:
Type VIIc:
1) U 87 (Kptlt. Joachim Berger) - Arrived in the Atlantic. Refueled from U 461 for the last time on the 26th February in the North Atlantic. Then did not report again.
2) U 444 (Oblt. Albert Langfeld) - 2nd voyage. Last report was contact with convoy on 11th March in the North Atlantic. Probably sunk by convoy escort.
3) U 633 (Oblt. Bernhard Müller) - 1st voyage. Last report on 3rd March after passing Iceland Passage. No further information.
4) U 432 (Kptlt. Hermann Eckhardt) - Old boat (ex Kptlt. Heinz-Otto Schultz), new Commanding Officer. Last report on the 10th March S.E. Greenland. No information.
5) U 384 (Oblt. Hans-Achim von Rosenberg-Gruszcynski) - 2nd voyage. Last report on 19th March S of Greenland. Probably sunk by convoy escort.
6) U 665 (Oblt.d.R. Hans-Jürgen Haupt) - 1st voyage. Last report on 21st March that she had been off La Pallice for 36 hours. Probably sunk by aircraft bombs.
7) U 469 (Oblt. Emil Claussen) - 1st voyage. No report, no information.
Type IXc:
8) U 529 - (Kptlt. Georg-Werner Fraatz) - New boat (IXc/40), experienced Commanding Officer. Last report was on weather S. of Iceland. No information regarding loss.
9) U 130 (Oblt. Siegfried Keller) - Old boat (ex KrvKpt. Ernst Kals), new Commanding Officer. Last report on 12th March in the North Atlantic. Probably sunk by convoy.
10) U 163 (KrvKpt. Kurt-Eduard Engelmann) - 3rd voyage. No report, no information.
11) U 156 (KrvKpt. Werner Hartenstein) - Old boat. Last report on 7th March from the Caribbean. No information.
12) U 524 (Kptlt. Freiherr Walter von Steinaecker) - 2nd voyage.
b) In the Mediterranean:
Type VIIc:
13) U 83 (Kptlt. Ulrich Wörisshoffer) - Old boat (ex Kptlt. Hans-Werner Kraus), new Commanding Officer. West Mediterranean.
14) U 77 (Oblt. Otto Hartmann) - Old boat (ex Kptlt. Heinrich Schonder), new Commanding Officer. Badly damaged by aircraft bombs. Sunk 15 miles off Cap de la Nao (Spain). 9 men rescued.
c) In Home Waters:
Type II:
15) U 5 (IIA; Oblt. Hermann Rahn) - Loss when she tried to dive deep contrary to orders. 16 men rescued.

II. Distribution:
a) Operational:
II - 3
VIIa - 0
VIIb/c - 159
VIId - 3
IXb/c - 53
IXD1 - 2
IXD2 - 6 (7 incl. U 115)
XB - 3
XIV - 6
Total - 235 (236 incl. U 115)
b) On Trial:
II - 0
VIIa - 0
VIIb/c - 93
VIId - 0
IXb/c - 20
IXD1 - 0
IXD2 - 6
XB - 2
XIV - 3
Total - 124
c) Training:
II - 33
VIIa - 4
VIIb/c - 25 (12 of these temporarily transferred for training purposes)
VIId - 0
IXb/c - 2
IXD1 - 0
IXD2 - 0
XB - 0
XIV - 0
Total - 64
d) Total overall:
II - 36 (a further 3 temporarily out of service for the Black Sea)
VIIa - 4
VIIb/c - 277
VIId - 3
IXb/c - 75
IXD1 - 2
IXD2 - 12 (13 incl. U 115)
XB - 5
XIV - 9
TOTAL Overall - 423 (424 incl. U 115)

III. In March:
Further boats detailed for operations: 20
Total number increased by: + 12
Number of operational boats increased by: + 6
Number of trial boats increased by: + 4
Number of training boats increased by: + 2

IV. Distribution of Operational Boats on 1st April 1943:
In the Atlantic: 194 (195 incl. U 115)
In the Mediterranean: 17
In the North Sea: 21 (to be made up to 23 during April)
In the Black Sea: 3
Total: 235 (236 incl. U 115)

V. During the Atlantic in March:
Daily average at sea: 116 boats. (117 incl. U 115)
Of these, in operations area: 49 boats.
Outbound transit: 67 boats. (68 incl. U 115)
Of the later on return passage: 28.5 boats.

VI. Set out in March:
From home waters: 20 boats (21 incl. U 115; 7 into North Sea)
From Western France: 46 boats

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U 115
- KTB -
First War Patrol
(17th war patrol overall)

Tuesday, 6 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) Axis forces fell back from Wadi Akarit towards Enfidaville, Tunisia, as the British Eighth Army began linking up with US II Corps.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) Captured French torpedo boats Bombarde, La Pomone, and L'Iphigénie, been in Italian service since Dec 1942, are transferred on loan to the German Navy.
b) U 648 (Ob.Ltnt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) leaves Kristiansand for a stop-over in Egersund, due to an escort vessel suffering damage from the high sea; leaving Egersund again in the evening without escort.
c) After leaving the Bay of Biscay U 124 (KrvKpt. Johann Mohr; ex Kptlt. Georg-Wilhelm Schulz) operated against a convoy bound for Gibraltar and reported it for the last time on the 2nd April in CF 3652. Since there were no other boats in the vicinity, U 124 was ordered not to send in further reports on contacts. Later orders to report her position were not answered. She must be considered lost. There is no information from any sighting or operational report.

Cmdr.: Mohr and U 124 are gone!

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Uboat disposition report from 2 April 1943

Supreme Command of the Navy (O.K.M.)
S. O. Only.

U-boats as of 1.April 1943

I. In service on the 1st March 1943: 411 (412 incl. U 115)
Put into commission in March: 27
Total: 438 (439 incl. U 115)

Losses in March: 15 (incl. 1 in home waters, U 5)
In service on 1st April 1943: 423 (424 incl. U 115)
Foreign submarines: 9
Total: 432 (433 incl. U 115)

Losses in March:
a) In the Atlantic:
Type VIIc: U 87 - 444 - 633 - 432 - 384 - 665 - 469 = 7
Type IX: U 529 - 130 - 163 - 156 - 524 = 5
b) In the Mediterranean:
Type VII: U 83 - 77 = 2
c) At home:
Type II: U 5 = 1
Total: 15

Details:
a) In the Atlantic:
Type VIIc:
1) U 87 (Kptlt. Joachim Berger) - Arrived in the Atlantic. Refueled from U 461 for the last time on the 26th February in the North Atlantic. Then did not report again.
2) U 444 (Oblt. Albert Langfeld) - 2nd voyage. Last report was contact with convoy on 11th March in the North Atlantic. Probably sunk by convoy escort.
3) U 633 (Oblt. Bernhard Müller) - 1st voyage. Last report on 3rd March after passing Iceland Passage. No further information.
4) U 432 (Kptlt. Hermann Eckhardt) - Old boat (ex Kptlt. Heinz-Otto Schultz), new Commanding Officer. Last report on the 10th March S.E. Greenland. No information.
5) U 384 (Oblt. Hans-Achim von Rosenberg-Gruszcynski) - 2nd voyage. Last report on 19th March S of Greenland. Probably sunk by convoy escort.
6) U 665 (Oblt.d.R. Hans-Jürgen Haupt) - 1st voyage. Last report on 21st March that she had been off La Pallice for 36 hours. Probably sunk by aircraft bombs.
7) U 469 (Oblt. Emil Claussen) - 1st voyage. No report, no information.
Type IXc:
8) U 529 - (Kptlt. Georg-Werner Fraatz) - New boat (IXc/40), experienced Commanding Officer. Last report was on weather S. of Iceland. No information regarding loss.
9) U 130 (Oblt. Siegfried Keller) - Old boat (ex KrvKpt. Ernst Kals), new Commanding Officer. Last report on 12th March in the North Atlantic. Probably sunk by convoy.
10) U 163 (KrvKpt. Kurt-Eduard Engelmann) - 3rd voyage. No report, no information.
11) U 156 (KrvKpt. Werner Hartenstein) - Old boat. Last report on 7th March from the Caribbean. No information.
12) U 524 (Kptlt. Freiherr Walter von Steinaecker) - 2nd voyage.
b) In the Mediterranean:
Type VIIc:
13) U 83 (Kptlt. Ulrich Wörisshoffer) - Old boat (ex Kptlt. Hans-Werner Kraus), new Commanding Officer. West Mediterranean.
14) U 77 (Oblt. Otto Hartmann) - Old boat (ex Kptlt. Heinrich Schonder), new Commanding Officer. Badly damaged by aircraft bombs. Sunk 15 miles off Cap de la Nao (Spain). 9 men rescued.
c) In Home Waters:
Type II:
15) U 5 (IIA; Oblt. Hermann Rahn) - Loss when she tried to dive deep contrary to orders. 16 men rescued.

II. Distribution:
a) Operational:
II - 3
VIIa - 0
VIIb/c - 159
VIId - 3
IXb/c - 53
IXD1 - 2
IXD2 - 6 (7 incl. U 115)
XB - 3
XIV - 6
Total - 235 (236 incl. U 115)
b) On Trial:
II - 0
VIIa - 0
VIIb/c - 93
VIId - 0
IXb/c - 20
IXD1 - 0
IXD2 - 6
XB - 2
XIV - 3
Total - 124
c) Training:
II - 33
VIIa - 4
VIIb/c - 25 (12 of these temporarily transferred for training purposes)
VIId - 0
IXb/c - 2
IXD1 - 0
IXD2 - 0
XB - 0
XIV - 0
Total - 64
d) Total overall:
II - 36 (a further 3 temporarily out of service for the Black Sea)
VIIa - 4
VIIb/c - 277
VIId - 3
IXb/c - 75
IXD1 - 2
IXD2 - 12 (13 incl. U 115)
XB - 5
XIV - 9
TOTAL Overall - 423 (424 incl. U 115)

III. In March:
Further boats detailed for operations: 20
Total number increased by: + 12
Number of operational boats increased by: + 6
Number of trial boats increased by: + 4
Number of training boats increased by: + 2

IV. Distribution of Operational Boats on 1st April 1943:
In the Atlantic: 194 (195 incl. U 115)
In the Mediterranean: 17
In the North Sea: 21 (to be made up to 23 during April)
In the Black Sea: 3
Total: 235 (236 incl. U 115)

V. During the Atlantic in March:
Daily average at sea: 116 boats. (117 incl. U 115)
Of these, in operations area: 49 boats.
Outbound transit: 67 boats. (68 incl. U 115)
Of the later on return passage: 28.5 boats.

VI. Set out in March:
From home waters: 20 boats (21 incl. U 115; 7 into North Sea)
From Western France: 46 boats

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U 115
- KTB -
First War Patrol
(17th war patrol overall)

Wednesday, 7 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W. Report:
a) The Führer and Benito Mussolini began a four-day meeting near Salzburg, Austria, discussing the war effort.
b) Bolivia declared war on the Axis powers.
c) The Luftwaffe assigned 148 fighters to Jagdfliegerführer Sizilien.
d) Claus von Stauffenberg was seriously injured when his car was strafed by Allied aircraft in North Africa.
e) British and American troops linked up on the El Guettar-Gabès road in Tunisia, ending the Battle of El Guettar.

B.d.U. Report:
a) According to a report from the Attache Group, about 50 Germans have landed on the Canaries. These are the crew of U 167 (IXC/40) which was so badly damaged by a British aircraft in DH 96 that the Commanding Officer (KrvKpt. Kurt Sturm) had to scuttle the boat. The whole crew was rescued.

B-Dienst Report:
a) Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Bogue (CVE-) departed Argentia, Newfoundland bound for Philadelphia Navy Yard for emergency repairs to her aircraft catapult.

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U 115
- KTB -
First War Patrol
(17th war patrol overall)

Wednesday, 7 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W. Report:
a) The Führer and Benito Mussolini began a four-day meeting near Salzburg, Austria, discussing the war effort.
b) Bolivia declared war on the Axis powers.
c) The Luftwaffe assigned 148 fighters to Jagdfliegerführer Sizilien.
d) Claus von Stauffenberg was seriously injured when his car was strafed by Allied aircraft in North Africa.
e) British and American troops linked up on the El Guettar-Gabès road in Tunisia, ending the Battle of El Guettar.

B.d.U. Report:
a) According to a report from the Attache Group, about 50 Germans have landed on the Canaries. These are the crew of U 167 (IXC/40) which was so badly damaged by a British aircraft in DH 96 that the Commanding Officer (KrvKpt. Kurt Sturm) had to scuttle the boat. The whole crew was rescued.

B-Dienst Report:
a) Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Bogue (CVE-) departed Argentia, Newfoundland bound for Philadelphia Navy Yard for emergency repairs to her aircraft catapult.

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Thursday, 8 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) US President Roosevelt froze wages and prices of utilities in order to prevent inflation. He also banned workers from changing jobs unless the switch would further the war effort.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) U 159 (Kptlt. Helmut Friedrich Witte) which is no longer operational owing to extensive damage sustained from a/c Wabos during attack of Wolfpack Seeräuber on convoy RS 3 off the coast of Spanish/Western Sahara, will be ordered to DG 69 and will rendezvous there with U 455 (Oblt. Hans-Martin Scheibe). It is intended to pick up the crew of U 167 (KrvKpt. Kurt Sturm) from the Canaries with U 455 and to transport them home later, some on each of these two boats.
b) U 203 (Kptlt. Hermann Kottmann; ex Mützelburg) sighted in BE 1689 a large vessel type "Queen Elizabeth" course S.W.; contact lost in view of high speed.

B-Dienst Report:
a) The first modified Lancaster ED765/G ("G" for "Guard" denoting the special security arrangements required) bomber was delivered to the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, Hampshire, England, for planned attacks against German dams.

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Old 04-09-23, 02:25 AM   #381
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Thursday, 8 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) US President Roosevelt froze wages and prices of utilities in order to prevent inflation. He also banned workers from changing jobs unless the switch would further the war effort.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) U 159 (Kptlt. Helmut Friedrich Witte) which is no longer operational owing to extensive damage sustained from a/c Wabos during attack of Wolfpack Seeräuber on convoy RS 3 off the coast of Spanish/Western Sahara, will be ordered to DG 69 and will rendezvous there with U 455 (Oblt. Hans-Martin Scheibe). It is intended to pick up the crew of U 167 (KrvKpt. Kurt Sturm) from the Canaries with U 455 and to transport them home later, some on each of these two boats.
b) U 203 (Kptlt. Hermann Kottmann; ex Mützelburg) sighted in BE 1689 a large vessel type "Queen Elizabeth" course S.W.; contact lost in view of high speed.

B-Dienst Report:
a) The first modified Lancaster ED765/G ("G" for "Guard" denoting the special security arrangements required) bomber was delivered to the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, Hampshire, England, for planned attacks against German dams.

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Friday, 9 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) British troops captured Mahares, Tunisia.

O.K.M.-Report:
a) On the personal orders of the Naval High Command, U 128 - 376 - 91 - 262 are sent at maximum speed to meet the homeward-bound vessel, in order to take over in close escort complete flak defence and defence against surface ships. "Irene" was to proceed with course 86° to BE 9527 and there be met at 1800 by 4 destroyers which had previously escorted the "Himalaya" out. In view of several reports by our own aircraft of enemy forces sighted (cruisers, destroyers), Group West decided to escort the "Himalaya" back with destroyers and order "Irene" to proceed to Vigo.
U-boats will now operate on a new course and the rendezvous according to dead reckoning. They will wait there for about 2 hours and then proceed to Vigo with searching courses. Rendezvous with the ship will take place at the earliest in the course of the morning, approximately in BE 8640.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) U 516 (KrvKpt. Gerhard Wiebe) confirmed heavy corrosions on pressure hull at the level of battery compartment 2. She is able to dive only slight depths, and is returning at increased speed.
b) U 339 (Kptlt. Georg-Wilhelm Basse) arrived at Kiel being seriously damaged on 26 March by six depth charges from a British Catalina from the Faeroe Islands (190 Sqn RAF, pilot J. Fish), and was forced to return to Drontheim, Norway, where it was classed unfit for service and reclassified as a training boat.
c) U 635 (Oblt. Heinz Eckelmann) and U 632 (KrvKpt. Hans Karpf) operated against Convoy No. 24 (HX.231) and reported this at 0910 on the 5th April in AK 1852 and at 1710 on the 6th April in AL 3851. Both boats still had contact with the convoy. Since there were no more reports after this, they were ordered several times to give their position but without result. They must, therefore, be considered lost. There is no information as to whether this was due to convoy escort units or to aircraft.

B-Dienst Report:
a) American aircraft ordered at 1150 to attack enemy U-boat in minefield off Fedala (U 117; XB; Korvkpt. Hans-Werner Neumann).

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Old 04-10-23, 03:38 AM   #382
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Friday, 9 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) British troops captured Mahares, Tunisia.

O.K.M.-Report:
a) On the personal orders of the Naval High Command, U 128 - 376 - 91 - 262 are sent at maximum speed to meet the homeward-bound vessel, in order to take over in close escort complete flak defence and defence against surface ships. "Irene" was to proceed with course 86° to BE 9527 and there be met at 1800 by 4 destroyers which had previously escorted the "Himalaya" out. In view of several reports by our own aircraft of enemy forces sighted (cruisers, destroyers), Group West decided to escort the "Himalaya" back with destroyers and order "Irene" to proceed to Vigo.
U-boats will now operate on a new course and the rendezvous according to dead reckoning. They will wait there for about 2 hours and then proceed to Vigo with searching courses. Rendezvous with the ship will take place at the earliest in the course of the morning, approximately in BE 8640.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) U 516 (KrvKpt. Gerhard Wiebe) confirmed heavy corrosions on pressure hull at the level of battery compartment 2. She is able to dive only slight depths, and is returning at increased speed.
b) U 339 (Kptlt. Georg-Wilhelm Basse) arrived at Kiel being seriously damaged on 26 March by six depth charges from a British Catalina from the Faeroe Islands (190 Sqn RAF, pilot J. Fish), and was forced to return to Drontheim, Norway, where it was classed unfit for service and reclassified as a training boat.
c) U 635 (Oblt. Heinz Eckelmann) and U 632 (KrvKpt. Hans Karpf) operated against Convoy No. 24 (HX.231) and reported this at 0910 on the 5th April in AK 1852 and at 1710 on the 6th April in AL 3851. Both boats still had contact with the convoy. Since there were no more reports after this, they were ordered several times to give their position but without result. They must, therefore, be considered lost. There is no information as to whether this was due to convoy escort units or to aircraft.

B-Dienst Report:
a) American aircraft ordered at 1150 to attack enemy U-boat in minefield off Fedala (U 117; XB; Korvkpt. Hans-Werner Neumann).

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Saturday, 10 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) The Allies continue Operation Flax over the waters between Sicily and Tunisia, claiming many destroyed Axis transport aircraft and fighters, while 84 American B-24 bombers attack Sardinia, Italy, sinking one cruiser and damaging another. On the ground, British troops captured Sfax, Tunisia.

O.K.M-Report:
a) "Irene" was not encountered by the 4 U-boats proceeding to meet her. Reconnaissance flight for "Irene" and "Himalaya", sighted at 1250 one cruiser of "Adventure" class in square 3355, course 30°, high speed. "Irene" was attacked towards 1700 in BE 9884, lower left, by a cruiser and presumably sunk. The boats were ordered to proceed to the position and take on survivors or look for lifeboats. At 2032 U 176 (Kptlt. Reiner Dierksen) reported enemy unit in sight in BE 9762. She recognized this later as a cruiser or destroyer with unknown aircraft and lost contact in BE 9495 because of high enemy speed, course being N.W. No further reports have been received.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) U 704 (Kptlt. Horst Wilhelm Kessler) has arrived in Kiel and will be used as training boat.

B-Dienst Report:
a) After being diverted, Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Bogue (CVE-9) arrived at Boston Navy Yard, U.S.A.
b) The first modified Lancaster bomber was moved to RAF Manston, England, to conduct dropping trials for attacks on German dams.

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Old 04-11-23, 01:35 AM   #383
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Saturday, 10 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) The Allies continue Operation Flax over the waters between Sicily and Tunisia, claiming many destroyed Axis transport aircraft and fighters, while 84 American B-24 bombers attack Sardinia, Italy, sinking one cruiser and damaging another. On the ground, British troops captured Sfax, Tunisia.

O.K.M-Report:
a) "Irene" was not encountered by the 4 U-boats proceeding to meet her. Reconnaissance flight for "Irene" and "Himalaya", sighted at 1250 one cruiser of "Adventure" class in square 3355, course 30°, high speed. "Irene" was attacked towards 1700 in BE 9884, lower left, by a cruiser and presumably sunk. The boats were ordered to proceed to the position and take on survivors or look for lifeboats. At 2032 U 176 (Kptlt. Reiner Dierksen) reported enemy unit in sight in BE 9762. She recognized this later as a cruiser or destroyer with unknown aircraft and lost contact in BE 9495 because of high enemy speed, course being N.W. No further reports have been received.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) U 704 (Kptlt. Horst Wilhelm Kessler) has arrived in Kiel and will be used as training boat.

B-Dienst Report:
a) After being diverted, Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Bogue (CVE-9) arrived at Boston Navy Yard, U.S.A.
b) The first modified Lancaster bomber was moved to RAF Manston, England, to conduct dropping trials for attacks on German dams.

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Sunday, 11 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) The Führer issued orders that the best armies, the best leaders and the best weapons were to be made available for employment in the "Encirclement of the enemy forces deployed in the Kursk area".
b) The Allies claim several German transport aircraft shot down flying between Sicily and Tunisia. On the ground, Allied troops captured Kairouan, Tunisia.
c) 73 Zero fighters and 27 D3A carrier dive bombers attacked Oro Bay near Dobodura, Australian Papua, sinking 1 US cargo ship, sinking 1 US destroyer, damaging 1 transport, and damaging 1 Australian minesweeper.

O.K.M-Report:
a) Of the boats sent in to pick up survivors from the "Irene" U 128 (Oblt. Hermann Steinert) was forced to submerge for several hours by a search group in BE 9726, U 176 (Kptlt. Reiner Dierksen) suspected the sinking to have been in BE 9790. At 1800 on the 10th April she observed in that position or southward from it a large cloud of smoke but found nothing in spite of a lengthy search. Our own air reconnaissance reported at 1101 in BE 9739, 8 empty rescue floats. Our own boats were ordered to proceed over the above mentioned square and, if nothing were sighted up to then, to break off the search at midday on the 12th of April.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) U 84 (Kptlt. Horst Uphoff) will proceed to AJ 82 and en route there, in order to give a false impression of the presence of several boats, give out radio messages continuously.
b) U 615 (Kptlt. Ralph Kapitzky) pursued the vessel reported yesterday further and sank it at night in AK 5417. The vessel was probably an auxiliary warship of 12,000 GRT. The Commanding Officer was wounded by splinters and had to return.
c) U 181 (IXD2; KrvKpt. Wolfgang Lüth) sighted the American vessel "Monasses", 5,983 GRT, course 45°, in ET 8881 and sank her by torpedo and artillery fire. In the course of the engagement 1 man was killed (MtrGfr. Wilhelm Williger) and 2 injured by 3.7 cm barrel premature. As it was necessary for them to be taken on by a homeward-bound vessel, rendezvous was arranged with U 516 (KrvKpt. Gerhard Wiebe) at 1200 on the 12th April in FE 6155.
d) U 117 (XB; Korvkpt. Hans-Werner Neumann) has carried out minelaying as ordered.
e) U 414 (Oblt. Walther Huth) has passed the Straits of Gibraltar and has, therefore, reached the area under the command of the Senior Officer U-boats, Mediterranean.
f) U 465 (Kptlt. Heinz Wolf) was bombed by an aircraft in BF 4569 and is returning.

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Old 04-12-23, 01:54 AM   #384
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Sunday, 11 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) The Führer issued orders that the best armies, the best leaders and the best weapons were to be made available for employment in the "Encirclement of the enemy forces deployed in the Kursk area".
b) The Allies claim several German transport aircraft shot down flying between Sicily and Tunisia. On the ground, Allied troops captured Kairouan, Tunisia.
c) 73 Zero fighters and 27 D3A carrier dive bombers attacked Oro Bay near Dobodura, Australian Papua, sinking 1 US cargo ship, sinking 1 US destroyer, damaging 1 transport, and damaging 1 Australian minesweeper.

O.K.M-Report:
a) Of the boats sent in to pick up survivors from the "Irene" U 128 (Oblt. Hermann Steinert) was forced to submerge for several hours by a search group in BE 9726, U 176 (Kptlt. Reiner Dierksen) suspected the sinking to have been in BE 9790. At 1800 on the 10th April she observed in that position or southward from it a large cloud of smoke but found nothing in spite of a lengthy search. Our own air reconnaissance reported at 1101 in BE 9739, 8 empty rescue floats. Our own boats were ordered to proceed over the above mentioned square and, if nothing were sighted up to then, to break off the search at midday on the 12th of April.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) U 84 (Kptlt. Horst Uphoff) will proceed to AJ 82 and en route there, in order to give a false impression of the presence of several boats, give out radio messages continuously.
b) U 615 (Kptlt. Ralph Kapitzky) pursued the vessel reported yesterday further and sank it at night in AK 5417. The vessel was probably an auxiliary warship of 12,000 GRT. The Commanding Officer was wounded by splinters and had to return.
c) U 181 (IXD2; KrvKpt. Wolfgang Lüth) sighted the American vessel "Monasses", 5,983 GRT, course 45°, in ET 8881 and sank her by torpedo and artillery fire. In the course of the engagement 1 man was killed (MtrGfr. Wilhelm Williger) and 2 injured by 3.7 cm barrel premature. As it was necessary for them to be taken on by a homeward-bound vessel, rendezvous was arranged with U 516 (KrvKpt. Gerhard Wiebe) at 1200 on the 12th April in FE 6155.
d) U 117 (XB; Korvkpt. Hans-Werner Neumann) has carried out minelaying as ordered.
e) U 414 (Oblt. Walther Huth) has passed the Straits of Gibraltar and has, therefore, reached the area under the command of the Senior Officer U-boats, Mediterranean.
f) U 465 (Kptlt. Heinz Wolf) was bombed by an aircraft in BF 4569 and is returning.

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Monday, 12 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) The Führer named Martin Bormann his secretary.
b) Our troops announced the discovery of over 4,000 bodies of Polish officers, reportedly deported by the Soviets in 1940, in a mass grave at Katyn, near Smolensk.
c) British RAF Desert Air Force assumed leadership roles in Operation Flax in North Africa. On the ground, troops of British 8th Army captured Sousse, Tunisia.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) U 181 (IXD2; KrvKpt. Wolfgang Lüth) gave wounded men over to U 516 (KrvKpt. Gerhard Wiebe).
b) U 303 (Kptlt. Karl-Franz Heine) passed the Straits of Gibraltar and, therefore, has entered the area under the command of Senior Officer U-boats, Mediterranean.
c) According to a report from the British Station Daventry regarding the destruction of (U 444 Oblt. Albert Langfeld) and U 432 (Kptlt. Hermann Eckhardt) the following information has been obtained: U 444 was attacked near Convoy No. 16 (HX-228) by British destroyer "Harvester" with depth charges and later, when she had to surface, rammed. The destroyer was also damaged in this engagement. The French corvette "Aconit" hurried to her assistance, firing with guns on the boat, which was surfaced, and sinking her after further ramming.
The damaged destroyer "Harvester" the next morning was completely out of action and had to stop. She was sunk shortly after by U 432 with 2 torpedoes. The "Aconit" which had hurried to the scene sighted the U-boat on the surface and sank her by gunfire and ramming, after she had submerged for a short time and been attacked by depth charges. 29 men in all were rescued from the two boats.

B-Dienst Report:
a) According to Italian decypher, SC 126, expected by Group "Meise", was in position BB 8851 at 2100 on the 9th April, course about 90°, speed 7.5 knots.

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Old 04-13-23, 05:03 AM   #385
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Monday, 12 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) The Führer named Martin Bormann his secretary.
b) Our troops announced the discovery of over 4,000 bodies of Polish officers, reportedly deported by the Soviets in 1940, in a mass grave at Katyn, near Smolensk.
c) British RAF Desert Air Force assumed leadership roles in Operation Flax in North Africa. On the ground, troops of British 8th Army captured Sousse, Tunisia.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) U 181 (IXD2; KrvKpt. Wolfgang Lüth) gave wounded men over to U 516 (KrvKpt. Gerhard Wiebe).
b) U 303 (Kptlt. Karl-Franz Heine) passed the Straits of Gibraltar and, therefore, has entered the area under the command of Senior Officer U-boats, Mediterranean.
c) According to a report from the British Station Daventry regarding the destruction of (U 444 Oblt. Albert Langfeld) and U 432 (Kptlt. Hermann Eckhardt) the following information has been obtained: U 444 was attacked near Convoy No. 16 (HX-228) by British destroyer "Harvester" with depth charges and later, when she had to surface, rammed. The destroyer was also damaged in this engagement. The French corvette "Aconit" hurried to her assistance, firing with guns on the boat, which was surfaced, and sinking her after further ramming.
The damaged destroyer "Harvester" the next morning was completely out of action and had to stop. She was sunk shortly after by U 432 with 2 torpedoes. The "Aconit" which had hurried to the scene sighted the U-boat on the surface and sank her by gunfire and ramming, after she had submerged for a short time and been attacked by depth charges. 29 men in all were rescued from the two boats.

B-Dienst Report:
a) According to Italian decypher, SC 126, expected by Group "Meise", was in position BB 8851 at 2100 on the 9th April, course about 90°, speed 7.5 knots.

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Tuesday, 13 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) US bombers attacked Italian airfields at Castelvetrano and Trapani, Sicily, claiming to have destroyed 11 Italian and 8 German aircraft and damaging 16 Italian and 40 German aircraft, at the cost of only 2 B-17 bombers.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) U 455 (Kptlt. Hans-Martin Scheibe) kept a rendezvous last night off Las Palmas with Woermann tug and took on the crew of U 167 (KrvKpt. Kurt Sturm).

B-Dienst Report:
a) The Italian report regarding position of SC 126, being at 2100 on the 9th April in BB 8851, has been confirmed by our own special intercept message.

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Old 04-14-23, 02:45 AM   #386
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Tuesday, 13 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) US bombers attacked Italian airfields at Castelvetrano and Trapani, Sicily, claiming to have destroyed 11 Italian and 8 German aircraft and damaging 16 Italian and 40 German aircraft, at the cost of only 2 B-17 bombers.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) U 455 (Kptlt. Hans-Martin Scheibe) kept a rendezvous last night off Las Palmas with Woermann tug and took on the crew of U 167 (KrvKpt. Kurt Sturm).

B-Dienst Report:
a) The Italian report regarding position of SC 126, being at 2100 on the 9th April in BB 8851, has been confirmed by our own special intercept message.

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Wednesday, 14 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) Stalin's son Yakov Dzhugashvili dies in one of our prisoner camps after his father refused to make a deal to secure his release. Apparantly, he committed suicide by running into the electric fence surrounding the camp, and supposedly, was also shot by a prison guard.
b) Our thrust southeast of Leningrad, is pushed back by the Soviet 14th Army.
c) The remnants of "Tobruch" Battalion of the "San Marco" naval infantry regiment of the Italian Navy begin to arrive in Italy from Tunisia.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) While entering Lorient escorted by a Sperrbrecher, U 526 (Kptlt. Hans Möglich) struck a mine and sank in a matter of seconds at a depth of 8 meters. The boat was proceeding at a distance apart of 300 meters, as ordered. By contrast with earlier cases observed (particularly high water columns with mine detonations) a surprisingly low black explosive column only was seen up to about the level of the conning tower.
It seems possible that this is a new type of mine which is directed only against U-boat escorts and was possibly laid by some vessel from Lorient, and therefore, that this may involve sabotage. The point in question - the fairway channel at "Trois Pierres" - is passed daily by numerous vessels outward and inward bound. No laying of mines by aircraft has been observed in the last year, and is considered a very difficult task in view of the heavy flak defence.
Investigations will be carried out by the Flotilla and the Officer Commanding Western Defences.

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Old 04-15-23, 02:56 AM   #387
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Wednesday, 14 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) Stalin's son Yakov Dzhugashvili dies in one of our prisoner camps after his father refused to make a deal to secure his release. Apparantly, he committed suicide by running into the electric fence surrounding the camp, and supposedly, was also shot by a prison guard.
b) Our thrust southeast of Leningrad, is pushed back by the Soviet 14th Army.
c) The remnants of "Tobruch" Battalion of the "San Marco" naval infantry regiment of the Italian Navy begin to arrive in Italy from Tunisia.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) While entering Lorient escorted by a Sperrbrecher, U 526 (Kptlt. Hans Möglich) struck a mine and sank in a matter of seconds at a depth of 8 meters. The boat was proceeding at a distance apart of 300 meters, as ordered. By contrast with earlier cases observed (particularly high water columns with mine detonations) a surprisingly low black explosive column only was seen up to about the level of the conning tower.
It seems possible that this is a new type of mine which is directed only against U-boat escorts and was possibly laid by some vessel from Lorient, and therefore, that this may involve sabotage. The point in question - the fairway channel at "Trois Pierres" - is passed daily by numerous vessels outward and inward bound. No laying of mines by aircraft has been observed in the last year, and is considered a very difficult task in view of the heavy flak defence.
Investigations will be carried out by the Flotilla and the Officer Commanding Western Defences.

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Thursday, 15 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.M-Report:
a) RAF bombers conducted a raid on La Spezia, Italy.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) At 2211, U 648 (Oblt.d.R. Peter Arthur Stahl) is ordered per F.T. 2150/15/102, to occupy AL 13 as temporary attack area.
b) In view of the loss of U 526 (Kptlt. Hans Möglich) the following instructions are given, effective at once, for incoming and outgoing boats when sailing in convoy - as far as weather conditions permit:
1) All members of the crew are to wear life-jackets.
2) Boats will proceed with bulkheads ready to close, and ready to submerge with the exception of Kingston valves, watertight forecastle and watertight stern.
3) The whole of the free watch must remain on the conning tower and also all on watch, who are not definitely required below deck.

B-Dienst Report:
a) Major General Hastings Ismay reported to Winston Churchill on our experiments with rockets.

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Old 04-16-23, 02:05 AM   #388
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U 115
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(17th war patrol overall)

Thursday, 15 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.M-Report:
a) RAF bombers conducted a raid on La Spezia, Italy.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) At 2211, U 648 (Oblt.d.R. Peter Arthur Stahl) is ordered per F.T. 2150/15/102, to occupy AL 13 as temporary attack area.
b) In view of the loss of U 526 (Kptlt. Hans Möglich) the following instructions are given, effective at once, for incoming and outgoing boats when sailing in convoy - as far as weather conditions permit:
1) All members of the crew are to wear life-jackets.
2) Boats will proceed with bulkheads ready to close, and ready to submerge with the exception of Kingston valves, watertight forecastle and watertight stern.
3) The whole of the free watch must remain on the conning tower and also all on watch, who are not definitely required below deck.

B-Dienst Report:
a) Major General Hastings Ismay reported to Winston Churchill on our experiments with rockets.

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Friday, 16 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) The first night fighter attack on London, carried out by thirty Focke-Wulf 190 aircraft, resulted in two bombs hitting the city, and four German pilots getting lost, thought that they were over France and landed at West Malling RAF fighter base in Kent where three were taken prisoner and one was killed crash-landing.
b) 13 British Spitfire fighters intercepted a large Axis air convoy off Tunisia, claiming to have shot down 7 SM.82 and 1 Bf 109 aircraft at the cost of only 2 Spitfire fighters.

O.K.M-Report:
a) Italians raised the wreck of the French Cruiser Foch at Toulon, France, for repair.
b) Convoy warfare in March has led to a considerable using up of U-boats. A large number of boats have returned owing to fuel and torpedo exhaustion and damage. The resulting gaps must be filled as quickly as possible, if the monthly sinking figures are to be increased. On 6.4, therefore, all boats of type IX about to put out were ordered to proceed to the North Atlantic in order to make up the number of U-boats needed there to intercept convoys.
The fact that sinking results (as far as can be seen) in the southern operational area have decreased (owing to absence of traffic caused by withdrawal of ships for operations in North Africa, and the frequent changes in isolated vessel and convoy traffic.) makes this order timely. Whether future events will justify it remains to be seen.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) At 0141, U 648 (Oblt.d.R. Peter Arthur Stahl) gives short weather report acc. F.T.2209/15/104.
b) U 177 (IXD2; Kptlt. Robert Gysae) reports on "Bachstelze" (observation device).
On the southbound passage from 33°N there were two take offs daily. Successful operation up to seaway 4 and medium swell. Critical point when landing, pitching of boat is no great hindrance as the landing platform is midships and static. It is advisable to wind in the last meter of wire by hand.
The Commander considers more discrimination in the choice of personnel and better training in engine maintenance necessary.
c) A meeting has taken place between U 154 (Oblt. Oskar-Heinz Kusch), U 159 (Kptlt. Helmut Friedrich Witte) and U 518 (Kptlt. Friedrich-Wilhelm Wissmann). The crew of U 167 (KrvKpt. Kurt Sturm) has been evenly distributed among the boats.
d) Since U 376 (Kptlt. Friedrich-Karl Marks) put out of La Pallice on 6.4., it has not reported. The boat was detailed to search for the crew of "Irene". Apart from aircraft sightings of U-boats, there is no information of any kind whatsoever from the Biscay area or W. of it. Several requests for a situation report remained unanswered. The boat must be presumed lost.

B-Dienst Report:
a) According to special Radio Intelligence reports, the SC 126 convoy was in BC 8485 at 2100 on 12.4., and is to have carried out a change of course.
b) The first release of a non-explosive "Upkeep" bouncing bomb took place at Reculver, off the North Kent coast in Britain, but the device broke up on hitting the water.

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Old 04-17-23, 01:39 AM   #389
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U 115
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First War Patrol
(17th war patrol overall)

Friday, 16 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) The first night fighter attack on London, carried out by thirty Focke-Wulf 190 aircraft, resulted in two bombs hitting the city, and four German pilots getting lost, thought that they were over France and landed at West Malling RAF fighter base in Kent where three were taken prisoner and one was killed crash-landing.
b) 13 British Spitfire fighters intercepted a large Axis air convoy off Tunisia, claiming to have shot down 7 SM.82 and 1 Bf 109 aircraft at the cost of only 2 Spitfire fighters.

O.K.M-Report:
a) Italians raised the wreck of the French Cruiser Foch at Toulon, France, for repair.
b) Convoy warfare in March has led to a considerable using up of U-boats. A large number of boats have returned owing to fuel and torpedo exhaustion and damage. The resulting gaps must be filled as quickly as possible, if the monthly sinking figures are to be increased. On 6.4, therefore, all boats of type IX about to put out were ordered to proceed to the North Atlantic in order to make up the number of U-boats needed there to intercept convoys.
The fact that sinking results (as far as can be seen) in the southern operational area have decreased (owing to absence of traffic caused by withdrawal of ships for operations in North Africa, and the frequent changes in isolated vessel and convoy traffic.) makes this order timely. Whether future events will justify it remains to be seen.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) At 0141, U 648 (Oblt.d.R. Peter Arthur Stahl) gives short weather report acc. F.T.2209/15/104.
b) U 177 (IXD2; Kptlt. Robert Gysae) reports on "Bachstelze" (observation device).
On the southbound passage from 33°N there were two take offs daily. Successful operation up to seaway 4 and medium swell. Critical point when landing, pitching of boat is no great hindrance as the landing platform is midships and static. It is advisable to wind in the last meter of wire by hand.
The Commander considers more discrimination in the choice of personnel and better training in engine maintenance necessary.
c) A meeting has taken place between U 154 (Oblt. Oskar-Heinz Kusch), U 159 (Kptlt. Helmut Friedrich Witte) and U 518 (Kptlt. Friedrich-Wilhelm Wissmann). The crew of U 167 (KrvKpt. Kurt Sturm) has been evenly distributed among the boats.
d) Since U 376 (Kptlt. Friedrich-Karl Marks) put out of La Pallice on 6.4., it has not reported. The boat was detailed to search for the crew of "Irene". Apart from aircraft sightings of U-boats, there is no information of any kind whatsoever from the Biscay area or W. of it. Several requests for a situation report remained unanswered. The boat must be presumed lost.

B-Dienst Report:
a) According to special Radio Intelligence reports, the SC 126 convoy was in BC 8485 at 2100 on 12.4., and is to have carried out a change of course.
b) The first release of a non-explosive "Upkeep" bouncing bomb took place at Reculver, off the North Kent coast in Britain, but the device broke up on hitting the water.

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Saturday, 17 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) In response to our discovery of a mass grave at Katyn, the Soviet Union insist that the massacre was committed by us. The Polish government-in-exile in London, requested the International Red Cross to investigate the matter.
b) US bombers attacked Palermo, Sicily. Our Luftwaffe shot down 5 bombers and 1 fighter.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) At 2400, U 648 (Oblt.d.R. Peter Arthur Stahl) is standing up and down in ordered attack area (Qu.AL 1343) at most economic crusing speed (135° - 315°).
b) It can no longer be considered possible to intercept SC 126 with Group "Meise". It is possible that the convoy sailed through the center of the line in the bad visibility of the last few days. As visibility has improved since yesterday and these conditions are likely to continue for some time, Group "Meise" is to remain in this area, but further to the N. The reason for this is the assumption that the HX and SC convoys expected in the next few days will again use the northern route.
c) U 180 (IXD1; Fregkpt. Werner Musenberg) and the Japanese U-boat I-29 are ordered to meet at 0600 on 23.4 in JA 2432. After execution of special duties (transfer of two Indian Nationalist agents; to be put ashore by I-29 at Sumatra), U 180 is to operate in the lower third of KP and KQ and the upper third of KZ and JA, with central point off Durban. E.W. traffic is presumed in the vicinity of this port.

B-Dienst Report:
a) Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Bogue (CVE-9) departed Boston bound for Argentia, Newfoundland, while in a routine change of command, Captain Arnold Jay "Buster" Isbell relieved Captain James Sykes as commanding officer of Escort Carrier USS Card (CVE-11), while the ship was at anchor in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
b) The demanding training of dropping the new "Upkeep" bombs at low altitudes had proven too much for some British pilots, bringing 617 Squadron's stenghth down to 21 crews.

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Old 04-18-23, 01:26 AM   #390
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(17th war patrol overall)

Saturday, 17 April 1943 - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) In response to our discovery of a mass grave at Katyn, the Soviet Union insist that the massacre was committed by us. The Polish government-in-exile in London, requested the International Red Cross to investigate the matter.
b) US bombers attacked Palermo, Sicily. Our Luftwaffe shot down 5 bombers and 1 fighter.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) At 2400, U 648 (Oblt.d.R. Peter Arthur Stahl) is standing up and down in ordered attack area (Qu.AL 1343) at most economic crusing speed (135° - 315°).
b) It can no longer be considered possible to intercept SC 126 with Group "Meise". It is possible that the convoy sailed through the center of the line in the bad visibility of the last few days. As visibility has improved since yesterday and these conditions are likely to continue for some time, Group "Meise" is to remain in this area, but further to the N. The reason for this is the assumption that the HX and SC convoys expected in the next few days will again use the northern route.
c) U 180 (IXD1; Fregkpt. Werner Musenberg) and the Japanese U-boat I-29 are ordered to meet at 0600 on 23.4 in JA 2432. After execution of special duties (transfer of two Indian Nationalist agents; to be put ashore by I-29 at Sumatra), U 180 is to operate in the lower third of KP and KQ and the upper third of KZ and JA, with central point off Durban. E.W. traffic is presumed in the vicinity of this port.

B-Dienst Report:
a) Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Bogue (CVE-9) departed Boston bound for Argentia, Newfoundland, while in a routine change of command, Captain Arnold Jay "Buster" Isbell relieved Captain James Sykes as commanding officer of Escort Carrier USS Card (CVE-11), while the ship was at anchor in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
b) The demanding training of dropping the new "Upkeep" bombs at low altitudes had proven too much for some British pilots, bringing 617 Squadron's stenghth down to 21 crews.

RST
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Sunday, 18 April 1943 (Palm Sunday) - 12th U.-Flotilla Bordeaux (Korvkpt. Klaus Scholtz; ex U 108) -

Daily F.d.U. Briefing

O.K.W.-Report:
a) Our 17.Armee attacked the Soviet bridgehead at Novorossiysk in southern Russia.
b) 47 P-40 and 12 Spitfire fighters intercepted a large Axis air convoy off Tunisia, claiming to have shot down 24 German transport aircraft, 10 German and some Italian fighters.

B.d.U.-Report:
a) Outward bound U 732 (Oblt. Claus-Peter Carlsen) sighted 5 steamers in AE 78 at 1954. According to later reports the convoy was steering a course of 220°, speed 8 knots. The boats U 209 (Kptlt. Heinrich Brodda) and U 648 (Oblt.d.R. Peter Arthur Stahl) in the vicinity according to reckoning were detailed to operate, at 2320 per F.T.2251/18/181.
U 732 attacked towards 0100 and sank an ammunition ship of 5,000 GRT in AE 7792. The boat was forced to submerge by aircraft and destroyers and was attacked with bombs and depth charges. In AE 7768 the enemy altered course to 150°. There was no contact by the boats engaged. Further reports have not been received. The ships probably belong to the Reykjavik section of the ON convoy at present at sea. However, the presence of an ammunition ship contradicts this supposition (so, either ONS.3 or HX.234). The operation continues.

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