F.d.U./B.d.U.'S War Log

16 - 30 November 1941

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16. November 1941.
 
 
 
I.
U 38
- AL 16
U 98
- AK 99
U 205
- Op(CH 70)
U 561
- BD 78
 
43
- BE 44
105
- AK 97
332
- AK 39
565
- Op(CH 70)
 
68
- FU 87
106
- BD 18
372
- BE 51
567
- AK 99
 
69
- BE 14
109
- BE
373
- BE 14
571
- BD 18
 
81
- Op(CH 70)
123
- BE 12
375
- AO
572
- BD 33
 
82
- BE 21
124
- EH 97
402
- AK 93
574
- AM 15
 
84
- BE
126
- FE 50
433
- Op(CH 70)
575
- BD 63
 
85
- BD 34
129
- ER 22
434
- AL 29
577
- BD 18
 
93
- BE 47
133
- BD 18
453
- AO
652
- CD 52
 
96
- BD 33
201
- BE 14
552
- AK 96
A
- ET 30
 
  On Return Passage:  U 123 - 82 - 38 - 84 - 93 - 106.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  U 654  Kiel;  U 431  St. Nazaire.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a)  None.
  b)  Convoy No. 16 not found.
  c) 1) British aircraft sighted a U-boat in AE 7197.
    2) American coastal patrol cruiser reported a U-boat in BE 78 (erroneous observation as there were none of our boats in these areas).
  d)  Convoy left Gibraltar westward bound at 1630.  (Only 6 vessels).
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a)  Convoy No. 16:  Since by 2200 there was no contact with the enemy, Group "Stoertebecker" proceeded on to the next patrol line.  (See Section IVa 1 of 15.11).  U 575 reported at 1400 bearing 80 from BD 3258.  This must have been an erroneous bearing since the convoy had not been detected by either aircraft or own boats.  U 332 and 402 were given as their new objective BD 35.  The intention was to extend the patrol line to the N.W. with these boats.  U 373 returning owing to fuel shortage.  U 372 will join Group "Stoertebecker" and will take up in the patrol line the position of U 373.
  b)  With the remaining boats of Group "Raubritter" it is intended to operate against Convoy No. 16.  (Boats are low in fuel).
  c) 1) Escort duties of U 109 according to plan.  "Isar" was detected in BF by our own aircraft.
    2) U 561 - 652 are in rendezvous position for escort duty.
  d) 1) U 68 reported refueling carried out and that refuelling is possible for U 126 on the 22nd November at the point ordered.  The boat intends, on return passage, to pass Bahia and Freetown.
       
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    2) U 126 requested return passage after refueling, as her Diesel engine is in a bad condition (smoking heavily) and taking on of supplies is probably not possible.
    3) Refueling rendezvous for U 124 and U 129 moved to a position 35 miles north of point Fachinger.  After refueling the boats are to withdraw 400 miles to the east, report there, and proceed over ET to area "Kleiderstoffe".
    4) The Southern boats will be informed of orders forbidding attacks on single vessels S.W. of the line ER 61 to FD 37 (area through which our own ships pass).
       
V. Reports of Success:
    U 752 - sank a steamer of 4,000 GRT with cargo of wood and 1 escort in the Arctic.
       
VI. General:
    The Naval Liaison Staff in Rome has informed me that preparations for the attack on Tobruk on the 26th November are being concluded.  It wa apparently not yet known that this attack was being prepared when I was in Berlin consulting with the Naval War Staff on the 8th November, otherwise this would have come out in discussions regarding operations in the Mediterranean.
  This attack will occasion considerable movements by the British Alexandria forces, but no more than 2 boats of the 23rd U-Flotilla could be in position on the 26th November off Alexandria-Tobruk.
  I have, therefore, proposed to the Naval War Staff that 3 boats be sent at once from the Western Mediterranean, thereby taking into account that the number of boats in the Western Mediterranean will be temporarily reduced.
       
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17. November 1941.
 
 
 
I.
U 38
- AL 16
U 105
- BD 13
U 372
- BE 42
U 565
- Op(CH 70)
 
43
- BD 64
106
- BD 52
373
- BE 24
567
- BD 36
 
68
- FU 59
109
- BF 70
375
- AN 20
571
- BD 29
 
69
- BE 18
123
- BE 27
402
- BD 32
572
- BE 17
 
81
- Op(CH 70)
124
- ER 37
431
- BF
574
- AL 02
 
82
- BE 38
126
- FE 32
433
- Op(CH 70)
575
- BD 35
 
84
- BF 40
129
- ER 28
434
- AL 44
577
- BD 29
 
85
- BD 39
133
- BD 28
453
- AN 20
652
- CD 86
 
93
- BE 49
201
- BE 42
552
- BD 33
654
- AO
 
96
- BE 14
205
- Op(CH 70)
561
- CD 38
A
- ET 30
 
98
- BD 36
332
- AK 68
   
   
 
  On Return Passage:  U 109 - 123 - 82 - 38 - 84 - 93 - 106 - 373.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  U 562  Brest.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  On outward OG-convoy.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a)  U 109 reported U-boat in BF 5826 (type not recognized).
  b)  Without successes.
       
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  c)  The convoy, outward-bound from Gibraltar on the 16th November and consisting of 6 ships, has returned to Gibraltar.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a)  Group "Stoertebecker":  The boats were ordered, after reaching the patrol line, to cruise to and fro.  U 332 and U 402 were ordered to join the group and thereby extend the patrol line to the N.W.  Boats of the former Group "Raubritter" - U 85, 133, 571, 577 - will join Group "Stoertebecker" and will be assigned positions for extending the patrol line to the S.E. up to BE 8152.
  b) In order to clear up any obscurities in view of U 575's one bearing, U 574, 575, 105, 434 and 43 were ordered to continue passage to the square ordered (BC 47).  The boats will be called Group "Steuben".
  c)  Escort duties "Isar" carried out by U 109 according to plan and concluded.  U 652 - 561 apparently according to plan.
  d)  According to reports from U 68, refueling for U 126 is planned on 22nd November in FE 7555.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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18. November 1941.
 
 
 
I.
U 38
- AL 33
U 105
- BD 14
U 372
- BE 42
U 565
- Op(CH 70)
 
43
- BD 54
106
- BD 62
373
- BE 29
567
- BD 36
 
68
- FU 60
109
- BF 61
375
- AF 77
571
- BD 65
 
69
- BE 41
123
- BE 19
402
- BD 35
572
- BE 41
 
81
- Op(CH 70)
124
- ER 50
431
- BF 49
574
- AL 45
 
82
- BF 40
126
- FE 20
433
- Op(CH 70)
575
- BD 28
 
84
- BF 50
129
- ER 50
434
- AK 91
577
- BD 68
 
85
- BE 45
133
- BD 64
453
- AF 78
652
- CD 86
 
93
- BE 59
201
- BE 45
552
- BD 36
654
- AN 30
 
96
- BE 17
205
- Op(CH 70)
561
- CD 38
A
- ET
 
98
- BD 39
332
- AK 99
562
- BF
   
 
  On Return Passage:  U 109 - 123 - 82 - 38 - 84 - 93 - 106 - 373.
  Entered Port:  U 109  Lorient;  U 84  Brest.
  Sailed:  - . -
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - b) None.
  c) 1) British aircraft suspected U-boat in AL 2155 (possibly U 38).
       
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    2) British aircraft reported, together with a M.T.B., chase of an enemy U-boat in CG 9645 (U 81?).
  d) Number of ships in Gibraltar - 32 freighters and 9 tankers.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) Group "Stoertebecker" will remain in patrol line.  Air reconnaissance in this area is planned on the Gibraltar convoy for the 19th November.
  b) Group Arnauld:  U 565 and 205 will be sent to new operational area off Tobruk, in order to strengthen our own position in this area for special operation planned.  The boats have been ordered to reach the area off Tobruk by 25th November (Of the 23rd U-Flotilla only 2 boats could be in this area at the time).
    In order to strengthen the area east of Gibraltar, 2 further boats - U 562 and 577 - will be withdrawn for this purpose.  In this way there will probably be 6 boats in the area east of Gibraltar on the 26th November.
  c) Escort duties U 652 - 561 apparently according to plan.
  d) None.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
VI. General:
  On the orders of the Naval War Staff there must be 4 boats as from 26th November in the area Alexandria-Tobruk, and 6 in the Western Mediterranean.  This is in connection with increased numbers required to deal with British movements expected during the attack on Tobruk.
  There are some difficulties with regard to equipment of the boats provided for this purpose according to IVb.  U 562, destined for the Atlantic and already put out, will be recalled to Lorient to fit out there, and the other boats will receive the necessary data on passing the Messina Straits.
       
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19. November 1941.
 
 
 
I.
U 38
- AM 13
U 106
- BE 42
U 375
- AM 31
U 571
- BE 41
 
43
- BD 44
123
- BE 52
402
- BD 35
572
- AK 6
 
68
- FU 69
124
- ER 11
431
- BF 75
574
- AL 45
 
69
- BE 41
126
- FE 54
433
- Op(CH 70)
575
- BD 17
 
81
- Op(CH 70)
129
- ER 11
434
- AK 87
577
- BE 47
 
82
- BF 57
133
- BE 44
453
- AM 32
652
- CD 86
 
85
- BE 46
201
- BE 45
552
- BD 36
654
- AN 31
 
93
- BE 69
205
- CH 59
561
- CD 38
A
- ET
 
96
- BE 17
332
- BD 32
562
- BF 50
   
 
98
- BD 39
372
- BE 42
565
- CH 81
   
 
105
- BC 61
373
- BE 63
567
- BD 36
   
 
  On Return Passage:  U 123 - 82 - 38 - 93 - 106 - 373 - 562 - 567.
  Entered Port:  U 82  La Pallice;  U 562  Lorient.
  Sailed:  U 95 - 557  Lorient.
       
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II. Air Reconnaissance:  In area of Group "Stoertebecker".
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) None.
  b) Without result.
  c) None.
  d) While sinking the "Ark Royal", escort boat "Lady Glacis" also sunk.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) None.
  b) 1) Group Stoertebecker":  Since the 4th patrol line of the Group has had no success up to now, the boats will be divided into 3 groups and ordered into the following operational areas:
     
Group Godecke:
U 98
- AJ 9355;  
U 69
- AJ 9545;
 
201
- AJ 5955;  
572
- AK 7455.
Group Benecke:
U 332
- AK 5985;  
U 402
- AK 8525;
 
567
- AK 8955;  
96
- AK 9845;
 
     
552
- AK 9275.
Group Stoertebecker:
U 85
- AL 8456;  
U 133
- AL 9455;
 
571
- BE 1155;  
577
- BE 1355.
      Spacing 80 miles.
      The orders are to approach ordered operational areas even if fuel supplies probably do not permit taking up position in the areas.  U 372 will join Group Steuben and has been assigned as her objective BC 47.
      U 567 will not be able to carry out operational orders owing to fuel and is returning.
    2) U 375 and U 453 have been assigned to AK 59.
  c)  Escort duties U 652 - 561 apparently according to plan.
  d)  U 654 put into Stavanger owing to suspected scarlet fever.  Quarantine.  (Probably lasting 8 days).
 
 
 
V. Reports of Success:   None.
       
VI. General:
    The patrol line sent in to operate in the last few days against the OG convoy, and also on an expected SL convoy, has had no success and has been dispersed (see under IVb).
    Theoretically speaking, it would appear that a close patrol line must have better prospects of detecting enemy traffic than a loose disposition of individual boats.
       
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  In practice, however, experience shows that individual boats find convoys but that, with one exception, convoys have never been detected by a patrol line, unless there were a previous report on the enemy by an individual boat.
    The reason for this is not yet clear.  Coincidence it cannot be - coincidence cannot always be on one side, and experiences extend over 3 to 4 years.
  A likely explanation would be that the British, from some source or other, gain knowledge of our concentrated dispositions and deviate thereby encountering perhaps boats proceeding singly.  This knowledge could be gained by the enemy:
  1)  By disclosure.  Everything that can be done has been, by disguise of squares, limitation of radio personnel and our own U-boat codes.  The circle of personnel "in the know" is so small that there can be hardly any possibility of disclosure.
  2) By deciphering our radio messages.  This matter is being continually examined by the Naval War Staff and is considered as out of the question.
  3)  By a combination of radio traffic and reports of sightings.  This possibility can, of course, not be investigated as it is not known what information can be gained by the enemy from sighting reports and radio traffic (particularly accuracy in bearing).  This question forms the basis of continual discussions with B.d.U.  In many cases it has been shown that the enemy has not drawn the conclusions to be expected from data which certainly became known to him.  This may be due to the fact that the slowness of a huge organization does not permit of rapid action, as well as the fact that he may have, apart from that known to us, further information which influences his decisions.  In any case, it has not been possible up to now to see into his train of ideas and the conclusions arrived at.  Attempts to do this constitute a continual problem.
     In order to deal with this problem, a closer cooperation with the Intercept Service may perhaps help.  I intend, to this end, to request the trial posting of an experienced Intercept Service Officer to the Staff of B.d.U., which should serve generally to investigate further possibilities of gaining intelligence on enemy measures, particularly of convoy control.
  4)  By location (DeTe = radar) and consequent deviation.  There is no evidence on this up to now.
    All these possibilities do not suffice, however, at present to explain the lack of success by concentrated disposition, as proved by experience.This experience, however, must be taken into account.  Therefore, loose dispositions will be adopted, in which the boats are assembled in Groups so that when one boat of a Group makes contact the other boats are able to come up comparatively quickly and, in addition, cooperation of the Groups amongst each other is still possible.  I intend that these Groups shall not remain stationary but that they shall be continually on the move in order to make it more difficult for the enemy to deviate.
 
 
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20. November 1941.
 
 
 
I.
U 38
- AM 24
U 106
- BE 64
U 375
- AM 13
U 567
- BE 14
 
43
- BC 64
123
- BE 65
402
- BD 31
571
- BE 49
 
68
- FV 40
124
- ER 21
431
- CG 16
572
- BD 39
 
69
- BE 41
126
- FE 57
433
- Op(CH 70)
574
- AK 93
 
81
- Op(CH 70)
129
- EH 88
434
- AK 81
575
- BC 61
 
85
- BE 46
133
- BE 46
453
- AM 23
577
- BE 57
 
93
- BF 40
201
- BE 44
552
- BD 32
652
- CE 12
 
95
- BF
205
- CH 93
557
- BF
A
- ET
 
96
- BD 39
332
- BD 31
561
- CD 38
   
 
98
- BD 39
372
- BE 44
565
- CH 91
   
 
105
- BD 15
373
- BE 65
   
   
 
  On Return Passage:  U 123 - 38 - 93 - 106 - 567 - 373.
  Entered Port:  U 654  Stavanger.
  Sailed:  U 562  Lorient.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - c) None.
  d)  "Malaya" said to be completely operational.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a)  None.
  b) 1) U 105 and U 43 have been ordered to attack simultaneously and by surprise in the night of 25-26th November the anchorages off St. Johns and the ore ships' loading pier in Conception Bay (East side of Belle Is.).  In order not to betray the presence of these two boats in this area too soon, other boats of Group "Steuben" have been ordered not to pass over longitude 500 W before the 25th.  Subsequently it is intended that Group "Steuben" shall operate in proximity to the coast of squares BB 63 and 66, with freedom of action.  The boats will be permitted to withdraw to the east, after the situation near the coast has been exactly ascertained.  Any contacts with the enemy occurring before these operations and promising success should be utilized even if the appointed time has expired or has to be postponed.  Western boundary 540 45' W., southern boundary 430 N.
    2) U 81 and U 433 have also been ordered to proceed immediately into the operational area off Tobruk (in accordance with Order for special operations in the Mediterranean).
  c) 1) U 561 has been ordered, if the ship has not been met within the provided time to withdraw 250 miles to the N.W., to report by means of a short signal and to take up position from 0800 on the 26th November in CD 56, middle, in order to take over escort of the blockade runner "Burgenland".
    2) U 652 and U 561 according to plan.
  d)  None.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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VI. General:
  1)  The Naval War Staff has ordered that further boats be sent into the eastern Mediterranean (see IV b2).  The reason for this is that in North Africa the British have started an offensive on the whole front.
  2)  According to reports by agents and intercept messages 1 U-boat was sunk west and one east of Gibraltar.  Which boats these are is at present not certain.  At the time in question (17th November) U 433 and U 565 may still have been west of Gibraltar, U 81 and U 205 east of Gibraltar.  West of Gibraltar this loss may have occurred in a convoy attack said to have been observed from the Portuguese coast according to a press report, on which there are no reports from boats.
       
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21. November 1941.
 
 
 
I.
U 38
- AN 24
U 106
- BE
U 375
- AL 35
U 567
- BE 19
 
43
- BC 57
123
- BF 40
402
- AK 97
571
- BE 42
 
68
- FV 50
124
- ER 34
431
- CG 49
572
- BD 37
 
69
- BD 38
126
- FE 70
433
- CH 75
574
- AK 86
 
81
- CH 75
129
- EH 98
434
- AK 77
575
- BC 55
 
85
- BE 15
133
- BE 27
453
- AL 36
577
- BE 43
 
93
- BF
201
- BD 62
552
- AK 95
652
- BD 97
 
95
- BF 48
205
- CJ 76
557
- BF 48
A
- ET
 
96
- BD 32
332
- AK 94
561
- CD?
   
 
98
- BD 26
372
- BD 64
562
- BF
   
 
105
- BC 38
373
- BF
565
- CJ 76
   
 
  On Return Passage:  U 123 - 38 - 93 - 106 - 567 - 373.
  Entered Port:  U 93  St. Nazaire;  U 373  Lorient;  U 38  Bergen.
  Sailed:  - . -
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  In the area of present Group "Stoertebecker".
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a)  None.
  b)  Without result.
  c) 1) According to a report 40 German prisoners were landed in Gibraltar on the 17th November from the gunboat "Spirea" - coming from the west.  (No information on this.  Possibly U 433).
    2) The British Admiralty gave out that a German U-boat had been destroyed in the area in which the "Ark Royal" was sunk.  (Both boats taking part have reported since the time they were reported to have been destroyed).
    3) According to an unconfirmed report by an eyewitness from "Villa Real", a U-boat attacked a convoy on the morning of the 18th November and sank 2 vessels (see C 1??).
  d)  None.
       
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IV. Current Operations:
  a)  None.
  b) 1) Group "Steuben":   U 43 and U 105 were not able to carry out their special operation owing to lack of charts; further, U 43 was not able to reach the operational area at the time ordered.
      U 575 will take over U 43's operation.  U 105 will operate according to general orders for boats of "Steuben" Group and has been assigned, as her main area, that in the outlet of Conception Bay.
    2) U 375 reported from her original square AE 79.  The boat, contrary to new "Standing War Order" switched on the Ireland frequency.  She has been assigned her new objective in AD 96.
  c)  Escort duties "Ship 46" carried out according to plan.  The ship was detected by air reconnaissance in BE 9620.
  d)  U 129 reported from ER 3769 refueling carried out.  "Python" will be in the area of "Kleiderstoffe" on the 28th November.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
VI. General:
  a)  According to information from the German Naval Command in Italy, landings by the British are expected in Algiers and Oran.  It is not known how reliable this information is.   The general situation in the Mediterranean appears to indicate that such operations are not out of the question.  A further strengthening of U-boats in the Mediterranean is, however, not possible just now, without having recourse to those already operating in the Atlantic.
  b) Supply ship "Python" has up to now done well.  The intended operation by 4 boats in the area around Capetown seems, therefore, to be more likely.
       
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22. November 1941.
 
 
 
I.
U 43
- BD 41
U 123
- BF 50
U 402
- Op(AK 85)
U 567
- BE 53
 
68
- EV 65
124
- ER 29
431
- CG 85
571
- BE 14
 
69
- BD 29
126
- FE 45
433
- CH 58
572
- BD 25
 
81
- CH 82
129
- ER 69
434
- BC 31
574
- BD 12
 
85
- AL 87
133
- BE 21
453
- AL 27
575
- BC 56
 
95
- BE 96
201
- BD 29
552
- Op(AK 92)
577
- BE 13
 
96
- Op(AK 98)
205
- CJ 97
557
- BF 77
652
- BE 71
 
98
- BD 21
332
- Op(AK 59)
561
- CD ?
A
- ET 90
 
105
- BC 39
372
- BD 72
562
- BF 48
   
 
106
- BF 50
375
- AL 21
565
- CJ 97
   
 
  On Return Passage:  U 123 - 106 - 567.
  Entered Port:  U 123 - U 106  Lorient.
  Sailed:  - . -
       
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II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) 1) U 124 reported:  "USA cruiser "Memphis Class" in ER 3527.  Mean course W.N.W."
    2) U 126 see IV d.
  b) None.
  c) 1) An American convoy, with American escort forces, is expected shortly in Gibraltar.
    2) A part-convoy coming from Gibraltar was, on the 6th November, at 380 13' N. and 240 12' W. and was to advance on the 8th November at 400 N 250 W. to SL 91.
    3) According to the latest intercept report, the convoy which left Gibraltar on the 16th must have put out to the east, since it returned owing to danger of U-boats near Melilla into its port of departure.
      The stated sinking of 2 U-boats in connection with this convoy cannot be correct, as apart from U 433 (from which no report can be expected before the 23rd November) all boats reported after the time in question.
  d) None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  b) Special Operations in the Mediterranean:
    1) On the orders of the Naval War Staff regarding special operations in the Mediterranean, a new disposition of all operational boats is necessary in the Mediterranean.  U 453 and U 375 have been ordered to proceed at cruising speed to CG 89.  U 552 - 85 - 133 - 571 - 577 have been ordered to return to Western France.  (For short term new fitting).  U 96 - 98 - 201 - 332 are also to operate in the Mediterranean after previously refuelling in Gata or Bernardo.  After U 98 and 201 had reported that return passage to Western France was not ensured if refueling failed, they were assigned operational areas as follows until their fuel was exhausted:  U 98 in AK 7960 and U 201 in AK 8880.  In view of their low fuel supplies, the following were also assigned:  U 69 - AK 7360 and U 402 - AK 8520, spacing 80 miles.  U 431 was ordered, after passing Gibraltar, to continue passage immediately to the east.  U 205 was to refuel in Messina if absolutely necessary.  U 98 reported return passage.
    2) Southern area:  In order to ensure 2nd refueling (on 5th December), U 124 and U 129 will be ordered to proceed on a direct course to the area of "Kleiderstoffe".  After it had at first been planned that the boats should operate in the area round Gibraltar owing to the state of emergency in the Mediterranean, Control has now decided, in view of the already great distance, that both boats should continue
 
 
 
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      special operations in the Southern area.  After report had been received from U 126 (see IV d), U 124 and U 129 were ordered to proceed to a point of rendezvous with U 126.
  c)  Escort duties for :Ship 46" according to plan.  The ship was detected by aircraft in BF.
  d) 1) U 124 reported refueling carried out.
    2) U 126 reported Ship 16 sunk at refueling rendezvous by a British cruiser.  The boat is attempting to reach the South American coast with lifeboats.  Refueling is necessary for return to Western France.  As a preliminary measure U 124 and U 129 were ordered to U 126.  Whether the nearby "Python" is to be sent in to take over the 305 survivors of "Ship 16" must be decided by the Naval War Staff.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
VI. General:
  a)  U-boat warfare in the Atlantic has practically ceased owing to the concentrations in the Mediterranean; the only boats from which any result may be expected are the boats of Group "Steuben" which are to operate off Newfoundland.  Although this fact is regrettable, it is nevertheless necessary of course to put every effort into dealing with the dangerous situation in the Mediterranean.
  b)  The sinking of "Ship 16" proves once more what difficulties and dangers are entailed in conducting surface warfare and the refueling of U-boats.  The construction of U-boat tankers started at the beginning of the war and the conversion of Dutch boats to torpedo transport boats will shortly probably constitute the sole refueling facilities.
       
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23. November 1941.
 
 
 
I.
U 43
- BC 61
U 126
- FE 70
U 433
- CH 92
U 572
- BD 24
 
68
- FW 25
129
- ER 74
434
- BC 24
574
- BC 36
 
69
- BD 24
133
- AL 98
453
- AL 48
575
- BC 51
 
81
- CJ 76
201
- BD 29
552
- AK 99
577
- BE 24
 
85
- AL 88
205
- CO 11
557
- Cg 16
652
- BF
 
95
- CG 15
332
- AK 91
561
- CD ?
A
- FE 39
 
96
- BD 32
372
- BC 92
562
- BE 96
   
 
98
- AK 87
375
- AL 13
565
- CO 11
   
 
105
- BC 29
402
- AK 92
567
- BE 62
   
 
124
- ER 39
431
- CG 94
571
- BE 15
   
 
  On Return Passage:  U 85 - 571 - 577 - 133 - 552 - 567 - 98 - 572.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  - . -
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - b) None.
       
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  c) 1) British cruiser presumably "Devonshire" reported at 1140 on the 22nd November unknown merchant ship in FE 75.  (Sinking of supply ship 16).  See report U 126 of 23rd November 1941.
  d)  From the latest reconnaissance line reports it appears that the Straits of Gibraltar are protected by 3 patrol lines.
    1st line:  Ceuta-Cape Spartel,  2nd line:  Ceuta - Europa Point,  3rd line:  Ceuta-Tarifa.  The strongest patrol is on the middle line.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) Group Steuben has been ordered to break off earlier operation.  New objective CG 90.  (In connection with special operations "Mediterranean").  Since U 561 has reported for herself and U 652 from BF that escort duties have been carried out, it is intended that these two boats also shall be sent in for special operation "Mediterranean" and they have been ordered to carry out refueling from Gata in the night of 27-28th or 28-29th November.  U 561 reported that she could not carry out the operation owing to bad engine trouble and she has been ordered to return.
  b) Mediterranean:  Refueling planned for U 81 in Messina, if this is possible without delay.  THe boat will be temporarily assigned to the 23rd U-Flotilla after passing Messina.
    U 205 and 565 have been assigned by Senior Officer of 23 U-Flotilla operational area in CP 47 - 71 up the African coast, concentrating in 7160 - 7190 and 7430 or CO 69 - 93, concentrating in 9320 - 50 - 80.
  c) 1) Southern area, see IV d.
    2) Escort duties of U 561 and 652 carried out and concluded.
  d) 1) Southern area:  U 126 was ordered to proceed to f = 40 30' S., course "W".  "Python" is around this latitude for taking over survivors.  It is planned that she shall do this on about the 24th or 25th November.  U 126 is to refuel from "Python" as far as is necessary for return passage and return after taking over an Officer from Ship 16.  She is to report that this has been carried out 300 miles away from point of rendezvous.  U 124 and U 129 are free after giving over survivors to "Python" or upon receipt of message from U 126.  They are to continue special operation off Capetown.
    2) The second refueling for U 68 is planned in GP 13.  It is intended that the boat, together with UA, U 124 and U 129, shall be sent in to operate off Capetown.  U 68 will be instructed to report whether the operation can been carried out.
    3) UA reported her position from FU 44.  This boat, therefore, started passage earlier than necessary from the Freetown area to the refueling area of "Kleiderstoffe".
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
 
 
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VI. General:
  The decision to send in also the "Steuben" boats to operate in the Straits of Gibraltar means a complete cessation of U-boat warfare in the Atlantic.  This must be accepted.
       
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24. November 1941.
 
 
 
I.
U 43
- DC 65
U 124
- ER 69
U 402
- AK 83
U 565
- Co 27
 
68
- FO 68
126
- FD 96
431
- CG 96
567
- BE
 
69
- AK 87
129
- FD 14
433
- CH ?
571
- BE 51
 
81
- CJ 86
133
- BE 34
434
- BC 52
572
- BD 37
 
85
- BE 25
201
- BD 21
453
- AL 97
574
- BC 39
 
95
- CG 49
205
- CO 27
552
- BE 11
575
- BC 57
 
96
- BE 17
332
- BD 31
557
- BE 46
577
- BE 37
 
98
- BD 22
372
- BC 96
561
- BF 48
652
- BF 76
 
105
- BC 64
375
- AL 18
562
- CG 16
A
- FU 48
 
  On Return Passage:  U 85 - 571 - 577 - 133 - 552 - 567 - 98 - 572 - 561.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  U 558  Brest.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a)  U 124 reported sinking a British cruiser of D-class in ES 79.
  b) None.
  c) According to an unconfirmed report a convoy (12 vessels) passed Gibraltar to the east on the night of 23rd November.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) - b) None.
  c)  U 96 will refuel in "Bernardo" in the night of 27-28 NOvember.  U 652 in "Gata" on 27-28 November.
  d) 1) U 126 was ordered to send a beacon signal for "Python" since the ship was instructed to search only up to the evening of the 25th November.
    2) U 68 reported that further operations (special operation Capetown) were possible if refueling were effected.
       
V. Reports of Success:
    U 124 - 1 D-class cruiser sunk.
       
VI. General:  None.
       
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25. November 1941.
 
 
 
I.
U 43
- BD 44
U 126
- FD 94
U 433
- Med. ?
U 571
- BF 40
 
68
- FU
129
- FD 57
434
- BC 64
572
- BE 45
 
69
- Op(AK 73)
133
- BF 40
453
- BE 28
574
- BD 45
 
81
- CO 11
201
- Op(AK 88)
552
- BF 40
575
- BC 83
 
85
- BE 38
205
- CO 64
557
- CG 81
577
- BF 40
 
95
- CG 81
332
- BD 39
558
- BF
652
- CG 24
 
96
- BE 54
372
- BD 78
561
- BF 40
A
- FU
 
98
- BD 35
375
- AL 67
562
- CG 46
   
 
105
- BC 69
402
- Op(AK 85)
565
- CO 52
   
 
124
- FD 16
431
- CH 75
567
- BE
   
 
  On Return Passage:  U 85 - 571 - 577 - 133 - 552 - 567 - 98 - 572 - 561.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  U 451  Kiel.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - b) None.
  c) Aircraft depot ship "Unicorn" with 2 escort vessels left Gibraltar at 1045, E-bound.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a)  None.
  b)  The boats still in the operational area have been ordered to proceed to the following squares:
     U 69 - AL 02;  U 402 - AL 63;  U 210 - AL 69.  Day's run 120 miles.
  c)  Refueling "Gata" and "Bernardo" as planned.
  d) 1) U 126 reported at 2153 operation carried out and returning.  Therefore, "Python" will have taken on board the crew of "Ship 16".  U 124 and U 129 were ordered to proceed as planned to the area "Kleiderstoffe".
    2) Several boats on return passage reported enemy aircraft attacks in BF 40.  Patrols in the Biscay are seem to have been particularly strong on this day.
    3) After passing the Straits of Messina, until further notice, the boats ordered to that area in the course of special operations "Mediterranean" will be operationally under the command of the 23rd U-Flotilla.  Therefore, up to the date the following have newly joined the 23rd U-Flotilla:  U 205, U 565 and U 81.
       
V.

Reports of Success:  None.

       
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26. November 1941.
 
 
 
I.
U 43
- BD 88
U 126
- FL 16
U 451
- AO
   
 
68
- FV 25
129
- FL 15
453
- BE 94
   
 
A
- CF 34
201
- BD 89
557
- CH 74
   
 
69
- AK 81
332
- BE 73
558
- BE 96
   
 
85
- BF 40
372
- CF 15
562
- CG 86
   
 
95
- CH 74
375
- BE 28
572
- BE 64
   
 
96
- BE 99
402
- AK 83
574
- BD 86
   
 
98
- BE 52
431
- CH 93
575
- BD 77
   
 
105
- BD 43
433
- ?
652
- CG 80
   
 
124
- FD 73
434
- BC 98
   
   
 
  On Return Passage:  U 126 - 85 - 571 - 577 - 133 - 552 - 567 - 98 - 572 - 561.
  Entered Port:  U 577 - 133 - 552 - 567  St. Nazaire;  U 561  Brest;  U 571  La Pallice.
  Sailed:  U 67  Lorient.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - d) None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a)  None.
  b) 1) U 69 - 402 - 201 were ordered to take up position as from the evening of the 30th November in the following operational areas:  U 69 - BE 1280;  U 402 - BE 1620;  U 201 - BE 2460, spacing 40 miles.
      The object of this is to detect the convoy OG 79, which will put out on the 26th November according to schedule, with aircraft cover.  The decision to operate against this convoy was made in spite of the low fuel supplies of the boats, since B.d.U. suspects important supplies in the convoy for the Mediterranean.
    2) The following have been assigned, as operational areas:  U 95 and U 557, squares CG 96 - CG - CG 70 north of 360 N;  U 562 south of this latitude.  The boats will be permitted temporarily withdrawal, in case of strong defence up to 30 East.
  c) 1) Refueling "Gata" or "Bernardo" is planned for 27th - 28th November.
    2) UA - 124 - 129 - 68 have been ordered to attempt refuelling from "Python" in square GF 9634 at the following times:
      UA on 30th November, U 68 on 1st December, U 124 and U 129 on 5th December.
      Refueling must be carried out by all boats by the 8th December.
       
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      Radio traffic and attacks are prohibited for 400 miles round the refueling point of rendezvous.
  d)  None.
       
V. Reports of Success:
  U 331 - 1 battleship torpedoed in the Eastern Mediterranean.  A very satisfactory result.
       
VI. General:
  Re Mediterranean Situation:
  I regard the main center of U-boat activity in the Mediterranean as still in the east.  British supplies by sea for the African front as well as British attacks on our own supplies to Africa can be of decisive importance on developments in the situation on land.  Both offer favorable targets for attack by U-boats.
  Information regarding British intentions to attack Oran and Algiers, on the other hand, appears hardly feasible.  It is also not proven that a steady flow of supplies is going from Gibraltar to Malta and further to the east.  In addition there is the fact that through the loss of "Ark Royal" and the "Malaya" the forces at Gibraltar are considerably weakened - at the present time only "Argus" of the large ships can be ready for action - so that any large-scale operations are hardly likely.
  I have, therefore, proposed to the Naval War Staff that 2 further boats - U 95 and U 557 - should be sent from the Western into the Eastern Mediterranean, taking into account a temporary reduction in the number of U-boats in the Western Mediterranean.
       
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27. November 1941.
 
 
 
I.
U 43
- BD 88
U 105
- BD 55
U 402
- AK 92
U 562
- CG 86
 
67
- BF 54
124
- FD 73
431
- CJ 85
572
- BE 64
 
68
- FV 51
126
- FD 57
433
- ?
574
- BD 59
 
69
- AK 83
129
- Fl 15
434
- BC 98
575
- BC 96
 
85
- BF 50
201
- AK 98
451
- AO
652
- CG 80
 
95
- CH 74
332
- BE 73
453
- BE 94
A
- GF 34
 
96
- BE 99
372
- CF 15
557
- CH 74
   
 
98
- BE 62
375
- BE 28
558
- BE 96
   
 
  On Return Passage:  U 126 - 85 - 98 - 572.
  Entered Port:  U 85  Lorient.
  Sailed:  U 131 - 584  Kiel.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - c) None.
       
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  d) 1) There are about 50 ships in the harbor or Bay of Gibraltar.  According to schedule, an H.G. convoy should put out on the 1st December.
    2) At 1600 8 destroyers and a cruiser took up formation with the convoy off Cape Spartel.  There is no further information regarding course and position.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) - b) None.
  c)  U 652 reported refueling "Gata" carried out according to plan.
  d) 1) U 584 is destined for operations in North Norway and has, therefore, been assigned operationally to the command of Group North.
    2) U 431 has passed the Straits of Messina and, therefore, has come under the command of the 23rd U-Flotilla for operations.
    3) U 433 has not reported in spite of instructions to do so.  Her last report was on the 9th November from BF 54.  It is assumed that the boat was destroyed on about the 17th November off Gibraltar.  A large number of the crew appear to have been rescued.
       
V. Reports of Success:
    U 559 reported the sinking of a destroyer of the Jervis class.
       
VI. General:
  a) The Naval War Staff has refused the sending of 2 U-boats from the Western into the Eastern Mediterranean (see 26th November) since information regarding intention to attack Oran and Algiers is considered by them more seriously.
  b)  In Northern waters at present there are no operational boats.  In order to meet the earlier requirement for 3 operational boats in this area, 3 boats must unfortunately be sent up there from home waters (U 584 - see under IV d, U 134 and U 454) which will be ready on the 1st December.  This is of particular significance in view of the lack of boats in the Atlantic and the slight chances of success in Northern waters.
       
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28. November 1942.
 
 
 
I.
U 43
- CE 21
U 124
- FL 19
U 402
- AL 77
U 572
- BF 40
 
67
- BF 47
126
- FD 27
431
- CN 23
574
- BD 92
 
68
- FV 49
129
- FL 58
434
- CD 32
575
- BD 78
 
69
- AK 95
131
- AO
451
- AO
652
- CG 90
 
95
- E. of Gib.
201
- BE 14
453
- CG 14
A
- GF 65
 
96
- CG 23
332
- BE 87
557
- E. of Gib.
   
 
98
- BF 40
372
- CF 27
558
- CG 16
   
 
105
- BD 91
375
- BE 59
562
- CG 96
   
 
  On Return Passage:  U 126 - 98 - 572.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  - . -
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  On OG 79 in area west of the North Channel.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a)  U 43 reported at 0418 convoy (No. 17) in CE 2294.
  b)  Aircraft detected at 1030 outward-bound convoy (probably OG 79) in AM 4982.  At 1039 other machines detected an incoming convoy (probably SC) in AM 4982.
  c)  The convoy detected by aircraft and assumed to be OG 79 is probably OG 77, which, according to schedule, was due to leave already on the 12th November.
  d)  The 8 destroyers and a cruiser stated on the 27th November to be proceeding as a convoy escort, are, according to a later report, serving as a heavier patrol of the Straits of Gibraltar.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) Convoy No. 17:  U 43 sighted at 0330 in CE 2294 a convoy, course south, speed slow.  Control decided to have the boats of former Group "Steuben" - U 105 - 372 - 434 - 575 - 574 - 43 - which were under way to the Straits of Gibraltar, operate against this convoy.  The first boats would be able to reach the convoy during the day of the 29th, the others early on the 30th.  Up to morning there had been no further reports of contact.
    OG Convoy:  As the convoy was further to the south than anticipated, U 69 - 201 - 402 were ordered to take up the ordered operational areas by 1000 on the 30th November.  Air reconnaissance is planned for the next few days.
  b)  U 652 has been assigned, as operational area, squares CH 75 and 76 (east of Gibraltar).
  c)  U 96 reported refueling "Bernardo" carried out according to plan.
  d) 1) For U 124 and U 129 the supply ship will be in a position, as from 4th December, 10 to the south and 20 to the west of Batist.
    2) As from midnight on the 29th November, German recognition signals will be in force west of longitude 20 East.
       
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V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
VI. General:
    Naval War Staff has ordered the following regarding the U-boats in the Mediterranean:  The Eastern Mediterranean is to be patrolled continually in the operational area by 10, and the Western Mediterranean (including the area west of Gibraltar) by 15 boats.  Until these numbers are reached a corresponding ratio in numbers is to be maintained.  There are at present in the Eastern Mediterranean 7 boats (U 81, 205, 331, 559, 565, 431, 79).  In the Western Mediterranean:  U 95, 562, 557, 652, in addition thereto U 96 and U 558, and west of Gibraltar U 332, 375, 372, 453, 67.
    It is planned to strengthen the Eastern Mediterranean with U 206, 71, 563, which will put out on the 29th November, while 5 boats of Group "Steuben" will also be sent to the Gibraltar area:  these are at present operating against convoy No. 17 (see IVa) in the Azores area.
       
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29. November 1941.
 
 
 
I.
U 43
- CE 25
U 105
- CF 43
U 372
- CF 53
U 558
- CG 54
 
67
- BE 99
124
- FL 58
375
- BE 94
562
- E. of Gib.
 
68
- FV 77
126
- ES 87
402
- BE 15
572
- BF
 
69
- BD 33
129
- FL 97
434
- CE 15
574
- BE 77
 
95
- E. of Gib.
131
- AN 36
451
- AN 36
575
- BD 88
 
96
- CG 52
201
- BE 24
453
- CG 42
652
- E. of Gib.
 
98
- BF
332
- CF 37
557
- E. of Gib.
A
- GF 69
 
  On Return Passage:  U 126 - 98 - 572.
  Entered Port:  U 98  St. Nazaire;  U 572  Brest.
  Sailed:  U 127  Kiel;  U 563  Brest;  U 71 - 206  St. Nazaire.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  In the area west of Ireland on the OG convoy.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) See Convoy No. 17.
  b)  No result.
  c) - d) None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) Convoy No. 17:  U 43 reported at 1011 that she had sunk a large ammunition vessel in the course of the night.  She was subsequently chased and depth-charged for 3 hours.  The correct position of the convoy at 0420 was CE 2526, course south, speed 7 knots, 20 ships in V-formation.  She made contact at 1819 in CE 2897, but was driven off by destroyers.  The course of the convoy was approximately S.S.E.  U 434 reported the position of the convoy at 0408 in CE 5621, searching course 1800,
       
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     speed 12 knots, (fuel) 43 cbm.  U 574 reported at 0530 position CE 6117, nothing to be seen.
     The 1st Naval War Staff ordered that the boats proceed further in the direction of Gibraltar if contact was lost.  This was probably a WS convoy.  This is indicated by the presence of an ammunition vessel.
    OG Convoy:  Was not detected by air reconnaissance.  The boats are proceeding to the operational areas.
  b)  Boats off Gibraltar have been assigned the following operational areas:
      U 96 - CH 84 and lower and middle third of CH 81,
      U 558 - CH 82,
      U 332 and 453 - CG 8520 and CG 8550,
      U 375 and 372 - CG 8580 and 8820.
     Patrol to the east in area of these squares.  Concentration in the east.  The eastern boundary is square CG 9593.  U 67 has been given freedom of action in CG 95 and west thereof.  Therefore, there will be on about the 2nd December, 6 boats east and 5 boats west of Gibraltar.  The ratio required by the Naval War Staff - Eastern Mediterranean:  Gibraltar as 2.3 is, therefore, established.  (7 boats Eastern Mediterranean and 11 boats around Gibraltar).
  c)  None.
  d) None.
       
V. Reports of Success:
    U 43 - 1 ammunition vessel sunk.
       
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30. November 1941.
 
 
 
I.
U 43
- CE 50
U 124
- FS 32
U 372
- CF 68
U 562
- E. of Gib.
 
67
- CG 19
126
- ES 57
375
- CG 14
563
- BF
 
68
- CG 45
127
- AO
402
- Op(BE 16)
574
- CE 50
 
69
- Op(BE 12)
129
- FS 39
434
- CE 50
575
- CE 50
 
71
- BF
131
- AN 31
451
- AN 31
652
- E. of Gib.
 
95
- E. of Gib.
201
- Op(BE 24)
453
- CG 81
A
- GF 96
 
96
- CG 82
206
- BF
557
- E. of Gib.
   
 
105
- CE 50
332
- CF 66
558
- CG 84
   
 
  On Return Passage:  U 126
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  - . -
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  No machine available for reconnaissance on OG 79.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a)  Convoy No. 17 see IV a.
  b)  None.
       
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  c) (Special report)  British flyer reported attack on German U-boat in BE 46 or 49.  No result observed.
    Further British reports regarding U-boats in CG 9587 and CG 5869 and warning for are CE 8323.
  d) None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) 1) Convoy No. 17:  On instructions the following boats reported their position and fuel supplies:
     
U 574
- CE 56 - 42 cbm.  
U 575
- CE 5915 - 45 cbm.
U 105
- CE 55 - 70 cbm.  
U 43
- CE 5829 - 85 cbm.
U 434
- CE 67 - 40 cbm.  
       
      At 1449 the following order was given:  Group "Steuben" to take up position at 1000 on the 1st December in patrol line from CE 7968 to 8988, if no contact made before this.  U 43 reported at 1536 a vessel in CE 5858, course south.  At 1733 there was a report of contact from U 575, convoy in CE 5954, course S.E.  At 1809 U 574 reported contact in CE 5983.  At 2138 the following order was given.  If contact is broken off continue search in equal sections between 180 and 1200, proceeding from the last position of the enemy.  At 1000 on the 1st December be on the arc which the enemy could have reached at 8 knots.  At 2209 U 43 reported having sunk a vessel, with course 1600, in CE 8238.  Towards 2400 U 574 reported contact lost and U 575 reported that she had contacted at 1830 in CE 5986 a single vessel, course 900, and was driven off by a destroyer.  Depth-charges.  At 0227 U 575 reported that the convoy at 1630 (1830?) was probably identical with this single vessel.
      It is not clear whether these ships belonged to the Convoy of U 43.  As the mean course of the convoy was 1800, the patrol line was extended by 40 miles to the west, in order to take in this mean course.
      Order:  Group "Steuben" to take up position at 1200 on the 1st December on an 8 miles arc, in sector 140 - 1950.
    2) OG Convoy:  U 69 - 201 - 402 will be termed "Letzte Ritter" and have been ordered to proceed as from 1200, course south, speed 6 knots.  It is assumed that air reconnaissance is possible in this area on the 1st December.
  b) - c) None.
  d) UA - 68 - 124 - 129 have been ordered to withdraw to the east, after refueling has been carried out, and not to pass over latitude of rendezvous with UA to the south.
    Reason:  In order to avoid widening of the area by single boats, since operations at the same time are intended off Capetown.
       
V. Reports of Success:  
  U 43 - 1 ship sunk.
       
       
                                                                          (Signed):  DÖNITZ
       
       
       
 
 
 
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