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

1 - 15 February 1944

PG30340

     
     
 
1.February 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U JT 22
-
CG 55
U 364
-
BF 58
U 641
-
BF 57      
 
66
-
CF 51
377
-
BE 34
650
-
Op(AL 94)      
 
91
-
BF 42
386
-
Op(AL 03)
666
-
Op(AL 62)      
 
123
-
Op(EK 89)
390
-
Op(AK 63)
709
-
BE 69      
 
154
-
BF 58
406
-
Op(AL 64)
714
-
AL 95      
 
168
-
LE 65
413
-
BF 28
731
-
Op(AM 19)      
 
177
-
FD 12
424
-
BF 45
734
-
BF 58      
 
178
-
Op(KG)
441
-
Op(AL 98)
762
-
Op(AL 39)      
 
188
-
Op(NP)
510
-
KJ 14
763
-
BE 16      
 
193
-
BE 75
516
-
BD 87
764
-
Op(AL 99)      
 
212
-
Op(AL 92)
518
-
BE 87
802
-
AN 42      
 
231
-
Op(BD 21)
530
-
DG 19
845
-
Op(BB)      
 
238
-
BF 48
532
-
LM 36
846
-
Op(AK 91)      
 
256
-
BF 44
539
-
BD 87
852
-
AE 79      
 
257
-
BD 22
545
-
Op(AM 16)
953
-
Op(DJ 20)      
 
260
-
Op(AE 47)
546
-
AE 68
960
-
BF 47      
 
271
-
Op(AL 58)
547
-
Op(AL 38)
963
-
BF 47      
 
281
-
Op(BE)
549
-
Op(AL 24)
967
-
CG 52      
 
283
-
Op(AM 14)
571
-
Op(AL 67)
969
-
CG 59      
 
305
-
BF 54
592
-
BE 26
972
-
BF 49      
 
309
-
Op(AL 62)
608
-
BF 49
984
-
Op(AM 25)      
             
965
-
Op(AM 12)      
             
989
-
Op(AM 23)      
             
1062
-
BD 85      
 
  On Return Passage:  U 168 - 193 - 305 - 364 - 377 - 516 - 530 - 532 - 592 - 641 - 763 - 960 - 972.
  Entered Port:  U 413 - Brest.
  Sailed:  U 586 - 445 - St. Nazaire.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - b) None.
  c) 1) 2 U-boat sightings in unspecified position one of which was a boat on a course of 3000, speed 6 knots, sighted submerging.
    2) English unit located by radar in AL 7540, AL 9189, BF 2384, BF 2355, AM 0160.
    3) American steamer reports she has been torpedoed on port side, according to Radio Intelligence Service.  No position given.
    4) The landing craft LCM 600 and 601 and LV 802 and 803 received orders to proceed to Longstone Harbor and Chichester (E. of Portsmouth).
  d)  None.
       
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IV. Current Operations:
  a)  Operational area for groups "Hinein" and Stuermer" is extended to 50 sea miles.
  b) U 168 is proceeding to Penang, or if necessary returning to Sabang, owing to a serious case of appendicitis. (1st Officer of the Watch).  Position LE 6457.
  c) 1) Password "Kammerarrest" is to be discontinued immediately between the lines AD 3645 and DD 2465.
    2) New course for U 709, 963, 91, 256 is AL 61.  Boats are to join Group "Hinein" later.
  d)  None.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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2.February 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U JT 22
-
CG 57
U 386
-
Op(AL 03)
U 666
-
Op(AL 62)      
 
66
-
CF 54
390
-
Op(AL 63)
709
-
BE 52      
 
91
-
BE 63
406
-
Op(AL 64)
714
-
Op(AL 68)      
 
123
-
Op(ET)
424
-
BF 44
731
-
Op(AM 19)      
 
154
-
BF 57
441
-
Op(AL 98)
734
-
BF 57      
 
168
-
LE 64
445
-
BF 58
762
-
Op(AL 39)      
 
177
-
FD 51
510
-
LW 96
763
-
BE 28      
 
178
-
Op(KG)
516
-
BD 87
764
-
Op(AL 99)      
 
188
-
Op(MP)
518
-
BE 78
802
-
AN 23      
 
193
-
BE 84
530
-
DG 28
845
-
Op(BB)      
 
212
-
Op(AL 92)
532
-
LM 65
846
-
Op(AK 64)      
 
231
-
Op(BD 21)
539
-
BD 87
852
-
AL 22      
 
238
-
BF 47
545
-
Op(AM 16)
953
-
Op(DJ 20)      
 
256
-
BE 52
546
-
AE 91
960
-
BF 58      
 
257
-
BD 23
547
-
Op(AL 38)
963
-
BE 69      
 
260
-
Op(AE 47)
549
-
Op(AK 24)
967
-
CG 55      
 
271
-
Op(AL 58)
571
-
Op(AL 67)
969
-
CG 83      
 
281
-
Op(BG)
586
-
BF 58
972
-
BF 49      
 
283
-
Op(AM 14)
592
-
BE 38
984
-
Op(AM 25)      
 
305
-
BF 54
608
-
BF 48
985
-
Op(AM 12)      
 
309
-
Op(AL 62)
641
-
BF 57
989
-
Op(AM 23)      
 
377
-
BE 38
650
-
Op(AL 94
1062
-
BD 87      
 
  On Return Passage:  U 168 - 193 - 305 - 377 - 516 - 530 - 532 - 592 - 641 - 763 - 960 - 972.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  U 264 - 437 - St. Nazaire.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
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III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) U 260 reports from operational area Reykjavik: withdrew owing to moon 28.1. at dawn in AB 4783, independent ship.  Small convoy consisting of 7 steamers escorted by single escort vessel sighted at 1200 on 31.1. in AE 4753.  Both units were putting into port.  Attack impossible.  Request delayed return trip.  Later the boat reported the situation as follows:
    1) Close patrol of AE 4761 and 4735, presumably mine-field in between, otherwise no patrol.
    2) Heavy air activity, only taking off and landing however.
    3) Well lighted fishing vessels in the whole bay and off the coast.  Peace-time light on S.W. coast, otherwise lights not showing.
    4) No land radar.
    5) Consider further operations in AE 4750 and 4790 promising.
    6) Have remained unobserved.
  b)  None.
  c) 1) A U-boat sighting in unspecified position.  An "ASV" (anti-surface vessel) location of Iceland aircraft in unspecified position.
    2) 5th ship of the first column of a convoy gave position to Commodore as being in BD 1990 at 0612.  At 1532 SOS intercepted, damage to 'fore and 'tween deck on the starboard side.  Position at 1612 BD 1992 (presumably "ON" convoy).
    3) Enemy units were located by radar in BE 2620, CG 2140, AM 7310, AK 9930, BC 3880.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) Owing to the new disposition of the Group "Hinein" and Stuermer", boats intending to return up to 10.2. are requested to report the day on which they begin the homeward journey.  The following reports have been received:  U 762 on 5.2.;  U 390 on 4.2.;  U 731 on 9.2.;  U 547 on 7.2.;  U 309 has already begun the return voyage.   With the boats coming from Western France altogether 24 boats will be available for redeployment.
  b)  New position for U 238, 424 and 608 is AL 63.
       
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  c) 1) Assembly point for U 532 and "Schliemann" is Grid KJ 8755 (right lower corner) at 1200 Middle East time on 11.2.
    2) U 972, 305, 641 were requested to report, and have not answered.  There is great anxiety regarding these boats.
  d) U 364 is considered lost.  The boat reported on 29.1.: "In position 48 hours at convoy assembly point" and should have been picked up by convoy at 1400 on 31.1., it did not, however, appear.  A two day search by 2 torpedo boats and 4 U-boat chasers was fruitless.  A request for a position report was not answered.   It is possible that U 264 ran into a mine.
       
V. Reports of Success: None.
       
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3.February 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U IT 22
-
CG 73
U 386
-
Op(AL 03)
U 666
-
Op(AL 62)      
 
66
-
CF 81
390
-
Op(AL 63)
709
-
BE 25      
 
91
-
BE 53
406
-
Op(AL 64)
714
-
Op(AL 68)      
 
123
-
Op(ET)
424
-
BE 66
731
-
Op(AM 19)      
 
154
-
BF 73
437
-
BF 58
734
-
BF 46      
 
168
-
BF 64
441
-
Op(AL 98)
762
-
Op(AL 39)      
 
177
-
FD 58
445
-
BF 57
763
-
BE 64      
 
178
-
Op(KG)
510
-
LW 69
764
-
Op(AL 99)      
 
188
-
Op(MP)
516
-
BD 87
802
-
AF 79      
 
193
-
BE 85
518
-
BE 77
845
-
Op(BB)      
 
212
-
Op(AL 92)
530
-
DG 37
846
-
Op(AK 61)      
 
231
-
Op(BD 21)
532
-
LM 92
852
-
AL 23      
 
238
-
BE 68
539
-
BD 87
953
-
Op(DJ 20)      
 
256
-
BE 25
545
-
Op(AM 16)
960
-
BE 68      
 
257
-
Op(BD 60)
546
-
AE 83
963
-
BE 23      
 
260
-
AD 73
547
-
Op(AL 38)
967
-
CG 59      
 
264
-
BF 58
549
-
Op(AK 24)
969
-
CG 94      
 
271
-
Op(AL 58)
571
-
Op(AL 67)
984
-
Op(AM 25)      
 
281
-
Op(BE)
586
-
BF 57
985
-
Op(AM 12)      
 
283
-
Op(AM 14)
592
-
BE 66
989
-
Op(AM 23)      
 
309
-
Op(AL 62)
608
-
BE 69
1062
-
BD 15      
 
377
-
BE 66
650
-
Op(AL 94)            
 
  On Return Passage:  U 168 - 193 - 260 - 377 - 516 - 530 - 532 - 592 - 763 - 960.
  Entered Port:  U 168 - Penang;  U 960 - La Pallice.
  Sailed:  U 413 - Brest.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) 1) U 985 sighted a steamer, at 0752 in AM 12, course 1500, boat was presumably observed.
       
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    2) U 666 has been observed by aircraft in the operational area.
  b)  None.
  c) 1) U-boat sighting in FJ 3325 (not likely to be our own boat).  "ASV" location in BF 5455 not exact indication.  An "ASV" location in an unspecified position.
    2) Enemy units were located by radar in:  AM 5770, AL 8890, BE 9790, AM 7730, AM 7260, BF 7590.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) 1) U 260 occupied U 549's previous area will report weather conditions from there twice a day until fuel is exhausted.  U 549 is to join the newly formed group "Igel".
    2) Former Groups "Stuermer" and "Hinein" are disbanded.  The following boats form Group "Igel" and are to proceed at economical cruising speed to the given operational area, depth 40 sea miles: 
     
U 982
-
AM 1218  
U 714
-
AL 0327  
U 571
-
AL 9156
283
-
AM 1147  
271
-
AL 6331  
281
-
AL 9559
989
-
AM 1145  
547
-
AL 6268  
256
-
AL 9985
984
-
AM 1371  
212
-
AL 6636  
650
-
AL 9427
545
-
AM 1548  
666
-
AL 6584  
963
-
AL 9768
386
-
AM 1776  
731
-
AL 6924  
709
-
AL 9883
549
-
AM 3684  
441
-
AL 6884  
91
-
BE 2385
406
-
AL 3795  
764
-
AL 9293  
231
-
BE 3143.
      U 762 is to remain in her former attack area until fuel supply is exhausted.
    3) U 764 was passed over by the south-bound convoy at 2300 in AL 9955 and had a continuous radar bearing.  Boats able to approach the convoy during course of the day, received orders to operate.  U 764 reported the convoy in AL 9975 at 0118 was beaten off by a destroyer at 0208 and heard her again at 0500 in BE 2315.  On approaching again, continuous radar location.  U 963 planned to attack with "FAT" (torpedo) at 0811.  Position obscure.  The boats are advised in this connection not to be forced to submerge by radar locations without sighting the enemy, but to remain on the surface, to see, and to attack.  U 441 sighted searchlights (3) below the horizon at 0811 in AL 9552 true bearing 200, 3400 and 2700.
 
 
 
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  b) - c) None.
  d)  The following losses must be presumed:
    U 305
    Boat reported from BE 2859 for the last time on 15.1., that it intended to begin the return voyage on 20.1.  The boat has not returned and did not answer the request for position sent on 2.2.  No information on reasons for loss.
    U 641
     Boat reported for the last time on 15.1. from BE 2515, that she intended to begin the return voyage on 20.1.  Boat did not put in, and according to reckoning cannot have any more fuel.  Request for report on 2.2. was not answered.  No information on causes of loss.
    U 972
     Last report originated on 15.12.43. (a position report from AL 22).  The boat was later designated to the Group "Sylt" and "Ruegen".  As she should have put in some time ago for fuel supplies, she was requested to report on 1.2. and 3.2.  The boat did not reply.  The date and cause of the loss is uncertain.  The possibility exists that the boat was lost at the end of December in an aircraft attack.  There is a Radio Intelligence report (aircraft reported 4 possible hits) in the area occupied by this boat.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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4.February 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U JT 22
-
DH 20
U 386
-
Op(AM 17)
U 608
-
BE 65      
 
66
-
CF 79
390
-
AL 63
650
-
Op(AL 94)      
 
91
-
BE 2687
406
-
Op(AL 39)
666
-
Op(AL 65)      
 
123
-
Op(ET)
413
-
BF 55
709
-
Op(AL 98)      
 
154
-
BF 72
424
-
BE 62
714
-
Op(AL 63)      
 
177
-
FD 89
437
-
BF 82
731
-
Op(AM 41)      
 
178
-
Op(KG)
441
-
Op(AL 92
734
-
BF 44      
 
188
-
Op(MP)
445
-
BF 49
762
-
Op(AL 39)      
 
193
-
BE 86
510
-
LW 39
763
-
BF 48      
 
212
-
Op(AL 69)
516
-
BD 87
764
-
Op(AK 99)      
 
231
-
Op(BE 31)
518
-
CE 31
802
-
AF 76      
 
238
-
BE 61
530
-
DG 35
845
-
Op(BB)      
 
256
-
Op(AL 99)
532
-
LW 32
846
-
Op(AK 92)      
 
257
-
Op(BD 63)
539
-
BD 87
852
-
AL 16      
 
260
-
Op(AD 79)
545
-
Op(AM 15)
953
-
Op(DJ 20)      
 
264
-
BF 57
546
-
AE 85
963
-
Op(AL 97)      
 
271
-
Op(AL 65)
547
-
Op(AL 03)
967
-
CG 91      
 
281
-
Op(AL 95)
549
-
Op(AK 23)
969
-
CG 95      
 
283
-
Op(AM 11)
571
-
Op(AL 91)
984
-
Op(AM 13)      
 
309
-
AL 69
586
-
BF 81
985
-
Op(AM 12)      
 
377
-
BF 44
592
-
BF 44
989
-
Op(AM 14)      
             
1062
-
BD 17      
 
       
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  On Return Passage:  U 193 - 260 - 309 - 377 - 390 - 516 - 530 - 532 - 592 - 763.
  Entered Port:  U 264 - St. Nazaire.
  Sailed:  U 1059 - Kiel.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) 1) U 763 was attacked by aircraft at 0825 and 0215 in grid positions BF 4888 and BF 7217 respectively.  Boat later reported that it was about to enter port.
    2) See paragraph IVa.
  b)  None.
  c) 1) U-boat sighting at 0811 hours in unidentified position (probably U 763 - see paragraph III a) 1)).
      Two "ASV" locations in unidentified positions.
      At 0150 aircraft was over a surfaced submarine in grid position BF 4893 - the same aircraft in grid position BF 4892 at 0210.  At 0220 another aircraft reported:  In position over surfaced submarine (position not identified).
    2) An American steamer sent SOS (ship is breaking in two parts) from grid position 3840, position from another intercept, CD 5572.
    3) W/T guard ship 109 was located in AL 9870, AL 9899, AL 8770.
      Enemy units were located in AM 7696, AL 9350 - 9870 - 9890 - 6850 - BE 29.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a)  Boats of the Group "Igel" are reminded to use radar apparatus.  Presumably 7 boats belonging to this group are operating on convoy of U 764.  U 963 had 4 single misses on a convoy in BE 2225 at 0750.  3 shots not clear.  Forced beneath the surface by air and surface activity.  Convoy's position BE 2227, course 2400 at 0820.  Boats were to report their night position if they were able to reach the convoy by dawn on 5.2.  As no messages were received, it must be presumed that the boats were forced to submerge by air activity during the day and were far astern.  Non-operational boats to occupy the ordered action areas.  The operation is therefore broken off.
       
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  b)  U 413 is to have freedom of movement in BE 20/30, and to proceed at her own discretion (according to the moon) to the operational area (Scilly Islands).
  c) - d) None.
       
V. Reports of Success:
       
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5.February 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U JT 22
-
DH 19
U 406
-
Op(AL 37)
U 709
-
Op(BE 21)      
 
66
-
DG 36
413
-
BF 54
714
-
Op(AL 03)      
 
91
-
Op(BE 22)
424
-
BE 37
731
-
Op(AL 69)      
 
123
-
Op(EU)
437
-
BF 81
734
-
BE 66      
 
154
-
BE 96
441
-
Op(AL 68)
762
-
AL 39      
 
177
-
FL 25
445
-
BF 48
763
-
BF 47      
 
178
-
Op(KG)
510
-
AM 99
764
-
Op(BE 22)      
 
188
-
Op(MP)
516
-
BD 87
802
-
AF 72      
 
193
-
BE 94
518
-
CE 22
845
-
Op(BB)      
 
212
-
Op(AL 66)
530
-
DH 11
846
-
AK 68      
 
231
-
Op(BE 22)
532
-
LW 63
852
-
AL 16      
 
238
-
BE 37
539
-
BD 87
953
-
Op(DJ 20)      
 
256
-
Op(BE 22)
545
-
Op(AM 15)
963
-
Op(AL 97)      
 
257
-
Op(BD 66)
546
-
AE 87
967
-
CG 90      
 
260
-
Op(AD 94)
547
-
Op(AL 62)
969
-
CG 90      
 
271
-
Op(AL 63)
549
-
AL 16
984
-
Op(AM 13)      
 
281
-
Op(BE 22)
571
-
Op(AL 91)
985
-
Op(AM 12)      
 
283
-
Op(AM 11)
586
-
BF 84
989
-
Op(AM 14)      
 
309
-
AL 96
592
-
BF 48
1059
-
AN 47      
 
377
-
BF 48
608
-
BE 61
1062
-
CD 66      
 
386
-
Op(AM 17)
650
-
Op(AL 94)            
 
390
-
AL 69
666
-
Op(AL 65)            
 
  On Return Passage:  U 193 - 309 - 377 - 390 - 516 - 530 - 532 - 592 - 762 - 763.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  U 603 - Brest;  U 552 - 264 - St. Nazaire.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  One Ju 290 in the area W. of the North Channel.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) 1) U 390 (Group "Igel") was approached by an aircraft with navigational lights, in BE 2217 at 0670 on 5.2.  Altitude 200 meters; no radar confirmed, "Borkum" apparatus out of action.
    2) U 547 (Group "Igel") was twice located by enemy aircraft radar.  At 2207 in AL 6533 and at 0626 in AL 6918.
       
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    3) U 763 was attacked by aircraft in BF 8319 at 2209 (3 attacks in 24 hours).
    4) U 845 sends situation report from Newfoundland area:  2 escorted steamers, course 2600, speed 14 knots in BC 5184.  T 5 fired at "C3" steamer, detonation after 10 minutes.  Small number of depth charges.  Search gear activity.
      Situation in St. Johns:  Slight air activity, slight defences.  Ice to the N.  Boat withdrew for repairs to rudder, after bottoming near St. Johns (the rudder) jammed midships.
    5) U 985 reported medium traffic in AM 12 (according to short message 109 - 1 steamer in 2 days).  Restricted use of armament owing to poor visibility.
    6) U 731 heard fast isolated vessel in AL 6954, course W.
  b) Aircraft sighted:
    1) 1 destroyer and 3 steamers, course 2600 at 1155 in AM 5443.
    2) 100 merchant ships, 20 escort vessels, course 3400, speed 7 knots in CG 4162.
  c) 1) U-boat sightings:  Submerging boat in BE 5150.
      One "ASV" location (turned out to be surface vessel) in unspecified position.
    2) Several sighting reports of our own aircraft from English units in unknown position.
    3) English aircraft sighted 4 unknown units in BF 4673 (own indication).
    4) Enemy units were located in:  AM 7760 - AL 9821 - BE 2780 - CG 4570 - AL 9820 - AM 7720 - BE 3530 - BE 4690 - AM 4530 - AM 7110 - BE 4590 - BE 5220.
  d) None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) Group "Igel" proceeds to the ordered operational areas.  The new course for U 734 and 445 is AL 39.  Later this boat is to join Group "Igel".
  b) 1) U 802 proceeds to AK 24.  The boat is to relieve U 260 as weather reporting boat.
    2) U 154 is designated position DO 20.  The operational area in Caribbean is intended for this boat.
 
 
 
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  c)  U 516 reports having taken on supplies from U 539.  Boats have been alongside since 16.1., delay presumably due to bad weather conditions.
  d)  None.
       
V. Reports of Success:
    U 845                1 ship                torpedoed.
       
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
       
6.February 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U JT 22
-
DH 44
U 406
-
Op(AL 37)
U 666
-
Op(AL 65)      
 
66
-
DG 66
413
-
BF 45
709
-
Op(AL 98)      
 
91
-
Op(BE 23)
424
-
BE 26
714
-
Op(AL 03)      
 
123
-
Op(EU)
437
-
BF 73
731
-
Op(AL 69)      
 
154
-
BE 95
441
-
Op(AL 68)
734
-
BE 65      
 
177
-
FL 64
445
-
BE 69
762
-
AL 92      
 
178
-
Op(KG)
510
-
LM 69
763
-
BF 88      
 
188
-
Op(MP)
516
-
BD 86
764
-
Op(AL 92)      
 
193
-
BE 95
518
-
CE 19
802
-
AF 47      
 
212
-
Op(AL 66)
530
-
CF 88
845
-
Op(BC 51)      
 
231
-
Op(BE 31)
532
-
LX 71
846
-
Op(AK 67)      
 
238
-
BE 23
539
-
CD 33
852
-
AL 16      
 
256
-
Op(AL 99)
545
-
Op(AM 15)
953
-
Op(DJ 20)      
 
257
-
Op(BD 69)
546
-
AL 32
963
-
Op(AL 97)      
 
260
-
Op(AK 23)
547
-
Op(AL 69)
967
-
CG 90      
 
264
-
BF 91
549
-
AL 26
959
-
CG 90      
 
271
-
Op(AL 63)
552
-
BF 67
984
-
Op(AM 13)      
 
281
-
Op(AL 95)
571
-
Op(AL 91)
985
-
Op(AM 12)      
 
283
-
Op(AM 11)
586
-
BF 78
989
-
Op(AM 14)      
 
309
-
BE 23
592
-
BF 49
1059
-
AN 36      
 
377
-
BF 49
603
-
BF 55
1062
-
CD 95      
 
386
-
Op(AM 17)
618
-
BE 26            
 
390
-
BE 26
650
-
Op(AL 94)            
 
  On Return Passage:  U 193 - 309 - 377 - 390 - 516 - 530 - 532 - 592 - 762 - 763.
  Entered Port:  U 1059 - Kristiansand.
  Sailed:  U 550 - Kiel.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  By 2 Ju 290's W. of North Channel and east of the Azores.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) 1) U 188 sends situation report from Gulf of Aden (see Appendix 1 and 2).
    2) U 963 was attacked by aircraft at 0314 in AL 9115.
       
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  b)  Intercepted by our own aircraft:
    1) Convoy consisting of 80 merchant ships, escort in complete screen in CF 3612 northerly course, 7 knots at 1030.
    2) Convoy in AM 5512 possibly southerly course at 1217.
    3) Small convoy in BF 1216, 2400, 10 knots at 1434.
  c) 1) 5 Radio Intelligence reports of air contact with convoys, presumably in connection with paragraph III b).
    2) No U-boat sightings on "ASV" location.
    3) Enemy units were located in:  BE 3145 - AM 8184 - AM 8173 - BF 1338 - AE 8690 - BF 2460 - AM 5261 - AM 4950/80 - AM 5390 - AM 5624 - 5780 - 4924 - 5710 - 4920 - 8710 - 2670 - 5750.  BE 5230 - 8950 - 4520 - BF 1630 - BD 6920.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) As England - America traffic apparently runs  very far N. and S., Group "Igel" will be formed into Group "Igel I" and "Igel II".  The boats will occupy the following operational areas:
     
Igel I
Igel II
U 985
-
AE 8956  
U 963
-
AL 8537
283
-
AM 1216  
256
-
AL 9493
989
-
AM 2118  
650
-
AL 8882
546
-
AM 1128  
709
-
AL 9758
271
-
AM 1324  
281
-
AL 9858
984
-
AM 1275  
91
-
BE 2147
714
-
AM 1446  
608
-
BE 2274
545
-
AM 1512  
238
-
BE 2371
549
-
AM 3422  
571
-
BE 2577
406
-
AL 3422  
424
-
BE 2569
386
-
AL 3616  
231
-
BE 5315
212
-
AL 3698  
731
-
BE 3447
441
-
AL 6344  
445
-
BE 5211
734
-
AL 6668  
 
666
-
AL 9312  
 
764
-
AL 6668  
 
  b) 1) Owing to lack of fuel U 539 cannot proceed to the intended operational area on the E. coast of America.  (Handing over of fuel to U 516).  The boat is to occupy the same area as U 845 (Newfoundland) with BB 66/69 as central point.
 
 
 
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    2) As a result of U 188's situation report, U 510 is to be allotted the same operational area as U 188 and is to proceed there via LC 10 and MS 70.
    3) U 845 has completed repairs to the rudder and re-occupies operational area with central point off "St. Johns".
  c) - d) None.
       
V. Reports of Success:
  U 188                6 ships                42,577 BRT.
       
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Appendix 1 to KTB of 6.2.44
Address
       
Time of receipt 6.2 2304 - Africa Bruno.
       
 Sunk: American ship C2 class of 7,000 GRT, general course 1900, 12 knots on 20.1. in MB 2616.
     Ship of type "Port Adelaide" of 8,422 GRT, 1050, speed 11 knots on 25.1. in MQ 5474.
    American ship C3 class, of 9,000 GRT, 2800, speed 13.5 knots on 26.1. in MQ 4658.
    "Surada" of 5,427 GRT, general course 2800, speed 11 knots, carrying rubber, in MQ 4565.
     Greek vessel, possibly "George M. Embiricon" of 5728 GRT, 2500, speed 9 knots, at 19.1. MP 5979.
    American vessel of C2 class of 7,000 GRT, general course 2800, speed 12 knots, carrying ore, at 4.2. in MQ 4456.
   U-boat chaser with aircraft in MP 9110 - disappeared at night.  "Aphrodite" not a success as balloons unfit for tropics.  Active air patrol.  Crew behaved well under trying conditions.  Diesel heavily overtaxed by long hunt.  Numerous breakdowns.  Operating, apart from the new moon period, on the Aden-India traffic.  Have 2 bow, 1 stern electric torpedo, 138 cubic meters of fuel.  In position Blue Sophie Fritz 9470.
       
                                                                           (Signed):  Lüdden.
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
 
 
 
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Appendix 2 to KTB of 6.2.44
Copy
       
Receipt (Officer) 6.2.44. at 2336 on Africa IB.
       
Situation:
In Grid square MP, Japanese and own observations.  Valid for N.E. Monsoon.  Independent traffic:
  1) From 9250 on 2950 to 5990, from there on 2500 to 2600 about 30 seamiles off the coast to 7170.  There it turns onto N.W. course.
  2) From 3870 on 2500, 30 seamiles parallel to the coast.  Frequent small convoys.  All in grid MP.
  3) Between MO 6950 and 6756 traffic runs on the 200 meter line and proceeds close along the S.W. coast of island in 6764 (Japanese do not reckon with minefield).
  4) Heavy traffic route detected from MQ 5586 on 2800 and reciprocal course to 4456.  From there it presumably continues to MP 5390, to join coastal traffic.
       
Defence:
  Sea:
    Escort vessels so far only in MO 6756 and several in 6880.  U-boat chaser group with air activity in MP 9110.  Do not believe there is continuous patrol.
  Air:
    Active day patrol on steamer routes as far as MQ 5597 confirmed.  Traffic encountered.  Flying boats at dusk in particular.  No information on night air activity or radar.  Mostly day air patrol with convoys.  Airfield is in MO 6764.  Presume flying boat base in MQ 47.
  Prevailing weather N.E., strength 2 to 4, clear, medium phosphorescence.  Range of hearing much greater than daytime visual range.  During new moon period, good results on hydrophones.  Consider surprise operation of 4 to 5 boats very promising, including a boat with a "Bachstelze" (Translator's note:  "Bachstelze" is an observation helicopter kite) in MQ 50 to 60.
    Possibilities for three or more boats in convoy hunting from MF 8880 to 6790.  Operations in new moon period undisturbed as the Japanese operate in the full moon period.  (Under water night attack).
       
                                                                           (Signed):  Lüdden.
       
       
       
       
 
 
 
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7.February 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U JT 22
-
DG 93
U 281
-
Op(AL 98)
U 539
-
BC 99
U 734
-
BE 61
 
66
-
DG 93
283
-
Op(AM 12)
545
-
Op(AM 15)
762
-
AL 98
 
91
-
Op(BE 23)
309
-
BE 37
546
-
AE 8558
763
-
BF 68
 
123
-
Op(EU 70)
377
-
BF 57
547
-
Op(AL 69)
764
-
Op(AL 69)
 
154
-
BE 94
386
-
Op(AL 36)
549
-
Op(AL 33)
802
-
AE 69
 
177
-
FL 92
390
-
BE 37
550
-
AO 47
845
-
BC 52
 
178
-
Op(KG)
406
-
Op(AL 36)
552
-
BF 58
846
-
Op(AL 91)
 
188
-
Op(MP)
413
-
BF 44
571
-
Op(AL 97)
852
-
AK 6235
 
193
-
BE 93
424
-
Op(BE 29)
586
-
CG 27
953
-
Op(DJ 20)
 
212
-
Op(AL 03)
437
-
BF 71
592
-
BF 57
963
-
AL 85
 
231
-
Op(BE 29)
441
-
Op(AL 65)
603
-
BF 54
967
-
CG 90
 
238
-
Op(BE 23)
445
-
BE 6699
608
-
Op(BE 53)
969
-
CG 90
 
256
-
Op(AL 95)
510
-
LM 63
650
-
Op(AL 88)
984
-
Op(AM 12)
 
257
-
Op(BD 69)
516
-
BD 95
666
-
Op(AL 69)
985
-
Op(AE 89)
 
260
-
Op(AK 33)
518
-
CE 48
709
-
Op(AL 97)
989
-
Op(AM 21)
 
264
-
BF 83
530
-
CF 91
714
-
Op(AM 17)
1062
-
DF 31
 
271
-
Op(AL 38)
532
-
LX 78
731
-
Op(AL 93)      
 
  On Return Passage:  U 193 - 309 - 377 - 390 - 516 - 530 - 532 - 547 - 592 - 762 - 763.
  Entered Port:  U 763 - La Pallice;  U 552 - St. Nazaire.
  Sailed:  U 168 - Penang.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  Own reconnaissance (by Air Force Command) for north-bound Gibraltar convoy.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a)  Aircraft attacks:
    1) U 762 in BE 2212 at 2057, dive bombed in low-level attack, while proceeding half speed ahead on both engines with cargo.  Only searchlights, no radar conformed.
    2) U 238, aircraft dropped stick of bombs in operational area at 0409.  Without radar.  Boat is able to submerge.
  b)  Aircraft sighted north-bound convoy in BE 5599 at 0705.  (Uncertain position).
  c) 1) English aircraft passed over U-boat on surface at 2100, course 1800, speed 8 knots.  Position unspecified.
      3 anti-surface vessel location (possibly U-boats) in unspecified position.
    2) Enemy units were located in:  BE 1890 - BC 2780 - BE 7100 - BE 8580 - BE 9120 - AE 8450 - AM 5340 - AM 51 - AM 3160.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) 1) U 764 joined Group "Igel I" and occupied AL 6668 as operational area.  U 445 joins "Igel II" with BE 5211 as operational area.
    2) U 516 sighted an east-bound convoy at 0758 on 7.2. in
       
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      BD 9467.  Speed 8 knots.  As the boat was proceeding on the homeward voyage badly damaged, she received orders not to make contact and to withdraw.
      According to dead reckoning the convoy should pass Group "Igel II's" patrol area in the night of 10.2.
  b) - d) None.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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8.February 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U JT 22
-
DG 86
U 264
-
BF 91
U 518
-
CE 74
U 709
-
Op(AL 97)
 
66
-
DG 77
271
-
Op(AM 13)
530
-
CF 68
714
-
Op(AM 14)
 
91
-
Op(BE 21)
281
-
Op(AL 98)
532
-
KJ 19
731
-
Op(AL 99)
 
123
-
Op(EU 80)
283
-
Op(AM 12)
539
-
BD 94
734
-
BE 37
 
154
-
BE 85
309
-
BE 62
545
-
Op(AM 15)
762
-
BE 26
 
168
-
LF 52
377
-
BF 57
546
-
Op(AM 11)
764
-
Op(AL 68)
 
177
-
FM 78
385
-
Op(AL 36)
547
-
AL 69
802
-
AE 67
 
178
-
Op(KG)
390
-
BE 63
549
-
Op(AL 32)
845
-
BC 51
 
188
-
Op(MQ 60)
406
-
Op(AL 36)
550
-
AN 35
846
-
Op(AK 21)
 
193
-
BF 72
413
-
BE 63
571
-
Op(BE 21)
852
-
AK 67
 
212
-
Op(AL 38)
424
-
Op(BE 25)
586
-
CG 51
953
-
Op(DJ 20)
 
231
-
Op(BE 53)
437
-
BE 69
592
-
BF 57
963
-
Op(AL 85)
 
238
-
Op(BE 23)
441
-
Op(AL 63)
603
-
BF 45
967
-
CG 90
 
256
-
Op(DL 94)
445
-
BE 62
608
-
Op(BE 25)
984
-
Op(AM 12)
 
257
-
Op(BD 67)
510
-
LN 11
650
-
Op(AL 88)
985
-
Op(AE 39)
 
260
-
Op(AK 94)
516
-
BE 74
666
-
Op(AL 93)
989
-
Op(AM 21)
                   
1062
-
CD 95
 
  On Return Passage:  U 193 - 309 - 377 - 390 - 516 - 530 - 532 - 547 - 592 - 762.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  U 986 - Kiel;  U 761 - Brest;  U 552 - St. Nazaire;  U 262 - La Pallice;  U JT 24 - Penang.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  2 Ju 290 on reconnaissance for north-bound convoy for Group "Igel II".  The first machine in operational area at 1900, the second at 2200.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) 1) U 386 sighted aircraft and 2 escort vessels on searching courses in operational area.
    2) U 985 sank a 6,000 ton vessel with triple spread in AE 8688 at 0145 on 8.2., previous T 5 miss.  Course 2900.
       
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  b) Aircraft sighted the convoy they were searching for:
    1) 0610 in BE 5586;
    2) 0705 in BE 5599 course 0 - 200, speed 7 knots;
    3) 1200 in BE 5523;
    4) 2120 in BE 2887 course 3500.
    Contact plane sent bearing signals
  c) 1) 2 attack reports at 1725 and 1519 in CG 9793 and CG 9558.  This may refer to U 967 and U 953.
    2) Sighting report of surfacing U-boat in unspecified position. "ASV" location in DC 4638 (not our own boat) and 5 "ASV" locations in unknown positions.
    3) English shore station to unit MHB 54:  Midget submarine in AM 6418 on southwesterly course 1655.  Search for it and give support.
    4) Enemy units were located in: BF 4180 - AM 5730 - 4690 - 5630 - 5440 - BE 5140 - 5320 - 3868 - 3970 - 3489 - 3760 - 4560 - BF 4311 - AM 4140.
    5) 2 reports on aircraft contact (see III b) by English convoy unit POL.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a)  Group "Igel" operating on convoy reported by aircraft.  Boats were not disposed in patrol line, as a concentrated operation is not possible in this particularly air endangered area in the full moon period.  Boats were to operate by aircraft bearing signals, but were only to report convoy sightings, not aircraft reports.   In this was a big "wireless battle" and thereby an early discovery of our operational plans would be prevented.  Apart from U 238, who sighted a destroyer in BE 2813 at 0754 and an aircraft carrier in BE 2287, no boats reported contact.   The reason for this was probably very poor visibility and perhaps strong air defence.  The boats submerged at dawn as surface operations by isolated boats are not possible in this area.
  b) - c) None.
  d) Transmitted to all boats:
     Experimental W/T message No. 84:
     As the result of an aircraft daylight attack, a U-boat's diesel ventilation trunk and drain were shot away.  The boat submerged during a favorable moment.  Owing to the inflow of water, the boat was forced to surface after an hour.  Destroyer appeared while filling tanks, angle 0, distance 8,000 meters.   Boat proceeded full speed ahead in seaway 5.  Destroyer located by radar, but soon lost the boat in the high swell, and was shaken off after three hours.
 
 
 
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V. Reports of Success:
  U 985             1 ship             6,000 GRT.
       
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9.February 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U JT 22
-
DT 14
U 262
-
BF 91
U 518
-
DF 99
U 714
-
Op(AM 14)
 
JT 24
-
LF 56
264
-
BF 73
530
-
CF 66
731
-
Op(BE 34)
 
66
-
DT 66
271
-
Op(AM 13)
532
-
KJ 49
734
-
BE 37
 
91
-
Op(BE 25)
281
-
Op(BE 22)
539
-
BC 86
761
-
BF 58
 
123
-
Op(EU 80)
283
-
Op(AM 12)
545
-
Op(AM 15)
762
-
BE 37
 
154
-
BE 73
309
-
BE 66
546
-
Op(AM 11)
764
-
Op(AL 66)
 
168
-
LF 42
377
-
BF 57
547
-
AL 96
802
-
AE 83
 
177
-
FT 16
386
-
Op(AL 36)
549
-
Op(AL 32)
845
-
Op(BB 6386)
 
178
-
Op(KG)
390
-
BF 44
550
-
AN 31
846
-
Op(AK 91)
 
188
-
Op(MQ 56)
406
-
Op(AL 36)
552
-
BF 91
852
-
AK 86
 
193
-
BF 73
413
-
BF 38
571
-
Op(BE 25)
953
-
Op(DJ 20)
 
212
-
Op(AL 38)
424
-
Op(BE 25)
586
-
CG 57
963
-
Op(AL 85)
 
231
-
Op(BE 53)
437
-
BE 68
592
-
BF 57
967
-
CG 90
 
238
-
Op(BE 2287)
441
-
Op(AL 63)
603
-
BF 44
984
-
Op(AM 12)
 
256
-
Op(AL 94)
445
-
BE 61
608
-
Op(BE 25)
985
-
Op(AE 89)
 
257
-
Op(BD 34)
510
-
LC 73
650
-
Op(AL 88)
986
-
AO 71
 
260
-
Op(AK 24)
516
-
BE 73
666
-
Op(AL 69)
989
-
Op(AM 21)
             
709
-
Op(BE 22)
1062
-
DF 31
 
  On Return Passage:  U 193 - 309 - 377 - 390 - 516 - 530 - 532 - 547 - 592 - 762.
  Entered Port:  U 262 - La Pallice.
  Sailed:  U 170 - Lorient.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  One Ju 88 W. of North Channel.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) 1) U 188 sank a steamer of 7,500 GRT in MQ 5868 (C2 type), course 2800, speed 15 knots.  Encountered four freighters in MQ 6747, W. course on 7.2. sank with 2 cm. guns and by ramming.  Carrying cotton bales.  Boat began return voyage.
    2) U 845 hunted vessel for 6 hours with search gear in BC 5180 on 5.2. without result.  Boat presumed buoys.  The boat sighted 3 destroyers putting out in BB 6386 on 9.2., course 900, medium speed.  Fired 5 torpedoes at a 6,000 GRT steamer, which was left sinking after 2 hits.  (Course 900, speed 10 knots).  Escort vessels, corvettes, aircraft pursuit without depth charges.
    3) U 984 sighted a seaplane in AM 1275 at 0042 and reported shortly afterwards that the seaplane was shadowing.   On 9.2. at 0139 the boat confirmed the presence of a flying boat without radar and afterwards had 3 "Naxos" locations in AM 1276.
       
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    4) See paragraph IV a).
  b) None.
  c) 1) U-boat sightings:  Iceland aircraft sighted U-boat (anti-aircraft action) at 0217 in unspecified position (U 984?).
      3 U-boat sightings in unspecified position 0045 and 0120 (last course on submerging 2900 speed 8 knots) and at 0508.  At 0525 convoy escort aircraft reported:  "Am over 2 enemy U-boats", position unspecified.
    2) Wireless patrol vessel 126 was D/Fed in BE 3150.
    3) Enemy units were located in:  BE 2920 - BE 2380 - 3420 - AL 9780 - 6420 - BE 2380 - AL 9780 - 6420 - BE 2380 - AL 9780 - BE 2250 - 2650 - BF 2298 - BE 2395 - AM 5524 - BE 3159 - BF 1916/19 - BE 2623 - AL 9920 - BE 3270.
    4) English aircraft reported Spanish merchant ship without name, course 2400, speed 8 knots, unspecified position.  Aircraft located in BF 4810.
  d) None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) The only boat in Group "Igel II" to report during the day was U 256 who sank a destroyer with T 5 in BE 2511 at 0111.  All boats in unfavorable positions patrol in their operational areas.   U 734 occupies BE 1373, U 264, 437 and U 603 are making for about AL 50.  Boats join Group "Igel I" later.
  b) U 532 is forbidden with immediate effect to attack isolated traffic S. of the latitude and E. of the longitude from KJ 4855.
  c) None.
  d) 1) U 193 reported at 0542:  Am unable to submerge, leak in pressure tank, putting in to Ferrol, necessary to dock or be fetched by escort from BP 7927.  And at 0805:  Putting in after destroying secret matter.  Unable to submerge completely, batteries shipping from 20 - 30 tons of water hourly while cruising on the surface.   Boat was ordered to request period for emergency repairs in Ferrol.
    2) Transmitted to all boats:
      Experimental W/T message No. 86:
      After a heavy depth-charge attack lasting 8 hours "Zorn" had shipped a great deal of water and had only 30 Atü pressure left.   Decided, in spite of hydrophone bearing to surface in broad daylight, and to continue the fight on the surface.   Nothing to be seen on the surface - very good hydrophone conditions.  Boat attacked by Fortress while on the surface.  Promptly opened fire - scored hit, bombs 100 meters away.  In
 
 
 
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      spite of breakdown of automatic 3.7 cm. gun, fired by hand.  Aircraft kept off for two hours. Boat repaired for submerging, batteries loaded.  Aircraft beaten off to be a distance of 5,000 to 6,000 meters.  Dived, no bombs.
      Lesson:  3.7 cm. gun can provide effective protection at medium distances, even when fired at long intervals.
       
V. Reports of Success:
   
U 188 1 ship
7,500 GRT
        4 sailing ships.
U 845 1 ship
6,000 GRT
 
U 256 1 destroyer
 
       
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
       
10.February 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U JT 22
-
DS 62
U 264
-
BF 47
U 532
-
KJ 84
U 731
-
Op(BE 34)
 
JT 24
-
LF 42
271
-
Op(AM 13)
539
-
Op(BC 81)
734
-
BE 26
 
66
-
DT 65
281
-
Op(AL 98)
545
-
Op(AM 15)
761
-
BF 52
 
91
-
Op(BE 24)
283
-
Op(AM 12)
546
-
Op(AM 11)
762
-
BF 64
 
123
-
Op(BU 80)
309
-
BF 44
547
-
AL 90
764
-
Op(AL 66)
 
154
-
BE 7382
386
-
Op(AL 96)
549
-
Op(AL 32)
802
-
AE 82
 
168
-
LE 62
390
-
BF 45
550
-
AN 28
845
-
Op(BC 40)
 
170
-
BF 55
406
-
Op(AL 36)
552
-
BF 58
846
-
Op(AK)
 
177
-
FT 27
413
-
Op(BE 34)
571
-
Op(BE 25)
852
-
BD 21
 
178
-
Op(KG)
424
-
Op(BE 25)
586
-
CG 82
953
-
Op(DJ 20)
 
188
-
Op(MQ 5869)
437
-
BE 5945
592
-
BF 57
963
-
Op(AL 85)
 
193
-
BF 79
441
-
Op(AL 63)
603
-
BE 66
967
-
CG 90
 
212
-
Op(AL 38)
445
-
BE 29
608
-
Op(BE 24)
984
-
Op(AM 1411)
 
231
-
Op(BE 28)
510
-
Op(LC 40)
650
-
Op(AL 88)
985
-
Op(AE 89)
 
238
-
Op(BE 23)
516
-
BE 81
666
-
Op(AL 69)
986
-
AN 35
 
256
-
Op(BE 2511)
518
-
DF 34
709
-
Op(AL 21)
989
-
Op(AM 21)
 
257
-
Op(BD 60)
530
-
CF 17
714
-
Op(AM 14)
1062
-
DF 37
 
260
-
Op(AK 20)                  
 
  On Return Passage:  U 188 - 193 - 309 - 390 - 516 - 530 - 532 - 547 - 592 - 762 - 953.
  Entered Port:  U 761 - Brest;  U 193 - El Ferrol.
  Sailed:  U 262 - 333 - La Pallice;   U 183 - Penang.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) 1) U 445 was passed over by small southbound convoy in BE 2648 while submerged in the early morning of 9.2.  Heard by escort and attacked relentlessly with depth charges.
    2) U 608 was attacked by 2 Liberators in BE 2553 with bombs and aircraft armament.   During the attack, no radar location confirmed - previously "Naxos" location 3 times and 2 sightings.
       
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    3) U 666 was observed by aircraft at 0915, type not recognized.  Destroyer sighted at 1215 in AL 6416.
    4) U 984 was confirmed by aircraft in AM 1257.
    5) U 283 attacked by aircraft with heavy armament at high level in AE 8899 at 2110.   No location before or during the attack.
    6) See paragraph IV a).
  b) None.
  c) 1) U-boat sightings: Periscope in unspecified position at 1216.   A unit sighted boat on surface in unspecified position.  The unit was located in AM 4110. 
      Swedish steamer "Finne" of 1,624 GRT sent SOS.   
      U-boat in 390 30' W., no latitude.  Further U-boat sightings by English units in unspecified position:  Aircraft in unspecified position 0625 over U-boat, course 1100, speed 1 knot.  Further aircraft over U-boats in unspecified position: 0408, course 2900, speed 8 knots; 0040, 1700, speed 5 knots;  over two surfaced U-boats in unspecified position.  2 other U-boat sightings in unspecified position.
    2) 6 "ASV" locations in unspecified positions, another according to our own indication in BF 1713.
    3) Several aircraft sightings (contacts) from various Allied units.
    4) Several locations of the radio monitor vessel 126 AM 48/77/98 and 123, AM 47.
    5) Enemy units were located in:  BF 3260 - 3790 - 5330.  BD 6130;  BE 2340;  AM 4830 - 4810 - 8720 - AL 6180 - 6690.  Aircraft of the 19th Group sighted merchant ship in BF 7689 at 0012, course E., speed 10 knots.
  d) None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) 1) Group "Igel I and II" occupy the following new operational areas further off shore at economical cruising speed:
     
Igel I:
U 985
-
AL 3222  
U 989
-
AL 3284
 
283
-
AL 3167  
549
-
AL 2444
 
546
-
AL 2293  
714
-
AL 3344
 
271
-
AL 3551  
406
-
AL 2959
 
441
-
AL 2564  
764
-
AL 6135
 
545
-
AL 2689  
734
-
AL 5435
 
212
-
AL 2882  
984
-
AL 5597
Igel II:
U 256
-
AL 5753  
U 238
-
AL 9715
 
963
-
AL 4886  
386
-
BE 2162
 
709
-
AL 8182  
281
-
BE 1391
 
424
-
AL 8532  
571
-
BE 1199
 
445
-
AL 7515  
231
-
BE 2485
 
91
-
AL 7861  
650
-
BE 1838
 
608
-
AL 8841  
666
-
BE 1996
 
 
 
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      U 437, 603 and 264 proceed to AL 57, boats join Group "Igel" later.  U 547 has begun return voyage.
    2) U 413 reported sighting several smoke trails in BE 3731 from 1500 to the time of reporting (2005), course S.W., low speed.  Forced to submerge by aircraft.  The same craft were apparently sighted by U 731 who reported sighting a destroyer in BE 2964 at 2242, at 2315 reported as convoy, course S.W., slow speed and at 2348 in position BE 2595, course 1800, 6 knots.   Favorably placed boats received orders to attack.  No further messages received.  U 413 presumed it to be a U-boat chaser division, after an unsuccessful chase.  Boat watched convoy R/T frequency and confirmed convoy night air escort.
  b) 1) U 413 proceeded to new operational area off the Scilly Isles.
    2) U 953 (Casablanca) has left her operational area and is proceeding homewards.
    3) U 545 was attacked with depth charges at 0432 in AM 1545.  Boat out of control, had to be scuttled when crew had been taken off.   Boats in radius of 80 sea miles are to go to U 545 and report the position.  According to messages received U 714, 984 and 549 are proceeding to U 545.
  c)  None.
  d) 1) U 377 must be considered lost.  The last message was received on 15.1. from BE 5748, a report of a search group with a "Naxos" location and a bow shot followed after 9 minutes by a loud explosion.  The boat should have already put in owing to fuel shortage.   Nothing is known of the cause of the loss.   Loss probable in January.
    2) U 193 has put into Ferrol.  Boat reports cause of leak in pressure tank: After an aircraft attack and depth charge action on the evening of the 9th, boat was thrown on to rocks by the swell at a depth of 30 meters.  Repair not possible in a few days.
      New secret material will be provided in Bordeaux for the return voyage.
    3) Transmitted to all boats:
      Warning W/T message No. 87:
      At night, when disposed with short distances between the boats when in action against convoys, look out for the sudden appearance of silhouettes while firing on the surface.   Fire, when it has first been ascertained that the silhouette is not a U-boat.  Officers of the Watch are to impress this on the crew.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
 
 
 
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11.February 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U JT 22
-
DS 67
U 262
-
BF 91
U 518
-
DF 56
U 731
-
Op(BE 29)
 
JT 24
-
LE 66
264
-
BE 69
530
-
CG 18
734
-
Op(AL 98)
 
66
-
DT 93
271
-
Op(AL 33)
532
-
KJ 87
762
-
BE 66
 
91
-
Op(BE 13)
281
-
Op(BE 21)
539
-
Op(DC 40)
764
-
Op(AL 62)
 
123
-
Op(EU 86)
283
-
Op(AL 32)
546
-
Op(AL 31)
802
-
AE 84
 
154
-
BD 98
309
-
BF 45
547
-
AL 96
845
-
Op(BC 40)
 
168
-
LD 99
333
-
BF 92
549
-
Op(AL 34)
846
-
Op(AK 94)
 
170
-
BF 57
386
-
Op(BE 22)
550
-
AN 23
852
-
BD 24
 
177
-
FT 59
390
-
BF 49
571
-
Op(BE 16)
953
-
Op(DJ 20)
 
178
-
Op(KG)
406
-
Op(AL 37)
586
-
CG 88
963
-
Op(AL 81)
 
183
-
LF 43
413
-
BE 61
592
-
BF 57
967
-
CG 90
 
188
-
LA 33
424
-
Op(AL 21)
603
-
BE 62
984
-
AM 13
 
212
-
Op(AL 28)
437
-
BE 55
608
-
Op(AL 88)
985
-
Op(AE 88)
 
231
-
Op(BE 24)
441
-
Op(AL 02)
650
-
Op(BE 16)
986
-
AN 31
 
238
-
Op(AL 98)
445
-
BE 24
666
-
Op(AL 68)
989
-
Op(AM 11)
 
256
-
Op(AL 82)
510
-
Op(LC 15)
709
-
Op(AL 85)
1062
-
DF 67
 
257
-
Op(BD 39)
516
-
BE 83
714
-
AM 1527
552
-
BF 57
 
260
-
Op(AK 22)                  
 
  On Return Passage:  U 188 - 309 - 390 - 516 - 530 - 532 - 547 - 592 - 714 - 731 - 762 - 953.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  - . -
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) 1) U 437 sank destroyer in destroyer group in BE 5518 at 1802 with T 5.  Detonation after 11 minutes 47 seconds followed by heavy explosion.   The same boat sighted another destroyer, course N.E. in the same grid.
    2) U 413 fired bow T 5 at destroyer in escort group detonation after 11 minutes 25 seconds.   A destroyer firing star shells broke off the operations.  The boat obtained information from watch on enemy R/T frequency.  The same boat sighted 2 destroyers in quarterline formation at 0703 and fired the bow T 5.  Detonation and short crack after 12 minutes 54 seconds.  Only one hydrophone bearing after submerging, no depth charges.  Aphrodite often successful against "Naxos" (anti-radar device).
    3) U 731 scored 2 hits on the freighter belonging to the convoy mentioned and also a T 5 hit on an approaching destroyer after 2 minutes 30 seconds, followed by loudly rattling location apparatus.
  b)  None.
  c) 1) 2 U-boat sightings by Gibraltar aircraft and aircraft of the 19th Group in uncertain position.
       
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      1.  Sighting:  060 19' W., presumably Straits of Gibraltar.
      2. Sighting: According to our own prediction in BF 8121, course 2500, speed 10 knots
          3 "ASV" (anti-surface vessel) locations in unspecified position.
    2) Radio guardship 691 (presumably belonging to MKS 38) twice reported unidentified aircraft. Our own position according to prediction AM 7113, course 400, speed 6 knots at the time of the second message.
      Guardship BUA in BE 29/37 located by radar.
    3) Enemy units located in:  AM 4560 - 6416 - 4560 - 5720 - 4370 - 5460 - BE 5320 - 3790 - 3180.
  d) None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) It is intended to draw Group "Igel" even further to the W. and to dispose the largest possible number of boats in channels in the area AL 50/80 on about 17.2., to intercept an "ONS" convoy.  The operation is to be prepared by extensive aerial reconnaissance.  An attempt to fight on the surface, under favorable weather conditions and with a sufficient number of boats, is to be made.
  b) None.
  c) U 714 took the crew of the scuttled boat U 545 on board, at about 1200, in AM 1527.  On being asked whether the return passage of U 714 was possible with the entire crew of U 545, the boat reported that it was possible.  U 549 and 984 again occupy operational area in "Igel I".
  d) None.
       
V. Reports of Success:
    
U 437 1 destroyer    
U 413 2        "    
U 731 1        " 1 ship of 5,000 GRT.  
       
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
       
12.February 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U JT 22
-
DS 86
U 260
-
Op(AK 21)
U 518
-
DF 82
U 731
-
BE 34
 
JT 24
-
LE 91
262
-
BF 83
530
-
CG 16
734
-
Op(AL 94)
 
66
-
DU 77
264
-
BE 64
532
-
KJ 87
762
-
BF 44
 
91
-
Op(AL 78)
271
-
Op(AL 35)
539
-
Op(BC 40)
764
-
Op(AL 61)
 
123
-
Op(EU 94)
281
-
Op(BE 13)
546
-
Op(AL 22)
802
-
AE 79
 
154
-
BD 97
283
-
Op(AL 31)
547
-
BE 23
845
-
Op(BC 40)
 
168
-
LD 81
309
-
BE 49
549
-
Op(AL 35)
846
-
Op(AK 91)
 
170
-
BF 81
333
-
BF 83
550
-
AF 79
852
-
BD 43
 
177
-
FT 59
386
-
Op(BE 21)
552
-
BF 91
953
-
CG 45
 
       
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178
-
Op(KG)
390
-
BF 54
571
-
Op(BE 11)
963
-
Op(AL 48)
 
183
-
LE 62
406
-
Op(AL 29)
586
-
CG 94
967
-
CG 90
 
188
-
LB 42
413
-
Op(BE 39)
592
-
BF 57
984
-
Op(AL 38)
 
212
-
Op(AL 28)
424
-
Op(AL 85)
603
-
BE 51
985
-
Op(AL 32)
 
231
-
Op(BE 24)
437
-
BE 55
608
-
Op(AL 88)
986
-
AN 28
 
238
-
Op(AL 37)
441
-
Op(AL 25)
650
-
Op(BE 18)
989
-
Op(AL 32)
 
256
-
Op(AL 57)
445
-
Op(AL 88)
666
-
Op(AL 94)
1062
-
DF 86
 
257
-
Op(BD 69)
510
-
Op(MS 75)
709
-
Op(AL 81)      
       
516
-
BE 92
714
-
AL 37      
 
  On Return Passage:  U 188 - 309 - 390 - 516 - 530 - 532 - 547 - 592 - 714 - 731 - 762 - 953.
  Entered Port:  U 333 - 262 - La Pallice.
  Sailed:  U 214 - 218 - 761 - Brest; U 1059 - Bergen.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - b) None.
  c) 1) U-boat sightings in BE 96, course 60, speed 7 knots;  in BF 4331, course 900, speed 10 knots.  Both positions indicated. An "ASV" location by aircraft of 19th Group in unspecified position.
    2) Enemy units were located in:  BE 3460, 5310, 3150, AM 4980, 4952.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) Group "Igel I and II" (with the exception of U 445) received orders to proceed 150 sea miles to the W. from the operational area previously ordered, at an economical cruising speed.  The boats are reminded in this connection that operations against "ONS" convoy are planned on 16.2.  U 445 will join "Igel I" and take up position in AL 0155
  b) - c) None.
  d) 1) Own FW 200 crashed in BF 8198.  Boats in the vicinity received instructions to proceed to the scene of the crash.  Later, 2 rubber dingies were sighted in BF 8421.
    2) U 193 (El Ferrol) reports that W/T equipment including cooling machine in working order, continual receiving watch kept.
      According to information given by the Spanish Admiralty, the Minister intends to demand permission from the Spanish Foreign Office to put out, after 3 to 5 days in the docks.
       
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V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
       
13.February 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U JT 22
-
EH 25
U 260
-
Op(AK 21)
U 532
-
KS 39
U 761
-
BF 55
 
JT 24
-
LE 88
264
-
BE 22
539
-
Op(BC 47)
762
-
BF 66
 
66
-
EK 15
271
-
Op(AL 25)
546
-
Op(AL 21)
764
-
Op(AL 51)
 
91
-
Op(AK 99)
281
-
Op(BE 12)
547
-
BE 29
802
-
AE 78
 
123
-
Op(EU 93)
283
-
Op(AL 21)
549
-
Op(AL 23)
845
-
Op(BC 40)
 
154
-
CE 21
209
-
BF 91
550
-
AF 76
846
-
Op(AK 65)
 
168
-
LC 66
386
-
Op(BE 12)
552
-
BF 91
852
-
BD 48
 
170
-
BF 72
290
-
BF 51
571
-
Op(BD 33)
953
-
CG 43
 
177
-
FT 59
406
-
Op(AL 19)
586
-
CG 95
963
-
Op(AK 69)
 
178
-
Op(KG)
413
-
Op(BF 17)
603
-
BE 28
967
-
CG 95
 
183
-
LE 51
424
-
Op(AL 75)
608
-
Op(AL 77)
984
-
Op(AL 39)
 
188
-
LB 76
437
-
BE 24
650
-
Op(BE 17)
985
-
Op(AL 22)
 
212
-
Op(AL 18)
441
-
Op(AL 15)
666
-
Op(AL 88)
986
-
AN 79
 
214
-
BF 55
445
-
Op(AL 82)
709
-
Op(AL 71)
989
-
Op(AL 22)
 
218
-
BF 55
510
-
Op(MR 95)
714
-
AL 02
1059
-
AF 79
 
231
-
Op(BE 15)
516
-
BE 95
731
-
BF 47
1062
-
DR 23
 
256
-
Op(AL 47)
518
-
DF 85
734
-
Op(AL 57)      
 
257
-
Op(BD 67)
530
-
BF 77            
 
  On Return Passage:  U 188 - 309 - 390 - 516 - 530 - 547 - 592 - 714 - 731 - 762 - 953 - 984.
  Entered Port:  U 390 - St. Nazaire.
  Sailed:  - . -
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  Air reconnaissance by a Ju 88 off North Channel for an "ON" convoy.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) U 445 reported sighting a destroyer in AL 8253 at 2015.
  b)  Aircraft sighted a convoy with an aircraft carrier in AM 5279, course 800, at about 1800.
  c) 1) An "ASV" location by aircraft of 19th Group in unspecified position.
    2) Enemy units were located by radar in AL 6670, AM 4630 and 5450.
  d)  According to wireless traffic a convoy was in the Oversay area at 1624.  Presumably this is the expected "ONS" convoy.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a)  Group "Igel I and II" are en route to the new operational area.
       
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  b) - c) None.
  d) 1) The loss of U 238 must be presumed.  The boat joined Group "Igel II" on 6.2. and was deployed against the "MKS" convoy on 8.2.  The last two messages were at 0754 on 9.2. "One destroyer in Grid BE 2513" and at 0839 "One enemy aircraft carrier in Grid BE 2287" after this the boat did not reply in spite of repeated requests.  Reason for loss:  Air or sea escort of a convoy.
    2) U 592 belonged to Group "Hinein" on 26.1.  Last message from 31.1. runs:  "1) Heavy pounding in kiel greatly restricted speed and use of armament as a result of abnormal gyro conditions.  Main periscope out of action.  2) Low level diagonal attack by Liberator with depth charges, while surfacing.  Dropped 2 red flares, 1 green after 30 minutes.  Flew off. Return passage, position AL 9987".  According to fuel situation the boat should have already put in. Details of loss are not available.
       
V. Reports of Success: None.
       
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14.February 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U JT 22
-
EH 52
U 260
-
Op(AK 20)
U 530
-
BF 75
U 731
-
BF 48
 
JT 24
-
LP 41
264
-
BE 28
532
-
KS 64
734
-
Op(AL 45)
 
66
-
EJ 42
271
-
Op(AL 16)
539
-
Op(BC 66)
761
-
BF 57
 
91
-
Op(AK 99)
281
-
Op(BE 11)
546
-
Op(AL 12)
762
-
BF 41
 
123
-
Op(EU 86)
283
-
Op(AL 12)
547
-
BE 62
764
-
Op(AL 42)
 
154
-
CE 11
309
-
BF 93
549
-
Op(AL 13)
802
-
AL 12
 
168
-
LC 29
386
-
Op(BE 12)
550
-
AF 72
845
-
Op(BC 63)
 
170
-
BF 74
406
-
Op(AL 19)
552
-
BF 64
846
-
Op(AK 60)
 
177
-
FT 94
413
-
Op(BE 18)
571
-
Op(BD 32)
852
-
BD 74
 
178
-
Op(KG)
424
-
Op(AL 74)
586
-
CG 95
953
-
CG 16
 
183
-
LD 65
437
-
Op(AL 88)
603
-
BE 13
963
-
Op(AK 68)
 
188
-
LM 16
441
-
Op(AL 15)
608
-
Op(AL 77)
967
-
CG 90
 
212
-
Op(AL 17)
445
-
Op(AL 54)
650
-
Op(BD 39)
984
-
AL 64
 
214
-
BF 57
510
-
Op(MR 86)
666
-
Op(BE 15)
985
-
Op(AL 21)
 
218
-
BF 57
516
-
BF 72
709
-
Op(AK 93)
986
-
AF 76
 
231
-
Op(BE 14)
518
-
DF 79
714
-
AL 64
989
-
Op(AL 21)
 
256
-
Op(AK 69)            
1059
-
AF 76
 
257
-
Op(BD 60)            
1062
-
DR 61
 
  On Return Passage:  U 188 - 309 - 390 - 516 - 530 - 547 - 552 - 714 - 731 - 762 - 953 - 984.
  Entered Port:  U 552 - St. Nazaire;  U 309 - Bordeaux.
  Sailed:  U 962 - 448 - 358 - St. Nazaire;  U 262 - 333 - La Pallice.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  Aerial reconnaissance by a Ju 290 and 2 Ju 88's for expected "ONS" convoy.
       
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III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) 1) U 845 reported aircraft attack with depth charges and gunfire in BC 5821. 3.7 cm. out of action to begin with, scarcity of ammunition and losses among crew (1 killed, 2 slightly injured).  Boat withdrew for repairs.
    2) U 445 fired a bow T 5 on a destroyer of a triple searching group in AL 8245 at 2056 on 13.2.  Detonation with crashing and rustling after 13 minutes 05 seconds, followed by heavy depth charge attack by 2 destroyers.  Owing to extensive damage, boat proceeded on return.
  b)  Aircraft sighted convoy in AM 5426 at 1807, course 2600, speed 5 knots.  2 aircraft carriers, 10 escort vessels about 40 merchant vessels in convoy.  Further message of 1715 runs:  "convoy in AM 5180, course 280 - 2900 (course and position uncertain).
  c) 1) 1 "ASV" location in BF 7951.
      U-boat sighting in 470 13' N., longitude not given, course 300, 12 knots (U 214 or U 413?).
    2) Enemy units were located in:  AK 9390 - AL 9680 - 90, AM 7740 - 0170 - 7380 - 3420.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operation:
  a) Groups "I and II" received instructions at 0945 to proceed by day submerged in the direction of AM 53.   On receiving the aircraft message (see paragraph III b) Group "Igel I" proceeded all out to AL 4748, Group "Igel II" to the area between AL 7210 and BE 2750.
    U 603, 437, 264 proceed to the same area as "Igel II".  New disposition will follow, according to aircraft report on the following day.
  b)  U 260 (northern weather boat) starts homeward voyage owing to fuel shortage.  U 802 is intended as relief after giving passage report.
  c) 1) U 188 is allotted the W. coast of Ceylon and the southern tip of India (Boundaries:  MS 4111 - LC 4777 - LD 4999 - MT 4333.
    2) U 170 receives DC 40, U 518, EL 20 (Panama Canal) as new position.
       
V. Reports of Success:
    U 455                1 destroyer.
       
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15.February 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U JT 22
-
BH 85
U 260
-
AK 25
U 518
-
DE 77
U 761
-
BF 81
 
JT 24
-
LO 94
262
-
BF 91
530
-
BF 84
762
-
BF 48
 
66
-
EK 48
264
-
Op(BE 16)
532
-
KS 82
764
-
Op(AL 48)
 
91
-
Op(AL 77)
271
-
Op(AL 01)
539
-
Op(BC 66)
802
-
AK 32
 
123
-
Op(EU 86)
281
-
Op(AL 87)
546
-
Op(AL 19)
845
-
BC 58
 
154
-
CD 63
283
-
Op(AL 16)
547
-
BE 66
846
-
Op(AK 67)
 
168
-
MS 78
333
-
BF 91
549
-
Op(AL 17)
852
-
CD 31
 
170
-
BE 99
386
-
Op(AL 87)
550
-
AF 47
953
-
BF 77
 
177
-
FT 94
406
-
Op(AL 44)
571
-
Op(BD 33)
962
-
BF 67
 
178
-
Op(KG)
413
-
Op(BF 16)
586
-
CG 95
963
-
Op(AL 71)
 
183
-
LD 82
424
-
Op(AL 75)
603
-
Op(BE 16)
967
-
CG 95
 
188
-
LM 46
437
-
Op(AL 78)
608
-
Op(AL 75)
984
-
AL 67
 
212
-
Op(AL 42)
441
-
Op(AL 19)
650
-
Op(BE 14)
985
-
Op(AL 23)
 
214
-
BF 52
445
-
Op(AL 48)
666
-
Op(BE 16)
986
-
AF 75
 
218
-
BF 49
448
-
BF 67
709
-
Op(AL 75)
989
-
Op(AL 25)
 
231
-
Op(BE 16)
510
-
Op(MR 72)
714
-
AL 82
1059
-
AF 72
 
256
-
Op(AL 72)
516
-
BF 73
731
-
BF 49
1062
-
DR 91
 
257
-
Op(BD)
358
-
BF 67
734
-
Op(AL 48)      
 
  On Return Passage:  U 188 - 260 - 445 - 516 - 530 - 532 - 547 - 714 - 731 - 762 - 953 - 984.
  Entered Port:  U 214 - Brest.
  Sailed:  - . -
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  W. of North Channel by 2 Ju 290s.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a)  None.
  b)  Convoy located in AN 4599, course 2200, speed 6 knots at 1730.   Composed of about 40 merchant ships, including 2 large units (aircraft carriers)?
  c) 1) No U-boat sightings or "ASV" locations.
    2) Enemy units were located in AN 5570 - 5560, 4620 - 4510, BE 1970.
  d)  According to Radio Intelligence report, the convoy "Product" was in AM 4652, course 2240, speed 4 knots at 1500.  Possibly this is the expected "ONS" convoy.  Convoy repeatedly reporting air contact (see II b).
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a)  On receipt of the aircraft message, Group "Igel I" received orders to proceed at high speed further in the direction of BE 14.  U 212 reported speed of 15 knots on request.   Group "Igel II" was distributed in the area between the line from AL 7551 to BE 5117 and from AK 9931 to BE 4565.  The boats were to remain undetected.  Operation not expected until the evening of 18.2. owing to delay of convoy.
       
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  b) 1) U 518 reports:  Meeting with Japanese U-boat "Kiefer" carried out.
    2) U 845 has completed repairs and proceeds to her operational area once more (St. Johns).
    3) U 183 reports position from LD 75 as "passing" report.
    4) U 802 occupies the area previously held by U 260 as weather boat.
  c) - d) None.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
       
                                                                                 For B.d.U.
                                                                                            Head of Operations Section.
                                                                                                        (Signed):  Godt.
       
       
       
 
 
 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
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O.d.K.  
2 Skl/B.d.U. Op.
"Koralle, Staffs Quarters
 
10 February 1944.
       
U-boat Situation on 1 February 1944
       
I.
In service on 1 January 1944:  
436
 
In service up to 1 February  
20
 
   
456
 
   
 
Losses up to 1 February, In action  
10
  with U 81
                                             At home  
0
 
In commission on 1 February  
446
 
       
Plus, foreign U-boats:  In action  
5
 
                                         At home  
6
 
Given to Japan up to date  
1
 
       
II.
Losses up to 1 February:    
Atlantic:
Type VII:
U 426, 645, 757, 263, 364, 641, 972, 305 -
8
  Type IXc: U 544                       -
1
       
North Sea:
None
 
0
Mediterranean: U 81 Owing to attack in port
1
Black Sea: None                                   
0
     
10
  For losses in detail see Appendix.
       
III. Distribution of boats:
    
   
II
VIIa
VIIb/c
VIId
VIIf
IXb/c
IXd1
IXd2
 
In action  
  6
-
119
2
2
34
-
6
 
Trials, training, experiments  
-
 -
149
-
2
25
-
8
 
Training  
33
 3
  48
-
-
  3
-
-
 
   
39
3
316
2
4
62
0
14
 
 
 
 
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XB
XIV
XVII
Total
 
In action  
1
1
-
171
 
Trials, training, experiments  
1
1
2
188
 
Training  
-
-
-
87
 
   
2
2
2
446
       
  Up to 1 February 1944:
 
Recently in action  
+
13
Added to total number  
+
10
Added to number of boats in action  
+
3
Added to number of boats on trial  
+
7
Added to number of training boats  
+/-
0
       
IV. Distribution of boats in action on 1 February 1944:
       
 
Atlantic
125
Mediterranean
15
North Sea
25
Black Sea
6
 
171
       
V. In the Atlantic in January:
       
 
The daily average at sea 66
In operational area 26
On passage 40
On return passage 14
       
VI. Put out in Atlantic in January:
       
 
from home waters
7
from France and Norway
34
       
VII. Put out in North Sea in January:
       
    
from home waters
6
       
       
                                                                                                 For B.d.U.
                                                                                     Head of Operations Section
                                                                                              (Signed):  Godt.
       
       
 
 
 
 
 
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  Appendix to 2 Skl/B.d.U. Op. Most Secret.
   
  With reference to II.  Losses in detail
   
 
U 426 2nd voyage.  Last message on 8.1. of aircraft attack W. of Biscay area.   Loss probably as a result.
   
U 645 Veteran boat.   Last message at 12.12.  Weather boat W. of Biscay area.  Cause of loss unknown.
   
U 757 Veteran boat.  Last message at 6.1.  Position given from area W. of Biscay.  Cause of loss unknown.
   
U 263 Veteran boat.  Last message on 20.1. re damage to boat.  Lost as a result.
   
U 364 1st voyage.  Last message at 29.1.  Report from Biscay area.  Cause of loss not known.
   
U 641 Veteran boat.  Last message on 15.1. from western Biscay area re return voyage.  Cause of loss unknown.
   
U 305 Veteran boat.  Last message on 15.1. from western Biscay area re return voyage.  Cause of loss unknown.
   
U 544 1st voyage.  Last news from another boat on 17.1.  Air attack W. of Azores.  Lost as a result probable.
   
U 81 Veteran boat.  Destroyed by air attack near Pola.
   
U 972 1st voyage.  Last report at 15.12.  Position S. of Iceland.  Cause of loss not known.
   
   
   
   
   
       
       
       
       
 
 
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