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

16 - 31 May 1944

PG30347

     
     
 
16.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 66
-
DG 59
U 214
-
AF 79
U 541
-
Op(DN)
U 852
-
Op(MP)
 
107
-
BF 69
267
-
BF 57
543
-
DR 86
853
-
Op(AK 34)
 
129
-
Op(GB)
385
-
Op(AK 67)
547
-
DH 11
856
-
Op(CB 20)
 
155
-
FF 14
473
-
Op(AL 60)
548
-
Op(CB 30)
857
-
AF 72
 
170
-
BE 43
490
-
AE 85
549
-
BF 57
859
-
DR 18
 
178
-
CG 47
505
-
ET 95
667
-
BF 58
860
-
DF 41
 
181
-
GZ 16
516
-
BE 99
731
-
CG 95
861
-
BD 19
 
190
-
FF 26
534
-
AE 83
736
-
BE 14
955
-
Op(AK 83)
 
196
-
JJ 24
537
-
GP 28
843
-
JA 72
960
-
CG 95
 
198
-
EH 52
539
-
CE 23
851
-
KZ 75
1222
-
CC 24
 
  On Return Passage:  U 66 - 155 - 170 - 178 - 190 - 267 - 505 - 667 - 736.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  - . -
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) U 541 sent the following situation report:  Hospital ship in DC 5224 on 13.5., 2800, speed 17 knots.  Aircraft in DC 5125 on 14.5. submerged.  Heard convoy, 6 destroyers, 6 - 8 steamers.  Course N., speed 10 knots.  Surfaced.  At once picked up by 2 "Naxos" short radar locations and D/F'd continuously.  4 attacks.  Triple, double T 3.  Depth 7 (meters?), 2 T 5s, depth 4 and 5 (meters?), 6 detonations.  Running times between 13 and 17 minutes.  Shot only possible from broad angle on the bow and great distance, as the convoy zig-zagged continuously.  Destroyers did not attack.  Heavy night and day air activity, only used "Naxos" near the coast.  Boat has started on homeward voyage from DC 9296.
  b)  None.
  c) 1) U-boat sightings:  Aircraft of 19 Group reported periscope in unspecified position at 2100.  Course 1800, speed 5 knots.  Three further U-boat sightings at 0016, 1715, 1730 in unspecified positions.
    2) ASV locations:
      19 Group:  2 locations in unspecified positions.
      One cancelled.
    3) Enemy units were located in:  AM 2690 - 3550 - 3988 - 7971 - AL 5545 - BE 9140.
  d)  None.
       
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IV. Current Operations:
  a)  None.
  b)  U 537 reported position as requested from GF 3499, sufficient provisions for 8 weeks, fuel:  174 Cbm.  Extended operation would be possible with additional supplies.
  c)  None.
  d)  U 846 put out of Lorient on 29.4. and reported air attacks in BF 5745 on 2.5. and BF 8111 on 3.5.  Since then, no report in spite of numerous requests, so that the loss of this boat must be presumed - probably during last attack.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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17.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 66
-
DS 22
U 241
-
AF 76
U 541
-
DC 92
U 852
-
Op(MP)
 
107
-
BE 68
267
-
BF 57
543
-
DR 98
853
-
Op(AK 36)
 
129
-
Op(GB)
385
-
Op(AK 64)
547
-
DH 17
856
-
Op(CB 20)
 
155
-
FE 35
473
-
Op(AL 64)
548
-
Op(BB 87)
857
-
AF 47
 
170
-
BE 91
490
-
AE 85
549
-
BF 49
859
-
DR 45
 
178
-
CG 44
505
-
ET 86
667
-
BF 58
860
-
DF 44
 
181
-
GZ 28
516
-
CG 11
731
-
CG 95
861
-
AK 03
 
190
-
FF 24
534
-
AE 84
736
-
BE 17
955
-
Op(AK 86)
 
196
-
JJ 23
537
-
GF 34
843
-
JA 73
960
-
CG 95
 
198
-
DS 54
539
-
CF 24
851
-
KZ 81
1222
-
CC 16
 
  On Return Passage:  U 66 - 155 - 170 - 178 - 190 - 267 - 505 - 541 - 667 - 736.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  U 183 - Penang.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - b) None.
  c) 1) A surfaced boat reported in 900 22.4 sea miles from buoy 51 (AN 8712).  Not one of ours.
    2) ASV location:
      Gibraltar:  2 locations in unspecified positions with subsequent cancellation.
      19 Group:  2 locations in unspecified positions.
       
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    3) Enemy units were located in:  AM 4390 - 5390 - 4421 - 4180 - 4510 - AL 8753 - CG 2748.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) The order to transmit short signals and messages between the longitudes of BE 41 and 61 is cancelled.
  b)  U 534 and U 490 received the following new position: BD 10.
  c) - d) None.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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18.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 66
-
DG 79
U 198
-
DS 81
U 539
-
CE 16
U 851
-
KZ 58
 
107
-
BE 67
241
-
AF 72
541
-
DD 47
852
-
Op(MP)
 
129
-
Op(GB)
267
-
BF 57
543
-
EH 11
853
-
Op(AK 33)
 
155
-
ET 97
385
-
Op(AK)
547
-
DH 44
857
-
AE 69
 
170
-
BE 92
473
-
Op(AL 65)
548
-
Op(BB 79)
859
-
DR 73
 
178
-
CG 42
490
-
AE 87
549
-
BF 73
860
-
DF 71
 
181
-
GZ 29
505
-
ET 82
667
-
BF 57
861
-
BD 48
 
183
-
LF 55
516
-
CF 32
731
-
CG 95
955
-
Op(AK 89)
 
190
-
FF 15
534
-
AE 87
736
-
BE 42
960
-
CG 95
 
196
-
KY 96
537
-
GF 63
843
-
JA 57
1222
-
CC 14
 
  On Return Passage:  U 66 - 155 - 170 - 178 - 190 - 267 - 505 - 541 - 667 - 736.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  U 675 - Kristiansand;  U 292 - Larvik;  U 1165 - 980 - 1000 - 480 - 921 - 247 - 290 - Kiel to Group "Mitte";  U 764 - Brest (Group "Dragoner").
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) U 736 fired a T 5 at a northeastward bound small convoy in BE 5191 at 1310 on 17.5., and probably scored a hit.
  b)  None.
  c) 1) 40 aircraft of 19 Group confirmed in operation in the Biscay area.  Normal air activity.
       
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    2) U-boat sightings:  At 1725 in DD 4885 (U 541?); 2 other sightings in unspecified positions, one of which was probably in Drontheim.
    3) ASV locations:
      19 Group:  2 locations in unspecified position, subsequent cancellation.
      Gibraltar:  One location in unspecified position with subsequent cancellation.
    4) Enemy units were located in:  AM 5526 - 4244 - 3980 - 5370 - 5210 - 5160 - BF 1293.
  d) None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) None.
  b) 1) U 843 reported position and fuel situation from JB 33.  Owing to the breakdown of the cooling water pump and lasting damages after a bombing attack the boat is proceeding direct to Penang.
    2) U 859 and U 860 received the area round Capetown as new position.  Passage direct or along the coast.  Later operations are planned in area LC.
    3) As U 385 starts homeward voyage on 20.5., U 853 will occupy this reporting area.  U 534 takes up U 853's previous position.
  c) None.
  d) 1) U 856 was lost off the North American east coast or on her way there.  The boat sailed from Kiel on 24.2. and was last heard on 25.3. reporting an unsuccessful aircraft attack in CC 3632.  No reply to repeated requests.  No details of cause of loss.
    2) Group "Dragoner".
      3 boats belonging to Group "Landwirt" are to be deployed at the western approaches to the Channel in order to gain experience in these waters in case of invasion and in warfare against enemy destroyer groups in their own coastal routes.  The boats are to form the Group "Dragoner", and will occupy the area between the longitudes from the center of BF 2828 and the left edge of 2924.  2 boats west, one boat east of the barrier Richard Bruno.  Southern boundary parallel to route "Herz" at a distance of 5 sea miles, at night central point to the south; this to be extended to route "Herz" on nights when there
 
 
 
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      is none of our convoy traffic.
      Boats are to remain principally submerged, to charge batteries with "Schnorchel" apparatus and to receive continuous enemy reports from Senior Officer U-boats West on the U-boat coastal long and short waves.
      Return passage after first success or first observation by the enemy - apart from invasion.  Period of operations to depend on the situation here against U-boats.
      No great danger for the boats anticipated at first, as enemy defences are not in operation here against U-boats.
      U 764 put out as the first boat of the Group "Dragoner".
       
V. Reports of Success
    U 736                1 ship                1 hit possible.
       
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19.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 66
-
DG 79
U 241
-
AF 48
U 541
-
DD 46
U 851
-
KZ 53
 
107
-
BE 59
267
-
DE 64
543
-
EH 16
852
-
Op(MP)
 
129
-
Op(GB)
292
-
AN 28
547
-
DH 71
853
-
Op(AK 35)
 
155
-
ET 85
385
-
Op(AK 69)
548
-
Op(BB 79)
857
-
AE 68
 
170
-
BE 93
473
-
Op(AL 65)
549
-
BF 72
859
-
DR 79
 
178
-
CG 18
490
-
AL 31
667
-
BF 64
860
-
DF 78
 
181
-
GZ 38
505
-
ET 54
675
-
AN 28
861
-
AK 64
 
183
-
LF 73
516
-
CF 34
731
-
CG 95
955
-
Op(BD 74)
 
190
-
FE 33
534
-
AL 22
736
-
BE 51
960
-
CG 95
 
196
-
KZ 47
537
-
GG 72
764
-
BF 28
1222
-
CB 33
 
198
-
DS 87
539
-
CD 18
843
-
JB 33      
 
  On Return Passage:  U 66 - 155 - 170 - 178 - 190 - 267 - 505 - 541 - 667 - 736.
  Entered Port:  U 667 - St. Nazaire.
  Sailed:  - . -
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) U 853 reported in addition 2 T 5 misses on a destroyer in AE 6590 on 3.5., a continuous loud circular-saw sound was heard.  Boat was requested to give details of firing.
  b)  None.
  c) 1) 34 aircraft of 19 Group confirmed in the Biscay area.
       
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    2) U-boat sighting by aircraft of 19 Group at 0156 in presumably 400 05' N., western longitude not specified, course 800, speed 10 knots.  Boat submerged.
    3) ASV locations: 
      19 Group:  1 location with subsequent cancellation.  Another aircraft reported, as result of action not intercepted, hit observed (2050)
  d) According to an intelligence report an MTB was sunk and a cruiser hit by a German U-boat at 2200 on 16.5., at a distance of more than 20 sea miles from Port Etienne in the vicinity of the lighthouse.  The cruiser put into Etienne with damage to the stern.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a)  None.
  b)  U 543 reported in a short message that she had occupied the waters off the Gold Coast as operational area.
  c)  None.
  d)  U 667 reported on putting in that she had a continuous submerged passage for 9 days from 150 W., using the "Schnorchel" apparatus.  The Commander was enthusiastic about the "Schnorchel".  The boat still has the old unimproved system.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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20.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 66
-
DG 79
U 198
-
EH 24
U 537
-
GG 76
U 843
-
KS 73
 
107
-
BE 58
241
-
AF 47
539
-
CD 39
851
-
KZ 34
 
129
-
Op(GB)
267
-
BF 65
541
-
DD 51
852
-
Op(MP)
 
155
-
ET 81
292
-
AF 79
543
-
EH 28
853
-
Op(AK 37)
 
170
-
BF 71
385
-
AK 96
547
-
DH 78
857
-
AE 67
 
178
-
CG 16
473
-
Op(AL 65)
548
-
Op(BB 79)
859
-
EG 21
 
181
-
JJ 17
490
-
AL 22
549
-
BF 74
860
-
DR 15
 
183
-
LE 63
505
-
ET 19
675
-
AF 79
861
-
AK 59
 
190
-
FE 31
516
-
CF 29
736
-
BE 64
955
-
Op(BD 29)
 
196
-
KZ 45
534
-
AL 21
764
-
BF 28
960
-
CG 95
                   
1222
-
CC 32
 
  On Return Passage:  U 66 - 155 - 170 - 178 - 190 - 267 - 385 - 505 - 541 - 736.
  Entered Port:  U 267 - St. Nazaire.
  Sailed:  U 441 - Brest (Group "Dragoner");  U 862 - Kiel.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
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III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - b) None.
  c) 1) 50 aircraft of 19 Group confirmed operating in the Biscay area.
    2) 2 U-boat sightings off the Norwegian coast, presumably U 675, U 292 (outward-bound to the Atlantic).
    3) ASV locations:
      Gibraltar:  2 locations with subsequent cancellations:  0120 in BF 6792, the other unspecified.
      19 Group:  2 locations in unspecified position with subsequent cancellation:
    4) Enemy units were located in:  AM 4920 - 6512 - AN 1643 - 1550 - BF 3180.
  d) None.
       
IV. Current Operations: 
  a) - c) None.
  d) 1) U 441 has put out of Brest.  Boat joins Group "Dragoner" (see KTB of 18.5.).
    2) U 731 must be presumed lost.  The boat put out of Lorient for the Mediterranean on 18.4. and was last heard reporting position from BF 7629.  Numerous ASV locations indicate that the boat has been sunk as a result of the intensified Gibraltar patrol.  Naval Commander-in-Chief has ordered that no more boats are to enter the Mediterranean, as a result of the strong defences in the Straits.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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21.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 66
-
DG 79
U 198
-
EH 51
U 537
-
GP 33
U 851
-
KZ 32
 
107
-
BE 73
241
-
AE 66
539
-
CD 62
852
-
Op(MP)
 
129
-
Op(GB)
292
-
AF 87
541
-
DD 29
853
-
Op(AK 55)
 
155
-
ET 46
385
-
AL 77
543
-
EH 56
857
-
AE 83
 
170
-
BF 72
441
-
BF 28
547
-
DH 11
859
-
EG 28
 
178
-
CG 13
473
-
Op(AL 65)
548
-
Op(BB 75)
860
-
DR 43
 
181
-
JJ 16
490
-
AL 23
549
-
BE 99
861
-
AK 85
 
183
-
LE 53
505
-
ET 12
675
-
AF 87
862
-
AO 72
 
190
-
ET 89
516
-
CF 53
736
-
BF 68
955
-
Op(BD 53)
 
196
-
KZ 19
534
-
Op(AL 12)
764
-
BF 28
960
-
CG 95
             
843
-
KS 57
1222
-
Op(CB 31)
 
 
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  On Return Passage:  U 66 - 155 - 170 - 178 - 190 - 385 - 505 - 541 - 736.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  U 1001 - 1164 - 242 - 243 - 363 - 971 - 294 - Kiel to Group "Mitte".
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - b) None.
  c) 1) 50 aircraft belonging to 19 Group confirmed.
    2) U-boat sightings:
      18 Group:  In AF 7392 at 1248, course 500, speed 6 knots.  Same aircraft reported U-boat in 020 47' E., latitude not specified at 1250 (presumably U 995; Northern Waters boat).
      19 Group:  U-boat in unspecified position at 0055, course 1500, speed 10 knots.
    3) ASV locations:
      19 Group:  In unspecified position at 0325, subsequent cancellation.  At 0125 in unspecified position.  Same aircraft reported at 0155 "Have lost contact".
      Gibraltar:  2 locations with subsequent cancellation, one of which was in 360 08' N., otherwise unspecified.
    4) Enemy units were located in:  AL 9390 - 6451 - BE 3375 - 3614 - BF 2180.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a)  None.
  b)  U 764 and U 441 (Group "Dragoner") received orders at 0244 from Senior Officer U-boats West to surface.  Enemy in BF 2856 at 0228 with course 2100, speed 20 knots.  The boats were also told that route "Herz" was free of our own craft.  At 0332 they were ordered to submerge as the enemy had sailed northwards.  No contact with the enemy.
  c) - d) None.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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22.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 66
-
DG 79
U 198
-
EH 82
U 537
-
GQ 17
U 851
-
KQ 77
 
107
-
CF 10
241
-
AE 85
539
-
CD 56
852
-
Op(MP)
 
129
-
Op(GB)
292
-
AN 24
541
-
DE 35
853
-
Op(AK 92)
 
155
-
ET 42
385
-
BE 11
543
-
EH 68
857
-
AE 83
 
170
-
BF 73
441
-
Op(BF 20)
547
-
DU 18
859
-
EG 56
 
178
-
BF 86
473
-
Op(AL 65)
548
-
Op(BB 75)
860
-
DR 49
 
181
-
JJ 21
490
-
AL 23
549
-
CG 17
861
-
AK 88
 
183
-
LE 43
505
-
ET 77
675
-
AN 23
862
-
AN 36
 
190
-
ET 81
516
-
CF 55
736
-
BE 69
955
-
Op(BD 56)
 
196
-
KZ 25
534
-
Op(AL 32)
764
-
Op(BF 20)
960
-
CG 95
             
843
-
KS 61
1222
-
Op(CB 70)
 
  On Return Passage:  U 66 - 155 - 170 - 178 - 190 - 385 - 505 - 541 - 736.
  Entered Port:  U 292 - Bergen.
  Sailed:  U 719 - 1191 - Stavanger;  U 767 - Larvik;  U 984 - 953 - Brest (Group "Dragoner");  U 530 - Lorient.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) U 385 fired a double and single miss at a sharply zig-zagging destroyer, at 1800 in CF 3127.  Course 1450, speed 18 knots.  Presumably incorrect position given as according to dead reckoning the boat should only be in about BE 46.
  b)  None.
  c) 1) 39 aircraft of 19 Group confirmed in the Biscay area.
    2) U-boat sightings:  Unidentified steamer reported from BB 7852 at 1640 that U-boat was forced to submerge by gunfire.  Unknown craft reported U-boat on surface at 0713, 200, 6 sea miles from point "Alm" (Gibraltar area).  Aircraft of 19 Group sighted submerging U-boat, 500 10' N., western longitude unspecified at 0849, course 1500, aircraft remained in position until 1050.
      Additional U-boat sightings in BF 2679 at 0315 by aircraft of 19 Group - course 3100, speed 15 knots.  Possibly U 764 (Group "Dragoner" boat).
    3) ASV locations:
      19 Group:  At 0140 in BF 6841, 0015 in BF 5213 (subsequent cancellation), 0101 in 40 W., latitude unspecified
       
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      position, subsequent cancellation.  0502 in unspecified position, subsequent cancellation.
      Gibraltar:  1 location at 0100 in 350 25' N., longitude unspecified.  Subsequent cancellation.
      Pt. Lyautey:  At 0750 1 location in 360 N., longitude unspecified.
      One English unit was located at 2044 in AL 9850.
  d) None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a)  U 984 and U 953 have sailed from Brest to join Group "Dragoner".
  b)  U 530 has put out of Lorient to hand over German wireless personnel and "FUMB" equipment to the Japanese U-boat "Tanne".
  c) - d) None.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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23.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 107
-
BD 99
U 385
-
CF 31
U 543
-
EJ 75
U 853
-
Op(AK 95)
 
129
-
Op(GB)
441
-
Op(BF 20)
547
-
DU 45
857
-
AE 85
 
155
-
ES 36
473
-
Op(AL 63)
548
-
Op(BB 75)
859
-
EG 92
 
170
-
BF 81
490
-
AL 16
549
-
CF 65
860
-
DR 72
 
178
-
BF 94
505
-
EJ 93
675
-
AF 79
861
-
BD 16
 
181
-
KY 94
516
-
CF 81
719
-
AN 29
862
-
AN 31
 
183
-
LD 66
530
-
BF 65
736
-
BF 47
953
-
BF 28
 
190
-
ET 48
534
-
Op(AK 33)
764
-
Op(BF 20)
955
-
Op(BD 52)
 
196
-
KZ 23
537
-
GQ 43
767
-
AN 36
960
-
CG 95
 
198
-
FF 29
539
-
CD 57
843
-
KS 33
984
-
BF 28
 
241
-
AE 67
541
-
DE 33
851
-
KQ 78
1191
-
AN 29
             
852
-
Op(MP)
1222
-
Op(CB 70)
 
  On Return Passage:  U 155 - 170 - 178 - 190 - 385 - 505 - 541 - 736 - 764.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  U 988 - Bergen;  U 269 - Brest (Group "Dragoner").
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - b) None.
       
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  c) 1) 35 aircraft of 19 Group were confirmed in the Biscay area.
    2) According to Japanese reports, enemy aircraft over U-boat at 0632 German Official time, in presumably grid MP or MQ.  No Japanese boat in the vicinity. 
      Aircraft belonging to 15 Group reported submerging U-boat at 1658 on 22.5., course 2200, speed 18 knots.  Position unspecified.  Aircraft was D/F'd by Husum in 2820 and probably belongs to convoy squadron "Orchestra" - according to wireless traffic, the area west of Ireland, in any case east of 150 W.
      Gibraltar patrol sighted U-boat in CG 9672 at 0711 on 23.5.  Another U-boat sighting by a Gibraltar aircraft at 0925 in 360 N., western longitude unspecified - only periscope sighted.  As a result of these reports, two more aircraft were sent out from Gibraltar.  Also U-boat sighting at 1200, 030 50' E., latitude unspecified.
    3) ASV locations:
     
19 Group: 00.29 in BF 2686
(cancelled)
 
  00.39 in BF 2913
"
 
  01.45 in BF 2545
"
(Group "Dragoner")
  01.42 in BF 2562
"
 
  04.06 in BF 2674
"
 
    4) Enemy units were located in:  AM 7640 - BC 6430 - BD 2940.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) U 269 put out from Brest on Group "Dragoner" operation.
  b) - c) None.
  d) 1) U 66 must be presumed lost.  The boat sailed from Lorient on 16.1. and carried out successful operations off the coast of Guinea.  Provisioning for the return passage was to be executed from U 488.  As U 488 was presumably lost at the assembly point on 25.4., a new meeting between U 66 and U 515 was ordered, and as this boat did not appear between U 66 and U 188.  This meeting must have taken place as U 66 subsequently reported an increase in fuel and provisions.  Only a small amount of supplies were taken on from U 188 as this boat had little to give.  Last message from U 66 was on 6.5. and ran "Aircraft attack; aircraft maintaining contact.  Attack by surface forces in EH 2546".
 
 
 
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      Fuel supply was last reported as 23 Cbm., provisions sufficient to last at the outside until 15.5. so that a further supplying would have to take place from U 198.  Meeting was ordered - neither boat put in an appearance.
    2) U 198 put out of La Pallice on 24.4. and sent a passage report on 3.5. from DH 2581.  The boat received position for the supplying of U 66 on 11.5. - Grid DS 2746, no more news has been received, however, so that the loss of this boat must also be presumed.  Cause of the loss of both U 66 and U 198 was apparently combined carrier-borne aircraft, U-boat chaser group operations.
       
   Addition:
   U 198 reported her position from FN 2784 on 30.5.  Owing to wireless telegraphy breakdown the boat did not pick up the messages dealing with the supplying of U 66 (see KTB of 29.5. paragraph IV d).
       
    3) As a result of these new losses refueling and reprovisioning are only to take place in an emergency, and are only even then to be carried out by operational boats.  This also applies to the mid-Atlantic.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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24.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 107
-
CF 31
U 441
-
Op(BF 29)
U 549
-
CF 68
U 859
-
EH 77
 
129
-
Op(GB)
473
-
Op(AL 63)
675
-
AF 76
860
-
EG 23
 
155
-
EJ 99
490
-
AL 17
719
-
AN 23
861
-
BD 43
 
170
-
BF 57
505
-
EJ 66
736
-
BF 45
862
-
AN 23
 
178
-
BF 98
516
-
CF 76
764
-
BF 29
953
-
Op(BF 29)
 
181
-
KY 93
530
-
BF 58
767
-
AN 31
955
-
Op(BD 51)
 
183
-
LD 83
534
-
Op(AK 33)
843
-
KJ 78
960
-
CG 95
 
190
-
ET 45
537
-
GQ 57
851
-
KQ 84
984
-
Op(BF 29)
 
196
-
KP 98
539
-
CD 72
852
-
Op(MP)
988
-
AN 24
 
198
-
FE 64
541
-
CC 78
853
-
Op(AK 64)
1191
-
AN 23
 
241
-
AE 52
543
-
ES 13
857
-
AE 87
1222
-
Op(BB 78)
 
269
-
BF 28
547
-
DU 73            
 
385
-
BE 46
548
-
Op(BB 70)            
 
  On Return Passage:  155 - 170 - 178 - 190 - 385 - 505 - 541 - 736 - 764.
  Entered Port:  U 178 - Bordeaux.
  Sailed:  U 292 - Bergen;  U 745 - 999 - 975 - Kiel to Group "Mitte".
       
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II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) 1) U 675 was attacked by aircraft in AF 8440 at 1350.
    2) U 736 reported aircraft attack in BF 5459 at 0001.  Finally reported being unable to submerge, compass and direction finder apparatus out of action.  Picked up by convoy at 0230 on 26.5.
  b)  None.
  c) 1) 36 aircraft of 19 Group were confirmed in the Biscay area.
    2) U-boat sightings:
      English unit "VLEF" reported a surfaced U-boat, course 3000, speed 6 knots at 2300.
      19 Group:  Surfacing U-boat in BF 2534 at 0001.  Course 2250, speed 10 knots.  Same aircraft reported submerging U-boat in BF 2835 at 0150.  Course 3300, speed 4 knots.  Both sightings by aircraft "KYX 22", 19 Group.
      Group "Dragoner" boats:  U-boat sighted in BF 2834, course 2500, speed 8 knots at 0100 (aircraft "KYX 10").
      18 Group:  Aircraft "NZCR" sighted surfaced U-boat in AF 8418 presumably, course 3300, speed 6 knots at 1344.  Another sighting in AF 5773 at 1435.  Northern Waters boats.
    3) ASV locations:
      19 Group:  At 0415 in BF 2646, course 306.  At 0110 in BF 2585.  Same aircraft had location in BF 2545 (at 0420 in BF 2594, both cancelled) (Group "Dragoner").
    4) Enemy units were located in:  AL 4737 - 8433 - DJ 1118 - CF 2232.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) Group "Dragoner" received two orders to surface as enemy surface forces had been located: 1) at 0025 - 0055 and 2) at 0405 until dawn.  The numerous sightings and ASV locations of the last two days indicate that the enemy is aware of the presence of U-boats and has intensified
       
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     his air patrols.  U 441 is on the return passage.
  b)  None.
  c) Assembly point for the handing over of "Borkum" "Naxos" and "Wanze" apparatus from U 843 to U 183 is planned to take place in LY 5755.  The point will be more exactly specified later, as there is the imminent possibility of Allied warships and carriers passing through this area, according to a Japanese report.
  d)  None.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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25.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 107
-
CF 23
U 441
-
Op(BF 29)
U 548
-
Op(BE 70)
U 859
-
ER 15
 
129
-
Op(GB)
473
-
Op(AL 63)
549
-
CF 91
860
-
EG 37
 
155
-
EJ 96
490
-
AK 03
675
-
AF 84
861
-
BD 45
 
170
-
BF 57
505
-
EJ 63
719
-
AF 76
862
-
AF 75
 
181
-
KZ 47
516
-
CF 78
736
-
BF 54
953
-
Op(BF 29)
 
183
-
LO 42
530
-
BF 83
764
-
BF 28
955
-
Op(BD 28)
 
190
-
ET 17
534
-
Op(AK 33)
767
-
AN 28
960
-
CG 95
 
196
-
KQ 77
537
-
GQ 83
843
-
KJ 81
984
-
Op(BF 29)
 
198
-
FE 68
539
-
CD 74
851
-
KQ 83
988
-
AF 79
 
241
-
AE 82
541
-
CC 84
852
-
Op(MP)
1191
-
AF 79
 
269
-
BF 28
543
-
ES 25
853
-
Op(AK 89)
1222
-
Op(BB 78)
 
292
-
AN 23
547
-
DU 76
857
-
AL 31      
 
385
-
BE 55                  
 
  On Return Passage:  U 155 - 170 - 190 - 385 - 441 - 505 - 541 - 736 - 764.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  U 958 - Bergen.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) U 853 pursued 4 steamers in AK 8430 at 1227.  Course 2400, speed 18 knots.  Boat gave up chase at 1530 and subsequently reported an unsuccessful air attack.
  b)  None.
  c) 1) 26 aircraft of 19 Group were confirmed in the Biscay area.
       
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    2) U-boat sightings:
      Gibraltar aircraft reported "about enemy U-boat" at 1257.  Subsequent cancellation.
      3 sightings by aircraft of 18 Group (Northern Waters boats):  At 0638, course 1150, speed 8 knots (5 knots?).  At 0755, position 040 25' E., latitude unspecified, course 1800, speed 6.4 knots.  At 1124 in AF 5797.
    3) An ASV location by Gibraltar aircraft at 2318 in CG 9634, subsequent cancellation.
    4) Enemy units were located in:  AL 6390 - AM 4953 - 5770 - 0290 - 9491 - BE 6384 - 3160 - 5882 - 5871 - 3855 - BF 4617 - 1464 - CF 3270.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a)  Group "Dragoner" is to be recalled, as the enemy is aware of the presence of U-boats in the Channel and there is considerable aerial defence.
  b) 1) U 618 was damaged by a ground mine after a deep diving attempt off St. Nazaire.  The boat has put in.
    2) Boats proceeding through the area between the Azores and the Canary Islands are warned of the appearance of reinforcements of land and carrier-borne aircraft, also U-boat chaser groups in this area.
  c) - d) None.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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26.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 107
-
CF 24
U 385
-
BE 56
U 547
-
EK 21
U 857
-
AL 26
 
129
-
Op(GB)
441
-
BF 28
548
-
Op(BB 70)
859
-
ER 51
 
155
-
EJ 61
473
-
Op(AL 63)
549
-
CF 86
860
-
EG 66
 
170
-
BF 55
490
-
AK 62
675
-
AF 49
861
-
BD 61
 
181
-
KZ 46
505
-
EJ 36
719
-
AF 73
862
-
AF 76
 
183
-
LO 48
516
-
DG 35
736
-
BF 52
953
-
BF 28
 
190
-
ES 36
530
-
BF 89
764
-
BF 28
955
-
Op(BD 5346)
 
196
-
KQ 76
534
-
Op(AK 33)
767
-
AF 87
958
-
AF 87
 
198
-
FF 74
537
-
CQ 95
843
-
KJ 59
960
-
CG 95
 
269
-
BF 29
539
-
CC 98
851
-
KQ 65
984
-
BF 28
 
241
-
AE 87
541
-
DE 28
852
-
Op(MP)
988
-
AF 73
 
292
-
AF 87
543
-
ES 37
853
-
Op(AK 85)
1191
-
AF 76
                   
1222
-
Op(BB 78_
 
       
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  On Return Passage:  U 155 - 170 - 190 - 269 - 385 - 441 - 505 - 541 - 736 - 764 - 953 - 984.
  Entered Port:  U 736 - Brest;   U 862 - Bergen.
  Sailed:  - . -
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) 1) U 541 found contraband for U.S.A. and Mexico on board the Portuguese steamer "Serpapinto" in DE 1326, and men of military age belonging to enemy countries among the 200 passengers.   The boat received instructions to allow the ship to proceed after taking off certain important enemy passengers and list of contents of loading papers.
    2) U 170 was attacked by aircraft in BF 5535 at 0351.  Boat was picked up by escort in the forenoon.
    3) U 958 reported attack by 2 Mosquitoes in AF 8719 at 0933 on 26.5.  1 killed, 2 wounded.  External fuel tank leak.  Boat returned to Bergen.
  b)  None.
  c) 1) 4 aircraft of 19 Group confirmed in the Biscay area.
    2) U-boat sightings:  Aircraft of 15 Group reported U-boat in unspecified position.  Aircraft of 18 Group reported at 0934 that he had attacked a surfaced U-boat, position 610 35' N., 030 28' E.  (AF 8719), course 450, speed 8 knots (U 958, see III a) 3)).
    3) An ASV location in Gibraltar area at 0540 in CG 9934.
    4) Enemy units were located in:  AL 4820 - AM 2689 - 0177 - 7940 - 5320 - 0258 - 2970 - 4260 - 4680 - 0270 - BC 3560 - BE 9250 - 5279.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a)  None.
  b) 1) U 534 has sent the first weather report from the northern reporting area (AK 16).
    2) U 862 (Monsoon boat) has put in to Bergen. Commander requests break-through into North Atlantic in view of the air defence in AF
       
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      and the valuable equipment on board by hauling off to the north through the Straits of Denmark.  Proceeding as far as the latitude of about Narvik in inner leeds, then to the west as far as the ice boundary and along this to the south.  The Commander has had much experience of navigation in Northern Waters so that damage to the boat by ice is unlikely.
  c) - d) None.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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27.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 107
-
CE 16
U 385
-
BF 64
U 547
-
EK 24
U 859
-
ER 56
 
129
-
Op(FQ)
441
-
BF 28
548
-
Op(BB 70)
860
-
EH 71
 
155
-
EJ 63
473
-
Op(AL 63)
549
-
CF 88
861
-
BC 99
 
170
-
BF 55
490
-
AL 22
675
-
AF 48
953
-
BF 52
 
181
-
KZ 28
505
-
DT 98
719
-
AF 49
955
-
Op(BD 61)
 
183
-
LO 75
516
-
DG 34
764
-
BF 28
958
-
AF 87
 
190
-
EJ 99
530
-
BF 88
767
-
AF 84
960
-
CG 95
 
196
-
KQ 28
534
-
Op(AK 16)
843
-
KJ 65
984
-
BF 28
 
198
-
FF 78
537
-
GR 77
851
-
KR 41
988
-
AF 49
 
241
-
AE 79
539
-
DE 22
852
-
Op(MP)
1191
-
AF 73
 
269
-
BF 28
541
-
DE 13
853
-
Op(AK 94)
1222
-
Op(BB 78)
 
292
-
AF 73
543
-
ES 63
857
-
AL 28      
 
  On Return Passage:  U 155 - 170 - 190 - 269 - 385 - 441 - 505 - 541 - 764 - 953 - 984.
  Entered Port:  U 958 - Bergen;  U 170 - Lorient;  U 764 - 441 - 269 - 984 - 953 - Brest.
  Sailed:  U 233 - Kiel; U 1061 for transport to Narvik;  U 715 - 678 - 677 - 771 - Kiel for Group "Mitte";  U 862 - Bergen.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) 1) U 129 begins return passage from the east coast of Brazil. The boat sank a freighter of 4,000 GRT in FK 67 and a steamer "Empire Heath" in FR 45.  Situation report:  Neutrals south of Rio de Janeiro, numerous fast isolated vessels and neutrals from FQ 7880 - 5540.  Boat did not come across any defence and remained unobserved.
    2) U 1222 fired a double spread miss (explained) on an isolated tanker of 7,000 GRT in BB 7850, course 00, speed 11 knots.
       
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      Further, a small convoy sighted, according to hydrophone bearing in BB 7570 on south-westerly course, on 21.5.  In 24.5. isolated vessel in CB 2552, southerly course high speed, and in CB 2521 a tanker with two escort craft, course 800, speed 8 knots. Defence:  At night air activity with lights, "Naxos" location after being observed.  Inexperienced escort vessels in BB 75/78.
    3) In addition, U 541 reports with reference to the "Serpapinto" affair (see KTB of 26.5. III a) 1)).  Contraband on board, crew and passengers allowed to leave ship, awaited orders.  Ship then allowed to proceed.  2 Americans retained on board.  Greek steamer "Thetis" was examined.  Goods for Switzerland allowed to proceed.
  b) None.
  c) 1) 24 aircraft of 19 Group were confirmed in the Biscay area.
    2) U-boat sightings:
      Aircraft of 18 Group reported:  1) U-boat on surface in AF 7381 at 0817; 2) U-boat on surface in AF 7621, course 3000, speed 6 knots at 0822.
    3) Enemy units were located in:  AM 9270 - 5370 - 5130 - 5331 - BE 6972.
  d) None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) As U 955 is homeward-bound, U 853 occupied this area.  U 857 takes up U 853's position.  Weather reports as ordered.
  b)  None.
  c) As time for meeting between U 843 and U 183, 1400 (German Official time) has been decided upon.  This is 3/4 of an hour before darkness (see KTB of 24.5. IV c).
  d) The fact - confirmed by Radio Intelligence reports - that enemy reconnaissance activities have been intensified in the areas AF 70 - 80 shows that the enemy is aware of the increased switch-over of boats to the Atlantic and Northern Waters.  The toughness of the fight against enemy aircraft is obvious from the short messages from the two lost boats U 990 and U 476 (see Appendix).
       
V. Reports of Success:
    U 129               2 ships               10,643 GRT.
       
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Appendix to KTB of 27.5.44
       
Short report by U 476 (Niethmann)
       
   1st operational voyage:
       
   
20.5. put out from Bergen at 1900.
     
22.5. 1620 in AF 8150, 100 meters on the port beam English periscope.
  1630 Aircraft carrier - 2 decks, white - stand by.
  2000 Liberator through periscope, course south.
     
23.5. 1200 surfaced.
  1230 in 8120 Catalina, location curves on approaching.  Alarm.
  1330 surfaced.  Catalina.  Alarm.
  1600 Surfaced.
  1810 Catalina, location curves.  Approaching.  Alarm.
  1840 surfaced.  60 in GF 1930.  Gusts of rain, submerged, surfaced at 2100.
  2130 Catalina.  Locating curves.  Approach.  Alarm.
     
24.5. 0000 surfaced, started "Aphrodite".
  0050 Catalina, diagonal flight.  Alarm.  Depth charges on "Aphrodite" after 8 minutes.  Submerged passage.  Decision to surface and fight in the morning.
  0630 surfaced in AF 5573.
  0715 Catalina approached.  Cartridge guide jammed after firing 10 shots with 3.7.  In spite of well placed 2 cm. fire, aircraft came in at a height of 40 meters, depth charges, gunfire, last hit on boat's side, after part of Diesel, detonation under boat. Second run-in beaten off, then submerged to a depth of A 30.  Then had to blow tanks on account of break-down and fire in electric-engine room, leakage, chlorine gas in Diesel engine room.  Surfaced, during 3rd and 4th flight hit obtained on engine and cockpit of aircraft.  All men on deck owing to chlorine gas.  All boats ready.  Recognition signals exchanged with Condor at 1600.  Morse unreadable, flew off after circling once or twice.
  1700 The same.  Circled for two hours.
  2300 White star shell to S.E. answered by white and red star shells.
   
25.5. 0005 U-boat in sight (Nordheimer's boat).
0050 Picked up.
0102 Boat sunk with torpedo.  Air (?) tanks (?) and battery empty.  Presume Catalina shot down as the boat was not troubled for 17 hours after the attack.
       
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Appendix 2 to KTB of 27.5.44
       
   Short report U 990 (Nordheimer).
       
   4th Operational voyage:  (transfer Narvik).
       
   
22.5. put out from Bergen at 1930.
   
24.5.  To AF 8150 (Grids given reconstructed) on receipt of distress report from U 476 (Niethmann) at high speed.  AF 5575.
1920 Aircraft approached, no recognition signals, anti-aircraft fire.  Condor circled until out of sight.  1 1/2 hours later wireless telegraphy message received from aircraft on sighting of U-boat and rubber dinghys.   Presumed near scene of action.  Wreckage of aircraft tail unit sighted (shooting down by U 476 later confirmed), starting point of searching operations.
1950 Condor flew up.  Searched in zig-zag course with legs 4 sea miles long to either side, the ending points which overlapping within visual distance.  Empty rubber dinghy, shadower signal buoys put into operation.  2 distress signals answered - made towards them.  Raft with 11 men rescued.  Sea way 5 to 6.  Then on to 2nd distress signal in AF 5575.
   
25.5. 0015 U 476 in sight with crew of 10.  Commander reported that boat could only remain afloat for 1 - 2 hours - continuous "Naxos" location.
0102 U-boat sunk by torpedo.  Submerged.
0155 Surfaced, search continued, white star shell sighted true course 50, distance 10 sea miles, proceeded towards it.  Patrol boat 5901 in sight.  Search discontinued after 6 hours.  Followed V 5901 at a distance of 300 meters to Trondheim.
0630 Aircraft Liberator in contact.
0730 Attack in AF 5676, 3.7 guns cartridge guide failed after 3 shots.  6 depth-charges - the last detonated under the boat.  Heavy damage to front edge of conning tower.  Leak in fore compartment 2, chlorine gas.
0735 Crew overboard, boat sank quickly over the bows.  V 5901 rescued 34 men - 1 dead, 18 men missing.
1915 Tied up in Trondheim with V 5901.
       
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2.6.44.
Appendix 3 to KTB of 27.5.44
       
Report on "Dragoner" operation.
       
1) Not a success.  Only likely to prove effective under the following favorable circumstances:
  a) The presence of valuable German units in the operational area.
  b) Knowledge of this maneuver by the enemy and deployment of larger enemy units (from destroyers upwards).
  c)

Timely interception of the enemy by location centers.

  d) Favorable attacking positions for the U-boats which can only be very slightly improved on in the short time available for operations.
  e) Complete surprise to the enemy, who must not have located any boat before the action.
       
2) The conditions according to 1) a) and b) were lacking, as MTBs. were out of the question as decoys after running into mines.  The movement of less valuable targets on a short route near the U-boat's operational area as bait was inadequate.  Condition according to 1) e) no longer in force at the latest from the night of 23.5.
       
3) Operation of Schnorchel boats only possible on moonless nights.
       
4)   Radio beacons were only occasionally D/F'd by U-boats in spite of long transmissions favorable to U-boats - positions were therefore often inaccurate and unfavorable for attack (too far from route "Herz").
       
5) Operations provided valuable experience:
  a)  For the Command:  Co-operation with location centers; the clearing of radio traffic with "Schnorchel" boats in this operations area (more isolated short messages for surfacing and submerging necessary).  Armament maintenance impossible, "Schnorchel" time limit, "Schnorchel" locations.
  b)  For the boats:  Knowledge of operational area navigation, schnorchel ling, radio traffic (Y signals).
       
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28.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 107
-
CE 14
U 292
-
AF 49
U 541
-
CC 89
U 853
-
Op(AK 94)
 
129
-
Op(FQ 56)
385
-
BE 65
543
-
ET 42
857
-
AL 29
 
155
-
EJ 39
473
-
Op(AL 65)
547
-
EK 43
859
-
ER 94
 
181
-
KZ 29
490
-
AL 23
548
-
Op(BB 70)
860
-
EH 79
 
183
-
LY 13
505
-
DT 95
549
-
DH 15
861
-
CD 26
 
190
-
EJ 96
516
-
DG 29
675
-
AF 17
862
-
AN 24
 
196
-
KQ 67
530
-
BF 79
719
-
AF 48
955
-
Op(BE 41)
 
198
-
FN 11
534
-
Op(AK 16)
767
-
AF 73
960
-
CG 95
 
233
-
AO 48
537
-
GZ 23
843
-
KK 41
988
-
AF 48
 
241
-
AL 22
539
-
DE 16
851
-
KR 18
1191
-
AF 48
             
852
-
Op(MP)
1222
-
Op(CB 29)
 
  On Return Passage:  U 155 - 190 - 385 - 505 - 541 - 953.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  U 671 - Bergen;  U 477 - Kristiansand.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - b) None.
  c) 1) 35 aircraft of 19 Group confirmed in Biscay area.
    2) U-boat sightings:  Aircraft of 18 Group reported at 1005 "Am over boat in AF 7315".  U-boat concerned will give details in passage report.
      1 ASV location at 0038 in AM 7969.
    3) Enemy units were located in:  AL 3760 - 2890 - AM 1740 - 9230 - 5320 - AN 0180 - BE 7130 - EH 9566.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) - d) None.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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29.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 107
-
CD 39
U 385
-
BE 66
U 543
-
ET 54
U 853
-
Op(AK 94)
 
129
-
FR 37
473
-
Op(AL 63)
547
-
EK 46
857
-
AL 42
 
155
-
EJ 32
477
-
AN 31
548
-
CB 32
859
-
FC 32
 
181
-
KZ 35
490
-
AL 16
549
-
DH 41
860
-
ER 22
 
183
-
LY 24
505
-
DT 67
671
-
AF 87
861
-
CD 28
 
190
-
EJ 69
516
-
DG 54
675
-
AE 69
862
-
AF 64
 
196
-
KQ 65
530
-
BF 78
719
-
AE 69
955
-
BE 42
     
 
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198
-
FN 15
534
-
Op(AK 16)
767
-
AF 48
960
-
CG 95
 
233
-
AN 36
537
-
GZ 35
843
-
KK 13
988
-
AF 47
 
241
-
AL 23
539
-
DE 41
851
-
KR 24
1191
-
AE 47
 
292
-
AF 47
541
-
CC 95
852
-
Op(MP)
1222
-
Op(CB 25)
 
  On Return Passage:  U 129 - 155 - 190 - 385 - 505 - 541 - 548 - 955.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  - . -
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - b) None.
  c) 1) 32 aircraft of 19 Group were confirmed in the Biscay area.
    2) A U-boat sighting at 1255 in unspecified position, course 3520, speed 8 knots.
    3) ASV locations:
      Gibraltar:  By aircraft "KJTG" at 2225 in CG 9629 and at 0043 in CG 9658.  Both cancelled.
      16 Group:  0055 in AN 8514.
    4) Enemy units were located in:  AL 0139 - 0320 - 9449 - AM 9276 - 5573 - 2968 - 9213 - BE 1535.
  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) - c) None.
  d)  U 198 reported position from FN 2784.  The report of its loss on 23.5. is therefore cancelled.  Owing to wireless telegraphy breakdown the boat did not receive the order to go over to America II and to supply U 66.  U 66 was apparently lost before the ordered meeting, as the boat did not report the non-appearance of U 198.  U 198 received instructions to proceed southwards and to switch over to America II.
       
V.   Reports of Success:  None.
       
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30.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 107
-
CD 61
U 385
-
BF 44
U 543
-
ET 59
U 853
-
Op(BD 25)
 
129
-
FR 31
473
-
Op(AL 63)
547
-
EK 73
857
-
AL 44
 
155
-
ET 95
477
-
AN 29
548
-
CC 11
859
-
FC 39
 
181
-
JA 11
490
-
AL 18
549
-
DG 69
860
-
ER 29
 
183
-
LY 54
505
-
DT 64
671
-
AF 84
861
-
CD 54
 
190
-
EJ 65
516
-
DG 48
675
-
AE 67
862
-
AF 59
 
196
-
KR 41
530
-
CG 21
719
-
AE 68
955
-
BE 46
 
198
-
FN 2784
534
-
Op(AK 16)
767
-
AF 47
960
-
CG 95
 
233
-
AN 31
537
-
JJ 14
843
-
LY 83
988
-
AE 69
 
241
-
AL 25
539
-
DD 65
851
-
KG 78
1191
-
AE 69
 
292
-
AE 69
541
-
CC 93
852
-
Op(MP)
1222
-
Op(CB 22)
 
  On Return Passage:  U 129 - 155 - 190 - 385 - 505 - 541 - 548 - 955.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  - . -
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - b) None.
  c) 1) 29 aircraft of 19 Group confirmed in the Biscay area.
    2) No U-boat sightings.
    3) No ASV locations.
    4) Enemy units were located in:  AL 5550 - AM 5530 - 4189 - AM 6521 - 4350 - BE 3399 - 8440.
  d)  None.
       
IV.   Current Operations:
  a) - c) None.
  d)  U 198 and U 861 received new position GR.  The boats may proceed direct or via FP.  LC is planned as later operational area.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
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31.May 1944.
 
 
 
I.
U 107
-
CD 52
U 477
-
AN 23
U 671
-
AF 81
U 859
-
FD 45
 
129
-
FK 91
490
-
AL 18
675
-
AE 83
860
-
ER 64
 
155
-
DT 91
505
-
DT 26
719
-
AE 67
861
-
CD 73
 
181
-
KQ 79
516
-
DF 96
767
-
AE 69
862
-
AF 35
 
183
-
LY 54
530
-
CG 16
843
-
LY 83
955
-
BE 55
 
190
-
EJ 38
534
-
Op(AK 16)
851
-
KG 84
988
-
AE 68
 
196
-
KR 18
537
-
JJ 13
853
-
Op(BD 53)
1191
-
AE 68
 
198
-
FN 56
539
-
BD 59
857
-
AL 44
1222
-
Op(BB 78)
 
233
-
AN 29
541
-
CD 48            
 
241
-
AL 18
543
-
ET 92            
 
292
-
AE 68
547
-
EK 27            
 
385
-
BF 45
548
-
CC 12            
 
473
-
Op(AL 63)
549
-
DG 92            
 
  On Return Passage:  U 129 - 155 - 190 - 385 - 505 - 541 - 548 - 955.
  Entered Port:  - . -
  Sailed:  U 1007 - 317 - 397 - Kiel for Group "Mitte";  U 294 - Stavanger;  U 247 - Bergen.
       
II. Air Reconnaissance:  None.
       
III. Reports on the Enemy:
  a) - b) None.
  c) 1) U-boat sightings:
     
18 Group: 1344 in AF 8178 "over boat".
  1340 in AF 8146 "periscope sighted".
  1653 in AF 4977 "over boat".
Same aircraft 1653 in AF 4977 "periscope sighted".
  1734 in AF 8449 "over boat".
  1756 in AF 8449 "over submerging U-boat, course 00"
  2215 in 63.35 N., submerging U-boat, course 450, longitude
        unspecified.  
  2250 in AF 8162 periscope sighted, course 900, speed 5 knots.
      Especially lively day for 18 Group (25 aircraft confirmed).
    2) No ASV locations.
    3) English units were located in:  AL 5550, BE 3399, 8440, 5757, 9522, AM 4350, 9240, 4187, 6521, 7865, 8180, 4260, 5530 (American).
       
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  d)  None.
       
IV. Current Operations:
  a) - c) None.
  d) 1) U 960 must be considered lost.  The boat left La Pallice on 27.4. for the Mediterranean.  Passage report sent on 2.5. in Grid BF 84, nothing since then.  Presumably loss in Straits of Gibraltar owing to intensified patrols.
      As it appears impossible to break through into the Mediterranean, no boats are to proceed there until further orders.
    2) U 852 must also be presumed lost.  The boat left Kiel on her first operational voyage on 18.1.44, bound for the Indian Ocean.
      The boat sank two steamers of 11,685 GRT on the outward voyage and then proceeded through the Mozambique Channel into the Gulf of Aden.  The last message received was a report of an aircraft attack on 2.5. in Grid MP 97.  Nothing since then.  Loss probably as a result of this attack.  An English press report of the sinking of a German U-boat by a British aircraft in the Gulf of Aden is available.
       
V. Reports of Success:  None.
       
       
                                                                       (Signed):  GODT.
                                                              Chief of Operations Division,
                                                                              for B.d.U.
 
 
 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
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