U-164 - 2nd War Patrol

Translation by Jerry Mason

Days at Sea
29 November 1942
6 January 1943


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Ships Hit
KTB Time
1 Jan 43
0°19'N, 37°26'W
 Total = 2,608
Note:  The positions in the table above and in the Google Earth patrol summary are derived from the KTB and in many cases do not match those set forth in authoritative references such as Jürgen Rohwer, Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two or the Uboat.net website.  The goal here is to present the picture relative to the U-boat and not the absolute position that the ship was attacked or sank.

                            K  r  i  e  g  s  t  a  g  e  b  u  c  h    "U  164"  
                            Kommandant:  Korv.Kapt.  F  e  c  h  n  e  r  
                                (Reconstructed by 2.Skl./B.d.U. Op.)  
    07.10. - 08.10.42 Lorient (shipyard) Berth A 2.  Clearing of the boat.  Unloaded remaining provisions, fuel and ammunition.  
    09.10 - 01.11.42       "            " Towed to the drydock.  Beginning of shipyard work.  
    02.11. - 03.11.42       "            " Towed and shifted to S 2,  pierside trials.  
    04.11. - 06.11.42       "            " Pierside trials, overcharging.  
    07.11. - 19.11.42       "            " Final adjustments, dummy torpedo firing, sea trial, trim test.  
    20.11. - 21.11.42       "            " Drydocked and undocked, shifted to S 1.  
    22.11. - 25.11.42       "            " Final adjustments, degaussing.  
    26.11.42       "            " Fu.M.B. and trim test.  Sea trial.  
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    27.11. - 29.11.42 Lorient (shipyard) Provisions and fuel loading.  Outfitting for war patrol.  
    29.11.42 Lorient Put to sea with orders to head for CF 28.  
    02.12.42   New objective EH 60.  
    03.12.42 BE 8984 From U-164:  
      Passing report.  
    05.12.42   From B.d.U.:  
      Instructions for shooting with Pi 2.  
    06.12.42   From B.d.U.:  
        From 7 December at 08.00 hours switch to "America II" Circuit.  
    12.12.42 EH 3674 From U-164:  
    00.07   Position report  
    12.44   From B.d.U.:  
        Head for FC 70 via ES 50.  
    24.12.42   From B.d.U.:  
        Exploit decreasing moon to operate near the coast.  There is the possibility that traffic runs close offshore recently.  
    21.00   From U-164:  
        1)  Since 22 December leak in pressure hull under battery 1.  Just determined during survey of main ballast tank 5 starboard.  Leak through pitting at the level of frame 51 beneath cell 21.  Boat is no longer capable of deep diving.  In 24 hours the battery bilge makes 1.5 tons water.  Can not be repaired with onboard means.  
        2)  Position 3558.  Going to 40.  All FC.  
        3) Suggest offset operation until fuel is consumed.  Still 140 cbm.  
    28.12.42   From B.d.U.:  
        "U-164" free to maneuver according to boat condition.  
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    29.12.42   From B.d.U.:  
        Check, if after emptying forward main ballast tanks in good weather with heeling to port if hammering of hardwood plug is possible.  Manhole cover 5 lies over cell 21.  
    01.01.43   From U-164:  
        1)  Today sank after examining in FB 3815 Swede "BRAGELAND"  2700 GRT with wool, coffee and piece goods from Santos roadstead for Philadelphia, course 320°.  
        2)  Leak in pressure hull sealed provisionally.  
        3)  Junkers compressor out of service.  Require complete mechanism for fuel and cooling water pump.  
              Because there were no further reports received, request for situation and position on 20, 21 and 23 January 1942 remained unanswered.  
              According to communication of Matr.Gfr. Jädike the boat was sunk by an aircraft at 04.00 on a still unknown day.  2 soldiers taken prisoner.  
              "U-164" was declared missing one star effective 20 January.  
        For the Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote  
        - The chief of the Operations Department -  

Supplement to the loss - K.T.B. "U-164"
          "U-164" was declared lost two stars with effect from 6 January 1943.  On this day received notification by the Protecting Power that two men of the crew are prisoners of war; 54 soldiers, among them the Kommandant, remain.  

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