U-333 - 4th War Patrol

Translation by Jerry Mason with the help of Ken Dunn

Departed
Date
Arrived
Date
Days at Sea
La Pallice
1 September 1942
La Pallice
23 October 1942
53

 

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Ships Attacked
Date
KTB Time
Position
Ship
Tons
Nationality
Convoy
6 Oct 42
01.49 - 02.18
41°53'N, 63°48'W
HMS CROCUS (K 49) damaged
925
British
 
     
 Total = 925
   
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.

 


 

 
 
           
           
           
           
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"  U    333  "
 
           
        Kommandant:  Kapitänleutnant  C r e m e r  
           
        Beginning:  25.08.1942  
        Ending:      23.10.1942  
                             
                   
                          
        Distribution:  
       
OKM.
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B.d.U.
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2.A.d.U.-Boote
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3.   U.-Flottille
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27. U.-Flottille
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Agru.-Front
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        Attachments:  
                1 Track Chart with Copy No. 1, 3, 4, 5.  
                1 Firing Report with Copy No. 3, 5.  
                 
                                            
           
           
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    From 25.08.42      
    to      31.08.42   Shipyard period, Kriegsmarine Shipyard La Pallice.  
                                                 
    01.09.42    
    18.40   Sailed from the bunker.  
    19.05   Made fast in the lock.  
    19.35   Cast off from the lock.  
    19.45   Taken in Sperrbrecher convoy.  
    20.00 SW 2-4, Sea 2, overcast    
    21.30   Dismissed from Sperrbrecher convoy.  
        Taken in patrol boat convoy.  
    24.00 SW 2-3, Sea 1-2, 5/10, showers, Vis. medium                                          
         
    02.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 120 nm  Submerged 11 nm.  
    00.40   Dismissed from patrol boat convoy.  
    04.00 SW 2-4, Sea 1-2, 9/10, light swell    
    06.40   Point Hand.  
    06.42 BF 9281 Dived.  
    21.46 BF 9182 Surfaced.  
    24.00 BF 9143, W 2-3, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. medium, heavy marine phosphorescence                                          
         
    03.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 75 nm  Submerged 30 nm.  
    04.00 BF 8382    
      W 4-6, Sea 2, increasing to 6, overcast    
    06.49 BF 8381 Dived.  
        Proceed submerged.  
    21.52 BF 8292 Surfaced.  
    24.00 BF 8281    
      WSW 2-4, Sea 4, Vis. medium, heavy marine phosphorescence                                          
         
    04.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 30 nm  Submerged 88 nm.  
    04.00 BF 8191    
      N 3-5, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. medium    
    07.06 BF 8171 Crash dive.  
        Proceed submerged.  
    21.59 BF 7382 Surfaced.  
    24.00 BF 7281    
      N 0-2, Sea 1, high swell, Vis. good, 1/10                                          
         
    05.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 89 nm  Submerged 30 nm.  
    04.00 BF 7183    
      WSW 2-4, Sea 1, 1/10, Vis. good, medium - light swell    
    07.17 BF 7171 Crash dive.  Proceed submerged.  
    22.01 BE 9378 Surfaced.  
    24.00 BE 9373    
      NW 2-4, Sea 2, 8/10, Vis. good, medium swell                                          
         
    06.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 110 nm  Submerged 22 nm.  
    04.00 BE 9537    
      NNW 2-4, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. good    
    07.00   Dawn.  
    08.00 BE 9573    
      NNE 1-3, Sea 1, overcast (stratus), Vis. good, medium swell    
           
Sun and Moon Data 01.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 02.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 03.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 04.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 05.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 06.09.42
 
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    06.09.42      
    12.00 BE 9739    
      NE 2-3, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. good, medium swell    
    11.51   Operated in reconnaissance sweep as ordered by radio message.  
    13.55 BE 9765 Crash dive for land-based aircraft, course 220°.  
        Water entry in diesel room.  Thumb sized screw found in the cover of the cooling-water chamber, inner exhaust gas valve torn and flew out.  Sealed tightly with wedges and caulking.   
    16.10   Surfaced after temporary repairs.  
    20.00 E 1-2, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. very good, medium swell    
    24.00 BE 8965    
      NE 2, Sea 1, partly cloudy, Vis. good, light N-swell                                          
         
    07.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 174 nm  Submerged 8.5 nm.  
    04.00 CF 3281    
      E 2, Sea 1, 5/10, Vis. medium    
    08.00 CF 3281    
      ENE 2, Sea 1, 8/10, Vis. good, light swell    
    08.02   Dived.  
    09.14   Surfaced.  
    12.00 CF 3515    
      SW 2, Sea 1, lightly cloudy, Vis. very good    
    12.13 CF 3515 Aircraft abeam to port on crossing course, turned hard to starboard to 270°, out maneuvered on the surface.  
    12.16   Out of sight.  
    13.00   Operating on convoy reported by Senkel.  
    16.00 CF 3729    
      NE 2, Sea 1, lightly cloudy, Vis. good    
    19.50 CF 3726 Intermittent clouds of smoke in sight to starboard, coming from 2 vessels. Suddenly to port, destroyer's mast on the horizon, evasion on the surface not possible as the mastheads came on quickly.  
    19.57   Crash dived.  Prepare for submerged attack on destroyer. Smooth sea and light swell, make it difficult to remain unseen. Intention: fan shot.  
        Came in sight very quickly at bow right target angle 15°.  At 30° recognized that it is a corvette with one stack.  After quick sweep 2 large vessels at target angle 0°.  To position bow left target angle 30°.  First is a cruiser.  Mast behind the bridge 2 tall angled stacks.  Attack on cruiser, intend fan shot.  
        Impossible to get at, course changes between 90° past 0° to 270°.  Speed changes from stop to approximately 10 knots.  While getting closer observe motor cutter behind the vessel, later the same to starboard.  Vessel has a decoy superstructure, everything is very bulky.  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 06.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 07.09.42
 
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    07.09.42      
    21.05   Favorable opportunity, decoy at target angle 40° and speed entered, shot from tube V at 21.05 hours, shortly after shot decoy stopped at target angle 90°.  Slowly went to depth, looked impossible.  
    21.14   From vessel overhead.  First depth charges at depth A -20 meters.  Next depth charge series from 2 vessels at depth A +40 meters outmaneuvered vessels submerged and left them astern.  
        Damage: primary hydraulic system inoperative, and starboard negative tank can no longer be vented.  Surfaced at dusk, sent radio message, set off to join reconnaissance sweep.  
                                                 
    08.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 120 nm  Submerged 20.5 nm.  
    01.22   Surfaced.  
    04.00 CF 3762    
      NE 2-4, Sea 1-2, overcast, Vis. medium, light swell    
    08.00 CF 6145    
      NE 2-4, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. medium to poor    
    08.25   Dived.  
    10.09   Surfaced.  
    12.00 CF 6174    
      NNE 3-5, Sea 2-3, 5/10, overcast, Vis. good    
    16.00 CF 5656    
      NE 2-4, Sea 2-3, 9/10, overcast, light swell    
    20.00 CF 5913    
      NE 3-5, Sea 3, 5/10, Vis. good    
    24.00 CF 5947    
      NE 3-4, Sea 2, 9/10, Vis. medium, drizzle    
                                                 
    09.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 187 nm  Submerged 5 nm.  
    04.00 CF 8231    
      NE 3-5, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. medium, drizzle    
    08.00 CF 8258    
      NE 3-5, Sea 3-4, 8/10, Vis. medium, drizzle    
    08.14   Dived.  
    10.14   Surfaced.  
    12.00 CF 8279    
      NE 4-6, Sea 3-4, 4/10, Vis. very good    
    16.00 CF 8542    
      NE 4-6, Sea 5, partly cloudy, Vis. very good    
    20.00 CF 8572    
      ENE 4-5, Sea 3, 4/10, Vis. very good, high swell To 180° in reconnaissance sweep.  
    24.00 CF 8812    
      NE 3-5, Sea 3, cloudy, medium swell, Vis. good    
                                                 
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 07.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 08.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 09.09.42
 
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    10.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 158 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    04.00 CF 8845    
      NE 3-5, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. good    
    08.00 DH 1312    
      NE 3-4, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. medium    
    08.25   Dived.  
    09.00   Surfaced.  
    12.00 DH 1345    
      NE 2-4, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. good    
    16.00 DH 1645    
      NE 1-3, Sea 1, cloudy, Vis. good, light swell    
    20.00 DH 1648    
      NE 2, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. good, light swell    
    24.00 DH 1915    
      NE 0-2, Sea 0, cloudy, Vis. poor                                          
    11.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 158 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    04.00 DH 1948    
      Wind calm, Sea 0, 2/10, Vis. medium    
    08.00 DH 4312    
      Wind calm, Sea 0, lightly cloudy, Vis. medium, marine phosphorescence    
    08.31   Dived.  
    09.24   Surfaced.  
    12.00 DH 4343    
      SSE 1-3, Sea 1, cloudy, Vis. good    
    16.00 DH 4613    
      SSW 2-4, Sea 1, 6/10, Vis. very good, light swell    
    16.37 DH 4618 Smoke clouds in sight bearing 100°T.  Closed, dived for submerged attack.  To judge by the form of the stack and mast, it had the appearance of a small freighter.  Estimated range = 4000 meters.   At estimated range = 3000 meters determined that vessel was an escort; bearing constant.  
        Position of the escort vessel was bow on, had turned toward us, turned away for a stern shot.  Escort vessel turned away and is out of shooting position.  Radio message sent.
 
    19.59   Surfaced.  Continued in reconnaissance sweep.  
    20.03 SW 1-3, Sea 1, lightly cloudy, Vis. good    
    24.00 DH 4648    
      SSW 2-4, Sea 1, 3/10, Vis. medium                                          
    12.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 178.5 nm  Submerged 5.5 nm.  
    04.00 DH 4918    
      SW 2, Sea 2, lightly cloudy, Vis. medium    
    08.00 DH 4976    
      Wind calm, Sea 0, hazy, Vis. medium    
    08.43   Dived.  
    09.28   Surfaced.  
    12.00 DH 7342    
      SSW 2, Sea 1, 1/10, Vis. very good    
           
Sun and Moon Data 10.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 11.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 12.09.42
 
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    12.09.42      
    16.00 DH 7612    
      Wind calm, Sea 0, Vis. very good, trade wind weather    
    20.00 DH 7561    
      WNW 2, Sea 1, 3/10, Vis. very good    
    24.00 DH 7553 Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
      NE 2, Sea 2, Vis. very good    
                                                 
    13.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 165 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    04.00 NE 1-3, Sea 1, partly cloudy, Vis. good Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
    08.00 ENE 2-4, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. good       "         "             "         "       "  
    08.42   Dived.  
    09.14   Surfaced.  
    10.00   Continued in reconnaissance sweep.  
        Course 180°, 7 knots.  
    12.00 DH 7559    
      NE 3, Sea 2, lightly cloudy, Vis. very good    
    16.00 DH 7826    
      NE 1-3, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. very good    
    20.00 DH 7859    
      NE 2, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. very good    
    24.00 DH 7886 Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
      NE 3-5, Sea 3-4, cloudy, Vis. good    
                                                 
    14.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 151 nm  Submerged 2 nm  
    04.00 NE 2-4, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. medium to good Steering back and forth in patrol line.  
    08.00 ENE 2-4, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. medium       "         "             "            "       "  
    08.38   Dived.  
    09.28   Surfaced.  
    12.00 NE 3-4, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. good Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
    16.00 NE 3-5, Sea 3, 4/10, Vis. good       "         "             "          "       "  
    20.00 NE 2-4, Sea 2-3, cloudy, Vis. good       "         "             "          "       "  
    24.00 NE 2-4, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. good       "         "             "         "       "  
                                                 
    15.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 145 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    04.00 NE 3, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. good Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
    08.00 NE 2-4, Sea 2-3, cloudy, Vis. good       "         "             "          "       "  
    08.44   Dived.  
    09.00   Proceeded in reconnaissance sweep.  Course 180°, 7 knots.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 12.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 13.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 14.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 15.09.42
 
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    15.09.42      
    09.42   Surfaced.  
    12.00 DH 7889    
      NE 3-5, Sea 3, 7/10, Vis. good    
    16.00 DT 3145    
      ENE 3, Sea 2, lightly cloudy, Vis. very good    
    20.00 DT 3418    
      NE 2-4, Sea 2-3, 4/10, Vis. very good    
    24.00 DT 3442 Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
      NE 3-4, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. very good, moonshine                                          
    16.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 152 nm  Submerged 1.5 nm.  
    04.00 NE 2-4, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. good Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
    08.00 NE 2-4, Sea 2, 3/10, Vis. medium to good       "         "             "           "       "  
    08.46   Dived.  
    09.00   Surfaced.  
    12.00 NE 2-4, Sea 3, lightly cloudy, Vis. good Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
    16.00 NE 3-5, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. very good       "         "             "            "      "  
    20.00 NE 2-4, Sea 3, Vis. very good       "         "             "            "      "  
    24.00 NE 2-4, Sea 2, 6/10, Vis. good       "         "             "            "      "  
                                                 
    17.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 154 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    04.00 DT 3472    
      NNE 2-3, Sea 2, 7/10, Vis. good    
    08.00 DT 3718    
      NE 3, Sea 2, 3/10, Vis. good    
    08.44   Dived.  
    09.36   Surfaced  
    12.00 DT 3772    
      NE 3, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. good    
    16.00 DT 3117    
      NE 3-5, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. very good    
    20.00 DT 6274    
      NNE 3-5, Sea 3, 5/10, Vis. medium, haze    
    24.00 DT 6417    
      NE 3, Sea 2, 6/10, Vis. good                                          
    18.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 154 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    00.00   Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
    04.00 NE 2-4, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. poor       "         "             "            "      "  
    08.00 NE 2-4, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. poor       "         "             "            "      "  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 15.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 16.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 17.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 18.09.42
 
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    18.09.42      
    08.33   Dived.  
    09.43   Surfaced.  
    12.00 NE 2-4, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. good Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
    16.00 ENE 2-4, Sea 2, lightly cloudy, Vis. medium       "         "             "            "      "  
    20.00 NE 2-3, Sea 2, 9/10, Vis. medium to good       "         "             "            "      "  
    24.00 NE 2, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. medium       "         "             "            "      "  
                                                 
    19.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 132 nm  Submerged 4.5 nm.  
    04.00 ENE 3-5, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. medium, showers Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
    08.00 NE 2-4, Sea 1-2, overcast, Vis. medium    
    08.58 - 1046   Test dive.  
    12.00 NE 2-4, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. medium Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
    16.00 NE 2-4, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. good       "         "             "            "      "  
    20.00 NE 3, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. good       "         "             "            "      "  
    24.00 NE 3-5, Sea 2-3, overcast, Vis. good       "         "             "            "      "  
                                                 
    20.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 138 nm  Submerged 1.5 nm.  
    04.00 NE 2-3, Sea 1, 9/10, Vis. medium, light swell Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
    08.00 NE 3-5, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. medium    
    08.54   Dived.  
    09.34   Surfaced.  
    12.00 NE 4-6, Sea 3-4, 9/10, Vis. good Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
    16.00 NE 3-5, Sea 3-4, 8/10, Vis. good    
    20.00 NE 3-5, Sea 3-4, 6/10, Vis. good    
    24.00 NE 3-4, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. good, light swell                                          
    21.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 138 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    04.00 NE 2-4, Sea 3, lightly cloudy, Vis. good, moonshine Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
    08.00 NE 3-5, Sea 3-4, 4/10, Vis. medium    
    08.55   Dived.  
    09.42   Surfaced.  
    12.00 NE 2-4, Sea 3, 5/10, Vis. very good Steered back and forth in patrol line.  
    16.00 NE 3-5, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. very good    
    20.00 NE 2-4, Sea 3, 4/10, Vis. very good    
           
Sun and Moon Data 18.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 19.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 20.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 21.09.42
 
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    21.09.42      
    21.00 DT 6442 Continued in reconnaissance sweep, Course 0°, 7 knots.  
    24.00 DT 6412    
      NE 3-5, Sea 4, overcast, Vis. good                                          
    22.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 180 nm.  
    04.00 DT 6145    
      NE 3-5, Sea 3-4, overcast, Vis. good, bright moonlit night    
    08.00 DT 3775 Operating on message from Berger: 4 masts course north.  
      NE 2-4, Sea 2, 3/10, Vis. good    
    12.00 DT 3714    
      NE 2-4, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. very good    
    16.00 DT 3711    
      NE 2-4, Sea 3, 6/10, Vis. very good    
    20.00 DT 3439    
      NE 2-4, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. medium, rain squalls    
    20.30 DT 7595 Course 10° to take position in the reconnaissance sweep.  
    24.00 DT 3274    
      NE 3-5, Sea 3-4, overcast, Vis. good, showers                                          
    23.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 181 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    04.00 DT 3118    
      NE 2-4, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. medium, rain squalls    
    08.00 DH 7891    
      NNE 2-4, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. good, moonshine    
    08.56   Dived.  
    09.00 DH 7595 Reconnaissance sweep course South 6 knots.  
    09.30   Surfaced.  
    12.00 DH 7835    
      NE 2-4, Sea 2-3, 3/10, Vis. very good    
    16.00 DH 7865    
      NNE 2-4, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. very good    
    20.00 DT 3221 After darkness falls proceed to the supply square.  
      NNE 1-3, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. very good    
    24.00 DT 3243    
      NE 2-3, Sea 1, 8/10, Vis. good                                          
    24.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 148 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    04.00 DT 3167    
      NE 3, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. good    
    08.00 DT 3175    
      NE 0-2, Sea 1, 8/10, Vis. good    
    08.54   Dived.  
    09.32   Surfaced.  
    12.00 DT 2631    
      NE 1-3, Sea 1-2, 8/10, Vis. very good    
    16.00 DT 2641    
      NE 2, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. very good    
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 21.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 22.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 23.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 24.09.42
 
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    24.09.42      
    20.00 DT 2559 Stern above deck torpedo transferred.  
      NE 2, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. very good    
    24.00 DT 2575    
      NE 2, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. good                                          
    25.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 143 nm  Submerged 1 nm.  
    04.00 DT 2731    
      NE 2, Sea 1-2, overcast, Vis. good    
    08.00 DT 2725    
      NE 2, Sea 1, 8/10, Vis. good    
    09.35   Dived.  
    10.00   Surfaced.  
    12.00 DT 2728    
      NE 2, Sea 1, cloudy, Vis. good    
    13.00   Provisions and fuel oil transferred from 18.30 hours.  
    16.00 DT 2725    
      NE 2, Sea 1, Vis. very good    
    20.00 DT 2754 Course 180° since 18.40 hours.  
      NE 2, Sea 1, Vis. very good    
    24.00 DT 5113 Test dive from 20.10 to 20.24 hours.  
      NE 0-2, Sea 1, 3/10, Vis. good                                          
    26.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 139 nm  Submerged 1 nm.  
    04.00 DT 5149    
      NE 2, Sea 1, 2/10, Vis. good    
    08.00 DT 5416    
      NE 2, Sea 1, Vis. good, moonshine    
    12.00 DT 5473    
      NE 2, Sea 1, Vis. very good    
    16.00 DT 5743    
      NE 2-4, Sea 1-2, 9/10, Vis. good    
    20.00 DT 5776    
      NE 1-3, Sea 1-2, overcast, Vis. good    
    24.00 DT 8143    
      E 2, Sea 1, 8/10, Vis. good                                          
    27.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 172 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    04.00 DT 8179    
      NE 2, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. medium    
    08.00 DT 8446    
      NE 1-3, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. good    
    09.17   Dived.  
    10.06   Surfaced.  
    12.00 DT 8474    
      NE 2-4, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. very good    
    16.00 DT 7961    
      NE 3-5, Sea 2-3, 7/10, Vis. good    
    20.00 DT 7988    
      NE 3-5, Sea 2-3, Vis. good    
    24.00 EJ 1342    
      NE 3-5, Sea 3, Vis. medium                                          
           
Sun and Moon Data 24.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 25.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 26.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 27.09.42
 
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    28.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 176 nm  Submerged 1 nm.  
    04.00 EJ 1296    
      NE 2-4, Sea 2-3, 4/10, Vis. good    
    08.00 EJ 1553    
      NNE 2-4, Sea 2, 6/10, Vis. good    
    09.32   Dived.  
    10.06   Surfaced.  
    12.00 EJ 1584    
      NE 3-5, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. good    
    16.00 EJ 1818    
      NE 2-4, Sea 2-3, 3/10, Vis. good    
    20.00 EJ 1791    
      NE 2-4, Sea 2-3, 4/10, Vis. good    
    24.00 EJ 4121    
      NE 2-4, Sea 2-3, 6/10, Vis. good                                          
    29.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 164 nm  Submerged 1 nm.  
    04.00 EJ 4186    
      NE 2-3, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. good    
    08.00 EJ 4453    
      ENE 3, Sea 2, Vis. good, moonshine    
    09.45   Dived.  
    10.45   Surfaced.  
    12.00 EJ 4497    
      ENE 2-4, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. good    
    16.00 EJ 4764    
      NE 2-3, Sea 2, 3/10, Vis. very good    
    20.00 EJ 4767    
      NE 3, Sea 2, 6/10, Vis. good    
    24.00 EJ 7165    
      SE 2-3, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. medium                                          
    30.09.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 161 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    04.00 EJ 7165    
      E 3, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. good, moonshine    
    08.00 EJ 7433    
      NE 2, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. good, moonshine    
    12.00 EJ 7466    
      E 2-3, Sea 1, 3/10, Vis. very good    
    16.00 EJ 7577    
      E 2, Sea 2, light swell, Vis. very good    
    20.00 EJ 7842    
      ENE 2-4, Sea 2, 3/10, Vis. very good    
    24.00 ES 1212    
      NE 2, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. medium                                          
    01.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 161 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    04.00 ES 1249    
      E 2, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. good    
    08.00 ES 1521    
      ENE 2-3, Sea 1, 5/10, Vis. good    
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 28.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 29.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 30.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 01.10.42
 
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    01.10.42      
    12.00 ES 1552    
      ENE 2, Sea 1, cloudy, Vis. very good    
    16.00 ES 1644    
      ENE 2, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. good    
    20.00 ES 1659    
      NE 2, Sea 1, 6/10, Vis. very good    
    24.00 ES 2471    
      NE 2, Sea 1, 6/10, Vis. good                                          
    02.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 164 nm  Submerged 1 nm.  
    04.00 ES 2489    
      ENE 2-4, Sea 2, 7/10, Vis. medium, rain squalls    
    08.00 ES 2811    
      NE 3, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. medium, rain squalls    
    09.22   Dived,  
    09.42   Surfaced.  
    12.00 ES 2825    
      ENE 3, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. good, showers    
    16.00 ES 2917    
      NNE 2-4, Sea 2, 7/10, Vis. very good    
    20.00 ES 2956    
      NE 1-3, Sea 1, Vis. very good    
    24.00 ES 3748    
      NNE 2-3, Sea 1, 6/10, Vis. good, summer lightening from the N - E                                          
    03.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 160 nm  Submerged 3 nm.  
    04.00 ES 3783    
      SE 3, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. poor, rain    
    08.00 ES 3775    
      SSE 2-4, Sea 2, 6/10, Vis. medium, showers    
    12.00 ES 3887    
      S 3-4, Sea 2-3, 9/10, Vis. good    
    16.00 ES 6312    
      S 2-4, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. very good    
    20.00 ES 6334    
      S 2-3, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. good    
    24.00 ET 4118    
      SE 2-3, Sea 1, Vis. medium, light swell from the S, rain                                          
    04.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 181 nm  Submerged 1.5 nm.  
    04.00 ET 4161    
      SSE 2-4, Sea 1-2, 6/10, Vis. medium    
    08.00 ET 4245    
      S 2, Sea 1, 2/10, Vis. good, moonshine    
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 01.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 02.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 03.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 04.10.42
 
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    04.10.42      
    12.00 ET 4259    
      S 1, Sea 1, cloudy, Vis. very good    
    16.00 ET 4388    
      S 1, Sea 0, 4/10, Vis. good    
    20.00 ET 5411    
      ENE 2, Sea 0, light swell from the S, Vis. very good    
    24.00 ET 5426    
      ESE 1, Sea 0, 6/10, Vis. poor, hazy                                          
    05.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 161 nm  Submerged 1.5 nm.  
    04.00 ET 5518    
      NNW 1-2, Sea 1, 9/10, Vis. medium to poor, very heavy summer lightening, the entire horizon is often illuminated bright as day    
    08.00 ET 5553    
      N 2, Sea 1, cloudy, Vis. good, summer lightening    
    08.33   Dived.  
    09.32   Surfaced.  
    12.00 ET 5564    
      NNW 2, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. good    
    16.00 ET 5611    
      NNE 1-2, Sea 1, 5/10, Vis. very good    
    20.00 ET 5334    
      NNE 1, Sea 0, 6/10, Vis. very good    
    24.00 ET 5362    
      NE 1, Sea 0, 4/10, Vis. medium to poor                                          
    06.10.42      
    04.00 ET 6112    
      E 3-5, Sea 3, squalls, Vis. poor, rain, summer lightening    
        Intention was to search the ordered sector near Freetown in shallow water.  At approximately 05.26 hours passed the 200-meter line.  Shortly before 06.00 hours I left the bridge to satisfy myself of the navigation and sounding.  Minutes later came: "Kommandant to the bridge!" and I saw approximately 500 meters astern and to starboard a corvette target angle 0° closing at high speed.  Visibility was approximately 2 nm, dark night, moon covered by clouds, rough Sea 2.  Running away in this situation was impossible.  The corvette would have rammed the boat while diving.  At the same moment I came up on the bridge, the corvette opened fire with  
           
Sun and Moon Data 04.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 05.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 06.10.42
 
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    06.10.42      
        cannon and anti-aircraft machine guns!   I turned hard to starboard and went to 3 x A.K.  The entire bridge watch was wounded and fell immediately including the Kommandant.  The I.W.O. and I got up immediately again.  I had several bullet holes in the arm, the I.W.O. was shot in the neck.  We were both thrown into the conning tower by the concussion of a shell, we both immediately returned to the bridge.  After the I.W.O. was wounded again in the arm and leg, I ordered him to let me remain alone above.  I then passed all wounded on the bridge into the conning tower with my unwounded arm.  Later it turned out that Btsmt. Kurtze, on the port forward sector, was missing.  His whereabouts are a puzzle to me.  Perhaps he jumped overboard during the moment the I.W.O. and I were in the conning tower.  
        Meanwhile the corvette fired continuously.  One succeeded in preventing ramming only by hard rudder maneuvers.  Then I gave the order: "Ready with life jackets and escape apparatus."  
        Meanwhile, I was wounded in the head and was thrown into the conning tower again by the concussion of a shell.  Again I went immediately to the bridge and received a fragment in the chest.  The corvette constantly turned with me and again tried to ram.  
        Because I was weakened by the loss of blood and my wounds, - the left eye was full of blood, I could see only with one eye, - I decided, as a last resort, to save the boat by diving.  I came to an approximately parallel course with the corvette, drove ahead of her, and when the corvette turned to ram, I turned away hard to starboard, so that the corvette only managed to strike in the stern.  Then I ran off across the corvette's course, and dove at estimated range = 100 meters.  Because she could not turn as quickly as me she could not ram me while diving.  She probably thought the boat was sinking, because the bridge was full of holes like a sieve, and because the whole bridge watch had fallen out.  After the crash dive I gave the order to go to depth A +0 meters, because we had only A +20 meters water depth.  Then I suddenly lost unconsciousness, but the boat was saved.  I could give the necessary orders during clear moments.  During the ramming tube V was damaged, resulting in water entry in the E-motor Room.  Due to the flooding the boat touched the bottom.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 06.10.42
 
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    06.10.42      
        The flooding could be countered by pumping, trimming and blowing from main ballast tanks I and V and the boat eventually rose from the bottom.  Meanwhile, the corvette threw depth charges.  Because it was still dark and submerged pumping of the flooded water was impossible because of failure of the main bilge pump, and the boat was endangered by the ongoing depth charge prosecution, I decided to use the remaining 3/4 hours of darkness and run off on the surface.  The corvette was astern me and fired star shells.  
        The damage incurred the bombardment could not be surveyed quickly, but the boat was clear for diving.  
        In the meantime, because the I.W.O. and I (the remainder of the bridge watch had died of their wounds) had weakened by loss of blood and were not in full possession of our faculties, the II.W.O. sent a radio message requesting a doctor's boat.  
        Damages:  tube V, watertight stern, stern jumping wires torn, exhaust gas blowing manifold shot-up, ballast tank III holed, no pressurized water, diesel supply air trunk leaks.  Not everything can be repaired, but losses are not vital.  
        The II.W.O. took over leadership of the boat when the Kommandant become occasionally unconscious after the crash dive.  I took command of the boat after surfacing.  
    07.30   Surfaced.  
    08.30   Set off with both diesels at A.K. course 270° transmitted radio message concerning a doctor's boat.  Dived in the twilight.  Proceeded submerged on course 200°, 1/2 hourly hydrophone bearings.  The death of Oblt.z.S. Bernhardt, Mtr.Ob.Gfr. Levermann and Thiel was confirmed.  The Kommandant and I.W.O. wounded.  
    22.02   Surfaced and set off with both diesels at H.F. course 260°.  Course and speed per radio message concerning doctor.  
    23.20   After another examination in the presence of the Engineering Officer the fallen were buried. (ET 2987 lower-left corner)  
        Oblt.z.S. Bernhardt:  shot in the head  
        Mtr.Ob.Gfr. Levermann:  shot in the head, leg and arm  
        Mtr.Ob.Gfr. Theil:  shot twice in the chest.  
                                                 
    07.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 164 nm  Submerged 20 nm.  
    04.00 ET 5224    
      SSW 1-2, Sea 0, 4/10, Vis. medium to poor    
    04.15   Operating in accordance with radio message to rendezvous with Wilamowitz.  Sent short situation report.  
    08.00 ET 5159    
      SW 2-4, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. medium    
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 06.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 07.10.42
 
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    07.10.42      
    12.00 ET 4631    
      SW 1-2, Sea 0-1, 6/10, Vis. good    
    16.00 ET 4644    
      W 2, Sea 0, cloudy, Vis. good    
    20.00 ET 4579    
      SW 2-4, Sea 2, Vis. good    
    24.00 ET 4752    
      SW 2, Sea 2, 3/10, Vis. medium    
                                                 
    08.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 267 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    04.00 ES 6886    
      SW 2-4, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. medium    
    08.00 ES 9237    
      SW 2-3, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. medium to poor    
    09.32   At the exact location for the rendezvous, poor visibility.  Test dive at twilight to search for Wilamowitz by sound bearings.  Direction finder inoperative.  
        Rain and bad visibility the entire day.  Wilamowitz not found in spite of searches to the north and the south of the meeting point.  From 21.30 hours back and forth.  
    10.10   Surfaced.  
    12.00 ES 9255    
      SW 2, Sea 2, cloudy, rain, Vis. poor    
    16.00 ES 6849    
      SW 3, Sea 1-2, overcast, Vis. medium, rain    
    20.00 ES 9255    
      SW 3, Sea 2, overcast, rain, Vis. medium to poor    
    24.00 ES 9255 Steered back and forth.  
      SW 2-3, Sea 2, overcast, rain, Vis. poor    
                                                 
    09.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 183 nm.  
    04.00 ES 9255 Steered back and forth  
      SW 2-3, Sea 1,overcast, rain, Vis. medium to poor    
    08.00 ES 9255 Steered back and forth.  
      SW 2, Sea 1, overcast, rain, Vis. poor    
    09.00   Met Wilamowitz and Gelhaus in the twilight.  Doctor taken on board.  The following damage determined: tube V torn, attack periscope cannot be raised.  Watertight stern dented by ramming, pressure water and exhaust gas blowing manifold repeatedly shot through.  Main ballast and reserve fuel tank number 4 starboard leaking, stern jumping wires shot up, bridge and upper deck shot up.  Repairs begun.  From the tanker 20 cbm fuel, a seaman petty officer and a man taken on board.  
    10.30   Kplt. Kasch comes aboard to take command of the boat.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 07.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 08.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 09.10.42
 
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    09.10.42      
    12.00 ES 9255    
      SW 2, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. very good    
    15.00   Transfer ended, started return transit.  
    16.00 ES 9251    
      SW 2, Sea 1, lightly cloudy, Vis. very good    
    20.00 ES 6769    
      NW 2, Sea 1, lightly cloudy, Vis. good (rain)    
    24.00 ES 6468    
      N 2, Sea 1, 7/10, Vis. medium At 10.30 hours command of the boat transferred to Kplt. Kasch.  From 15.00 hours transfer of 20 cbm oil, fresh bread and provisions for the wounded.  Damage is made good throughout the day.  The return transit will be made as fast as possible because of the condition of the wounded, both engines HF to save fuel for the Trade Winds.  
                                                 
    10.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 210 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    04.00 ES 6187    
      NNE 2, Sea 1, 2/10, Vis. medium    
    08.00 ES 6614    
      NNE 2-3, Sea 1-2, 8/10, Vis. medium    
    08.50   Dived.  
    10.10   Surfaced.  
    12.00 ES 2992    
      NE 2-4, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. good Repair work in the morning.  
    16.00 ES 2924    
      NE 3-4, Sea 2-3, 4/10, Vis. very good    
    19.05 ES 2672 Smoke clouds in sight bearing 100°T.   Because starboard engine is inoperative, the vessel comes rapidly from the horizon.  I retreat by using the low sun to the NW.  The type is not perfectly distinguishable, a very high, thin, raked mast, one stack; the size of both is too large for an escort.  Opponent zig zags around 260°, speed 14 knots.  Sent radio message with the location, course and speed of the enemy to B.d.U.  Enemy passed out of sight in a rain squall at 20.30 hours.  
    20.00 ES 2644    
      NE 2-3, Sea 1-2, 4/10, Vis. very good    
    24.00 ES 2534    
      NE 2. Sea 1, 1/10, Vis. medium to good    
                                                 
    11.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 234 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    04.00 ES 2243    
      NE 2-3, Sea 2, 3/10, Vis. good    
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 09.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 10.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 11.10.42
 
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    11.10.42      
    08.00 EJ 8786    
      NE 3, Sea 2-3, 3/10, Vis. very good    
    08.45   Dived.  
    09.26   Surfaced.  
    12.00 EJ 8722    
      NE 3, Sea 2-3, 3/10, Vis. very good    
    16.00 EJ 7639    
      NNE 2-4, Sea 3, Vis. very good    
    20.00 EJ 7356    
      NNE 2-4, Sea 2-3, 4/10, Vis. very good    
    24.00 EJ 4981    
      NNE 2-4, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. good    
                                                 
    12.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 259 nm  Submerged 2 nm.  
    04.00 EJ 4678    
      NNE 3-5, Sea 4, overcast, Vis. medium    
    08.00 EJ 4536    
      NE 3, Sea 2, 5/10, Vis. good    
    09.05   Dived.  
    10.05   Surfaced.  
    12.00 EJ 4265    
      NNE 2-4, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. good    
    16.00 EJ 1858    
      NNE 2-4, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. very good    
    20.00 EJ 1581    
      NNE 2-4, Sea 2-3, 8/10, Vis. good    
    24.00 EJ 1289    
      NW 2-3, Sea 1-2, 5/10, Vis. good    
                                                 
    13.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 282 nm  Submerged 0 nm.  
    04.00 EJ 1236    
      NNE 2-3, Sea 1, 3/10, Vis. good    
    08.00 DT 7943    
      NNE 3, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. good    
    12.00 DT 7659    
      NNE 3-4, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. good    
    16.00 DT 7395    
      N 2-4, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. good    
    20.00 DT 8112    
      N 3, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. very good    
    24.00 DT 5725    
      N 2-3, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. good    
                                                 
           
Sun and Moon Data 11.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 12.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 13.10.42
 
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    14.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 265 nm  Submerged 1 nm.  
    04.00 DT 5462    
      N 3, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. good    
    08.00 DT 5248    
      N 2-3, Sea 2, 3/10, Vis. good    
    12.00 DT 2887    
      NNE 2-4, Sea 2-3, cloudy, Vis. good    
    16.00 DT 2826    
      NNE 2-4, Sea 2, 2/10, Vis. very good    
    20.00 DT 2563    
      NNE 2-4, Sea 3, 3/10, Vis. very good    
    24.00 DT 2372    
      NE 2-4, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. good    
                                                 
    15.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 266 nm  
    04.00 DH 7787    
      NE 2-4, Sea 2-3, 3/10, Vis. good    
    08.00 DH 7726    
      NE 2-3, Sea 2, Vis. good, cloudless    
    12.00 DH 7438    
      NNE 2-3, Sea 2, cloudless, Vis. very good    
    16.00 DH 7247    
      NNE 2, Sea 2, cloudless, Vis. very good    
    20.00 DH 4873    
      NNE 2, Sea 1, cloudless, Vis. very good    
    24.00 DH 4588    
      NE 2-3, Sea 1, cloudless, Vis. good    
                                                 
    16.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 263 nm  Submerged 3 nm.  
    04.00 DH 4535    
      NE 2, Sea 1, cloudless, Vis. good    
    08.00 DH 4317    
      NE 2, Sea 1, cloudless, Vis. good    
    12.00 DH 1981    
      NE 2, Sea 1, cloudless, Vis. good    
    16.00 DH 1685    
      NE 2-3, Sea 2, 8/10, Vis. very good    
    20.00 DH 1397    
      NE 2-3, Sea 2, 5/10, Vis. very good    
    20.50 DH 1397 Vessel in sight bearing 60°T, came to GF and showed our stern.  While coming up from the swell, the vessel is identified at 20.58 hours as a U-boat.  Bow right, 30-60°, S-course, the tower is too long for a German U-boat, periscope shears cannot be distinguished in the growing darkness.  
    21.00   The boat turns away, presents a narrow silhouette, the white exhaust smoke can be seen.  
    21.09   Boat is lost from sight in the dark east horizon.  
    22.37   Radio message to B.d.U.: Unknown U-boat in naval square DH 1392.  
    23.09   Report from the engine room:  boat not clear for diving.  Inboard diesel air intake hull valve does not close.  The diesel air trunk was leaking in spite of welding of some shot holes and ran with head valve fully closed.
 
        Proceeded with the sea.  After opening up the air trunk,  
           
Sun and Moon Data 14.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 15.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 16.10.42
 
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    16.10.42      
        a conning tower hatch safety catch is removed from the inner hull valve.
 
    23.45   The valve is operable.  Blockage removed (see K.T.B. Section Machinery).  
    24.00 DH 1382    
      NE 1-2, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis, good, moonshine    
                                                 
    17.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 263 nm  Submerged 1.5 nm.  
    04.00 CF 8886    
      NE 2-3, Sea 1, 8/10, Vis. good    
    08.00 CF 8833    
      NE 3, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. good    
    12.00 CF 8613    
      NE 2-3, Sea 2, 7/10, Vis. good    
    16.00 CF 8352    
      NE 2, Sea 1, cloudy, Vis. good    
    20.00 CF 5768    
      NE 2, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. good, light NE-swell    
    24.00 CF 6475    
      Wind calm, Sea 0, cloudy, Vis. good, very bright moonlit night    
                                                 
    18.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 289 nm.  
    04.00 CF 6422    
      Wind calm, Sea 0, cloudy, Vis. medium    
    08.00 CF 6138    
      Wind calm, Sea 0, cloudy, Vis. medium    
    12.00 CF 3818    
      Wind calm, Sea 0, cloudy, Vis. medium    
    16.00 CF 3552    
      N 2, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. good    
    20.00 CF 3263    
      W 2-3, Sea 1-2, 9/10, Vis. good, Cirrus to start with    
    24.00 BE 8969    
      W 2, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. good, Moonshine    
                                                 
    19.10.42      
    04.00 BE 9485    
      W 1, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. medium to good    
    08.00 BE 9519    
      W 1, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. medium to good    
    08.25   Dived.  
    14.30   Surfaced.  
    16.00 BE 9535    
      NW 2, Sea 1, cloudless, swell from the W    
    20.00 BE 9634    
      NW 2, Sea 1, lightly cloudy, swell from the W    
    20.02   Dived.  Proceed submerged.  
                                                 
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 16.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 17.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 18.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 19.10.42
 
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    20.10.42   Proceeding submerged.  
    13.16   Surfaced.  
    16.00 BF 7436    
      NNW 3-5, Sea 4, lightly cloudy, Vis. very good    
    17.00   Ahead to port 70°T aircraft in sight.  Type cannot be determined.  Very fast, apparently twin-engined.  Flies past at an estimated range of 10000 meters ahead, course south, remained surfaced.  Square BE 7534.  
    19.45 BF 7535 Dived.  Proceed submerged.  
      NNW 4-5, Sea 4, 1/10, Vis. very good    
                                                 
    21.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 69 nm  Submerged 23 nm.  
    13.08 BF 7626 Surfaced.  
    16.00 BF 8415    
      NNE 3, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. very good, swell from the W    
    16.54   Aircraft in sight bearing 130°T.  Type not determined, quite large, course NE.  Dived.  
    17.37 BF 8434 Surfaced.  
    17.55   Torpedo track to starboard 180°T estimated range 1500 meters naval square BF 8434.  Wake was seen first, an apparent surface runner.  Turned hard to port at A.K.  4 tracks far astern.  Seemed as if they were shot without spread angle.  Fan passes astern.  4 clear detonations at end-of-run distance.  Sent radio message to B.d.U.:  ran off on zigzag course.  
    20.00 BF 8436    
      NNE 2, Sea 2, cloudy, light swell, Vis. very good    
    23.05 BF 8288 Dived.  
                                                 
    22.10.42   Day's run:  Surfaced 84 nm  Submerged 24 nm.  
    09.07 BF 8299 Surfaced.  
    11.07 BF 8386 Dived.  
    12.17 BF 8386 Surfaced.  
      NNE 1, Sea 0, cloudy, light swell    
    12.40 BF 8384 2 smoke clouds in sight bearing 110°T.  Evaded to the north.  
    14.24 BF 8383 Aircraft in sight to starboard bearing 190°T; very far away.  Course 270°.  Showed our stern.  
        Returned to course when out of sight.  
    14.35 BF 8383 Ahead 100°T several smoke clouds in sight. Avoided as above.  I presume these are fishing trawlers and continued on.  
    15.30   15 small Spanish fishing trawlers in sight circled around at 15 nm.  
    17.32 BF 9271    
                                                 
           
Sun and Moon Data 20.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 21.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 22.10.42
 
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    23.10.42      
    09.00   Surfaced at Point Hand  
    11.50   Escort in sight.  
    12.02   Aircraft bearing 90°T, flies low on the horizon to 20°T, then turns and approaches the boat.  Behind 3 fighters emerge to engage the enemy.  Dove to depth A - 50 meters.  Water depth 75 meters.  Type not determined.  
    12.29   Surfaced.  
    12.42   Joined convoy.  
    15.15   Sperrbrecher 600 meters ahead, avoided a mine.  
    15.22   Avoided a mine.  
    20.27   Made fast in the La Pallice lock.  
    20.51   Made fast in the bunker.  
                                                 
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 23.10.42

 

Appendices to U-333's KTB - click on the text at left to proceed to the document
Track Chart Track chart covering entire war patrol 01 September to 23 October 1942

 

 
 
     
     
     
 

Commentary of the Befehlshabers der Unterseeboote

 
 
to the KTB of " U-333 " from 25.8. - 23.10.1942
 
 

 
 
        The Kommandant chose the proper action in every situation and also displayed the highest readiness for duty on this enterprise.
        The measures taken on 6 October are meritorious and prevented the loss of the boat.
        Along with their Kommandent the entire crew proved themselves at the moment of greatest danger.
 
     
     
   

Signed in draft: Dönitz

 
   
Validated:
 
 
 
                                                                                                           Oberleutnant (MA) and Adjutant  
     
     
 
 
 
     
     
                                                                  
     
 
On the KTB "U-333".     (Undertaking from 01.09.42 to 03.10.42)
 
Above + 1./Sk1.
               C./Sk1. submitted
 
        Because of the unusual nature of this incident, B.d.U. issues a special statement and evaluation.
        The corvette detected the boat in poor visibility with radar, maneuvered bow on and opened fire with the forward artillery immediately after visually sighting the U-boat.  It was not possible for the U-boat to hear the corvette because of the diesel engines running on the surface and the missing Fu.M.B.  With presence of the Fu.M.B. it would have been possible to detect the locating corvette and to avoid her in time by diving.  The Kommandant intended to execute an advance and was so proceeding and saw no reason to proceed submerged in the prevailing poor visibility.  While stationary monitoring a sea area it is advantageous to submerge in poor visibility and detect opponents by the sound locator.  No reason was given for not taking such special measures in this case.  No fault is found with the Kommandant or those of the bridge watch.
 
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