U-377 - 7th War Patrol

Translation by Jerry Mason with the help of Robert Derencin

Departed
Date
Arrived
Date
Days at Sea
Skjomenfjord
7 October 1942
Narvik
24 October 1942
18
Narvik
27 October 1942
Narvik
13 November 1942
18

 

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Ships Attacked
None


 
                                                                                         
 
           
           
           
           
           
           
                                         
           
           
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                                     Kommandant:  Kapitänleutnant    K  ö  h  l  e  r  
           
           
                                              Beginning:    25  September 1942  
                                              Ending:        25 November  1942  
           
           
                                        
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
         
           
           
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    25.09.42 to      
    06.10.42 Skjomenfjord Rest and outfitting.  
                                                                        
    07.10.42      
    07.13 Skjomenfjord Put to sea.  Transit to Narvik.  
    08.40 Narvik Made fast alongside "Grille".  
        Took over equipment for weather station "Nussbaum".  
        Took aboard:  Regierungsrat Dr. Nusser  
                               Matrose               Krüger  
    12.47   Put to sea in accordance with outbound orders Admiral Nordmeer.  
    17.23 Harstadt Made fast provisions warehouse.  Provisions loading.  
                                                                        
    08.10.42      
    04.55 Harstad Put to sea.  Transit to Tromsø.  
    11.35 Tromsø Made fast alongside C.A. LAARSEN.  Continued taking over weather station outfitting.  
        Took aboard:  Naut. Insp. Knöspel  
                               Fkmt.         Erichs  
    12.00   Total distance covered:   
        7./8.10.             174 nm      --          174 nm  
                                                                  ======  
    17.28 Tromsø Cast off C.A. LAARSEN for trim test.  
    18.40   Made fast C.A. LAARSEN.  
    21.07   Cast off C.A. LAARSEN.  Under escort by 3 M-Boote of the 22. Minensuchfflottille with gear transit through Grøtsundet, Helgøyfjord, Skagøysund, Røssholmdypet  
                                                                        
    09.10.42      
    06.36 Exit Røssholmdypet Released from convoy.  
      (Point Schwarz 10) Course 270°, GF.  
      SE 3-4, Sea 2-3, Vis. good, few clouds, 996 mb    
    08.00 AB 9835 Course 322°, 2 x HF.  
      SE 3-4, Sea 2-3, Vis. good, few clouds, 996 mb    
           
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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    continued      
    09.10.42      
    10.00   Course 322°, HF.  
    12.00 AB 9551 Distance traveled:  
      SE 3, Sea 3, Vis. good, completely overcast, 994 mb 8./9.10.               158 nm            1 nm  
      Up to 8.10.         174 nm          --      
                                  332 nm            1 nm   333 nm  
                                                                          =====  
    14.22   Incoming Radio Message 1359/800  
        Köhler for "Nussbaum".  In no case disable W.F. gear.  
                                                                  Nordmeerchef  
    16.00 AB 9193    
      SE 2, Swell 3, Vis. good, overcast, 992 mb    
    20.00 AB 9122    
      SE 4, Sea 3, Vis. good, overcast, 991 mb    
                                                                        
    10.10.42      
    00.00 AB 6744    
      SSE 3, Sea 3, Vis. medium, overcast, 990 mb    
    04.00 AB 5685    
      Weather unchanged    
    08.00 AB 5614    
      SE 4, Sea 3-4, Vis. medium, (rain) overcast, 992 mb    
    09.58 AB 5295 Test dive.  
    10.29   Surfaced.  
    12.00 AB 5258 Total distance covered:   
      SE 4-5, Sea 4, Vis. bad, (rain) overcast, 994 mb 9./10.10.             261 nm           2 nm  
      Up to 9.10.        332 nm            1 nm  
                                 593 nm           3 nm   596 nm  
                                                                         =====  
    13.00 AB 5254 Course 357°.  
    16.00 AB 2887    
      ENE 5, Sea 3, Vis. moderate, overcast    
    20.00 AB 2824    
      E 6, Sea 4-5, Vis. bad, overcast, 997 mb    
                                                                        
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 09.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 10.10.42
 
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    11.10.42      
    00.00 AB 2543    
      ESE 6, Sea 4-5, Vis. bad, overcast, 998 mb    
    04.00 AB 2273    
      EbyN 5, Sea 4, Vis. bad, (rain) overcast, 1006 mb    
    08.00 ÄC 7778   [typo ÄG 7778] Course 30°.  
      NE 4, Sea 3-4, Vis. bad, (rain) overcast, 1011 mb    
    12.00 ÄC 7751   [typo ÄG 7751] Total distance covered:  
      E 6, Sea 4-5, Vis. medium, nearly completely overcast, 1015 mb 10./11.10.          238 nm           --  
      Up to 10.10.     593 nm            3 nm  
                               831 nm           3 nm   834 nm  
                                                                         =====  
    17.07 Fuglehuken beacon Bearing 145°T, distance 3 nm.  
        Ran into Ny-Ålesund in the evening twilight.  
    19.30 Ny-Ålesund Rubber boat with 1 Officer and 2 men to land to search the settlement.  Anchored depth 21 meters, 60 meters chain.  
      E 5, Sea 2, Vis. very good, few clouds, 1020 mb  
          Brandalph marker 141°T  
            Pier                      173°T  
    20.45   Search party back on board.  In so doing rubber boat drifted away.  Further landing in these weather conditions impossible.  Because the dinghy was handed over for repairs, the drifting rubber boat must be retrieved,  
                                                                        
    12.10.42 Ny-Ålesund    
    08.36 EbyS 6-7, Sea 2, overcast, 1019 mb weighed anchor and  
    08.55 Ny-Ålesund jetty made fast.  (At low water 1 meter under the keel).  
        Head of the jetty (the "Vega" Nordenskjölds) is intact. There is only 1 dolphin of lower railroad blown up.  
        Rubber boat was taken aboard.  
    12.00 EbyS 7-8, Sea 2 Total distance covered:  
        11./12.10.          78 nm             --  
        Up to 11.10.     831 nm            3 nm  
                                 909 nm           3 nm   912 nm  
                                                                         =====  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 11.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 12.10.42
 
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    continued      
    12.10.42   With the weather conditions anchoring in Signehamna is not possible due to ice.  Therefore remained lying and transfered supplies from the storehouse to supplement outfitting Nussbaum.  Additionally bagged coal standing on the pier and 2 boats for transport in Signehamna.  
                                                                        
    13.10.42      
    07.00 Ny-Ålesund pier Cast off and proceeded to Krossfjord.  
      EbyS 2-3, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. good, 1018 mb Very favorable ice conditions in Krossfjord.  
    09.16 Signehamna Anchored, 10 meters water, 30 meters chain.  
            Fridtjovneset      53°T  
            Nilspynten        120°T  
        Total distance covered:  
        13.10.                  25 nm           --  
        Up to 13.10.     909 nm            3 nm  
                                 934 nm           3 nm   937 nm  
                                                                         =====  
           
    13. to 18.10.42 Signehamna Brought the gear and set up Weather Station Nussbaum.  
     

 

 

 

[W.F.L. = Wetterfunkgerät = automatic land weather station]

Objective, make it so that the participants can hold on and the station can work if under certain circumstances no further replenishment was possible.  Transport is significantly hampered by mud and coastal ice and could not be carried out without the two boats from Ny-Ålesund.  The further transport to the hut is significant job. The men labored tirelessly, fully and joyfully, so that despite all the difficulties the objective was reached on 18 October. With the W.F.L. equipment it was found that the gear canister had fallen over so that wind direction and strength could no longer be detected. The holder of the canister in the anchor frame is so inadequate that getting blown over could be expected.  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 12.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 13.10.42
 
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    continued      
        13.10.  
        13.31  Incoming Radio Message 1047/739  
        Köhler.  
        By air report from 12 October ice limit shifts about from square ÄH 3822 to square 9389.  
                                                             Adm. Nordmeer  
        13.22  Incoming Radio Message 1128/740  
        Köhler.  
        With task completion report give operational readiness of radio station Nussbaum.  
                                                             Nordmeerchef  
        14.10.  
        13.24  Incoming Radio Message 1050/751  
        With completion report give evaluation of ice conditions Krossfjord.  
           
        17.10.  
        20.15  Incoming Radio Message 1956/738  
        Köhler.  Report situation.  
                                                             Adm. Nordmeer  
        17.10.  
        21.25  Outgoing Short Signal:  Will complete task on 18th day of the current month.  
                                                             Köhler  
           
    19.10.42      
    10.00 Krossfjord Commissioning of Station Nussbaum.  
        Dr. Nusser, Fkmt. Erichs, Matrose Krüger disembarked.  
    10.25   Weighed anchor.  
    12.01 Krossfjord Trim test.  
    12.25 S 1-2, Sea 0, completely overcast, Vis. greatly changing, at times snow showers, 1025 mb    
    14.25 Fuglehuken beacon Abeam bearing 145°T, distance 4 nm, course 210°.  
    20.00 ÄC 7719  [typo ÄG 7719] Course 180°.  
      SSW 3, Sea 2-3, overcast, Vis. changing, driving snow, 1022 mb    
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 19.10.42
 
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    continued      
    19.10.42      
    20.59   Outgoing Radio Message 1856/725  
        Executed Radio Station Nusbaum in operation from now.  Ice condition Krossfjord favorable.  "Knöspel" on board.  Square ÄC 7722   [typo ÄG 7722].  
                                                             Köhler  
    23.25 ÄC 7779  [typo ÄG 7779] Incoming Radio Message 1645/719  
      SW 4, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. changing, snow showers, 1021 mb All  
      1150 in 17E 1820 1 cruiser and 2 destroyers course for Isfjorden.
                                                             Flieger Führer Nord Ost
                                                                        
    20.10.42      
    01.54 AB 2227 Incoming Radio Message 0046/727  
        Köhler.  Go to Isfjorden.  Consider air report Radio Message 1645/719.  Accept Grønfjord.  Supply ship possible there or reported cruiser.  Only brief delay then accelerated return transit.  New air reconnaissance tomorrow.  
                                                             Admiral Nordmeer  
        Headed for Isfjorden.  
    04.00 AB 2234    
    08.00 ÄC 7767   [typo ÄG 7767]    
      Weather unchanged, 1018 mb    
    10.35 ÄC 7738    [typo ÄG 7738] Southern tip Prins Karl Foreland and mountain with Cape Linné in sight.  Ran off to the west.  Intend to run in to Isfjorden with twilight and moonlight and after moonset to be in Grønfjord.  Expect patrol vessels off Grønfjord.  
      W 4, Sea 2-3, overcast, Vis. good, 1018 mb  
    12.00 ÄC 7737  [typo ÄG 7737] Total distance covered:  
      Weather unchanged 19./20.10.            242 nm          0.5 nm  
        Up to 19.10.       934 nm             3 nm  
                                 1176 nm          3.5 nm   1179.5 nm  
                                                                              =======  
    1335 ÄC 7728   [typo ÄG 7728] Headed for the coast on course 74.5°.  
    16.00 ÄC 7735   [typo ÄG 7735]    
      NW 4, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. changing, snow showers, 1018 mb    
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 19.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 20.10.42
 
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    continued      
    20.10.42      
    18.20 ÄC 7812   [typo ÄG 7812] Course change to 90°.  
    20.00 NW 4, Sea 2-3, few clouds, Vis. very good, bright moonshine Ahead to port southern tip of Prins Karl Foreland with Sattelberg, Isfjord directly ahead, Cape Linné to starboard.  
    21.23 ÄC 7557   [typo ÄG 7557] Ahead of me land and cliffs, turned away to the west, sounding series shows that I have mistaken the Kaldneset peninsula as the southern tip of Prins Karl Foreland.  This was the flat land between the peninsula and the southern tip, not distinguished due to ground fog.  
    22.08 ÄC 7549   [typo ÄG 7549] Course change to 180°.  
        Perfect position by sounding series.  
    23.20 ÄC 7576   [typo ÄG 7576] Course 90°.  
                                                                        
    21.10.42      
    01.05 ÄC 7594   [typo ÄG 7594] Ahead to starboard a strong white light.  Was made out as a fishing lugger, at the top has a very strong white light.  On the bow and stern each a faint white light and lies in the middle of Isfjord.  Because he slowly approaches us I must initially move off.  In so doing it is reported to me that 4 cylinder heads of the port diesel are cracked and the engine can fail at any time.  While moving off I observe the lugger Morse with a station to the north at the entrance to Isfjord.  Accept that there are other patrol vessels without lights.  In these very good visibility conditions a breakthrough on the surface is not possible.  Under favorable conditions further inspection would take another day to complete.  Because in Radio Message 1645/719 only a brief delay and accelerated return transit is ordered, and in addition, the port diesel is not operable, I decide on return transit.  
      NW 2, Sea 1-2, few clouds, Vis. very good, bright moonshine, Northern Lights, 1020 mb  
    02.00 ÄC 7594   [typo ÄG 7594]    
    04.41 ÄC 7816   [typo ÄG 7816] Outgoing Radio Message 0313/738  
           
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 20.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 21.10.42
 
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    continued      
    21.10.42      
    04.41 ÄC 7816   [typo ÄG 7816] Outgoing Radio Message 0313/738  
      Weather unchanged Entrance "Isfjord" patrol vessels.  In center a fishing lugger with strong white light.  Port diesel out of service.  On return transit.  
                                                             Köhler  
    08.00 ÄC 7767   [typo ÄG 7767]    
      NW 1-2, Sea 0-1, overcast, Vis. changing, 1020 mb    
    11.17 - 11.57 AB 2226 Dived to balance the boat.  
      SW 1, light Swell, overcast, Vis. very good, 1020 mb    
    12.00   Total distance covered:  
        20./21.10.           230.5 nm          2.5 nm  
        Up to 20.10.       1176 nm          3.5 nm  
                                 1406.5 nm           6 nm   1412.5 nm  
                                                                              =======  
    16.00 AB 2522    
      SW 1, Sea 0, overcast, Vis. very good, 1020 mb    
    20.24 AB 2599 Incoming Radio Message 1920/744  
      SW 0-1, Sea 0, overcast, Vis. good, 1019 mb Köhler  
      Report : 1) How long will provisions last for the full group Nussbaum.  
        2)  How much fuel, what equipment is required.  
        3)  Which radio and weather instruments.  
        4)  Intend to carry out remaining transport only with Brodda after Köhler arrival.  
           
        The following damage exists in the diesel system:  
        1)  4 cylinder heads in the port diesel cracked.  
        2)  Port supercharger conduit leaks (supercharger pressure only 0.15)  
        3)  Both bearing bolts of the port diesel cracked, support base heavily cracked. Damage can only be provisionally repaired with on board means.  
        4)  Exhaust manifolds of both diesels cracked, cooling water entry into the exhaust gas space.  Despite this damage I believe that the completion of the remaining  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 21.10.42
 
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    continued      
    21.10.42   transport by me is possible and send appropriate Radio Message, because  
        a)  it was indented, as is apparent from Radio Messages,  
        b) the loss of a fully ready boat for another operation is avoided,  
        c)  the crew took much joy in the work of constructing the station, the completion of this task by the boat is desirable.  
    22.29   Outgoing Radio Message 2113/745  
        To 1)  6 months.  
        To 2)  each 1500 liters benzine and petroleum.  Clothing entire specialized equipment other than skis, sleds, oven, mattresses. Not coal.  
        To 3)  Radio outfitting entire excluding generator. Meteorology as far as possible  
        To 4)  Remaining transport by Köhler possible, then shipyard required.  
        Arrival Point Schwarz 7 on 23 October 09.00 hours.  
                                                                        
    22.10.42      
    00.00 AB 2949    
      SE 1, Sea 1, half overcast, Vis. good, 1018 mb    
    04.00 AB 5353    
      E 1-2, Sea 1, completely overcast, Vis. very good, 1015 mb    
    08.00 AB 5399    
      E 2-3, Sea 2, completely overcast, Vis. changing, 1011 mb    
    10.38 - 11.00   Dived to balance the boat.  
    11.53   Incoming Radio Message 1129/750  
        Radio Beacons "Ingøy", "Tromso" each transmit on 23 October from 06.20 - 10.30 hours every half hour for 5 minutes.  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 21.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 22.10.42
 
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    continued      
    22.10.42      
        Identifier for Ingøy 453 Ludwig, Cäsar, Friedrich, Alli.  
                                                             Admiral Nordmeer  
    12.00 AB 6449 Total distance covered:  
      ESE 4-5, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. medium, (rain showers), 1004 mb 21./22.10.           251 nm              2 nm  
      Up to 21.10.      1406.5 nm          6 nm  
                               1657.5 nm           8 nm   1665.5 nm  
                                                                              ========  
    16.00 AB 6755    
      E 5-6, Sea 3-4, overcast, Vis. medium, 1006 mb    
    20.00 AB 9163    
      SE 4-5, Sea 3-4, overcast, Vis. changing, rain showers, 1004 mb    
                                                                        
    23.10.42      
    00.00 AB 9278    
      Weather unchanged    
    04.00 AB 9581    
    06.00 [actually the boat was about 130 nm from Tromso and 250 nm from Ingøy, this is probably why bearing was inexact and jumped heavily] Land in sight directly ahead and to port.  
    06.30 Ingøy gives no bearing signals.  Radio beacon employed too late because bearings within a distance of 50 nm are inexact and jumped heavily.  
    07.30 Must be north of Andenes.  Course 200°.  
      Believe recognize in south Andfjorden.  
    08.00   Recognition signals exchanged with He 115  
    08.22   Recognition signals exchanged with He 115  
    10.25   Recognised the Mösdalme Moutain bearing 120°T, therefore today I am too far to the south of Andenes.  Despite the fact that I have already approached Andenes 5 times, one can hardly see where you are located from the image of the coast if you do not get the Andenes lighthouse directly.  
    10.52 AB 3262  [typo AF 3262] Outgoing Radio Message 1037/757  
        Running in delayed because Andenes not found.  
                                                             Köhler  
    12.09 AB 3314  [typo AF 3314] Incoming Radio Message 1135/758  
        Köhler  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 22.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 23.10.42
 
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    continued      
    23.10.42      
    12.09 AB 3314   [typo AF 3314] Incoming Radio Message 1135/758  
        Köhler  
        Andenes 69°19'N and 16°08'E transmits from now to 14.30 hours 265 kHz, Luci.  
                                                             Nordmeerchef  
        Total distance covered:  
        22./23.10.            267.5 nm          --  
        Up to 22.10.      1657.5 nm          8 nm  
                                     1925 nm           8 nm   1933 nm  
                                                                              =======  
    13.05   Recognition signals exchanged with He 115.  
    15.50 Andenes Lighthouse Bearing 180°, distance 7 nm.  
        The transmitter of the bearing signals from Andenes proved to be very good.  
        Transit through Andfjorden, Toppsundet  
    19.14 Harstad Made fast alongside LAUGEN to take over the pilot.  
    20.40   Cast off.  Transit through Tjeldsund, Ofotenfjorden.  During this transit I noticed when steering in the route sectors, that the gyro compass was not operable.  For example, in the white sector from Barøy instead I needed to steer 65-55°, to hold the beacon off Narvik directly ahead in 90° I had to steer 85° for quite some time and later 115°, so that according to the chart I would have driven over land.  
                                                                        
    24.10.42      
    02.45 Narvik Made fast alongside GRILLE.  
    08.10   Cast off GRILLE.  Transit to Skjomenfjord  
    09.50 Skjomenfjord Made fast alongside "KÄRNTEN".  Gave over the reserve torpedoes and fuel, gyro compass repair.  
    16.21 Skjomenfjord Cast off "KÄRNTEN".  
    17.53 Narvik Made fast alongside GRILLE.  
        Prepared to take over remaining "Nussbaum" transport.  
        Total distance covered:  
        23./24.10             198 nm          --  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 23.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 24.10.42
 
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        Total distance covered:  
        23./24.10.            198 nm          --  
        Up to 23.10.      1925 nm          8 nm  
                                  2123 nm           8 nm   2131 nm  
                                                                           =======  
           
    25.10.42 Narvik Took over the equipment of Station Nussbaum, total about 10 tons.  
    26.10.42     "  
    27.10.42 Narvik    
    10.20   Cast off GRILLE in accordance with Outbound Orders Admiral Nordmeer.  Additionally on board:  
        Naut.Insp.  Köhler  
        Naut.Assistent Gabaty  
        Funkobergefreiter Müller  
    11.15 - 11.54 Ofotenfjorden Trim test.  
        Afterwards transit through Tjeldsund, Toppsundet,  Andfjorden  
    19.41 Andenes Lighthouse Course 330°.  
      NNE 3, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. medium, 1003 mb    
                                                                        
    28.10.42      
    00.00 AB 9581    
      NE 2, Sea 1-2, overcast, Vis. good, 1001 mb    
    04.00 AB 9433    
    08.00 AB 9128    
      N 4, Sea 2-3, 8/10, Vis. medium, hail, 1004 mb    
    10.50 - 11.24 AB 6776 Dived to balance the boat.  
    12.00 AB 6772 Total distance covered:  
      N 5-6, Sea 4, completely overcast, Vis. changing, 1006 mb 27./28.10.           295 nm           3.3 nm  
      Up to 27.10.      1925 nm             8 nm  
                                 2220 nm         11.3 nm   2231.3 nm  
                                                                               =======  
    16.00 AB 6715    
      NNW 3-4, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. changing, (snow showers), 1006 mb    
 
    20.00 AB 6448    
      NNW 5, Sea 3-4, nearly completely overcast, Vis. medium (hail), 1007 mb                                                                 
           
           

 

           
    [Note:  there is an error in the Total distance covered entry  for 27./28.10.  
           
    It should read as follows: Total distance covered:  
        27./28.10.           295 nm           3.3 nm  
        Up to 27.10.      2123 nm              8 nm  
                                  2418 nm          11.3 nm   2429.3 nm  
                                                                                =======  
    The 198 nm from the entry for 23./24.10. at the top of the page was omitted and this error was carried forward for the rest of the KTB.  
           

 

Sun and Moon Data 27.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 28.10.42
 
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    continued      
    29.10.42      
    00.00 AB 6412    
      NNE 6, Sea 5, overcast, Vis. changing, (snow showers), 1011 mb    
    04.00 N 5, Sea 4, half overcast, Vis. changing, hail, 1018 mb    
    08.00 NNE 3, Sea 3, 3/4 overcast, Vis. changing, hail, 1021 mb    
    10.38 - 11.05 AB 3745 Dived to balance the boat.  
    12.00 AB 3742 Total distance covered:  
      NE 3, Sea 3, 3/4 overcast, Vis. very good, 1021 mb 28./29.10.           187 nm           1.5 nm  
      Up to 28.10.      2220 nm          11.3 nm  
                                   2407 nm         12.8 nm   2419.8 nm  
                                                                               ========  
    16.00 AB 2668    
      NNW 2-3, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. changing, snow sleet, 1021 mb    
    20.00 AB 2386    
      Weather unchanged    
                                                                        
    30.10.42      
    00.00 AB 7798    
      NW 2, Sea 1-2, overcast, Vis. very good, 1021 mb    
    04.00 AB 7722    
      NW 0-1, Sea 0, overcast, Vis. medium, 1020 mb    
    08.00 AB 7514    
      Weather unchanged    
    10.10   Land bearing 90°T.  
    10.37   The land is Amsterdamøya!  Despite the strong northeasterly wind the last days against and approximate 1 knots current by plotting, surprisingly a navigation offset of 32 nm to the northwest.  
        By the northeast winds the East Greenland Current will have grown in strength, so that in the north there is a vacuum and thus a stronger Gulf Stream on the west coast of Spitsbergen counter to the wind direction.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 29.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 30.10.42
 
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    continued      
    30.10.42      
    12.00 AB 7242 Total distance covered:  
      NE 1-2, Sea 0, overcast, Vis. moderate, 1019 mb 29./30.10.            231 nm           --  
      Up to 29.10.      2407 nm          12.8 nm  
                                   2638 nm         12.8 nm   2650.8 nm  
                                                                              ========  
    15.38 Signehamna At low speed drove in the shallow coastal ice sheet of the bay.  Boat lies fixed.  
        Bearings:   
            Nilspynten        134°T  
            Fridtjovneset      30°T  
        Total distance covered:  
        29./30.10.            46 nm             --  
        Up to 29.10.      2638 nm          12.8 nm  
                                   2684 nm         12.8 nm   2696.8 nm  
                                                                              ========  
                                                                        
    31.10. - 07.11.42 Signehamna Unloaded and transported the rest of the equipment.  
        Until 3 November the work was carried out relatively smoothly, then it was made considerably more difficult by the thaw and heavy floating ice. Light and weather-wise, it was the latest date to carry out such a task. The men exerted themselves fully and joyfully in this difficult work.  
        4.11.42    00.29 hours Incoming Radio Message 2344/730  
        Köhler due to heavy armed [illegible word] on 4 November south of 78°30'N report immediately if south of this line by tomorrow.  
                                                           Admiral Nordmeer  
                                                                        
    08.11.42      
    09.37 Signehamna Weighed anchor.  Due to ice conditions and weather trim test could not be completed in the fjord system.  
    12.06 Ny-Ålesund Made fast at the pier.  
      SE 7-8, overcast, rain and snow showers Total distance covered:  
      8.11                      22 nm             --   
        Up to 8.11.        2684 nm          12.8 nm  
                                   2706 nm         12.8 nm   2718.8 nm  
                                                                              ========  
           
Sun and Moon Data 30.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 31.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 08.11.42
 
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    continued      
    08.11.42      
        Now it can be positively determined from lack of tracks in the snow that no one is in this area.  
                                                                        
    09.11.42      
    11.45 Ny-Ålesund Cast off.  
      SW 3, Sea 0-1, overcast, (rain), 994 mb    
    12.07 - 12.27   Trim test.  
    14.05 Fuglehuken beacon Bearing 180°, distance 5 nm.  
      SW 1-2, Sea 1-2, overcast, Vis. bad, 993 mb    
    20.00 ÄC 7458  [typo ÄG 7458]    
      Sea 2, S 2, overcast, Vis. medium, 989 mb    
    21.35 ÄC 7722  [typo ÄG 7722] Outgoing Short Signal:  
        Have completed task.  
                                                             Köhler  
    22.24   Incoming Radio Message 2204/710  
        Köhler has crossed 78°N on return transit after completing task.  
                                                             Nordmeerchef  
                                                                        
    10.11.42      
    00.00 ÄC 7752  [typo ÄG 7752]    
      SSE 3, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. good, 982 mb    
    04.00 AB 2234    
      SE 3-4, Sea 3, nearly completely overcast, Vis. bad, 980 mb    
    08.00 AB 2291    
      S 6, Sea 4, nearly completely overcast, Vis. bad, 981 mb    
    08.46 - 09.52 AB 2295 Vent piping of the cooling water tubing of the starboard diesel torn.  Dived for repairs and to balance the boat.  
    12.00 AB 2535 Total distance covered:  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 08.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 09.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 10.11.42
 
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    continued      
    10.11.42      
    12.00 AB 2535 Total distance covered:  
      SSW 5, Sea 4, overcast, Vis. bad, 983 mb 9./10.11.              206 nm           3.9 nm  
      Up to 9.11.        2706 nm          12.8 nm  
                                   2912 nm         16.7 nm   2928.7 nm  
                                                                              ========  
    16.00 AB 2593    
      SW 6, Sea 5, overcast, Vis. bad, 985 mb    
    20.00 AB 2914    
      SW 8, Sea 6-7, overcast, Vis. bad, 989 mb    
                                                                        
    11.11.42      
    00.00 AB 2972    
      WSW 5-6, Sea 5, overcast, Vis. changing, 996 mb    
    04.39 AB 5343 Outgoing Short Signal.  
      SW 4-5, Sea 5, overcast, Vis. changing, 1000 mb Position 36 hours off meeting point with escort.  
                                                           Köhler  
    08.00 AB 5387    
      SW 5-6, Sea 5, overcast, Vis. medium, 1007 mb    
    12.00 AB 5655 Total distance covered:  
      W 3-4, Sea 3, half overcast, Vis. good, 1012 mb 10./11.11.            184 nm              --   
      Up to 10.11.       2912 nm          16.7 nm  
                                   3096 nm         16.7 nm   3112.7 nm  
                                                                              ========  
    16.00 AB 5926    
      WNW 5, Sea 3-4, overcast, Vis. good, 1017 mb    
    20.00 AB 5994    
      NNW 5, Sea 4, 3/4 overcast, Vis. medium, 1023 mb    
                                                                        
    12.11.42      
    00.00 AB 9144    
      WNW 3, Sea 2-3, overcast, Vis. good, 1027 mb    
           
Sun and Moon Data 10.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 11.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 12.11.42
 
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    continued      
    12.11.42      
    02.14 AB 9186 U-boat abeam to port on northwesterly course.  German U-boat.  Recognition Signal requested.  Only on the second answer were the correct answer letters given.  Also departure of Hopmann and Mäder announced by Radio Message.  
    07.03   Outgoing Short Signal  
        Position 6 hours earlier at meeting point.  
                                                             Köhler  
    08.12   Incoming Radio Message 0749/737  
        Short Signal 07.00 hours not solved, send again.  
                                                             Admiral Nordmeer  
    08.32   Sent newly encoded Short Signal.  
        Position 6 hours earlier at meeting point.  
    08.47   Recognition Signal exchanged with Ship 4. [WANDRAHM?]
    09.39   Incoming Radio Message 0919/738  
        Köhler positioned 10.30 at Point Schwarz 7.  No escort.  
                                                             Admiral Nordmeer  
    12.49 Harstad Made fast alongside LAUGEN.  
        Provisions supply.  
        Total distance covered:  
        11./12.11.             287 nm             --   
        Up to 11.11.       3096 nm          16.7 nm  
                                   3383 nm         16.7 nm   3399.7 nm  
                                                                              ========  
                                                                        
    13.11.42      
    10.10 Harstad Cast off LAUGEN.  Transit through Tjeldsund, Ofotenfjorden.  
    16.22 Narvik Made fast alongside GRILLE.  
        Total distance covered:  
        13.11.                    67 nm             --   
        Up to 13.11.       3383 nm          16.7 nm  
                                   3450 nm         16.7 nm   3466.7 nm  
                                                                              ========  
                                                                        
    14.11.42 Narvik    
         
    15.11.42 Narvik    
    04.05   Cast off from GRILLE.  Transit through Ofotenfjorden, Vestfjorden.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 12.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 13.11.42
 
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    continued      
    15.11.42      
    09.00 Bremneset Taken in convoy.  Transit through archipelago to Bodø.  
      SW 10, Sea 5, overcast, Vis. changing, (rain), 985 mb    
    20.50 Bodø Made fast alongside "KARPFINGER".  
    23.00   Cast off.  With escort patrol boat Roter Adler continued on archipelago route to Rørvik.  
                                                                        
    16.11.42      
    18.55 Rørvik Made fast alongside minelayer "PARIS".  
        Initially further escort by "R 64" cannot be carried out due to storm (NW 10),  
                                                                        
    17.11.42 Rørvik    
         
    18.11.42      
    08.59 Rørvik Continued transit in convoy by "R 64".  
      WNW 5, overcast, Vis. good, 1016 mb    
    17.34 Trondheim Made fast shipyard harbor.  
        Total distance covered:  
        15./18.11.             452 nm             --   
        Up to 15.11.       3450 nm          16.7 nm  
                                   3902 nm         16.7 nm   3918.7 nm  
                                                                              ========  
                                                                        
    19.11.42 Trondheim    
                                                                        
    20.11.42      
    08.05 Trondheim Cast off.  
      WNW 10-11, squalls, overcast, Vis. bad, 1004 mb Transit in under escort by patrol vessel WARTHEGAU further to the south.  
    20.38 Kristiansund Made fast.  
                                                                        
    21.11.42 Kristiansund NW storm 10-11.  Further escort must be interrupted.  
                                                                        
           
 
 
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    continued      
    22.11.42      
    07.22 Kristiansund Cast off.  
    16.15 Ålesund Made fast.  
                                                                        
    23.11.42      
    07.36 Ålesund Cast off.  Escort by U-boat hunters 1703 and 1704.  
    13.40 Måloy U-boat hunters released, continued escort by "Ship 139" and orders to go to Daviken Bay due to U-boat hunt in Sognefjorden.  
    16.04 Daviken Bay Made fast alongside Ship 139.  
                                                                        
    24.11.42      
    12.55 Daviken Bay Departed with Ship 139.  
    19.47 Askevold Made fast alongside Ship 139.  
                                                                        
    25.11.42      
    07.52 Askevold Departed with Ship 139.  
    18.04 Bergen    
      Marineholm Made fast.  
        Total distance covered:  
        19./25.11.            399 nm             --  
        Up to 19.11.       3902 nm          16.7 nm  
                                   4301 nm         16.7 nm   4317.7 nm  
                                                                              ========  
                                                                        
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
 

 

  Appendices to U-377's KTB - click on the text at left to proceed to the documents
   
ChartA Track chart of period 9 October to 23 October 1942
   
ChartB Track Chart of period from 27 October to 12 November 1942

 

     
     
 
Comments
 
 
Admiral Nordmeer on the K.T.B. "U 377"
 
 

from 25.9. - 25.11.42

 
     
 
        Boat was fully committed to the special task for the Weather Service and despite difficulties carried out this task very well.
 
                                                                                                            
     
     
     
                                                         
                                                                      
     
     
     
  Admiral Nordmeer  
  B.Nr.Gkdos 1964 AU                                                                14 January 1943.  
     
  To  
 
                              the Marine-Gruppenkomando Nord.
 
                                                                                                            
  Concerning:  K.T.B. "U 377".  
     
                  Forwarded are the enclosed is the K.T.B. of "U-377" for the period from 25.9. - 25.11.42 (2-copies) with comments by Admiral Nordmeer and two track charts.  
     
                                                                   signed in draft    K  l  ü  b  e  r  
                                                                                
                                                                      
     
     
     
                                        Comments of the Befehlshabers der Unterseeboote  
 

                                       on the KTB of "U 377" from 25.9. - 25.11.1942

 
     
 
                                      There is nothing to note.
 
     
     
   

For the Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote

 
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