U-515 - 1st War Patrol

Translation by Jerry Mason

Departed
Date
Arrived
Date
Days at Sea
Kiel
12 August 1942
Brest
14 October 1942
63

 

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Ships Attacked
Date
KTB Time
Position
Ship
Tons
Nationality
Convoy
12 Sep 42
05.57 - 07.33
52°21'N, 12°35'W
STANVAC MALBOURNE
10,013
Panamanian
 
12 Sep 42
02.15
53°45'N, 12°55'W
WOENSDRECHT (torpedoed)
4,668
Dutch
 
13 Sep 42
05.57 - 07.33
52°21'N, 12°35'W
OCEAN VANGUARD
7,174
British
 
13 Sep 42
02.15
53°45'N, 12°55'W
NIMBA
1,854
Panamanian
 
14 Sep 42
05.57 - 07.33
52°21'N, 12°35'W
HARBORIUGH
5,415
British
 
15 Sep 42
02.15
53°45'N, 12°55'W
SØRHOLT
4,801
Norwegian
 
17 Sep 42
05.57 - 07.33
52°21'N, 12°35'W
MAE
5,607
American
 
20 Sep 42
02.15
53°45'N, 12°55'W
REEDPOOL
4,838
British
 
23 Sep 42
05.57 - 07.33
52°21'N, 12°35'W
LINDVANGEN
2,412
Norwegian
 
23 Sep 42
02.15
53°45'N, 12°55'W
ANTINOUS (damaged)
6,034
American
 
     
 Total = 52,034
   
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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      Commander        : Oberleutnant z. See   H  e  n  k  e  
           
      Beginning            : 21.  February 1942.  
           
      Ending                : 14.  October 1942.  
           
   
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      Copies to            :  
     
Oberkommando der Kriegsmarine, Copy No. 1 and 2
Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote     "      " 3
2. Admiral der Unterseeboote     "      " 4
10. Unterseebootsflottille,     "      " 5
27. U.-Fl.  for 2. U.L.D. and 25. U.-Fl.     "      " 6
A.Gru.-Front, Kptlt. Jabsen for 26. U.-Fl.    
                                1. U.L.D. and 24. U.-Fl.     "      " 7
 
           
      Enclosures           :    
     
1 Track chart
To
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11 Torpedo firing reports
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    "      " 3, 4, 5.
1 Summary of the radio log
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    21.02.42 Hamburg U-515 in Hamburg - Placed in commission at the Finkenwärden Yard.  
      Deutsche Werft  
    22.02.42 to      
    20.04.42 Kiel Training service and begin U.A.K.-trials  
    21.04.42 to      
    09.05.42 Kiel U.A.K.-trials  
    06.05.42 to      
    21.05.42 Hela Training by the AGRU-Front.  
    22.05.42 to   Torpedo firing period by 25. U-Flottille, at the same time damage to the clutch.  
    28.05.42 Baltic  
    29.05.42 to      
    06.07.42 Stettin Final adjustments and overhaul.  
        Completion of torpedo firing by 25. U-Flottille.  
    07.07.42 to      
    12.07.42 Baltic    
    13.07.42 to      
    22.07.42 Baltic Tactical exercises.  
    23.07.42 to      
    09.08.42 Kiel Shipyard work and arming the boat for the first war patrol.  
    10.08.42 to      
    11.08.42   Final preparations for war patrol.  
                                                 
    12.08.42 Kiel    
    07.00   Put to sea.  Proceeding to Kristiansand-South in convoy.  
                                                 
    13.08.42 Kristiansand-South    
    17.00   Entered port.  
                                                 
    14.08.42 Kristiansand-South In Kristiansand-South  
    15.08.42           "             "    
    05.00   Put to sea in convoy.  Test dive.  
    12.00   Day's run surfaced   :   58 nm.  
                "      submerged:  2.3 nm.  
                                                 
    18.56 Feistein Released from convoy.  Test dive and depth keeping practice.  Proceeding in accordance with outbound orders to naval quadrant AF 49.  
    16.08.42 North Sea    
    12.00 AF 8776 Day's run surfaced   :   243 nm.  
                "      submerged:   3.7 nm.  
                                                 
    17.08.42 North Sea Proceeding to naval quadrant AF 44.  Diesel-electric.  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 12.08.42
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    17.08.42      
    12.00   Day's run surfaced:   203 nm.  
                                                 
    18.08.42 North Sea-Faroes    
    12.00 AE 6962 Day's run surfaced:   136 nm.  
    19.08.42 North Sea-Faroes    
    12.00 AE 8332 Day's run surfaced   :   163 nm.  
      SW 5-6, Sea 5, 4/10, Vis. medium         "      submerged:    15 nm.  
Crash dive practice.
                                                 
    20.08.42 South of Iceland    
    12.00 AE 8760 Day's run surfaced   :   167 nm.  
      NE 6, Sea 5-6, overcast, Vis. medium         "      submerged:    5.8 nm.  
    12.24   Crash dive for aircraft, type Lockheed-Hudson.  
        Boat was not discovered.  
    13.13   Surfaced.  
    16.22   Aircraft at the limit of visibility, type not determined.  
                                                 
    21.08.42 Southeast of the Faroes    
    06.50 AL 2293 Crash dive for Lockheed-Hudson.  4 aircraft bombs, 50-100 meters astern, no damage.  
    11.15   Surfaced.  
    12.00 AL 2293 Day's run surfaced   :   144 nm.  
      NE 2-3, Sea 2, Vis. good, low ceiling, 1019 mb         "      submerged:    14 nm.  
    12.15   Radio message from BdU:  "Auffermann report weather by short signal, Henke report fuel.  Both boats proceed to naval quadrant 30 in the large square east of DC."  
    15.10   Radio message to BdU:  "My position is naval quadrant AL 3310, 210 cbm."  
        I decide, not to proceed on the great circle, but to take the southern route around Flores, because currents and weather conditions their are far more favorable and fuel is certainty saved.  
                                                 
    22.08.42 West of the Herbrides    
    12.00 AL 2931 Day's run surfaced:   192 nm.  
      WbyS, Sea 1-2, Vis. good    
    23.08.42 North Atlantic    
    12.00 AL 4862 Day's run surfaced:   198 nm.  
      WSW 2, Sea 1-2, Vis. good    
    24.08.42 North Atlantic    
    00.12 - 00.52   Crash dive practice and test dive.  
    12.00 AL 7541 Day's run surfaced   :   116 nm.  
      Winds shifting SW-SSE, Sea 4, overcast, Vis. good         "      submerged:    2.3 nm.  
                                                 
    25.08.42 North Atlantic    
      AL 7783 Shadow bearing 160°T, bow left, target angle 90°, estimated range 5000-6000 m.  Seen to be a 2 stack passenger liner, turned at GF, then attempted to maneuvered ahead at AK, steamer runs at  
           
Sun and Moon Data 17.08.42
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    25.08.42   19-20 knots, zig zags astern.  
    01.00   Radio message to BdU:  "2-stacker naval quadrant AL 7780, 19-20 knots, course 60°.    - Henke -"  
    01.30   Steamer out of sight.  
    02.00   Gave up pursuit.  Continued transit.  
    12.00 BD 3369 Day's run surfaced:   192 nm.  
      WbyS 1-2, 5/10, Vis. good, 1018 mb                                          
    26.08.42 North Atlantic    
    12.00 BD 3860    
      NW 2, Sea 1-2, Vis. good, 6/10, 1019 mb    
        Radio message from BdU:  "New approach point for Henke and U-512 is ED 90."  
       

On the great circle heading for EE 30 to take advantage of the traffic reported by Wattenberg as in the newspaper.

 
    27.08.42 North of the Azores    
    00.20 -   Test dive and crash dive practice.  
    02.24 BD 3640    
    12.00 BD 9120 Day's run surfaced   :   197 nm.  
      NW 2, Sea 1, Vis. good, 2/10, 1021 mb         "      submerged:      9 nm.  
                                                 
    28.08.42 Northwest of the Azores    
    12.00 CE 1380 Day's run surfaced:   204 nm.  
      W 2, Sea 1, Vis. good, 3/10, 1020 mb    
    16.00 CE 1350    
    20.00 CE 1530                                          
    29.08.42 West of the Azores    
    00.00 CE 1550    
      WbyS 2-3, Sea 2, Vis. good, 2/10, 1019 mb    
    00.15 - 00.48   Test dive and crash dive practice.  
    04.00 CE 1570    
    08.00 CE 1750    
    12.00 CE 1770 Day's run surfaced   :   188 nm.  
                "      submerged:    2.3 nm.  
    16.00 CD 6330    
    20.00 CD 6350                                          
    30.08.42 West of the Azores    
    00.00 CD 6370    
      SW 2-3, Sea 2, Vis. good, light swell, 3/10, 1019 mb    
    04.00 CD 6560    
    08.00 CD 6580    
    12.00 CD 6810 Day's run surfaced:   180 nm.  
    16.00 CD 6760    
    20.00 CD 6780                                          
           
Sun and Moon Data 25.08.42
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    31.08.42 West of the Azores    
    00.00 CD 9120    
      Winds shifting from S-W 3-4, Sea 3, heavy swell, Vis. good, 5/10, 1019 mb    
    04.00 CD 8310    
    08.00 CD 8630    
    12.00 CD 8650 Day's run surfaced:   132 nm.  
    16.00 CD 8670    
    20.00 CD 8830                                          
    01.09.42 Azores    
    00.00 CD 8870    
      SW 2-3, Sea 2, Vis. good, 3/10, 1018 mb    
    04.00 DF 1330    
    08.00 DF 1350    
    12.00 DF 1370 Day's run surfaced:   213 nm.  
    16.00 DF 1530    
    20.00 DF 1550                                          
    02.09.42 Southwest of the Azores    
    00.00 DF 1820    
      S 2-3, Sea 2, Vis. good, 2/10, light SW-swell, 1021 mb    
    04.00 DF 1840    
    08.00 DF 1790    
    12.00 DF 4120 Day's run surfaced   :   149 nm.  
                "      submerged:    2.7 nm.  
    16.00 DF 4140    
    20.00 DE 6390                                          
    03.09.42 Atlantic    
    00.00 DE 6650    
      SE 2, Sea 2, light S-swell, Vis. good, 5/10, 1019 mb    
    00.46 - 01.14   Test dive and crash dive practice.  
    04.00 DE 6670    
    08.00 DE 6830    
    12.00 DE 6860 Day's run surfaced   :   176 nm.  
                "      submerged:    1.5 nm.  
    16.00 DE 6880    
    20.00 DE 9210                                          
    04.09.42 Atlantic    
    00.00 DE 9160    
      SE 2, Sea 1-2, light SE-swell, 9/10, Vis. good, 1023 mb    
    04.00 DE 9410    
    08.00 DE 9440    
    12.00 DE 8690 Day's run surfaced:   178 nm.  
    16.00 DE 8950    
    20.00 DE 8970                                          
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 31.08.42
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    05.09.42 Atlantic    
    00.00 DQ 1320    
      SE 2, Sea 1-2, light SE-swell, 5/10, Vis. good, 1026 mb    
    04.00 DQ 1340    
    08.00 DQ 1290    
    12.00 DQ 1550 Day's run surfaced:   170 nm.  
    16.00 DQ 1570    
    20.00 DQ 1730                                          
    06.09.42 Atlantic    
    00.00 DQ 1750    
      E 2-3, Sea 1-2, light E-swell, 2/10, Vis. good, 1032 mb    
    01.33 - 03.10   Test dive and crash dive practice.  
    04.00 DQ 4110    
    08.00 DQ 4140    
    12.00 DP 6630 Day's run surfaced   :   173 nm.  
                "      submerged:    5.2 nm.  
    16.00 DP 6650    
    20.00 DP 6830                                          
    07.09.42 Atlantic    
    00.00 DP 6850    
      NE 2-3, Sea 2, light NE-swell, rain showers, few clouds, 1019 mb    
    04.00 DP 6880    
    08.00 DP 9160    
    12.00 DP 9180 Day's run surfaced:   184 nm.  
    16.00 DP 9440    
    20.00 DP 8950                                          
    08.09.42 Atlantic - East of the Antilles    
    00.00 DP 8950    
      NE 2-3, Sea 1, 1/10, Vis. good, 1019 mb    
    00.34 - 01.49   Test dive and crash dive practice.  
    04.00 DP 8970    
    08.00 EE 22.20    
    11.55   Crash dive for Catalina aircraft, approaching, long range, boat remained undetected.  
    12.00 EE 2240 Day's run surfaced   :   178 nm.  
                "      submerged:    6.2 nm.  
    13.23   Surfaced.  
    16.00 EE 2190    
    20.00 EE 2450                                          
    09.09.42 East of the Antilles    
    00.00 EE 2470    
      SE 3, Sea 2, light swell, 3/10, Vis. good, 1018 mb    
    04.00 EE 1930    
    08.00 EE 1950    
    12.00 EE 4310 Day's run surfaced:   174 nm.  
    16.00 EE 4250    
    20.00 EE 4270    
    21.23   Radio message from BdU:  "Auffermann and Henke free to maneuver in the area east of ED 9980.  Focal point there, try to search for and operate on incoming and outgoing ships.   
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 05.09.42
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    Continued from      
    09.09.42      
    21.23   Expect moderate to strong air patrol."  
                                                 
    10.09.42 Antilles    
    00.00 EE 4460    
      SE 2, Sea 2, light swell, 3/10, Vis. good, 1016 mb    
    04.00 EE 4760    
    08.00 EE 4770    
    12.00 ED 9330 Day's run surfaced:   225 nm.  
    16.00 ED 9330    
      Puerto Rico and Port of Spain alerted to U-boats (guarded by Army airmen) in naval quadrant ED 4470 and ED 9450, apparently Reichenbach or Krech.  It is advisable to constantly monitor the 600 meter wave.  
    20.00 ED 9350                                          
    11.09.42 West of Grenada    
    00.00 ED 9680    
      SE 2, Sea 2, 7/10, Vis. medium, 1017 mb    
    04.00 ED 9950 Peacetime navigation lights off Trinidad and Tobago, searchlight exercises in Port of Spain  
    08.00 ED 9960    
    11.28 ED 9991    
      7000 ton freighter in sight bearing 150°T, course 310°, 14 knots, distance 6 nm. Approximately 1 hour before 1 floodlight bearing 150°T shown from Trinidad, probably on demand of the steamer.  I attempt to position ahead in the already breaking dawn, however, steamer is undertaken by an escort who takes position on my side.  Cannot get any further ahead in spite of AK.  Must let steamer pass with a heavy heart.  
    11.48   Dived and put the boat on the bottom.  Depth 60 meters.  
    12.00   Day's run surfaced   :   184 nm.  
                "      submerged:    2.8 nm.  
                                                 
    12.09.42 North of Port of Spain    
    00.30 - E 2, Sea 1, 1/10, Vis. good, 1019 mb Surfaced, steering search courses.  
    04.00 ED 9992    
    04.59 Aircraft with navigation lights set, approaching, short range, came to KF, machine guns ready, aircraft turns away, did not detect the boat.  
    08.00 ED 9992    
    09.28 ED 9996    
      Shadow in sight bearing 130°T.  Bow right, target angle 10°, estimated range 3-4 nm, determined to be a large tanker.  Positioned boat on the dark horizon, began the approach from there.   
    10.01 ED 9992    
      Double fan from tubes I and IV, enemy speed 12, bow left target angle 70°, depth tube I = 3 meters, tube IV = 4 meters, steering angle 5°, estimated range 800 meters.  2 hits, forward 20 and aft 30 meters.  Very heavy detonation.  Ship lists to starboard, however does not sink, crew abandons ship, 3 lifeboats.  
    10.20   Coup de grâce from tube V, depth 5 meters, range 500 meters, no detonation, torpedo apparently passed under.  
    10.24   Coup de grâce from tube IV, range 500 meters, depth 3 meters  
           
Sun and Moon Data 09.09.42
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    Continued from      
    12.09.42          10.24 Hit in engine room, tanker sinks slowly by the stern, capsizes, sank after 20 minutes, water depth 75 meters.  From statements by the crew it was the "STANBACK MELBOURNE" 10000 GRT.  
    10.25   New shadow in sight bearing 140°T, bow right, target angle 20°.  Determined to be a tanker, initiated attack.  
      Double fan from tube II and III, speed 14, bow right, target angle 80°, range 900 meters, hit forward 50 meters, running time 81 seconds.  Part of the crew abandons ship, the gun crew readies artillery, fires at the boat.  
    10.50 Dived.  Coup de grâce from tube I, estimated range 1000 meters, depth 3 meters, hit in engine room, tanker does not sink.  
    1136 Coup de grâce from tube V, depth 3 m, estimated range 500 meters, after 30 seconds impact heard in the boat, no detonation, apparently a Pi failure.  
    11.48 Coup de grâce from tube III, range 400 meters, depth 3 meters, hit in engine room, heavy detonation, stern breaks off, tanker "WOENSDRECHT" 4668 GRT. sank immediately, water depth 75 meters.  
    11.55 Set off to the east in deep water.  An escort recovers survivors of both tankers.  
    12.00   Day's run surfaced   :   72 nm.  
                "      submerged:   24 nm.  
                                                 
    13.09.42 East of Tobago    
    00.03 EE 7777    
      NE 2-3, Sea 2, Vis. good, 2/10, 1019 mb Surfaced.   
      Smoke cloud bearing 260°T, distance 12 nm, maneuvered ahead, closed, determined to be a large freighter.  
    02.24 EE 7772 1. Shot, tube II, depth 3 meters, bow right, target angle 75°, estimated range 1000 meters, speed 11 knots.  Undetermined miss.    
    02.27   2. Shot, tube III, depth 3 meters, target angle 127°, estimated range 800 meters, speed 9 knots, hit aft 25 meters, heavy detonation.  
    02.38 Steamer transmits, does not sink.  Therefore a coup de grace tube V, depth 3 meters, estimated range 600 meters, steamer "OCEAN VANGAURD", after statements by the crew 8000 GRT., sank immediately.  Intend to move off now and reload 4 upper deck torpedoes.  
    05.40 EE 7779 Shadow in sight bearing 210°T, broke off torpedo transfer, determined to be a small freighter.  
    06.43 EE 7778    
      Shot from tube II, depth 3 meters, enemy speed 9 knots, estimated range 400 meters, bow right, target angle 80°, hit amidships.  Sank within 12 seconds, few survivors, give the name "SENTA" 3785 GRT.  
    07.30 -      
    11.00   4 Atos transferred below.  
    12.00 EO 1116 Day's run surfaced   :   100 nm.  
                "      submerged:    2.5 nm.  
    12.07   Dived for aircraft, proceeding to the NE, remained submerged.  
                                                 
    14.09.42 West of Trinidad    
    00.03 EO 1115 Surfaced, on search courses on supposed Trinidad navigation channel.  
      E 1-2, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. good, 1019 mb  
    12.00 EO 1121 Day's run surfaced   :   104 nm.  
                "      submerged:     27 nm.  
    12.02   Steamer bearing 110°T, course 320°, maneuvered ahead.  
    13.34 EE 7784 Dived for submerged attack.  
    14.18   Shot from tube VI, depth 3 meters, bow left, target angle 110°,  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 12.09.42
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    14.09.42 estimated range 1000 meters, enemy speed 10, running time 63 seconds, hit amidships.  Steamer begins sinking slowly over the stern.  6 hatches, numerous naval lifeboats on deck, 2 cannons, several automatic weapons.  
    from 14.18  
    14.25   Surfaced.   
      With 10.5 cm and 3.7 cm holed hatches and ship's sides, set superstructure afire with Incendiary ammunition.  Ran off on the surface, the whole length of the ship is burning.  Estimated 6000 GRT.  
    14.55   Dived.  Remained in deep water.  
    23.33 BE 1114 Surfaced.  Headed for the navigation channel to Trinidad.  
                                                 
    15.09.42 West of Trinidad    
    01.19 EE 7774, E 1-2, Sea 1, Vis. good, 2/10, 1016 mb 2 shadows in sight, determined to be a destroyer, evaded to the east.  
    02.17   Begin search courses.  
    07.03 EE 1129 Shadow in sight, estimated range 300 meters, bow on, began attack immediately .  
    07.19 Double fan from tubes I and IV, depth 4 meters, estimated range 900 meters, bow right, target angle 80°, enemy speed 13 knots, 2 hits aft 40 and aft 50 meters, running time 32 seconds.  The steamer does not sink.  
    07.34 Coup de grâce from tube II, depth 4, estimated range 400 meters, running time 17 seconds.  Norwegian "SÖRHOLD" 4800 GRT.  Sank with detonation.  Proceeded to the south.  
      Radio message to BdU:  "1. on 14 September in EE 7776, British steamer 6000 tons, course 320° left sinking and burning.  Just now in EO 1129, Norwegian "SÖRHOLD", course 310° from Buenos Aires for New York at the main harbor for bunkering, both loaded.  2.  Heavy independent traffic on SE courses for the main harbor.   3.  120 cbm, 0 + 5 torpedoes, request supply with torpedoes.  
    10.05 -      
    10.50 EE 1165 Test dive.  
    12.00 EO 1248 Day's run surfaced   :   235 nm.  
                "      submerged:    13 nm.  
    12.08 Smoke cloud in sight bearing 150°T, steamer steers at first a straight course, around 12.36 hours U-boat warning for Trinidad area on 600 meter wave, ship begins to zig zag wildly. (Auffermann's "KIETO"), maneuvered ahead.  
    15.03 Crash dive for aircraft, at medium altitude.  Returned to the attack.  The attack is more difficult because of the glassy sea and aircraft remaining with steamer.  Must go to 25 meters after every periscope sweep so as not to be seen.  
    16.03 EO 1156    
      Shot from tube III, depth 3 meters, enemy speed 10 knots, bow right, target angle 80°, estimated range 1500 meters, miss because of the heavy zig zag of the steamer.  The aircraft flies over the periscope, went to 50 meters and ran off.  
    23.10   Surfaced.  Steering for the Trinidad navigation channel on search courses.  
                                                 
    16.09.42 West of Trinidad    
    12.00 EO 1270 Day's run surfaced   :   235 nm.  
      SE 3, Sea 2, light SE-swell, Vis. good, 2/10, 1013 mb         "      submerged:    18 nm.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 14.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 15.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 16.09.42
 
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    16.09.42      
    15.56 EO 1510 Steamer bearing 290°T, 10 nm distant, maneuvering ahead.  
    17.34 EO 1550    
      Crash dive for fast land-based aircraft, 3 well-placed aircraft bombs at 20 meters, no damage.  Because I am positioned ahead of the steamer, I hold contact for approximately 1-1/2 hours.  
    21.05 EO 1570 Surfaced.  
      Hurried in pursuit, steamer again in sight after 80 minutes, held off attacking until after moonset.  
    17.09.42 British Guiana Coast    
    06.25 EO 4320 Closed.  Shot from tube IV, depth 3 meters, enemy speed 10.5, bow left, target angle 80°, estimated range 800 meters, running time 66 seconds.  Hit aft 30 meters, forward of the after mast,  
      NE 2, Sea 1, Vis. medium, 2/10, 1014 mb  
      heavy detonation, steamer begins sinking by the stern.  Astern two medium cannons, forward and aft of the bridge machine guns.  Fired at bridge and forecastle with 10.5 cm.  Holed ship's sides, hatches and end plates.  Left ship only when the burning bow was jutting from the water, depth 25 meters.  Based on questioning the 1st officer, British steamer "MARY" 7000 GRT. in ballast from Port of Spain to Paramaribo.  
    07.00 Set off to the NE to load torpedoes, and also to give the crew a day of peace (water temperature 45-50°) and, at the same time, monitor the area of Wattenberg-Markworth.  
    12.00 EO 2870 Day's run surfaced   :   267 nm.  
                "      submerged:    16 nm.  
    13.49 EO 2870 Dived.  
    18.25 EO 2840 Surfaced to air the boat.  
    19.47   Dived.  
    23.35 EO 2840 Surfaced, begin loading torpedoes.  
    18.09.42 British Guiana Coast    
    03.50 E 1-2, Sea 1, light E-swell, Vis. good, 1019 mb Finished loading torpedoes.  
    04.06 EO 2810 Trim test.  In Wattenberg area back and forth, nothing seen.  
    12.00 EO 2410 Day's run surfaced   :   139 nm.  
                "      submerged:    19 nm.  
    16.00 EO 2270    
    20.00 EO 2270    
    21.14   Dived for aircraft.  
    23.10 EO 2510 Surfaced.  
                                                 
    19.09.42 British Guiana Coast    
    04.00 EO 2420    
      E 1-2, Sea 1, Vis. good, 1014 mb    
    08.00 EO 2120    
    12.00 EE 8770 Day's run surfaced   :   265 nm.  
                "      submerged:      7 nm.  
    20.02                                                   Operating on Wiebe-convoy, I hope to find independents along the coast.  Met with Reichenbach.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 16.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 17.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 18.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 19.09.42
 
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    20.09.42 British Guiana Coast    
    04.20 EO 2790 Shadow in sight, estimated range 7 nm, closed.  
      E 1-2, Sea 1, Vis. good, 1019 mb    
    08.15 EO 2740    
      Shot from tube I, depth 3 meters, enemy speed 9, bow right, target angle 80°, estimated range 1000 meters, running time 59 seconds.  Hit amidships.  The steamer does not sink.  
    08.38 Coup de grâce from tube IV, estimated range 400 meters, depth 3 meters, hit aft 15 meters.  British steamer "REEDPOOL" 4867 GRT.  Sank immediately.  Captain taken aboard.  Ship was proceeding from Cape Town to Trinidad in ballast.  Captain states that area of Wattenberg-Markworth will not be frequented any more.  Ship had survivors of British steamer "MENDON" aboard which was torpedoed by a submarine on the African coast and had spent 35 days in a lifeboat.  
    08.39 There was an accident while removing a jam in the MG C-30.  Matrosengefreiter Biazza was killed.  He had positioned himself in front of the muzzle while breaking down the barrel and the cartridge in the chamber ignited killing him on the spot.  
        Radio message to BdU:  1.  Sank British freighter "REEDPOOL" EO 2470, course 310°, from Cape Town to main harbor.  Area Markworth-Wattenberg will not be frequented according to the Captain.  
      2.  Matrosengefeiter Biazza was killed while removing a jam in the MG C-30.  
      3.  84 cbm, 2 torpedoes.  
      With the delivery of this radio message the main transmitter failed.  
    12.00 EO 2740 Day's run surfaced   :   278 nm.  
                "      submerged:    82 nm.  
    16.44 EO 5510 Put the boat on the bottom, 82 meters.  
    22.41   Surfaced, searched the area off the coast between the 30 and 100-meter line.  
    24.37 EO 1990 Funeral for Matrosengefreiter Biazza.  
                                                 
    21.09.42 British Guiana Coast    
    04.00 EO 1910    
      E 2, Sea 1, Vis. medium, rain showers, 8/10, 1016 mb    
    08.00 EO 1830    
    12.00 EO 1540    
    12.06   Dived.  Put the boat on the bottom in 90 meters.  
    22.50   Boat off the bottom and surfaced.  
                                                 
    22.09.42 Venezuelan Coast    
    00.00 EO 1430    
      NE 2-3, Sea 2, light E-swell, Vis. medium, 8/10, tropical rain showers, 1015 mb    
    04.00 EO 1150    
    08.00 EO 1120    
    12.00 EO 1150 Day's run surfaced   :   175 nm.  
                "      submerged:    12 nm.  
    12.24 EO 1150 Dived.  
    17.45 EO 1140 Boat on the bottom in 86 meters.  
    22.40   Surfaced.  
                                                 
           
Sun and Moon Data 20.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 21.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 22.09.42
 
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    23.09.42 West of Trinidad    
    03.17 EO 1140 Shadow bearing 65°T.  Determined to be a medium sized coastal steamer.  Closed maneuvered ahead.  
      NE 1-2, Sea 1, 3/10, Vis. good, 1017 mb  
    05.48 EO 1410 Dived for submerged attack using the search periscope.  
    06.19 Shot from tube II, depth 3 meters, enemy speed 10.5, estimated range 1500 meters, bow left, target angle 100°, running time 45 seconds.  Hit amidships.  Steamer sank in just a few seconds.  
    06.20   Surfaced.  Ship was the Norwegian "LINDVANGEN", 2412 GRT.  Few survivors.  
    10.20 EO 1490    
      Shadow in sight bearing 290°T, estimated range 7 nm, bow left, target angle 30°.  Lighting is unfavorable, I decide to start the attack on the surface in the short time between moonset and sunrise.  On attack course at AK, up to now the horizon is dark behind us but it is getting light slowly, approached to 600 meters at KF.  
    11.03 Shot from tube III, enemy speed 13, depth 3 meters, bow left, target angle 70°, estimated range 1000 meters, running time 34 seconds, hit forward 10 meters, heavy detonation, after the impact artillery bombardment from the stern cannon of the steamer at close range.  
    11.04 Crash dive, proceeded to periscope depth, despite the fact that ship assumes a strong list to port, the periscope is fired at violently.  
    11.20 Surfaced, 3500 meters distant.  Crew abandons ship that is now heavily down by the bow. Propellers and rudders put of the water.  No artillery employment because of the danger from air, leave the sinking ship.  Estimated 4500 BRT.  American fruit steamer (similar to type " WEST-COHAS").  
    12.00 EO 1570 Day's run surfaced   :   112 nm.  
      NE 1-2, Sea 1, 3/10, Vis. good, 1017 mb         "      submerged:    25 nm.  
    12.24 Dived, set off to deep water, hoping that the steamer expires.  During the approach I tried on all frequencies to position boats in the operation area on the new steamer route, was not successful using the emergency transmitter because of bad transmission and receiving conditions.  
    23.48 EO 1520 Surfaced.  
                                                 
    24.09.42 Venezuelan Coast    
    00.00 EO 1520 Radio message from BdU:  "KR KR - heavy in and outbound traffic in EO 1440-1490.  Main transmitter inoperative, request radio repeater. "  
      NE 3-4, Sea 3, medium swell, Vis. good, 3/10, 1016 mb  
    04.00 EO 1340    
    08.00 EE 7990    
    12.00 EE 8740 Day's run surfaced   :   148 nm.  
                "      submerged:    36 nm.  
    16.00 EE 8480    
    20.00 EE 8430                                          
    25.09.42 Atlantic    
    00.00 EE 8240 Radio message to BdU:  "1.  Yesterday in EO 1440 sank Norwegian "LINDVANGEN", course 300°, from Paramaribo for main harbor, also sank an independent in EO 1496 American fruit steamer, estimated 4500 GRT., course 130°, 13 knots, position EE 7360.  
      NE 4, Sea 3, medium NE-swell, 4/10, Vis. good, 1016 mb  
      2.  Out of torpedoes, total 10 ships 56000 GRT.  
      3.  70 cbm, request return transit without resupply."  
    04.00 EE 8230    
    08.00 EE 5970    
           
Sun and Moon Data 23.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 24.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 25.09.42
 
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    25.09.42      
    12.00 EE 5950 Day's run surfaced   :   189 nm.  
                "      submerged:    1.5 nm.  
    16.00 EE 5930    
    20.00 EE 5660                                          
    26.09.42 Atlantic    
    00.00 EE 6410 U-512 reports sinking my last steamer (American 4500 GRT.) with a finishing shot, returning on search courses.  
      EbyN, Sea 1, light swell, Vis. good, 2/10, 1017 mb  
    08.00 EE 6130    
    12.00 EE 3870 Day's run surfaced:   199 nm.  
        Radio message from BdU:  "U-515 well done.  Return without resupply."  
        Great joy in the boat.  Began return transit.  
    16.00 EE 3820    
    20.00 EE 3590                                          
    27.09.42 Atlantic    
    00.00 EE 3620    
      EbyS 2, Sea 2, light swell, Vis. good, 2/10, 1017 mb    
    00.34 - 00.58   Test dive.  
    04.00 EF 1140    
    08.00 EF 1120    
    12.00 DQ 7790 Day's run surfaced   :   208 nm.  
                "      submerged:   2.2 nm.  
    16.00 DQ 7820    
    20.00 DQ 7590                                          
    28.09.42 Atlantic    
    00.00 DQ 7620    
      EbyN 4, Sea 3, E-swell, 6/10, Vis. good, 1015 mb    
    04.00 DQ 8140    
    08.00 DQ 8120    
    12.00 DQ 5790 Day's run surfaced:   214 nm.  
    16.00 DQ 5730    
    20.00 DQ 5580                                          
    29.09.42 Atlantic    
    00.00 DQ 5560    
      EbyN 3, Sea 3, medium swell, 3/10, Vis. good, 1021 mb    
    00.28 - 01.03   Test dive.  
    04.00 DQ 5620    
    08.00 DQ 5360    
    12.00 DQ 6110 Day's run surfaced   :   197 nm.  
                "      submerged:      4 nm.  
    16.00 DQ 3750    
    20.00 DQ 3810    
    30.09.42 Atlantic    
    00.00 DQ 3560    
      E 3-4, Sea 3, medium NE-swell, 3/10, Vis. good, 1021 mb    
    04.00 DQ 3530    
    08.00 DQ 3340    
           
Sun and Moon Data 25.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 26.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 27.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 28.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 29.09.42
Sun and Moon Data 30.09.42
 
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    30.09.42      
    12.00 DF 7780 Day's run surfaced:   204 nm.  
    16.00 DF 7720    
    20.00 DF 7490                                          
    01.10.42 Atlantic    
    00.00 DF 7510    
      EbyN 2, Sea 1-2, 5/10, Vis. good, 1024 mb    
    04.00 DF 7290    
    08.00 DF 7340    
    12.00 DF 7320 Day's run surfaced:   191 nm.  
    16.00 DF 6960    
    20.00 DF 5470                                          
    02.10.42 Atlantic    
    00.00 DF 5450    
      ENE 1, Sea 0-1, 2/10, Vis. good, 1026 mb    
    04.00 DF 5430    
    08.00 DF 5280    
    10.05 - 10.30   Test dive.  
    12.00 DF 5250 Day's run surfaced   :   193 nm.  
    16.00 DF 5310         "      submerged:      1 nm.  
    20.00 DF 2950                                          
    03.10.42 Southwest of the Azores    
    00.00 DF 2930    
      NE 1, Sea 1, light swell, 2/10, Vis. good, 1027 mb    
    04.00 DF 3470    
    08.00 DF 3450    
    12.00 DF 3430 Day's run surfaced:   188 nm.  
    16.00 DF 8280    
    20.00 DF 3230                                          
    04.10.42 South of the Azores    
    00.00 CE 7770    
      Wind shifting from NE-SW, Sea 1-2, 2/10, Vis. good, 1025 mb    
    04.00 CE 7750    
    08.00 CE 7810    
    12.00 CE 7570 Day's run surfaced:   176 nm.  
    16.00 CE 7550    
    20.00 CE 7610                                          
    05.10.42 Azores    
    00.00 CE 7380    
      NNE 3-4, Sea 3, medium NE-swell, 8/10, Vis. medium, 1023 mb    
    04.00 CE 8140    
    08.00 CE 8120    
    12.00 CE 5780 Day's run surfaced:   183 nm.  
    13.25 CE 5760 Crash dive for flying boat, probably a Clipper, Azores-South America.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 30.09.42
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
Sun and Moon Data 05.10.42
 
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    05.10.42      
    17.05   Surfaced.  
    20.00 CE 5850                                          
    06.10.42 Azores    
    00.00 CE 5940    
      NEbyE 3-4, Sea 3, medium NE-swell, 6/10, Vis. good, 1025 mb    
    04.00 CE 5950    
    08.00 CE 6740    
    12.00 CE 6730 Day's run surfaced   :   166 nm.  
                "      submerged:      7 nm.  
    16.00 CE 6810    
    19.00 -   Submerged to conserve fuel.  
    22.37 CE 6580                                          
    07.10.42 Azores    
    00.00 CE 6640    
      NW 2-3, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. good, 1020 mb    
    08.00 CF 4510    
    12.00 CF 4280 Day's run surfaced   :   155 nm.  
                "      submerged:      8 nm.  
    16.00 CF 4260    
    20.00 CF 4340                                          
    08.10.42 Azores    
    00.00 CF 4310    
      NE 4, Sea 3, medium swell, 4/10, Vis. good, 1022 mb    
    04.00 CF 2770    
    08.00 CF 2760    
    11.24   Dived.  
    12.00 CF 2840 Day's run surfaced   :   174 nm.  
                "      submerged:      1 nm.  
    18.22 CF 2820 Surfaced.  
    19.35 - 07.45   Remained submerged due to heavy head winds.  
                                                 
    09.10.42 Atlantic    
    12.00 CF 2650 Day's run surfaced   :   38 nm.  
      NE 4, Sea 3, medium swell, 5/10, Vis. good, 1023 mb         "      submerged:   43 nm.  
    12.50   Dived.  
    17.51 CF 2630 Surfaced.  
    20.00 CF 2630                                          
    10.10.42 Atlantic    
    00.00 CF 3180    
      NNE-E 4, Sea 3, cross swell, 5/10, Vis. good, 1024 mb    
    04.00 CF 3160    
    08.00 CF 3230    
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 05.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 06.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 07.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 08.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 09.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 10.10.42
 
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    10.10.42      
    12.00 BE 9770 Day's run surfaced   :   109 nm.  
                "      submerged:      9 nm.  
    16.00 BE 9750    
    20.00 BE 9490                                          
    11.10.42 West of Spain    
    00.00 BE 9560    
      N 2-3, Sea 1, light swell, 2/10, Vis. good, 1022 mb    
    04.00 BE 9620    
    08.00 BF 7140    
    11.10   Crash dive for aircraft.  
    12.00 BF 7130 Day's run surfaced   :   265 nm.  
                "      submerged:    1.5 nm.  
    14.56   Surfaced.  
    15.10   Crash dive for aircraft.  
    17.x4   Surfaced.  
    20.41 BF 4870 Dived.  
                                                 
    12.10.42 Bay of Biscay    
    08.10 BF 4880 Surfaced.  
    10.02   Steamer in sight to port, estimated range 3-4 nm.  Thought to be a German auxiliary cruiser.  
    11.07 BF 4940    
    12.00 SW 2-3, Sea 2, 9/10, Vis. poor, light rainfall Day's run surfaced   :   73 nm.  
              "      submerged:   38 nm.  
    18.36 BF 4920 Surfaced.  
    20.06 BF 4930 Dived.  
                                                 
    13.10.42 Bay of Biscay    
    07.50 BF 5470 Surfaced.  
      NW 2-3, Sea 2, Vis. good, 5/10    
    09.52 BF 5480 Crash dive for aircraft, 2 aircraft bombs far astern.  
    12.00 BF 5480 Day's run surfaced   :   64 nm.  
                "      submerged:   37 nm.  
    1x.x1 BF 5460 Surfaced.  
    18.24   Crash dive for 2 flying boats.  Type not determined.  
                                                 
    14.10.42 Bay of Biscay    
    07.45   Surfaced.  
    13.00   Taken in convoy.  
    15.00 Lorient Made fast.  
                                                 
                                           Oberleutnant z.S. and Commandant  
           
Sun and Moon Data 10.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 11.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 12.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 13.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 14.10.42
 
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S  i  t  u  a  t  i  o  n     f  o  r     T  r  i  n  i  d  a  d (Atlantic side).
 
     
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      1.) Suhren's situation report is fully confirmed.  Heavy in and outbound traffic in changing, narrow shipping channels, up to now only independents, no zig zaging; light, untrained defence.  Ships always try to pass through the dangerous waters off Trinidad by day, from there, based on experience operate in traffic lanes 80 - 100 nm offshore.  
           
      2.) Armament of all English and American steamers 2 medium cannons, as well as 3-4 automatic weapons, gun crew and lookout, therefore, at the firing distance, offer a sharp silhouette.  
           
      3.) 1 hour before darkness to 1 hour before dawn light air surveillance noted, by day fast dangerous land-based aircraft on shipping lanes, some very high, some flying low, therefore, proceed on the surface in clear cloudless weather, 6-man lookout, MG C/30 always ready for firing.  In no case allow yourself to be seen, because, traffic is then shut down.  At night good visibility.  No night air patrol with radar detected.  
           
           
           
                                                                                           
                                                                                   Oberleutnant z.S. and Commandant  
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           

  Appendices to U-515's KTB - click on the text at left to proceed to the document
   
Track Chart Track Chart the the 1st War Patrol - 12 April to 14 October 1942

 
 
     
 

Commentary of the Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote

 
 
On the K.T.B. of "U-515" from 21.02. - 14.10.42.
 
 

 

 
 
On his first patrol the Kommandant took advantage of numerous chances for success under easy circumstances, and achieved a very beautiful success.
 
       
   

Signed in draft: Dönitz

 
    Validized:  
 
          
                                                    Oberleutnant M.A. and Adjutant.  
                                                  
                                                                        
     
 


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