U-515 - 6th War Patrol

Translation by Jerry Mason

Departed
Date
Arrived
Date
Days at Sea
St. Nazaire
9 November 1943
Lorient
14 January 1944
67

 

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Ships Attacked
Date
KTB Time
Position
Ship
Tons
Nationality
Convoy
18 Nov 43
16.24
39°45'N, 19°50'W
HMS CHANTICLEER  (U 05) (torpedoed)
1,350
British
MKS-30
17 Dec 43
20.20 - 20.28
5°57'N, 1°45'E
KINGSWOOD
5,080
British
20 Dec 43
00.00
4°57'N, 0°21'W
PHEMIUS
7,406
British
24 Dec 43
21.37
4°27'N, 7°03'W
DUMANA
8,427
British
STL-8
     
 Total = 22,263
   
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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                                          Unterseebootes  " U  5 1 5 "
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      Commander        : Kapitänleutnant  H  e  n  k  e  
           
      Beginning            : 14.  September 1943.  
           
      Ending                : 14.  January 1944.  
           
   
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      Copies to            :  
     
Oberkommando der Kriegsmarine, Copy No. 1 and 2
O.K.M., 2.Abt.Sk1./B.d.U.-Op.,     "      " 3
Kommandierender Admiral der Unterseeboote     "      " 4
Führer der Unterseeboote West,     "      " 5
Führer der Unterseebootsausbildungsabteilung     "      " 6
27. Unterseebootsflotille,     "      " 7
10. Unterseebootsflotille,     "      " 8
 
           
      Enclosures           :    
     
1 Track chart To     "      " 2, 3, 4, 5, 8.
1 Sketch
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    "      " 3, 4, 8.
1 Summary of the radio log
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    "      " 2, 3, 4, 5, 8.
8 Torpedo firing reports
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    "      " 3, 4, 5, 8.
10 Barometer records
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    "      " 3.
1 K.T.B. - Machine
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    14.09.43 -      
    22.10.43 Lorient Shipyard period - Installation of new battery in Keroman bunker.  
    23.10.43 -      
    31.10.43 Lorient Final adjustments and overhaul, loading the boat for the 5th war patrol.  
    01.11.43 Lorient Taken in outbound convoy with U-508.  
    15.15      
    02.11.43      
    07.50 - 09.45   Deep dive test, afterwards transit to St. Nazaire for loading with 6 T5 torpedoes and Wanze 2 as well as final adjustments.  
    03.11.43 St. Nazaire    
    09.30   Made fast.  
    04.11.43 -      
    09.11.43 St. Nazaire Final adjustments and loading the boat.  
    09.11.43 St. Nazaire    
    1x.x0   Left port in outbound convoy.  
    10.11.43      
    07.22 - 08.08   Deep dive, afterwards proceeding to BE 85 in accordance with outbound orders.  
    11.01 BF 9153 Dived.  
    12.00 BF 9156    
    19.28 BF 9182 Surfaced, decided to take the coastal route because the Wanze 2 is temporarily inoperative.  
    11.11.43      
    00.00 BF 9444    
    02.46 BF 8698 Dived, Naxos enemy radar detection.  
    10.42 - 10.56 BF 8688 Surfaced to ventilate the boat.  
    12.00 Bay of Biscay    
      BF 8921 Day's run surfaced       74 nm  
      SE 2, Sea 1, 7/10, Vis. good, 1028 mb                submerged    35 nm  
                                        109 nm  
    16.00 BF 8913    
    19.34 BF 8912 Surfaced.  
    21.35 BF 8835 Dived, Naxos enemy radar detection.  
    23.43 BF 8834 Surfaced.  
    12.11.43      
    02.50 BF 8818 Naxos enemy radar detection Volume 5, aircraft distant 3000 meters, circling, boat has not yet been noted, remained on the surface, ran off towards land in the direction of a lighthouse.  Dove when flight path turned away momentarily.  
    06.39 - 07.36 BF 8817 Surfaced to ventilate the boat.  
      NbyW 3-4, Sea 3, light NW-swell, 8/10, Vis. medium, 1024 mb    
    12.00 Bay of Biscay    
      BF 8734 Day's run surfaced       43 nm  
                       submerged    46 nm  
                                            89 nm  
    16.00 BF 8726    
    19.00 BF 8722 Surfaced.  
    21.26 BF 8477 Dived.  
    13.11.43      
    00.00 BF 7932    
    04.58 BF 7934 Surfaced.  
    07.45 BF 7946 Dived.  
    12.00 Bay of Biscay    
      BF 7944 Day's run surfaced       57 nm  
                       submerged    46 nm  
                                          103 nm  
           
Sun and Moon Data 01.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 02.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 03.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 09.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 10.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 11.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 12.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 13.11.43
 
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    13.11.43      
    16.00 BF 7869    
    19.03 BF 7868 Surfaced.  
    20.58 CG 2232 Dived, Naxos enemy radar detection.  
    23.05   Surfaced.  
    23.06 CG 2235 Dived, Naxos enemy radar detection .  
    14.11.43      
    02.58 CG 2239 Surfaced.  
    07.49 CG 2286 Dived.  
      NW 3-4, Sea 3, NW-swell 1, 8/10, Vis. medium, 1025 mb    
    12.00 Outer Bay of Biscay    
      CG 2284 Day's run surfaced       73 nm  
                       submerged    35 nm  
                                          108 nm  
    16.00 CG 2276    
    18.46 CG 2275 Surfaced.  
    15.11.43      
    00.00 CG 2178    
    04.00 CG 1388    
    08.19 CG 1297 Dived.  
    12.00 West of Spain    
      CG 1289 Day's run surfaced      126 nm  
                       submerged    22 nm  
                                          148 nm  
    16.00 CG 1288    
    19.05 CG 1287 Surfaced.  
      N 4-5, Sea 4, medium NW-swell, 4/10, Vis. good, 1024 mb Proceeding to CF 21 to operate on northbound convoy.  
    16.11.43 West of Spain    
    00.00 CG 1188    
    04.00 CF 3624    
    08.00 CF 3612    
    10.29 CF 3534 Dived, corrected ship's position after obtaining fix 23 nm, 128°.  
      NNE 4, Sea 3, Vis. medium, N-swell, 4/10, 1025 mb  
    12.00 CF 3534 Day's run surfaced      144 nm  
                       submerged    17 nm  
    16.31 CF 3525 Surfaced.  
    16.34   Dived for 4-engine land-based aircraft.  
    17.18 CF 3525 Surfaced.  
    19.17 CF 3515 Dived for 2 aircraft.  
        Proceeding as ordered to position in patrol line CF 3746 in group "Schill 1".  
    17.11.43 West of Portugal    
    00.00 CF 3434    
    04.00 CF 3419    
    08.44 CF 3465 Dived.  
      N 2-3, Sea 2, N-swell 1, overcast, Vis. medium to poor, 1022 mb    
    12.00 CF 3472 Day's run surfaced       93 nm  
                       submerged    24 nm  
                                          117 nm  
    13.42 - 13.53 CF 3473 Surfaced to ventilate the boat, aircraft observed.  
    16.00 CF 3476    
    19.27 CF 3487 Surfaced.  
    21.00   Proceeding as ordered to new position in patrol line CF 5297.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 13.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 14.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 15.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 16.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 17.11.43

 

There is a gap in entries of about 15 hours although the page numbers of the KTB do not indicate a page is missing.

 

 
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    18.11.43 West of Spain Ran off to the west.  
    15.02 CF 5344 Surfaced in order to send contact keeper message.  Convoy distant 12 nm.  A fast land-based aircraft approached.  
    15.16   Dived, was able to send radio message, 2 frigates on searching courses observed from periscope depth.  
    15.36   Shot T5 from tube V.  Depth 5 meters, speed 12 knots, bow left, target angle 110°, estimated range 1000 meters.  Miss as a result of speed estimate, stops constantly and turns, after 15 minutes 1 second detonation heard in the direction of convoy, a thick cloud of smoke, apparently a burning vessel, observed in the periscope.  
        Because both escorts obviously want to keep me submerged.  
    16.24  

Shot T5 from tube II on frigate, depth 5 meters, speed 12 knots, bow left, target angle 5°, estimated range 1000 meters.  Depth charges immediately after the shot, at first farther away, then very well placed.  Torpedo is obviously damaged by the depth charges.  Went quickly to depth 2A +25 meters.

 
        Numerous failures:  Both compressors torn from their mounts, both exhaust gas valves and diesel head valves leaking heavily, gyroscope ball torn, auxiliary coolant and auxiliary engine oil pumps out of service.  Difficult depth charge pursuit by both escorts until 20.40 hours.  Suspect an oil trace, because I cannot shake off the enemy.  
    21.02 CF 5344 Surfaced, star shells in the direction of the convoy., apparently from a search group.  Ran off to the south.  
        Further damage:  Heavy oil trace, ballast tank No. 1 and water-tight stern torn, the boat settles very quickly by the stern, and must be blown out constantly with a diesel.  Heavy acid loss in both batteries, later determined 2/3 of all battery cells are cracked.  
        Sent radio message about convoy location as of 13.00 hours which is repeated 4 times by Norddeich with the wrong time in spite of the most careful Morse technique and is corrected 4 times by us.  
    22.30   Transmitted the location of the convoy in a new radio message with the correct time.  With a heavy heart I decide to break off the operation for repairs, most importantly to weld ballast tank No. 1, the only possible location is the Canary Islands.  Intention: after repairs operate in EK to EV, because the boat is no longer capable of convoy operations.  
    19.11.43 West of Spain    
    00.00 CF 5615    
    04.00 CF 5672    
    08.25 CF 5918 Dived.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 18.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 19.11.43
 
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    19.11.43 West of Spain    
    08.25 CF 5918    
      NNE 3-4, Sea 3, N-swell 1, 8/10, Vis. medium, 1028 mb    
    12.00 CF 5945 Day's run surfaced       96 nm  
                       submerged    32 nm  
    16.00 CF 5948    
    19.31 CF 5972 Surfaced.  
    20.11.43 West of Spain    
    00.00 CF 8341    
    01.13 and      
    02.51 CF 8371 Dove unnecessarily after false Naxos indication.  
    08.00 CF 8617    
    11.40 CF 8671 Dived.  
    12.00 CF 8671 Day's run surfaced      100 nm  
      NNE 6, Sea 4, medium NE-swell, 7/10, Vis. medium, 1028 mb                submerged    24 nm  
    14.57 CF 8677 Surfaced.  
    16.00 CF 8911    
    20.00 CF 8947    
    21.11.43 Northwest of the Canary Islands    
    00.00 DH 2114    
    04.00 DH 2171    
    08.00 DH 1639    
    12.00 DH 1696 Day's run surfaced      164 nm  
      NNE 5, Sea 4, high NE-swell, 6/10, Vis. medium, 1015 mb                submerged       9 nm  
    16.00 DH 2742    
    20.00 DH 5116    
    23.44 DH 5182 Dived, Naxos enemy radar detection.  
    22.11.43      
    01.15   Surfaced.  
    04.00 DH 5426    
    08.00 DH 5491    
    12.00 DH 5739 Day's run surfaced      175 nm  
      NNE 5, Sea 4, long NE-swell, 4/10, Vis. good, 1015 mb                submerged       5 nm  
    16.00 DH 5875    
    20.00 DH 8227 Headed for the southwest side of Palma for repairs to the boat.  Many leaks in Ballast tank No. 1 and the watertight stern.  Ballast/Fuel Oil tanks Nos. 2, 3, and 4 are also leaking, leaving a heavy oil trace.  Both ducts for operating linkage for the outboard diesel air intakes torn.  Acidity of the battery drops heavily.  Begin welding work on ballast tank No. 1 and the watertight stern.  
        The crew turns to repairs with an excellent attitude, most notably, the technical staff.  
    23.11.43 Canary Islands    
    00.00 DH 8286    
    08.22 DH 8286 Dived, set off from Palma Island headed for Hierro Island for the continuation of welding work.  
    12.00 DG 8529 Day's run surfaced      113 nm  
      NE 5, Sea 4, medium NE-swell, 3/10, Vis. good, 1018 mb                submerged     21 nm  
    15.19 - 16.27   Surfaced to ventilate the boat.  
    20.00 DH 8582 Surfaced, proceeding to the south side of Hierro Island  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 19.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 20.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 21.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 22.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 23.11.43
 
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    23.11.43 Canary Islands    
    23.00 - 01.50   Welding work, watertight stern remains unusable, ballast tank No. 1 obviously continues leaking air, ballast/fuel oil tank No. 2 changed over to a diving cell.  Disadvantages, that on diving both exhaust gas valves and both diesel air intake masts with a total of 4.3 metric tons volume have to drain into the boat are accepted.  Ballast tank No.l is blown out every hour with the diesel, because otherwise the boat settles too heavily by the stern.  
    24.11.43 South of the Canary Islands    
    04.00 DH 8855 Request freedom to maneuver from EK to EU, boat is no longer capable of convoy operations.  
    08.00 DU 1235    
    12.00 DU 1297 Day's run surfaced      142 nm  
      ENE 4, Sea 3, NE-swell 1, 3/10, Vis. good, 1013 mb                submerged     14 nm  
    16.00 DU 1558    
    17.34 - 20.10 DU 1588 Dived for a land-based aircraft.  
    25.11.43 South of the Canary Islands    
    00.00 DU 1851    
    04.00 DU 1878    
    08.00 DU 4165    
    12.00 DU 4435 Day's run surfaced      170 nm  
      N 4, Sea 3, NE-swell 1, 5/10, Vis. medium to moderate, 1014 mb                submerged     10 nm  
    12.26 - 14.54   Dived for land-based aircraft.  
    16.00 DU 4465    
    20.00 DU 4734    
    26.11.43 Mauritania    
    00.00 DU 4783    
    04.00 DU 7125    
    08.00 DU 7181    
    12.00 DU 7443 Day's run surfaced      197 nm  
      NE 4, Sea 3, 4/10, medium N-swell, Vis. medium to moderate, 1012 mb                submerged       7 nm  
    16.00 DU 7478    
    20.00 DU 7747    
    27.11.43 Mauritania    
    00.00 EJ 3333    
    04.00 EJ 3367    
    08.00 EJ 3627    
    11.54 EJ 3687 Dived for a land-based aircraft.  
      NE 4, Sea 3, medium NE-swell, 7/10, Vis. medium, hazy, 1013 mb Day's run surfaced      203 nm  
                     submerged       1 nm  
    14.09 EJ 3921 Surfaced.  
    16.00 EJ 3927    
    20.00 EJ 3937    
    28.11.43 West of Dakar    
    00.00 EJ 6354    
    04.00 EJ 6621    
    08.00 EJ 6676    
    11.35 EJ 6934 Dived.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 23.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 24.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 25.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 26.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 27.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 28.11.43
 
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    28.11.43 West of Dakar    
    12.00 NE 3, Sea 2, NE-swell 1, 6/10, hazy, 1013 mb Day's run surfaced      183 nm  
                     submerged       5 nm  
    16.00 EJ 6962    
    18.10 EJ 6963 Surfaced.  
    29.11.43 South of Dakar    
    00.00 EK 4789    
    04.00 EK 7136    
    08.36 EK 7246 Dived.  
    12.00 EK 7257 Day's run surfaced      73 nm  
      NE 3, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. medium, 1013 mb                submerged   30 nm  
        Intentions:  Operate on convoy traffic in EK 79 which passes through there on the 30th and 1st of every month from the experience of Trotha.  
    14.03-14.25   Surfaced to ventilate the boat.  
    19.00 EK 7286 Surfaced.  
    19.56 EK 7297 Dived for aircraft.  
    21.00 EK 7298 Surfaced.  
    30.11.43 Port of Guinea    
    00.00 EK 7613    
    04.00 EK 7654    
    07.55 EK 7649 Dived.  
    12.00 EK 7657 Day's run surfaced      83 nm  
      NW 3, Sea 2, NW-swell 1, 2/10, Vis. good, 1015 mb                submerged   32 nm  
    14.05   Surfaced.  
    14.07   Dived for aircraft.  
    16.48 - 17.02   Surfaced to ventilate the boat.  
    19.52 EK 7648 Surfaced.  
    01.12.43 French Guinea    
    00.00 EK 7913    
    04.00 EK 7955    
    07.58 EK 7998 Dived.  
    12.00 ET 1335 Day's run surfaced      87 nm  
      NNW 3, Sea 2, 3/10, Vis. medium, hazy, 1011 mb                submerged   28 nm  
    14.00 - 14.07 ET 1336 Surfaced to ventilate the boat.  
    19.50 ET 2117 Surfaced.  
    22.30 ET 2149 Dived for enemy radar detection in 170 cm.  
    23.30 ET 2157 Surfaced.  
    02.12.43 Freetown    
    04.00 ET 2431    
    07.52 ET 2544 Dived.  
    12.00 ET 2548 Day's run surfaced      78 nm  
      N 1, Sea 1, 2/10, Vis. moderate, 1013 mb                submerged   26 nm  
    14.10 - 14.22 ET 2528 Surfaced to ventilate the boat.  
    19.45 ET 2584 Surfaced.  
    03.12.43 Freetown    
    00.00 ET 2836    
    04.00 ET 2954    
    08.06 ET 2995 Dived.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 28.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 29.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 30.11.43
Sun and Moon Data 01.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 02.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 03.12.43
 
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    03.12.43 Freetown    
    12.00 ET 2999 Day's run surfaced      95 nm  
      NE 2, Sea 1, 8/10, Vis. medium, 1014 mb                submerged   24 nm  
    13.59 - 14.12   Surfaced to ventilate the boat.  
    19.45 ET 6113 Surfaced.  
    23.01 ET 6162 Dived for enemy radar detection on 170 cm.  
    04.12.43 Freetown    
    00.10   Surfaced.  
    04.00 ET 6281    
    08.01 ET 6532 Dived.  
    12.00 ET 6533 Day's run surfaced     103 nm  
      SE 2, Sea 1, 9/10, Vis. moderate, 1014 mb                submerged   21 nm  
    14.02 - 14.12 ET 6611 Surfaced to ventilate the boat.  
        Aircraft sighted.  
    16.00 ET 6615    
    19.30 ET 6619 Surfaced.  
    05.12.43 Liberia    
    00.00 ET 6667    
    04.00 ET 6693    
    07.48 EU 5475 Dived.  
    12.00 EU 4471 Day's run surfaced     94 nm  
      E 2, Sea 1, 8/10, Vis. medium, 1015 mb                submerged  21 nm  
    14.26 - 14.36 ET 6669 Surfaced to ventilate the boat.  
    19.35 EU 4449 Surfaced.  
    06.12.43 Liberia    
    00.00 EU 4488    
    04.00 EU 4752    
    07.47 EU 4847 Dived.  
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 03.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 04.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 05.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 06.12.43
 
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    06.12.43 Liberia    
    12.00 EU 4848 Day's run surfaced    122 nm  
      S 2, Sea 1, 9/10, Vis. medium, 1014 mb                submerged     6 nm  
    13.51 EU 4873 Surfaced.  
    20.00 EU 7311    
    07.12.43 Cape Palmas    
    00.00 EU 7352    
    04.00 EU 7369    
    08.00 EU 8184    
    11.31 EU 8198 Dived.  
      SSE 2, Sea 2, 3/10, Vis. good, 1018 mb Day's run surfaced    159 nm  
                     submerged     6 nm  
    13.52 EU 8515    
    16.00 EU 8525    
    20.00 EU 8615    
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 06.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 07.12.43
 
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    08.12.43 Ivory Coast    
    00.00 EU 8635    
    04.00 EU 9421    
    08.00 EU 9511    
    12.00 EU 9289 Day's run surfaced    202 nm  
      S 2, Sea 1, 3/10, Vis. good, 1018 mb                submerged     6 nm  
                                       208 nm  
    12.17   Dived for aircraft.  
    13.55 EU 9598 Surfaced.  
    16.25 EU 9379 Dived for aircraft.  
    18.14 EU 9387 Surfaced.  
    09.12.43 Ivory Coast    
    00.00 EV 7184    
    04.00 EV 7196    
    08.00 EV 7286    
    11.26 EV 7377 Dived.  
    12.00 EV 7378 Day's run surfaced    183 nm  
      S 1, Sea 1, 3/10, Vis. good, 1016 mb                submerged   12 nm  
                                        195 nm  
    14.05 EV 7612 Surfaced.  
    14.46   Dived for aircraft.  
    16.27 EV 7621 Surfaced.  
    16.42   Dived for 2 aircraft.  
    18.34   Surfaced.  
    20.09 EV 8414 Dived for enemy radar detection on 170 cm.  
    21.22   Surfaced.  
    22.33 EV 8419 Dived for enemy radar detection on 170 cm.  
    23.58   Surfaced, going south of Lagos  
    10.12.43 South of Togo    
    04.00 EV 8491    
    07.36 EV 8811 Dived for aircraft.  
    12.00 EV 8816 Day's run surfaced    138 nm  
      S 2, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. good, 1018 mb                submerged   15 nm  
                                       153 nm  
    xx.54   Surfaced.  
    16.00 EV 8855    
    20.00 EV 8869    
    11.12.43 South of Lagos    
    00.00 EV 8982    
    04.00 EV 9771    
    08.00 EV 9759    
    12.00 EV 9849 Day's run surfaced    173 nm  
      S 2, Sea 1, 3/10, Vis. good, 1016 mb                submerged     5 nm  
                                       178 nm  
    16.00 EV 9863    
    20.00 EV 9954    
    12.12.43 Nigeria    
    00.00 EV 9535    
    04.00 EV 9933    
    08.26 EW 7479 Dived for land-based aircraft.  
    12.00 EW 7484 Day's run surfaced    126 nm  
      S 2, Sea 1, 5/10, Vis. good, 1018 mb                submerged     8 nm  
                                       134 nm  
    13.03 - 13.22   Surfaced to ventilate the boat.  
    17.20 EW 7486 Surfaced.  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 08.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 09.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 10.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 11.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 12.12.43
 
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    13.12.43 Nigeria    
    00.00 EW 7558    
    04.00 EW 7525    
    06.44 EW 7515 Dived.  
    12.00 EW 7433 Day's run surfaced      86 nm  
      SW 2, Sea 1, 8/10, Vis. medium,. 1016 mb                submerged   23 nm  
                                       109 nm  
    13.13 - 13.35   Surfaced, ventilated the boat.  
    16.00 EW 7198    
    17.50   Surfaced.  
    20.00 EW 7194    
    14.12.43 Lagos    
    00.00 EW 7119    
    04.00 EV 6967    
    06.51 EV 6953 Dived.  
    12.00 EV 6927 Day's run surfaced     111 nm  
      W 2, Sea 1, 2/10, Vis. good, 1016 mb                submerged   24 nm  
                                       135 nm  
    13.01 - 13.17   Surfaced, ventilated the boat.  
    17.03 EV 6951 Surfaced.  
    20.00 EV 6956    
    15.12.43 Lagos    
    00.00 EV 6991    
    04.00 EW 4776    
    08.00 EW 7124    
    10.05   Dived.  
    12.00 EW 7128 Day's run surfaced     125 nm  
      SW 2, Sea 1, 7/10, Vis. good, 1014 mb                submerged   22 nm  
         
    14.54   Surfaced.  
    16.00 EW 7119    
    20.00 EV 9327    
    16.12.43 Lagos    
    00.00 EV 6987    
    04.00 EV 6944    
    06.35 EV 6935 Dived for flying boat.  
    07.30 EV 6834 Sound bearing, 300°T, far distant.  
    07.54 -      
    08.12   Surfaced, nothing found.  
    12.00 EV 6831 Day's run surfaced     125 nm  
      SW 2, Sea 1, 7/10, Vis. medium, 1017 mb                submerged   28 nm  
                                       143 nm  
    13.30 - 13.41   Surfaced, ventilated the boat.  
    18.06 EV 6594 Surfaced, going to Lagos harbor.  
    19.50 -      
    20.50   Closed the harbour, Naxos enemy radar detection noted, ran off to the south.  
    17.12.43 Togo    
    00.00 EV 6599 Intention:  operate approximately 80 nm west of the harbor along the 200 m line.  
    04.00 EV 6733    
    07.06 EV 6723 Dived.  
    12.00 EV 6722 Day's run surfaced      93 nm  
      W 2, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. good, 1017 mb                submerged   24 nm  
                                       117 nm  
    13.27   Surfaced.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 13.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 14.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 15.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 16.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 17.12.43
 
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    From      
    17.12.43 Togo    
    15.38 EV 6715 2 aircraft astern on coastal route, apparently air escort.  Dived.  
    18.27 EV 6714 Surfaced, steamer bearing 50°, course west.  
    18.43   Dived for aircraft.  
    18.57   Surfaced.  
    19.08   Dived for aircraft.  
    19.15   Surfaced, contact on steamer.  
    20.20 EV 7611  [typo 6711] Began the attack.  
   

 

20.28

2 fan from tube I and IV, speed 11 knots, depth 5 meters, bow left, target angle 90°, estimated range 1200 meters, running time 61 seconds, 1 hit forward 20.  The ship transmits, coup de grâce from tube III, depth 6 meters, running time 39 seconds, hit aft 30 meters.  Steamer capsizes and sinks.  It is "KINGSWOOD" 5100 GRT.  and loaded from Lagos to Lome.  
        Ran off to the west.  
    18.12.43 Gold Coast    
    00.00 EV 5953    
    04.00 EV 5869    
    07.00 EV 5858    
    12.00 EV 5881 Day's run surfaced     124 nm  
      W 2, Sea 1, 2/10, Vis. good, 1016 mb                submerged   14 nm  
    13.15   Surfaced.  
    14.07   Dived for land-based aircraft.  
    18.34 EV 5873 Surfaced.  
    19.12.43 Gold Coast    
    00.00 EV 8126    
    04.00 EV 8145    
    07.07 EV 7368 Dived.  
    11.02 EV 7392 Sound bearing, seen to be a 5000 GRT freighter in the periscope, zig zagging heavily with changing speeds, air escort, distant 4000 meters, shot with T5 not possible because of shallow water depth.  
    12.00 EV 7392 Day's run surfaced     114 nm  
      W 0-1, Sea 1, 5/10, Vis. medium, 1016 mb                submerged   12 nm  
                                       126 nm  
    12.25   Surfaced.  
    12.32   Dived for aircraft.  
    12.50   Surfaced, hurried after, steamer runs at 14 knots.  
    16.21 EV 8167 Dived for aircraft.  
    16.46   Surfaced.  
    18.20 EV 8214 Dived, because steamer suddenly stops and proceeds on reciprocal course, aircraft observes.  
    18.34   Surfaced.  
    18.35   Dived for aircraft above.  
    19.06 EV 8214 Surfaced, hurried after.  Steamer aircraft exchange light signals.  Ship proceeds at very high speed, heavy zig zagging.  
    20.45   Contact lost in dark rain squall.  Search courses, operating on enemy course of 60°.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 17.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 18.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 19.12.43
 
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    From      
    19.12.43      
    21.16 EV 5878 Contact on a large freighter steering 240°, speed 14-15 knots, must be another ship.  Maneuvered ahead.  
    20.12.43 Gold Coast    
    00.00 EV 8134 Initiated attack.  Shot from tube III.  Speed 14 knots, bow right, target angle 80°, estimated range 800 meters, depth 5 meters, running time 30 seconds, hit forward 10 meters.  The steamer sinks slowly and transmits, finishing shot from tube V, with T5, to test Zaunkönig after heavy depth charges.  Running time 59 seconds hit at the aim point, particularly violent detonation, ship breaks in the center, it is "PHEMIUS" 7406 GRT from Lagos to Takoradi, loaded with palm oil, cocoa beans.  1 radioman taken prisoner.  
    04.17 EV 8173 Dived, enemy radar detection on 170 cm.  
    06.00   Surfaced.  
    06.30 EV 7175 Dived, enemy radar detection on 170 cm.  
    12.00 EV 8174 Day's run surfaced     184 nm  
      SW 2, Sea 1, 3/10, Vis. good, 1016 mb                submerged   17 nm  
                                       201 nm  
    13.50 -      
    15.40   Depth charges, far distant.  
    16.00 EV 8177 Decide to shift operations area to the Freetown area.  
    19.18   Surfaced.  Deployed Aphrodite.  
    20.00 EV 8411 Dived, parachute flare seemingly over Aphrodite.  
    21.59 EV 7683 Surfaced.  
    21.12.43 Gold Coast    
    00.00 EV 7623 New Aphrodite deployed.  
    02.08 EV 7387 Dived, enemy radar detection on 170 cm.  
    03.55 EV 7379 Surfaced, parachute flare in the direction of the Aphrodite.  
    05.05   Escort course 150°, high speed, suppose that bearings were taken on my radio message.  
    07.03 EV 7377 Dived.  
    12.00 EV 7296 Day's run surfaced      69 nm  
      SW 2, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. moderate, 1014 mb                submerged   28 nm  
                                         97 nm  
    16.00 EV 7295    
    18.59 EV 7168 Surfaced.  
    22.12.43 Ivory Coast    
    00.00 EV 7143    
    04.00 EU 9362    
    07.42 EU 9353    
    12.00 EU 9353 Day's run surfaced      105 nm  
      SW 2, Sea 1, 2/10, Vis. good, 1018 mb                submerged     16 nm  
                                         121 nm  
    13.25   Surfaced.  
    16.00 EU 9352    
    20.00 EU 9262    
    23.12.43 Ivory Coast    
    00.00 EU 9243    
    04.00 EU 9165    
           
Sun and Moon Data 19.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 20.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 21.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 22.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 23.12.43
 
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    From      
    23.12.43      
    07.34 EU 9183 Dived.  
    12.00 EU 9182 Day's run surfaced      151 nm  
      SW 1, Sea 1, 5/10, Vis. good, 1018 mb                submerged       8 nm  
                                         139 nm  
    13.32   Surfaced.  
    15.45 EU 9172 Dived for aircraft.  
    17.03 EU 8396 Surfaced.  
    17.06   Dived for aircraft  
    17.57 EU 8395 Surfaced.  
    24.12.43 Ivory Coast    
    00.00 EU 8379    
    04.00 EU 8526    
    07.46 EU 8524 Dived.  
    12.00 EU 8515 Day's run surfaced      116 nm  
      SW 2, Sea 1, 5/10, Vis. medium, 1016 mb                submerged     11 nm  
    13.23   Surfaced.  
    14.32 EU 8512 Large steamer in sight bearing 345°T, distant 12 nm, course 120°, speed 10-15 knots.  Smoke clouds observed ahead and behind the ship, apparently a convoy.  
    16.55 EU 8516 Dived for aircraft.  
    18.00   Surfaced.  
    18.05   Dived, aircraft above the ship.  
    18.45 EU 8534 Surfaced.  
    18.50   Dived for aircraft.  
    19.00   Surfaced, hurried after at AK, steamer's course approximately 60°, along the 50 meter line.  While maneuvering ahead an escort is noted steering search courses  
    21.18 EU 8373 I decide to shot a T5 at the escort, in spite of the calm water, because the condition of the boat does not allow a any further depth charging.  
        Shot from tube V:  depth 5 meters, estimated range 2500 meters, bow left, target angle 10°, torpedo course 242°T.  Miss  
    21.37   Initiated attack on steamer, 3 fan from tube I, III and IV, depth 5 meters, estimated range 600 meters, bow right, target angle 80°, speed 9 knots, running time 13 and 15 seconds, 2 hits forward 20 meters and amidships.  Particularly violent detonation, Ship quickly sinks over the bow.  It is type "Madura" 9050 GRT.  Ran off the the SW at AK, escort appeared to shoot star shells boat was not detected in spite of the low distance of 200 meters by the steamer, because of the tower's completely white-grey color.  
    25.12.43 Cape Palmas    
    00.00 EU 8539    
    04.00 EU 8525    
    07.50 EU 8436 Dived.  
    12.00 EU 8435 Day's run surfaced      180 nm  
      SW 2, Sea 1, 7/10, Vis. good, 1017 mb                submerged     10 nm  
        Decide to begin return transit due to the condition of the boat.  
    14.59   Surfaced.  
    17.00 EU 8416 Dived for aircraft.  
    19.59 EU 8416 Surfaced.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 23.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 24.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 25.12.43
 
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    26.12.43      
    00.00 EU 7625    
    04.00 EU 7536    
    08.01 EU 7524 Dived.  
    12.00 EU 7515 Day's run surfaced      149 nm  
      S 2-3, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. good, 1016 mb                submerged     13 nm  
    15.33 EU 7515 Surfaced.  
    20.00 EU 7185    
    27.12.43 Liberia    
    00.00 EU 7144    
    04.00 ET 9329    
    08.00 ET 6975    
    11.33 ET 6864 Dived.  
    12.00 SW 2, Sea 1, 4/10, Vis. medium, 1016 mb Day's run surfaced      162 nm  
                     submerged     11 nm  
    13.27   Surfaced.  
    16.00 ET 6819    
    20.00 ET 6495    
    28.12.43 West of Liberia    
    00.00 ET 6446    
    04.00 ET 5639    
    08.00 ET 5388    
    11.57 ET 5269 Day's run surfaced      184 nm  
      SE 2, Sea 1, 8/10, Vis. medium, rain showers, 1016 mb                submerged       3 nm  
    14.03   Surfaced.  
    16.00 ET 5253    
    20.00 ET 2879    
    29.12.43 Freetown    
    00.00 ET 2754    
    04.00 ET 1923    
    08.00 ET 1569    
    12.02 ET 1524 Dived  
      N 2, Sea 1, 2/10, Vis. good, 1018 mb Day's run surfaced      178 nm  
                     submerged       5 nm  
    13.26   Surfaced.  
    16.00 ET 1271    
    20.00 ET 1128    
    30.12.43 West of French Guinea    
    00.00 EK 7775    
    04.00 EJ 8962    
    08.00 EJ 9687    
    11.00   Dived for aircraft.  
    12.00 EJ 9644    
      NNE 3, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. good, 1018 mb Day's run surfaced      168 nm  
                     submerged     11 nm  
    12.57   Surfaced.  
    14.22 EJ 9536 4-engine bomber at high altitude, did not dive, boat was not sighted.  
    15.00   Dived for aircraft.  
    17.55   Surfaced.  
    20.00 EJ 9278    
    31.12.43 West of Portuguese Guinea    
    00.00 EJ 9162    
    04.00 EJ 6787    
    08.00 EJ 6741    
           
Sun and Moon Data 26.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 27.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 28.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 29.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 30.12.43
Sun and Moon Data 31.12.43
 
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    31.12.43      
    12.00 EJ 5686 Day's run surfaced      196 nm  
      N 2, Sea 1, 3/10, Vis. good, 1018 mb                submerged       9 nm  
    13.10 EJ 5616 Aircraft sighted at high altitude.  
    17.24   Dived.  Proceeding to Santiago, to weld watertight stern.  Condition not sustainable, the boat must constantly be blown up.  
    20.26 EJ 5615 Surfaced.  
    22.15 -      
    01.00 EJ 5532 Welding work in the watertight stern closes all leaks above the waterline.  However, air continues to leak from tears below the waterline.  
    01.01.44 North of the Cape Verde Islands    
    04.00 EJ 5259    
    08.00 EJ 2898    
    12.00 EJ 2839 Day's run surfaced      171 nm  
      N 2-3, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. good, 1019 mb                submerged       6 nm  
    12.07   Dived.  
    16.22 EJ 2836 Surfaced.  
    20.00 EJ 2569    
    02.01.44 North of Cape Verde Islands    
    00.00 EJ 2299    
    04.00 DT 8836    
    08.00 DT 8866    
    12.00 DT 8593 Day's run surfaced      190 nm  
      N 3, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. good, 1019 mb                submerged       7 nm  
    16.00 DT 8611    
    20.00 DT 8341    
    03.01.44 West of Oro    
    00.00 DT 5972    
    04.00 DT 5679    
    08.00 DT 5619    
    12.00 DT 5340 Day's run surfaced:  232 nm  
      EbyS, Sea 1, 2/10, Vis. good, 1020 mb    
    16.00 DT 2984    
    20.00 DT 2925    
    04.01.44 West of Oro    
    00.00 DT 2629    
    04.00 DT 2367    
    08.00 DH 7789    
    12.00 DH 7726 Day's run surfaced:  237 nm  
      E 2, Sea 1, 3/10, Vis. good, 1024 mb    
    12.00 -      
    13.15   Test dive.  
    16.00 DH 7491    
    20.00 DH 7195    
    05.01.44 West of Madeira    
    00.00 DH 4799    
    04.00 DH 4736    
    08.00 DH 4544    
    12.00 DH 4248 Day's run surfaced      248 nm  
                       submerged       3 nm  
    16.00 DH 1887    
    20.00 DH 1838    
           
Sun and Moon Data 31.12.43
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Sun and Moon Data 02.01.44
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    05.01.44      
    21.45 DH 1677 Dived.  
    06.01.44 Madeira    
    05.06 DH 1675 Surfaced.  
    08.00 DH 1652    
    12.00 DH 1393 Day's run surfaced      185 nm  
      S 2-3, Sea 2, light SE-swell, 8/10, Vis. medium to moderate, rain showers, 1023 mb                submerged     10 nm  
    12.00 -      
    14.11   Dived to top up the battery.  
    16.00 DH 4118    
    20.30 CF 8964 Dived.  
    07.01.44 West of Gibraltar    
    00.00 CF 8962    
    06.00 CF 8962 Surfaced.  
    08.00 CF 9476    
    09.14 CF 9454 Dived for 2 4-engine bombers.  
    09.57   Surfaced.  
    12.00 CF 9434 Day's run surfaced      163 nm  
      W 2-3, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. good, 1025 mb                submerged     13 nm  
    16.00 CF 9227    
    19.58 CF 6866 Dived.  
    08.01.44 West of Portugal    
    00.00 CF 6863    
    04.00 CF 6941    
    07.09 CF 6915 Surfaced.  
    09.30 CF 6684 Sighted 4-engine bomber, course 320°.  
    12.00 CF 6661 Day's run surfaced      172 nm  
      NE 2, Sea 2, 4/10, Vis. good, 1025 mb                submerged     16 nm  
    16.00 CG 4154    
    19.32 CG 1871    
    09.01.44 West of Portugal    
    00.00 CG 1847    
    04.00 CG 1845    
    08.44 CG 1843 Surfaced.  
    12.00 CG 1832 Day's run surfaced      156 nm  
      S 2, Sea 1, variable cloudiness, Vis. medium, 1025 mb                submerged     19 nm  
    16.00 CG 1634    
    18.48 CG 2148 Dived.  
    10.01.44 Finisterre    
    00.00 CG 2149    
    01.55 -      
    02.15   Surfaced, aired the boat.  
    04.00 CG 2154    
    09.06 CG 2152 Surfaced.  
    09.22   Dived for 4-engine land-based aircraft, certainly radiating, otherwise the boat could not have been detected at such a great distance.  
    10.17 CG 2152 Surfaced.  
    10.51   Dived for 4-engine land-based aircraft.  
    11.19   Surfaced.  
    11.54   Dived for aircraft type "Lerwik".  
    12.00 CG 2129    
      S 2-3, Sea 2, 8/10, Vis. medium, 1025 mb    
           
Sun and Moon Data 05.01.44
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Sun and Moon Data 08.01.44
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    10.01.44      
    12.00   Day's run surfaced      120 nm  
                       submerged     23 nm  
    17.38 CG 2136 Surfaced.  Intention: in any case to fill the empty battery to the point where we can reach the coast at the slowest possible speed.  
    18.40 BF 7878 Dived for aircraft.  (the boat had certainly not been seen by the aircraft).  
        Proceeding to the coast, charging batteries at night because detection on Naxos-scope can not be relied upon.  There is little confidence in the Naxos receiver because of low range and the bright moonlit night.  
    11.01.44 Bay of Biscay    
    00.00 BF 7884    
    04.00 BF 7886    
    08.00 BF 7894    
    12.00 BF 7894 Day's run surfaced      18 nm  
                       submerged   37 nm  
    16.00 BF 7895 Put the boat on the bottom with empty batteries.  
    19.15   Surfaced.  Proceeding to the coast.  
    12.01.44 Bay of Biscay    
    00.00 BF 7932    
    02.00 BF 8477 Dived.  
    08.00 BF 8478    
    09.13 BF 8475 Surfaced.  
    12.00 BF 8465 Day's run surfaced      122 nm  
      S 2, Sea 1, 5/10, hazy, Vis. partly good, 1026 mb                submerged    19 nm  
    15.34 BF 8297 Dived for fast land-based aircraft.  
    17.03   Surfaced in order to send arrival message.  
    18.07 BF 8292 Dived.  
    13.01.44 Bay of Biscay    
    00.00 BF 8266    
    04.00 BF 8239    
    08.18 BF 8314 Surfaced.  
    11.15 BF 5844 Dived.  
    16.00 BF 5817    
    18.08 - 18.19 BF 5814 Surfaced to ventilate the boat.  
    14.01.44 Bay of Biscay    
    00.00 BF 5811    
    08.50   Taken in convoy (2 M-boats).  
    09.35   Convoy comes under attack by 1 "Mosquito" and 1 "Beaufighter".  Repulsed aircraft with machine guns.  After 3 attempts aircraft turn away.   
    11.00   Subsequently air escort by 4 Ju-88's.  
    18.00 Made fast Lorient. In the west, on 14 January 1944.  
           
                                                   
                                            Kapitänleutnant and Kommandant  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 10.01.44
Sun and Moon Data 11.01.44
Sun and Moon Data 12.01.44
Sun and Moon Data 13.01.44
Sun and Moon Data 14.01.44

  Appendices to U-515's KTB - click on the text at left to proceed to the documents
   
Track Chart Track Chart  9 November 1943 to 14 January 1944
   
Radio Summary Excerpt of radio log (Funkkladde).

 
 
     
 

Commentary of the Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote

 
 
On the K.T.B. of "U-515"  (Henke) from 14.09.43 - 14.01.1944.
 
 

 

 
 
        The proven Kommandant has again fought hard on this patrol and continued in spite of damage to the boat.  By sound deliberation and an experienced "nose" for targets he found and sank them with proven ability.  The conduct of the crew in the elimination of the depth charge damage and the lookout for aircraft earns special recognition.
 
Accredited successes:  3 ships 21486 GRT sunk.
 
     
     
   

For the Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote

 
   
- The Chief of Operations -
 
 
                                           
     
                                                                                      
                                                                        
     
 


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