U-562 - 3rd War Patrol

Translation by Jerry Mason

Departed
Date
Arrived
Date
Days at Sea
Brest
11 September 1941
Brest
15 October 1941
35

 

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Ships Attacked
Date
KTB Time
Position
Ship
Tons
Nationality
Convoy
22 Sep 41
02.44
61°15'N, 34°22.5'W
ERNA III
1,590
British
ON-16
2 Oct 41
06.52
57°57'N, 33°36'W
EMPIRE WAVE
7,463
British
ON-19
     
 Total = 9,053
   
Note:  The positions in the table above and in the Google Earth patrol summary are derived from the KTB and in many cases do not match those set forth in authoritative references such as Jürgen Rohwer, Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two or the Uboat.net website.  The goal here is to present the picture relative to the U-boat and not the absolute position that the ship was attacked or sank.


 
 
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
                                       
                                           K  r  i  e  g  s  t  a  g  e  b  u  c  h  
           
                               "U  562"  
           
           
                                  Kommandant:  Oberleutnant z.S.  Hamm  
           
           
           
           
           
           
                              Beginning:     3. 9.41.  
                          Concluding  :  15.10.41.  
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
         
           
           
           
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    03.09.41      
    20.10   Boat shifted with the assistance of a tug from the Artillery Crane to the Wolves' Bunker (Berth 16 b).  
    21.00   Made fast Wolves' Bunker  
                                                             
    04.09.41      
    09.00   Unloaded torpedoes.  
                                                             
    05.09.41      
    09.40   With the assistance of a tug shifted to the loading station.  
    10.00   Made fast loading station.  
        Munitions offload.  
                                                             
    06.09.41      
    10.05   With the assistance of a tug shifted to Berth 16 b.  
    10.25   Made fast Berth 16 b.  
                                                             
    07.09.41   Service by Sunday Service Plan.  
                                                             
    08.09.41   Work service.  
                                                             
    09.09.41   Work service.  
                                                             
    10.09.41      
    08.00   Torpedoes, ammunition, fuel and water loaded.  
                                                             
    11.09.41      
    08.20   Cast off Berth 16 b.  
    09.24   Dove in the Roadstead for trim test.  
    10.13   Surfaced.  
    12.07   Crash dive for training.  
    12.12   Surfaced.  
    12.44   Made fast Berth I.  
    18.37   Departed for remote patrol.  
    19.07   Dove in the Roadstead to test the G.H.G..  
    19.24   Surfaced.  
        G.H.G. out of service.  
    21.10   Listening gear in service again.  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 11.09.41
 
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    continued      
    11.09.41      
    21.16   Taken in convoy by Sperrbrecher.  
    21.47   Passed the gap in the net barrier.  
    22.45   Passed B 1.  
    23.40   Escort ended.  
        Course 278°, both ahead GF.  
                                                             
    12.09.41      
    00.51   Passed Point 30.  
        Course 282°, ahead 2 x HF.  
    02.45   Passed Point Rippe.  
        Course 282°.  
    04.00 BF 2757 center-right Course 282°, ahead 2 x HF.  
      West of Brest    
      NW 2, Sea 2, lightly cloudy, Vis. 2-3 nm, moonshine    
    07.33 NW 2, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. moderate Dived for sailing vessel.  
    08.00 BF 1953 lower edge left Course 282°, KF  depth = 15 meters.  
    09.00   Surfaced.  
    09.04   Dived for sailing vessel, that suddenly appeared in the haze far out.  
    11.36   Course 250°.  Day's run:  Surfaced    =   140 nm  
                                               Submerged =    8 nm  
    12.00 BF 1952 lower-center Course 250°, KF, depth = 15 meters.  
        Morning training service, tightness testing to depth = 50 meters and fire control training.  
    13.30   Surfaced.  
        Steered evasion course for a sailing vessel.  
    14.02   Course 270°, LF.  
    16.00 BF 1944 center-right    
      NE 2, Sea 2, lightly cloudy, Vis. changing, 3-6 nm    
    16.41   Crash dive for aircraft.  Type not distinguished.  
    17.30   Surfaced.  
    18.01   Crash dive for Sunderland.  Range 5000 meters, altitude 600 meters, course 0°.  
    18.12   Course 270°.  
    18.32   Surfaced.  
    18.54   Evasion course for sailing vessel.  
        Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 216°T, 7 nm.  
    18.56   Course 340°.  
    19.02   Course 30°, ahead HF, sailing vessel was put astern.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 11.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 12.09.41
 
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    continued      
    12.09.41      
    19.09   Course 340°.  
    19.15   LF.  
    19.23   Course 270°.  
    20.00 Exit of the Channel    
      BF 1853 center-right    
      NbyE 2, Sea 2, lightly cloudy, Vis. medium to good    
    24.00 BF 1811 lower-left    
      NbyE 2, Sea 2, changing cloudiness, Vis. medium    
                                                             
    13.09.41      
    01.24   Short Signal to B.d.U. in BF 18.  
    02.42   Course 180°  )  
    02.45   Course 250°  )  Avoidance maneuver for lighted fishing vessels.
    02.48   Course 270°  )  
    03.24 Exit of the Channel Course 305°.  
    04.00 BF 1458 upper-left corner    
      Wind 0, Sea 0, cloudy, Vis. greatly changing    
    04.09   Course 0°     )  
    04.10   Course 40°   ) Avoidance maneuver for fishing vessels,
    04.16   Course 0°     ) some lighted, some not.  
    04.25   Course 305°   
    05.00   Course 350°  Avoidance maneuver for fishing vessel.  
    05.16   Course 205°   
    07.27   Course 220°   
    07.29   Course 200°  HF evasion course for two sailing vessels.  
    07.33   Course 180°  GF.  
    08.00 Exit of the Channel    
      BE 3666 lower-center    
      NbyW 2, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. bad (heavy haze)    
    09.00   Sailing vessel in the haze bearing 270°, 6 nm away.  Turned away to port.  
    09.05   Test dive.  
    10.27   Surfaced.  Course 305°.  
    10.41   Sailing vessel, evasion course.  
    11.25   Dived for 3 sailing vessels, ahead to port and starboard.  To avoid had to go too far to the east therefore dove.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 12.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 13.09.41
 
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    continued      
    13.09.41 Southwest of Ireland    
    12.00 BE 3691 center Course 305°.  Day's run:  Surfaced    =   189 nm  
      NE 2, Sea 2, lightly cloudy, Vis. 3 nm, misty                                        Submerged =    6 nm  
    14.40   Surfaced, course 0°, HF.  
        Sailing vessel still seen.  
    15.07   Course 270°.  
    15.20   Course 270°.  
        Dived for 11 fishing vessels, that lie across the entire horizon.  
    15.22   Course 325°, KF, depth = 15 meters.  
    16.00 Southwest of Ireland.    
      BE 3656 lower-left    
      NE 1, Sea 0, lightly cloudy, Vis. 6 nm    
    18.56 BE 3655 lower-center Surfaced, steered evasion courses for sailing vessels.  
    20.00 BE 3651 lower-center    
      NNE 2, Sea 2, lightly cloudy, misty, Vis. 7 nm    
    20.10   Course 305°, HF.  
    21.45   LF  Radio Message from B.d.U. (1814/13/158)  
        New objective for "U-562" square AK 37.  
    24.00 BE 3285 lower-center    
      NbyE 2, Sea 1, few clouds, Vis. good    
                                                             
           
    14.09.41 North Atlantic    
    04.00 BE 3243 lower-left    
      NbyE 1-2, Sea 1, lightly cloudy, Vis. medium to good    
    08.00 AM 7789 lower edge right    
      Wind calm, Sea 0-1, misty, Vis. 2-3 nm    
    12.00 AM 7744 lower-left Course 308°.  Day's run:  Surfaced    =   177 nm  
                                               Submerged =    11 nm  
    13.30 AL 9962 upper-center Course 180°, starboard diesel LF.  
    13.55   Bearing signal from "U-558":  112°T, AM 7882.  
    14.08   Bearing signal from B.d.U.:  Square AL 9963, 94°T.  Because the bearing signals lie so far apart, I accept that apparently the reciprocal bearing was taken from "U-558".  By this the convoy must be in AM 7763.  Condor aircraft also reported convoy.  Therefore came to southerly search course.  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 13.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 14.09.41
 
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    continued      
    14.09.41      
    15.00   Radio Message from B.d.U.:  Aircraft located 13.30 hours by cross bearings about in naval square AM 7980 at convoy.  Enemy course was about 50°.  (1418/14/177).  
    15.07 AL 9968 center Came to course 308°, port diesel HF.  
    15.10   Radio Message from B.d.U.:  U-562 switch to Greenland Circuit 15 September 08.00 hours (14.58/14/180).  
    16.00 AL 9965 center    
      WNW 1-2, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. medium to good    
    16.48 - 17.10 AL 9953 lower-left Test dive.  
    20.00 AL 9912 center Course 308°, LF.  
      NW 2, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. good    
    24.00 AL 9559 center-left    
      NW 2, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. medium, marine phosphorescence    
                                                             
    15.09.41 Southeast of Greenland    
    04.00 AL 9436 v-center edge    
      WbyN 1, Sea 1, overcast, marine phosphorescence, Vis. moderate    
    06.25 AL 9186 lower-right Course 0°, Watch wanted to run 60° to starboard, brief light shine seen.  Ran for 20 minutes at HF.  Nothing seen.  Dived to listen.  Nothing heard.  Surfaced.  Came to old course.  
    06.47   Dived.  
    07.17   Surfaced.  Course 308°.  
    08.00 AL 9182 upper v    
      WNW 2, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. changing, fog banks    
    08.15 AL 9182 upper-left Course 311°.  
    08.40 AL 9157 lower-right Crash dive for aircraft, probably a Sunderland, range 4000 meters, course 220°, medium altitude.  
    08.47   Course 311°, depth = 25 meters.  
    09.28   Surfaced.  
    12.00 AL 9117 lower-left Day's run:  Surfaced    =   239 nm  
      SWbyS 1, Sea 1, overcast, misty, Vis. changing, SW-Swell 1                  Submerged =      4 nm  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 14.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 15.09.41
 
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    continued      
    15.09.41      
    16.00 AL 5881 lower-center Course 311°, HF.  
      S 2, Sea 2, cloudy, SW-Swell 1, Vis. good    
    20.00 AL 5738 center    
      SbyW 3, Sea 2, clear, Vis. good    
    24.00 AL 5721 upper-center Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 146°T, 15 nm.  
      S 2-3, Sea 2-3, overcast, SW-Swell 1, Vis. good  
                                                             
    16.09.41 North Atlantic    
    04.00 AL 4565 left edge lower Course 311°.  
      S 4, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. changing LF.  
    08.00 AL 4512 center-right    
      SE 5, Sea 4, overcast, misty, Vis. changing    
    10.16 AL 4196 upper-left Test dive.  
      SbyE 4-5, Sea 4-5, overcast, fog, Vis. 1 nm    
    11.56   Surfaced.  
    12.00   Course 311°, starboard diesel LF.  
        Day's run:  Surfaced    =   225 nm  
                         Submerged =      3 nm  
    13.29 AL 4167 center-left Dived due to bad visibility.  
      SbyE 5, Sea 4, overcast, fog, Vis. 500 meters    
    15.43   Surfaced.  
    16.00 AL 4159 upper-right    
      SbyE 5, Sea 4, overcast, fog, Vis. 600 meters    
    16.04   Dived due to bad visibility.  
        KF, Course 311°, depth = 15 meters.  
    18.03 AL 4156 lower-left Surfaced.  
    18.35 AL 4155 center Crash dive, a vessel, turned out to be a lifeboat with a sail, comes out of the fog bearing 250°T.  
      SbyE 3, Sea 4, low medium-long SbyE-Swell, fog, Vis. 1000 meters  
    20.00 AL 4135 upper-left    
    20.05   Surfaced.  
    20.16 - 22.45   Course 311°, 1 diesel LF.  
    23.07   Port diesel 2 x HF.  
                                                             
    17.09.41 Southeast of Greenland    
    04.00 AL 4111 left edge lower    
      SSE 4, Sea 4, overcast, at times fog, otherwise Vis. moderate    
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 15.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 16.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 17.09.41
 
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    continued      
    17.09.41      
    03.30   Radio Message from B.d.U. (2259/16/272):  
        1.)  U-74, U-94, U-575, U-372, U-373, U-552, U-69, U-562 and U-572 form patrol line from square AJ [typo AD] 9564 to square AJ 3986.  Boats carry the designation Group Brandenburg.  
        2.)  Each boat after arriving begin back and forth in position  in the direction of the patrol line. From 00.00 to 04.00 hours NW course, from 04.00-08.00 hours SE course etc.  02.00, 06.00 hours etc.  in the center point of the attack area.  Economical transit speed.  Course changes up to 30° from base course due to weather situation permitted.  
        3.)  Attack free also on independents.  Observe rules for Americans.  
    04.00 AK 0383 center-right Course 311°, 1 diesel LF.  
      SE 6, Sea 5, cloudy, foggy, Vis. medium, marine phosphorescence    
    06.22 AK 0354 right edge lower Course 270°  )  Course for position in patrol line.  
    06.55   Course 273°  )  
    08.00 AK 0346 lower-left Course 270°, 1 diesel LF.  
      SbyE 6-7, changing cloudiness, Vis. changing, moonshine, marine phosphorescence    
    11.20 AK 0344 left edge lower Crash dive for training.  
      SW 8, Sea 7, partly cloudy, Vis. moderate Torpedo handling.  
    12.00 AK 0344 lower-left Day's run:  Surfaced    =   122 nm    Course 270°.  
                         Submerged =      8 nm  
    15.28   Surfaced.  
        Course 270°, 1 diesel LF.  
    16.00 AK 3963 center    
      SW 7, Sea 7, partly cloudy, Vis. medium    
    16.23   Dived for torpedo handling.  
    18.22 AK 3964 center-right Surfaced.  
    20.00 AK 3956 center-left    
    24.00 AK 0266 center-right edge    
      SW 3, Sea 4, overcast, misty, Vis. moderate    
                                                             
    18.09.41 Southeast of Greenland    
    04.00 AK 0255 center-left    
      Rotating N 2, Sea 2, SW-Swell, slowly abating, fog, Vis. mostly bad    
    08.00 AK 2966 center-left    
      N 4, Sea 4, overcast, continual fine rain, misty, Vis. bad    
           
Sun and Moon Data 17.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 18.09.41
 
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    continued      
    18.09.41      
    12.00 AK 2954 upper-left Day's run:  Surfaced    =   150 nm  
      NNE 4, Sea 4, overcast, continual rain, misty, Vis. moderate                  Submerged =      9 nm  
    16.00 AK 0165 upper-center Course 271°, LF.  
      NbyE 3-4, Sea 3-4, NW-Swell 4, slowly abating, overcast, Vis. 6 nm    
    17.20 AK 0156 upper-right Test dive.  
    18.12   Surfaced.  
        Course 271°, both diesels LF.  
    20.00 AK 0154 upper-center    
      N 4, Sea 3-4, overcast, NW-Swell 4, overcast, Vis. medium    
    24.00 AK 1965 upper-center edge Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 255°T, 36 nm.  
      NbyE 3-4, Sea 3-4, NW-Swell 3, cloudy, Vis. 6 nm  
                                                             
    19.09.41      
    02.00   Radio Message from U-74:  Convoy in sight, course 60°, medium speed, square AD 9739.  
      South of Greenland    
    02.55 AK 3968 upper-right Course 30°, LF.  
    03.09   Course 30°, both diesels HF.  
    04.00 AK 3963 center    
      NbyE 4, Sea 3, partly cloudy, strong Northern Lights, Vis. good    
    08.00 AK 1773 upper-right    
      NbyW 3, Sea 3, overcast, rain, Vis. moderate    
    12.00 AK 1728 center Day's run:  Surfaced    =   195 nm  
      NNE 3, Sea 3, overcast, confused Swell, Vis. good                  Submerged =      1 nm  
      Course 30°, 1 diesel LF.  
    16.00 AK 1593 center-left Up to 16.00 hours no reports from a boat of the patrol line concerning the convoy.  I believe a lone advance by the boat on the supposed position of the convoy from a range of over 250 nm is hopeless.  Therefore came to course 226°, to assume my position in the patrol line.  
      NEbyE 3, partly cloudy, Vis. good  
        Course 226°, 1 diesel LF.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 18.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 19.09.41
 
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    continued      
    19.09.41      
    17.42   Short Signal from "U-552":  Request bearing signals from contact holder.  
    19.24   Radio Message from "U-552":  Request position of boats operating on "Kentrat" convoy.  Near square AK 1133.  
    20.00 AK 1721 upper-right Course 226°, 1 diesel LF.  
      NW 1, Sea 1, abating confused Swell, light rain, Vis. good    
    20.10   Radio Message from Kaptlt. Zahn:  Topp and Kentrat report last position of convoy.  Near square AK 1134.  
    20.20 AK 1721 center Radio Signal from "U-575":  The correct position of the convoy is square AD 7871, course 45°, speed 7 knots.  
        Came to course 30°,  
        Both diesels GF.  
    21.08   Short Signal from "U-552":  Request bearing signals from contact holder.  
    23.25   Short Signal from "U-575":  Have lost contact.  
    24.00 AK 1538 lower-edge Course 30°, both diesels GF.  
      NW 2, Sea 1, partly cloudy, Vis. good    
                                                             
    20.09.41      
    02.43   Signal from "U-74":  
        Square 7827.  
      Southeast of Greenland    
    04.00 AK 1443 upper-right Course 30°, GF.  
      ENE 2, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. medium to good    
    06.09   Radio Message from "U-74":  Square AD 7872, contact taken over, out of torpedoes, return transit.  Here Brandenburg is ubiquitous!  
    06.44   Radio Message from "U-74":    Brandenburg:  Expect U-boat trap at convoy.  
        At the time of both Radio Messages there was no boat at the convoy that could take over contact.  Throughout the day yesterday there were neither position reports nor bearing signals, despite repeated requests to "U-74", which must have been at the sighted convoy all the time, so that other boats had to operate haphazardly.  All the other eight boats would have been at the convoy very soon with proper contact holding.  
    08.00 AK 1262 lower-center    
      ENE 1, Sea 1, overcast, rain, Vis. bad    
    10.12   Radio Message Heydemann:  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 19.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 20.09.41
 
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    continued      
    20.09.41      
        Question position of convoy?  
                                                                 Neumann.  
    1014 AD 7899 Crash dive.  
        Shadow to port, probably a U-boat.  Boat settles to depth = 40 meters, because the negative buoyancy tanks could not be completely blown due to the bursting of a manometer.  In the G.H.G. typical diesel sounds that quickly shift astern and disappear.  
    10.46   Surfaced.  
        Vessel out of sight.  
        I believe it was "U-74" on the return transit.  
    11.18   Short Signal from "U-562":  
        Request bearing signals from contact keeper.  
    12.00 AD 7947 center-left Course 30°.    Day's run:  Surfaced    =   274 nm  
      SE 2, Sea 1, overcast, fine steady rain, Vis. moderate GF                                  Submerged =      2 nm  
    12.21   Radio Message from B.d.U. (1003/20/260):  
        Group Brandenburg immediately and continually report if a boat has been noticed by the enemy with certainty.  The disposition will only be successful if the enemy is unaware.  
    13.17   Radio Message from "U-552":  
        Convoy 03.50 hours square 7567.  From there ENE.  
                                                                 - Topp -  
    13.47 AD 7916 center Course 45°.  
        GF.  
    15.06   Radio Message from "U-74":  Group Brandenburg for B.d.U.:  
        1.)  Immediately report with "yes" who was at convoy.  
        2.)  With Short Signal "xjz" who still has contact.  
    15.26   "Yes".                                                - Topp -  
    16.00 AD 7683 lower-center    
      SSE 3, Sea 2, overcast, rain, fog, Vis. changing    
    18.33 AD 8417 upper-left Crash dive!  Land-based aircraft.  
    19.06   Surfaced.  
    19.07   Crash dive!  The same aircraft.  
        Course 135°.  
    19.27   Surfaced.  
        Course 45°.  
    19.39   Crash dive.  The same aircraft.  
        Course 135°.  
    19.41 AD 8417 upper-right 1 aircraft bomb.  
        Fuse for gyro compass and lights failed.  
    20.00 AD 8415 lower-left corner Course 70°.  
      E 2-3, Sea 1, overcast, rain, Vis. bad 3000 meters I suspect convoy to starboard because the aircraft came from ahead to starboard twice.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 20.09.41
 
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    continued      
    20.09.41      
    20.13   Aircraft seen in periscope to port.  
    20.50   Surfaced.  
    20.52   Crash dive!  
        Aircraft (land-based aircraft) astern to starboard.  Altitude 100 meters, range 2000 meters.  
    22.34 AD 8415 lower quarter Surfaced.  
    22.39   Radio Message from "U-74" to B.d.U. (1839/20/270):  
        1.)  Since 18 September at convoy from AD 9791.  
        2.)  Position today 04.00 hours square AD 7827.  
        3.)  Contact passed to another Brandenburg boat.  
    24.00 AD 8422 center Course 79°.  
      ESE 4, Sea 3, overcast, Vis., bad, rain GF.  
                                                             
    21.09.41      
    03.00 AD 8278 Course 90°.  
    03.05   Dived to listen.  
    03.23   Surfaced.  
        Broke search operation off after 30 hours.  
        Course 140°.  
    03.30   Radio Message to B.d.U.:  Since "U-74" no boat has contact.  Request orders for Brandenburg.  Square 8276.  
                                                                 - U-562 -  
    04.00 AD 8278 right edge lower    
      SbyE 4, Sea 4, overcast, Vis. bad, short low SbyE-Swell    
    04.30 AD 8513 upper-center Course 180°.  
    08.00 AD 8513 center Course 180°.  
      SbyE 6, Sea 5, overcast, Vis. greatly changing 2 diesels LF.  
    08.38 AD 8549 upper-center Crash dive!  
        In the twilight, a shadow ahead to port.  In the night periscope made out as a steamer of 5000 GRT.  He zigzags from 330° to 260°.  (Morrison Liner).  
    09.24   Surfaced.  
        Course 260°.  
    09.26   Crash dive!  
        Steamer was too high out.  
    09.48   Surfaced.  
        Maneuvered ahead.  
    12.00 AD 8495 enter Day's run:  Surfaced    =   224 nm  
      S 4, Sea 4, partly cloudy, Vis. changing                  Submerged =    16 nm  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 20.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 21.09.41
 
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    21.09.41      
    14.00   Radio Message from B.d.U.:  Group Brandenburg:  Boats that are within promising range of the convoy continue searching.  Remaining boats return to attack areas.  
    14.55   Dived to attack.  
    15.45 AD 8476 center Eto Tube II:  
        Set values:  Target speed = 9 knots,  
                           Range           = 800 meters,  
                           Target angle  = 90°,  
                           Depth           = 2 meters.  
        Miss.  
        Due to an order error when Tube II was fired:  
        Eto Tube I:  
        Set values:  Target speed = 9 knots,  
                           Range           = 800 meters,  
                           Target angle  = 100°,  
                           Depth           = 2 meters.  
        Miss.  
    16.43 AD 8476 center-left Surfaced.  
        Maneuvered ahead.  
    20.00 AD 7688 lower-left Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix:  264°T, 18 nm.  
      SbyW 5, Sea 4-5, partly cloudy, sunshine, Vis. 12 nm  
        At the beginning of darkness the steamer went to course 240°, course for the south tip of Greenland.  
      East of southern Greenland.    
    24.00 AD 7835 center-right    
      SbyE 5, Sea 4-5, S-Swell 2-3, cloudy, Vis. 16 nm    
                                                             
    22.09.41      
    01.06 AD 7854 Eto Tube I:  
        Set values:  Target speed = 9 knots,  
                           Range           = 500 meters,  
                           Target angle  = 90°,  
                           Depth           = 1 meters.  
        Miss.  Underun possible, speed and target angle were  matched exactly.  
    01.09   Crash dive!  
        Dived so as not to be seen at the low range.  
    01.16   Surfaced, maneuvered ahead.  
    02.44 AD 7858 Eto Tube III:  
        Set values:  Target speed = 8.5 knots,  
                           Range           = 500 meters,  
                           Target angle  = 80°,  
                           Depth           = 1 meters.  
        Hit center.  Running time 18 seconds = 270 meters.  
    02.45   Crash dive!  
    02.47   Surfaced.  
        Steamer is brightly illuminated.  Two boats were put to the water.  After 14 minutes he sinks  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 21.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 22.09.41
 
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    22.09.41      
        suddenly over the bow.  
    03.05   Course 205°.  
        Transit to position in patrol line.  
        1 diesel 240 RPM.  
    04.00 AD 7853 center-left edge    
      S 3, Sea 2, partly cloudy, Vis. good    
    08.00 AD 7881 center-right Course 205°.  
      S 3, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. moderate, S-Swell, marine phosphorescence 1 diesel KF.  
    10.45   Converted main ballast and reserve fuel oil tank 4. [for use as a ballast tank]  
    11.02   Test dive.  
    11.41   Surfaced.  
    12.00 AK 1221 upper-center edge Day's run:  Surfaced    =   182 nm  
      NbyE 2, Sea 2, confused Swell, light steady rain, Vis. 1-2 nm                  Submerged =     6 nm  
    12.03   Dived due to very bad visibility.  
    14.40   Surfaced.  
        Course 205°.  
    14.50   Course 235°.  
    16.00 AK 1216 lower-left 1 diesel KF.  
      NbyW 6, Sea 5, overcast, rain, Vis. bad    
    16.49 AK 1215 lower-center edge Dived.  Vis. 500 meters.  
        Course 235°    KF    depth = 15 meters.  
    19.20 AK 1217 center Surfaced.  
    19.25   Course 215°.  
    20.00 AK 1217 lower-left    
      NW 6-7, Sea 6, overcast, rain, Vis. 500 meters    
    23.44   Officer-Only Radio Message from B.d.U. (1139/22/223):  
      [AD 9564 to AJ 3986] Ites, Neumann, Hamm, Dommes, Shuren, Heydemann, Zahn, Loeser, Hirsacker form patrol line from square FM 9564 to SW 3986.  These boats form Group Brandenburg.  
    23.58   Course 215°.    Dived.  
    24.00 AK 1163    
      NW 9, Sea 7, overcast, rain showers, Vis. bad.    
                                                             
           
Sun and Moon Data 22.09.41
 
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    23.09.41      
    02.11 AK 1166 Course 241°.  
    04.00 AK 1165 lower-center edge    
    04.58 AK 1168 upper-center edge Surfaced.  
    08.00 AK 1182 upper-center edge    
      WNW 3, Sea 3, NW-Swell 2, cloudy, Northern Lights, Vis. 3-4 nm    
    11.35 AK 1178 upper-right Dived to handle torpedoes.  
        Course 241°, KF.  
    12.00 AK 1314 lower-left Depth = 20 meters.  
        Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 209°T, 16.5 nm.  
        Day's run:  Surfaced    =   67 nm  
                         Submerged =   18 nm  
    12.51   Surfaced.  
        Course 241°, 1 diesel KF.  
    13.24 AD 9839 upper-center Course 243°.  
    16.00 AD 9853 upper-right    
      NNE 2, Sea 2, overcast, fine rain, Vis. medium, Vis. bad    
    20.00 AD 9849 upper-center edge    
      NbyW 4, Sea 3, overcast, rain, Vis. bad    
    24.00 AD 9792 center Course 248°.  
      NW 6, Sea 4-5, overcast, heavy rain, Vis. bad, marine phosphorescence    
                                                             
    24.09.41      
    04.00 AD 9785 lower-left corner    
      NW 6, Sea 5, NW-Swell 2, rain, Vis. bad    
    07.27 AD 9779 center-right edge Test dive.  
      WbyN 9, Sea 7-8, overcast, rain showers, Vis. bad    
    08.00 AD 9779 center-right Surfaced.  
    12.00 AD 9778 lower edge left Coure 248°.  
        Day's run:  Surfaced    =   101 nm  
                         Submerged =     9 nm  
    16.00 AJ 3135 upper-right corner    
      NbyW 5, Sea 5, NNW-Swell (short, high), overcast, rain, Vis. 1 nm    
    20.00 AJ 3129 upper-left    
      W 7, Sea 7, high NW-Swell, overcast, rain, Vis. 2 nm    
           
Sun and Moon Data 23.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 24.09.41
 
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    continued      
    24.09.41      
    22.00 AJ 3127 right edge lower Course 320° begin back and forth steaming in patrol line.  1 diesel LF.  
    24.00 AJ 3127 center    
      WNW 8, Sea 8, high NNW-Swell, overcast, rain showers, Vis. 1-2 nm    
                                                             
    25.09.41      
    04.00 AJ 3152 center Boat drifts with stopped engines before the sea.  
      NW 9, Sea 7-8, high Swell, overcast, rain showers, Vis. moderate Course 340°.  
    08.00 AJ 3152 upper-left    
      NW 9, Sea 8, high Swell, partial overcast, rain, Vis. bad    
    08.54   Radio Message from B.d.U. (0753/25/205):  Ites has begun return transit.  All boats Group Brandenburg shift one position of the NW.  
    09.20 AJ 3152 center Course 320°, 1 diesel KF.  
    10.06 AJ 3152 upper-left Test dive.  
      NW 11, Sea 8, hail and rain showers, overcast    
    12.00 AJ 3152 Day's run:  Surfaced    =   63 nm  
                         Submerged =    4 nm  
    14.15   Surfaced.  
    16.00 AJ 3124 lower-left Course 350°.  
      NW 11, Sea 8, overcast, rain showers, Vis. moderate    
    16.45   Radio Message from B.d.U. (1144/25/209): Zahn and Hirsacker have begun return transit.  Ites is still in position.  Radio Message Serial No. 205 from today null and void.  
    17.30 AJ 3124 Dived.  
        Course 40°, depth = 20 meters.  
        LF.  
    18.58   Surfaced.  
        Drifting with stopped engines before the wind.  
        Course 160°.  
    20.00 AJ 3124 upper-center    
      WNW 10 (11), Sea 8, overcast, rain showers.    
    24.00 AJ 3127 center-right Boat drifts with stopped engines before the wind.  
      NW 8, Sea 7, overcast, Vis. good Course 170°.  
                                                             
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 24.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 25.09.41
 
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    26.09.41      
    04.00 AJ 3124 upper-center Course 350°.  
      WNW 8-10, Sea 8, partial overcast, Vis. medium, marine phosphorescence, Northern Lights 1 diesel KF.  
    04.25   Drifting with stopped engines before the wind.  
        Course 160°.  
    08.00 AJ 3127 center-right    
      WNW 11, Sea 8, cloudy, Vis. moderate, Northern Lights    
    09.55   Dived.  
        KF, depth = 20 meters.  
        Course 350°.  
    12.00   Day's run:  Surfaced    =   30 nm  
                         Submerged =    9 nm  
    12.48 AJ 3126 upper-left Surfaced.  
    14.36

 

 

[Hamm AJ 38 = 40°W]

Officer-Only Radio Message from B.d.U. (1256/26/234):  New disposition Group Brandenburg.  Occupy north-south line on the longitude of the following squares:  Ites KT 26, Neumann NR 96, Hamm OS 38, Dommes PC 94, Suhren WN 19, Heidemann AY 14.  South limit of the latitude of the square NH 6949.  No limit to the north.  
    16.00 AJ 3121 upper-left Course 0°.  
      WNW 9, Sea 8, few clouds, Vis. good 1 diesel KF.  
    16.25   Course 180°.  
    20.00 AJ 2335 lower-right corner Boat drifts with stopped engines before the wind.  
      W 7, Sea 7, cloudless, Vis. good Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 250°T, 28 nm.  
    24.00 AJ 2339 lower-right Course 150°.  
      W 2-3, Sea 4, partly cloudy, Vis. good, moonshine Boat drifts with stopped engines.  
                                                             
    27.09.41      
    04.00 AJ 2339 lower-right Drifting with stopped engines before the wind.  
      ESE 2, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. changing    
    08.00 AJ 3141 upper-right corner    
      ESE 6, Sea 4-5, overcast, rain showers, Vis. moderate    
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 26.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 27.09.41
 
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    continued      
    27.09.41      
    10.00 AJ 3117 lower-right Course 90°.  
    11.26 AJ 3119 left edge lower Test dive.  
      ESE 5, Sea 4, overcast, misty, rain showers, Vis. 2000 meters    
    12.00 AJ 3119 lower-left Course 90°, KF, depth = 15 meters.  
        Day's run:  Surfaced    =   30 nm  
                         Submerged =    3 nm  
    12.35   Surfaced.  
        Course 40°.  
    16.00 AJ 3122 upper-center    
      WbyN 9 (10), Sea 7, cloudy, Vis. bad    
    18.00   Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 307°T, 9 nm.  
    20.00 AD 9659 center-right Course 40°.  
      W 10, Sea 7-8, few clouds, sunshine, Vis. moderate    
    24.00 AD 9639 upper-center    
      W 11-12, Sea 8-9, cloudy, Vis. 1000 meters    
                                                             
    28.09.41      
    01.12 AD 9714 center-left edge Dived.  
      W 11-12, Sea 9, overcast, Vis. 100-200 meters Course 40°, KF, depth = 20 meters.  
    04.00 AD 9711 lower-center edge    
    05.06 AD 9711 lower-center Surfaced.  
    05.20 AD 9711 lower-center Course 40°, 1 diesel LF.  
    08.00 AD 9378 upper-right    
      W 10, Sea 9, overcast, Vis. moderate, marine phosphorescence    
    11.16 AD 9357 upper-left corner Dived due to bad visibility.  
      WNW 10-11, Sea 9, overcast, rain, Vis. 500 meters Course 30°.  
    12.00 AD 9354 lower-left Day's run:  Surfaced    =   197 nm  
                         Submerged =    8 nm  
    16.00 AD 9352 upper-left Course 30°, KF, depth = 20 meters.  
    16.13 AD 9352 upper-center Surfaced.  
        Course 30°, 1 diesel KF.  
    16.25 AD 9352 upper-center Course 0°.  
    20.00 AD 9325 upper-center    
      NNW 6-7, Sea 6, overcast, Vis. 6 nm    
    24.00 AD 6899 upper-left corner Boat drifts with stopped engines.  
      NNW 6, Sea 6, overcast, Vis. medium Course 180°.  
                                                             
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 27.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 28.09.41
 
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    29.09.41      
    04.00 AD 9322 center Boat drifts with stopped engines.  
      NNW 4-5, Sea 4, partly cloudy, marine phosphorescence, Vis. 5 nm Course 180°.  
    08.00 AD 9325 upper-center edge    
      NNW 2, Sea 2, long abating NW-Swell, strong Northern Lights, cloudy, Vis. 5 nm Boat drifts with stopped engines.  
    12.00 AD 9325 lower-center Course 180°.  
      NNW 2, Sea 1, long flat NW-Swell, partly cloudy, Vis. good Day's run:  Surfaced    =   140 nm  
                       Submerged =     7 nm  
    12.15   Course 230°, 1 diesel KF.  For three hours very much drifting wreckage (boards, beams, logs)  
    14.55 AD 9343 center Test dive.  
      SE 4, Sea 3, clear sky, long flat Swell, Vis. good Work on the periscope.  
        Course 140°.  
    16.00 AD 9343 lower-right Course 140°.  
    16.14   Surfaced.  
    20.00 AD 9397 lower-center Course 140°, 1 diesel LF.  
      SSE 4, Sea 3, clear sky, Vis. good    
    22.00 AD 9738 upper-left Course 270°.  
        Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 232°T, 8 nm.  
    24.00 AD 9729 center Course 270°.  
      S 3, Sea 3, overcast, misty, Vis. changing, rain showers Converted main ballast and reserve fuel oil tank II. [for use as a ballast tank]  
                                                             
    30.09.41      
    04.00 AD 9718 center Course 270°.  
      SbyW 1-2, Sea 1-2, overcast, Vis. changing, at times rain showers, abating S-Swell    
    05.44 AD 9717 center-left edge Course 38°.  
    08.00 AD 9712 upper-center    
      SSW 3, Sea 2, overcast, light rain showers, Vis. moderate    
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 29.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 30.09.41
 
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    30.09.41      
    10.18 AD 9384 upper-left Crash dive for training.  
        Course 38°.  
    11.24 AD 9381 center Surfaced.  
    11.47   Officer-Only Radio Message from B.d.U. (1056/30/232):  
        Occupy the following positions at economical transit speed:  Neumann AL 6731, Hamm AL 6683, Dommes AL 9267, Suhren AM 4788, Heydemann AM 7477, depth 100 nm.   
    12.00 AD 9381 center-right Course 38°.    Day's run:     Surfaced  = 131 nm  
      SW 7-8, Sea 6, cloudy, rain showers, misty, Vis. 5 nm                                         Submerged =    7 nm  
    13.28 AD 9358 r.v. Course 115°.  
        1 diesel LF.  
    16.00 AD 9392 center-left edge    
      SbyW 7, Sea 7, clear horizon, Vis. 6 nm    
    20.00 AD 9812 upper-center Both diesels LF.  
      WSW 8-10, Sea 8, clear, Vis. 500 meters    
    24.00 AD 9846 upper-right    
      W 9, Sea 9, few clouds, hail showers, abating W-Swell, Vis. 2 nm    
                                                             
    01.10.41      
    04.00 AD 9897 lower-right Course 114°.  
      WbyS 6, Sea 5, high abating W-Swell, moonshine 1 diesel LF.  
    08.00 AK 1345 lower-right Course 114°.  
      SWbyS 6, Sea 6, abating W-Swell, few clouds, rain showers, Vis. medium    
    12.00 AK 1532 center-left Course 38°.    Day's run:  Surfaced    =   140 nm  
      SwbyS 4, Sea 5, few clouds, hail shower, SW-Swell, Vis. 8 nm                                        Submerged =     0 nm  
      Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 88°T, 9 nm.  
    16.00 AK 1619 center-left Course 114°.  
      SW 4, Sea 4, few clouds, hail showers, SW-Swell    
    20.00 AK 1664 upper-right    
      SW 6, Sea 6, cloudy, hail showers, increasing SW-Swell, Vis. changing (2-6 nm)    
           
Sun and Moon Data 30.09.41
Sun and Moon Data 01.10.41
 
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    01.10.41      
    24.00 AK 2549 upper-left    
      SWbyS 4, Sea 3, abating SW-Swell, moonshine, Vis. good Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 40°T, 7.5 nm.  
                                                             
    02.10.41 Northwest Atlantic    
    01.38 AK 2584 upper-left Steamer, about 10000 GRT, Type "DORIE STAR".  On the foreship a catapult with aircraft.  Matched speed and maneuvered ahead, steamer steers 210°, 11 knots.  
    03.16 AK 2579 upper-left Double shot tube I and II.  
        Set values:  
        Target speed = 11 knots           )  Etos  
        Range           = 800 meters        )  Tubes I and II  
                             = 90°                   )  
        Depth            = 2 meters           )  
        Miss.  
    03.19 AK 2579 upper-left Crash dive.  
    03.26   Surfaced.  
        Maneuvered ahead.  
        Steamer slowed to 8 knots, therefore a miss.  
    04.00 AK 2578 upper-right    
      W 3, Sea 3, Vis. medium, rain shower, moonshine, marine phosphorescence    
    06.52) AK 2717 upper-left corner Double shot:  
    06.53)   Eto Tube I:                              Eto Tube II:  
        Target speed = 8 knots,          Target speed = 11 knots,  
        Range           = 800 meters       Range          = 600 meters,  
                             = 80°                                      = 90°,  
        Depth            = 1 meter           Depth           = 1 meter  
        Running time:  1.)  47° = 705 meters,  2.)  44° = 660 meters.
        2 hits, bridge and bow.  
        Bow settles immediately up to the bridge.  Three boats were lowered, of these 1 motorboat with search light.  
        On wavelength 41.55 meters continual dashes were heard, which slowed over the next three minutes and then broke off.  
        After 80 minutes the steamer suddenly sank steeply over the bow.  
    08.00 AK 2717 center-right Course 110°.  
      W 3, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. 1 nm, rain shower Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 340°T, 8 nm.  
    12.00 AK 2761 left edge upper Day's run:  Surfaced    =   198 nm  
      WbyS 5, Sea 4, partly cloudy, Vis. good                  Submerged =    0.5 nm  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 01.10.41
Sun and Moon Data 02.10.41
 
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    continued      
    02.10.41      
    16.00 AK 2848 upper-left Course 110°.  
      WSW 3-4, Sea 3, partly cloudy, Vis. good, sunshine 1 diesel LF.  
    18.03   Dived to replace the fuel pump.  
    20.00 AK 2882 upper-left Course 110°, KF, depth = 15 meters.  
    20.28   Surfaced.  
        Course 110°, 1 diesel LF.  
    22.29   Radio Message from B.d.U. (1412/2/500):  Air reports at 12.40 hours convoy in naval square AL 6262, course 270°, 16 knots, 16 merchant ships up to 20000 GRT, 6 escorts, 4 destroyers.  
    23.51   Radio Message from B.d.U. (2324/2/123/205): Convoy reported by air detected once more at 15.00 hours AL 6283, course 200°.  Boats stand by for bearing signals on 3 October from 09.30 hours.  
    24.00 AK 2896 lower-left    
      WSW 4, Sea 4, overcast, rain showers, Vis. 6 nm Course 130°, 1 diesel LF.  
                                                             
    03.10.41      
    04.00 AK 3927 center-left edge    
      SSW 4, Sea 4, increasing SW-Swell, overcast, rain, Vis. 2 nm    
    08.00 AK 3992 lower-center Course 130°.  
      SSW 5-6, Sea 4-5, changing cloudiness, rain showers, Vis. changing Both diesels LF.  
    10.51   Short Signal to B.d.U.:  My position is 56°N 28°W, 122°T.  
    11.50   Radio Message from B.d.U. (1144/3/136):  Position of convoy by bearing signals 10.50 hours square AL 8250.  
    12.00 AK 6314 upper-left Course 130°.  
      SEbyS 5, Sea 5, overcast, misty, Vis. changing Day's run:  Surfaced    =   160 nm  
                       Submerged =      5 nm  
    15.14   Radio Message from B.d.U. (1449/3/141):  
        Exact position of the convoy by bearings 12.00 hours square 8240.  General course since yesterday SW.  
        Believe operation on the convoy, which by plotting runs at 10 knots, is not promising because I cannot catch him at GF before 400 nm.  
        (50 cbm = 2 days GF + return transit).  
    16.00 AK 6356 lower-left    
      SEbyS 5-6, Sea 5, overcast, increasing SE Swell, Vis. 4-6 nm 1 diesel LF.  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 02.10.41
Sun and Moon Data 03.10.41
 
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    continued      
    03.10.41      
    20.00 AL 4147 upper-left Course 97°.  
      SEbyS 4-5, Sea 4, overcast, Vis. 4 nm    
    23.15 AL 4157 lower-right A white star bearing 135°T.  
        Course 135°, both diesels HF.  
    24.00 AL 4182 right edge lower Dived to listen.  
      SEbyS 3, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. 4 nm No sound bearings.  
      Course 100°.  
                                                             
    04.10.41 West of Ireland    
    00.22   Surfaced.  
    04.00 AL 4196 Course 100°.  
      SbyE 5, Sea 4, overcast, Vis. good    
    08.00 AL 4288 upper-left    
      SbyE 4-5, Sea 4, overcast, Vis. 4 nm    
    12.00 AL 4299 lower-center edge Day's run:  Surfaced    =   158 nm  
      S 2-3, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. 7 nm                  Submerged =      1 nm  
    13.01 AL 5411 upper-left corner Dived due to bad visibility.  
    14.05   Surfaced.  
    16.00 AL 5413 center-left    
      SbyE 7, Sea 6, overcast, Vis. changing    
    16.30 AL 5421 upper-left Dived to repair the starboard E-motor.  
    18.29   Surfaced.  
    20.00 AL 5426 upper-center edge Course 100°.  
      SbyE 6, Sea 6, medium, increasing S-Swell, fog, rain, Vis. 400-1000 meters    
    22.57   Radio Message from B.d.U. (1719/4/174):  If there is no contact before darkness on convoy, in following sectors, search immediately from 15.00 hours from position AL 8836.  
        Opitz from 170-180°  
        Flaschenberg from 180-190°  
        Kraus from 190-200°  
        Suhren from 200-210°  
        Hamm 210-220°  
        Enemy speed 4.5-6.5 knots.  
    24.00 AL 5514 lower-center Course 100°.  
      SbyE 6, Sea 6, overcast, rain, Vis. bad    
                                                             
           
Sun and Moon Data 03.10.41
Sun and Moon Data 04.10.41
 
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    continued      
    05.10.41      
    00.06   Short Signal to B.d.U.:  
        Square AL 55, still have 45 tons fuel oil on board.  
    04.00 AL 5528 center Course 100°.  
      SbyE 6-7, Sea 6, overcast, at times foggy, rain showers, Vis. 2 nm 1 diesel LF.  
    08.00 AL 5563 upper-center    
      SbyE 4, Sea 4, cloudy, abating S-Swell, Vis. 1 nm    
    11.23   Radio Message from B.d.U. (1056/5/196):  
        Hamm free to maneuver square AM.  Advance to square 5640 to determine suspected traffic there.  
    11.47 AL 6451 upper edge right Test dive.  
      SE 4, Sea 3, SSE-Swell, partial overcast, Vis. moderate Course 91°.  
      KF.  
        Depth = 15 meters.  
    12.00   Day's run:  Surfaced    =   112 nm  
                         Submerged =      7 nm  
    13.11 AL 6452 lower-center edge Surfaced.  
    16.00 AL 6463 lower edge left Course 91°.  
      SSE 4, Sea 3, overcast, misty, Vis. 5 nm 1 diesel LF.  
    20.00 AL 6555 upper edge left    
      SEbyE 3-4, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. bad (3 nm)    
    24.00 AL 6641 lower-center edge    
      SSE 3, Sea 2, overcast, fog, Vis. 2000 meters    
                                                             
    06.10.41 West of Ireland    
    04.00 AL 6663 lower edge left    
      SE 2, Sea 2, cloudless, moonshine, Vis. 2 nm    
    05.02 AL 6665 upper edge right Crash dive!  
        Suddenly a destroyer out of the fog bearing 150°T with sharp target angle, makes 110 RPM.  Initially bearing shifts ahead, then astern, often stopped a few minutes, heard without gear in the entire boat.  
    07.16 AL 5662 center-right Surfaced.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 05.10.41
Sun and Moon Data 06.10.41
 
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    continued      
    06.10.41      
    08.00 AM 4441 center left edge Course 90°.  
      SEbyE 2, Sea 1, fog, moonshine, Vis. 1500 meters Both diesels LF.  
    12.00 AM 4453 center Day's run:  Surfaced    =   156 nm  
      SEbyE 2, Sea 1, overcast, fog, Vis. bad (1000 meters)                  Submerged =      7 nm  
    16.00 AM 4542 center-right Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 32°T, 51 nm.  
      ESE 1-2, Sea 1, foggy, Vis. 2 nm  
    17.19 Dived due to fog. Dived due to fog.  
    19.18 AM 4269 upper-right Surfaced.  
    20.00 AM 4348 center-right Course 105°.  
      ESE 2, Sea 1, partly cloudy, sunshine, fog banks, Vis. medium Both diesels LF.  
      Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 130°T, 4.5 nm.  
    24.00 AM 5175 center-left Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 83°T, 9.5 nm.  
      ESE 2, Sea 1, cloudy, moonshine, Vis. 3 nm  
                                                             
    07.10.41      
    04.00 AM 5433 lower-left    
      ESE 3-4, Sea 2-3, partly cloudy, Vis. good, moonshine    
    08.00 AM 5524 lower-right    
      ESE 2-3, Sea 1, overcast    
    08.02   Dived.  
    12.00 AM 5528 upper-right Course 160°    Day's run:  Surfaced    =   160 nm  
        KF                                   Submerged =    11 nm  
        Depth = 15 meters.  
    16.00 AM 5529 v.center edge    
      E 4, Sea 3, partial overcast, Vis. medium    
    20.00 AM 5537 lower-right    
    21.07 AM 5535 upper-center edge Surfaced.  
        Course 115°.  Both diesels HF.  
        The lighthouses at Tory Island and Rinrawross Point burn.  
    21.26   Course 150°.  
    22.03 AM 5641 Course 180°.  
    22.15   Course 270°.  
    24.00 AM 5552 center-right Course 270°.  
      S 4-5, Sea 3-4, overcast, rain showers, Vis. good    
                                                             
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 06.10.41
Sun and Moon Data 07.10.41
 
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    08.10.41      
    02.00 AM 5541 center Course 270°.  
        Both diesels LF.  
    04.00 AM 5433 center-right    
      SSW 6, Sea 5, partly cloudy, Vis. medium, moonshine    
    08.00 AM 4663 center-left edge    
      SSW 1, Sea 1, cloudy, moonshine, long abating S-Swell, Vis. 2-3 nm    
    09.00 AM 4661 lower-left Course 310°.  
    12.00 AM 4613 center-left edge Test dive.  
      SSW 3, Sea 2, partly cloudy, misty, SW-Swell 2 Work on the Junkers compressor.  
      Day's run:  Surfaced    =   160 nm  
                         Submerged =    15 nm  
    13.07 AM 4612 lower-right Surfaced.  
    15.48 AM 4292 upper-left Dived due to bad visibility.  
      SbyE 3, Sea 2, overcast, fog, Vis. bad (2 nm) Course 310°.  
      Depth = 15 meters.  
        KF  
    18.27   Surfaced.  
    20.00 AM 4255 upper edge left Course 310°.  
      SWbyW 3, Sea 2, partly cloudy, light rain showers, Vis. good Both diesels LF.  
    24.00 AM 1988 center    
      SbyW 3, Sea 2, overcast, drizzle, marine phosphorescence, Vis. changing (2-4 nm)    
                                                             
    09.10.41      
    00.02   Course 160°, 1 diesel LF.  
    04.00 AM 4266 right edge upper    
      SSE 1, Sea 1, overcast, at times fog, drizzle, Vis. changing (500-3000 meters)    
    08.00 AM 4278 center Course 160°, both diesels LF.  
      SE 3, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. good    
    11.38 AM 4554 center Dived due to bad visibility.  
      SE 5-6, Sea 4, overcast, fog, rain showers, Vis. 2 nm    
    12.00   Day's run:  Surfaced    =   183 nm  
                         Submerged =     7 nm  
    13.25   Surfaced.  Both diesels LF.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 08.10.41
Sun and Moon Data 09.10.41
 
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    continued      
    09.10.41      
    16.03 AM 4585 lower-center edge Dived due to bad visibility.  
      SEbyS 3, Sea 3, overcast, fog, abating SE-Swell, Vis. 300 meters    
    18.09 AM 4588 lower-right Surfaced.  
    20.00 AM 4835 upper-right Course 180°, both diesels LF.  
      SW 6, Sea 5, partly cloudy, sunshine, Vis. 10 nm Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 61°T, 12 nm.  
    21.00 AM 4839 upper-left Course 0°, 1 diesel LF.  
    24.00 AM 4596 center    
      SW 6, Sea 5-6, cloudy, moonshine, SW-Swell, Vis. 3 nm Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 130°T, 1 nm.  
                                                           
    10.10.41      
    04.00 AM 4539 lower-left Course 0°.  
      SW 4, Sea 4, partly cloudy, moonshine, Vis. good 1 diesel LF.  
    08.00 AM 4293 center    
      SW 5, Sea 4-5, overcast, rain, Swell, Vis. 3 nm    
    10.53 AM 4239 center Crash dive!  
      SSE 6-7, Sea 6, overcast, fog, rain, increasing S-Swell, Vis. 800 meters Aircraft  
      Course = 270°  
      Range   = 700 meters  
        Altitude = 200 meters  
    12.00 AM 4239 lower-left Day's run:  Surfaced    =   130 nm  
                         Submerged =     9 nm  
        Course 215°.  
    13.24   Surfaced.  
    16.00 AM 4255 lower-right Course 240°.  
      ENE 2, Sea 1, rough, high SSW-Swell, partly cloudy, Vis. good    
    20.00 AM 4196 center-right    
      NNW 3, Sea 4, cloudy, abating SW-Swell, Vis. 5-6 nm    
    24.00 AM 4423 left edge upper    
      NNE 4, Sea 3, long, high SW-Swell, partly cloudy, Vis. medium    
                                                             
    11.10.41      
    02.00 AM 4116 center-right edge Course 160°.  
        1 diesel LF.  
    04.00 AM 4446 v.upper edge    
      NNE 2, Sea 2, abating SW-    
           
Sun and Moon Data 09.10.41
Sun and Moon Data 10.10.41
Sun and Moon Data 11.10.41
 
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    continued      
    11.10.41      
      Swell, few clouds, Vis. good, moonshine    
    08.00 AM 4487 upper-right    
      SSE 1, SW-Swell, cloudy, moonshine, Vis. 2-3 nm    
    10.00   Rudder motor out of service.  
    11.36   Test dive, work on the rudder motor.  
    12.00 AM 4754 center Course 180°.  
      SSW 2, Sea 1, abating SW-Swell, partly cloudy, Vis. good Both diesels LF.  
      Day's run:  Surfaced    =   165 nm  
                         Submerged =     4 nm  
    12.39 AM 4754 center Surfaced.  
    13.42 AM 4754 center Course 50°.  
        Both diesels LF.  
    16.00 AM 4761 lower-center    
      SE 3, Sea 3, NW-Swell, overcast, misty, Vis. 8 nm    
    20.00 AM 4813 upper edge left    
      SE 4, Sea 3, partly cloudy, Vis. good    
    24.00 AM 4565 lower-left    
      SE 4-5, Sea 4, overcast, rain, strong marine phosphorescence, moonlight, Vis. 2-3 nm    
                                                             
    12.10.41      
    02.00 AM 4618 upper edge right Course 200°.  
        Both diesels LF.  
    02.00   Radio Message to B.d.U.:  
        Square AM 5640 no traffic observed.  Square AD 78 5000-tonner, Square AK 27 10000-tonner with catapult sunk.  Return transit square AM 4618, 1020 mb, SE 3.  
    04.00 AM 4569 lower-center Course 200°.  
      SbyE 4, Sea 4, overcast, rain showers, S-Swell, Vis. 2000 meters Both diesels LF.  
    08.00 AM 4837 center    
      SbyE 4, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. medium, at times light fog    
    12.00 AM 4888 center Day's run:  Surfaced    =   211 nm  
      SEbyE 4-5, Sea 4, overcast, Vis. 2 nm                  Submerged =     1 nm  
    14.30 AM 7227 lower-left Course 180°.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 11.10.41
Sun and Moon Data 12.10.41
 
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    continued      
    12.10.41      
    16.00 AM 7254 center-left Course 180°.  
      SbyE 6, Sea 6, cloudy, S-Swell, Vis. 5 nm Both diesels LF.  
    20.00 AM 7281 lower-left    
      SWbyS 6, Sea 5, overcast, fog, Vis. 2000 meters    
    24.00 AM 7557 upper-left corner    
      WNW 3, Sea 3, overcast, fog, strong marine phosphorescence, Vis. 500-1500 meters    
                                                             
    13.10.41      
    04.00 AM 7819 lower-right    
      WNW 2, Sea 2, abating Swell, overcast, Vis. good    
    08.00 BE 3213 upper-right    
      NW 2, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. good    
    10.00 BE 3243 lower-right Course 150°, both diesels LF.  
    12.00 BE 3282 lower-center Day's run:  Surfaced    =   220 nm  
      WbyN 2, Sea 1, cloudy, low W-Swell, Vis. 8-10 nm    
    20.00 BE 3833 lower-right Course 150°.  
      N 2, Sea 2, cloudy, N-Swell, Vis. 12 nm Both diesels LF.  
      Difference between dead reckoning and actual position after a navigation fix = 224°T, 9 nm.  
    21.41   Radio Message from B.d.U. (2118/13/151):  Return harbor is Brest for "U-562".  
    24.00 BE 3976 upper-right corner    
      NNW 3, Sea 2, partly cloudy, Vis. medium    
                                                             
    14.10.41      
    04.00 BE 6353 upper-center edge Course 150°, both diesels LF.  
      NNW 2, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. good, marine phosphorescence    
    04.52 BE 6367 upper-left Course 90°.  
        Both diesels LF.  
    06.28 BF 4148 upper-left Fishing vessels bearing 100°T.  Steady on course.  
    08.00 BF 4149 upper-left Course 90°.  
      NbyW 2, Sea 2, overcast, (moonshine), increasing N-Swell, Vis. 2 nm Both diesels LF.  
    08.38 BF 4157 upper-left Course 120° (avoidance maneuver for sailing vessel).  
           
Sun and Moon Data 12.10.41
Sun and Moon Data 13.10.41
Sun and Moon Data 14.10.41
 
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    continued      
    14.10.41      
    09.28 BF 4158 lower-center edge Course 90°.  
    11.01 BF 4167 lower edge left Test dive.  
      NbyE 3, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. good Work on the diesel.  
      Course 90°.  
    12.00   Day's run:  Surfaced    =   227 nm  
                         Submerged =      3 nm  
    12.50   Surfaced.  
    15.54 BF 4249 lower-edge left Crash dive for aircraft (Bristol Blenheim) bearing 230°T, range = 4000 meters, altitude = 800 meters.  
      NW 3, Sea 3, partly cloudy, Vis. 10 nm  
    15.58   2 aircraft bombs.  
        Failures: Water level glass, regulating tank port burst, pointer depth gauge came off, entire gyrocompass system, firing lever tube I, several bulbs and fuses.  
    16.00 BF 4249 lower edge left Course 89°, LF, depth = 35 meters.  Work on the port supercharger.  
    19.25   Surfaced.  
    20.00 BF 4283 upper center edge Course 90°.  
      N 3, Sea 2-3, overcast, Vis. good GF.  
    21.50 BF 4371 upper-center edge Course 88°, GF.  
    24.00 BF 4383 upper edge right Course 88°, GF.  
      NW 2, Sea 2, partly cloudy, Vis. 3 nm Fishing vessels to port and starboard.  
                                                             
    15.10.41      
    03.55 BF 5168 center-right Course 40°, GF.  
    04.00 BF 5168 upper-right Course 40°, GF.  
      NW 1-2, Sea 1, cloudy, moonshine, marine phosphorescence, Vis. 8 nm    
    06.35   Overflown by English aircraft (course 130°, altitude 600 meters).  Boat had stopped.  
    07.50 BF 5216 lower-left Taken in convoy.  
    08.00 NbyW 2, Sea 1, partly cloudy, Vis. changing Course 46°, LF.  
      Positioned in convoy.  
    08.22  )   Crash dive for aircraft.  
    08.31  )      
    09.50   Taken in Sperrbrecher convoy.  
    11.30   Made fast Brest (Berth     )  
        Day's run:  Surfaced    =   110 nm  
                         Submerged =    0.5 nm  
                                                             
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 14.10.41
Sun and Moon Data 15.10.41
 
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        Results:  15000 GRT, 4 + 2 torpedoes remaining.  
                      4 cbm remaining.  
        Total day's run:  5566 nm.  
           
                                                             
           
           
           
           
        Special remarks:  
        ===========  
        1.)  Patrols:  Exit of the Channel many sailing vessels, they seem to all report as soon as a boat is sighted.  Nearly every time the boat was sighted an aircraft came.  
        2.)  Traffic:  Northbound traffic, also independents, seemingly via south of Iceland, from there course 90° or 270° and then  
            a)  About course 230° close under the coast of Greenland.  
            b)  to 30° - 35°W to go to the south.  
           
                                                             
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
 

Appendices to U-562's KTB - click on the text at left to proceed to the document
Chart Track chart covering the entire patrol
   
Radio Excerpt of the Radio Log

 
 
     
 
Comments of the Befehlshabers der Unterseeboote
 
 
on the Kriegstagebuch of "U 562"
 
     
          First patrol of the Kommandant resulted in a beautiful initial success.  
          [second one sentence paragraph concerning convoy operation illegible]  
          [third one sentence comment illegible]  
     
    for the Befehlshaber der Underseeboote  
     - the Chief of the Operations Department -  
 
                       
     
     
 


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