U-625 - 1st War Patrol

Translation by Jerry Mason

Departed
Date
Arrived
Date
Days at Sea
Skjomenfjord
4 November 1942
Narvik
29 November 1942
26

 

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Ships Attacked
Date
KTB Time
Position
Ship
Tons
Nationality
Convoy
6 Nov 42
15.58 - 16.30
76°30'N, 16°30'E
CHULMLEIGH
5,445
British
6 Nov 42
22.24
76°15'N, 18°30'E
EMPIRE SKY
7,455
British
23 Nov 42
00.56 - 01.18
75°33'N, 16°30'E
GOOLISTAN
5,851
British
QP-15
     
 Total = 18,751
   
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  625  "  
           
           
           
           
           
              Kommandant: Oberleutnant zur See    B  e  n  k  e  r  
           
           
           
           
           
           
                                    Beginning:      4 June  1942,  
                                    Ending    :    30 Sept. 1942.  
           
           
                           
           
           
                               
           
           
           
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    04.06.42   Commissioning.  
         
    05. - 07.06.42   Maneuvering training and took over the boat.  
         
    07.06.42   Transfer cruise to Kiel.  
         
    07. - 22.06.42   U.A.K. Kiel.  
         
    23.06.42   Cruise to Rønne and U.A.G. Schall (Sound trials).  
         
    24.06.42   Cruise to Danzig.  
         
    25 - 29.06.42   T.E.K. Gotenhafen.  
         
    30.06.42   Measured mile to Danzig and back.  
         
    01.07.42   Cruise to Hela.  
         
    02. - 21.07.42   Agru Front - Hela.  
         
    21.07.42   Cruise to Danzig.  
         
    21 - 27.07.42   Danzig.  Shore tactical training.  
         
    27.07.42   Cruise to Gotenhafen and torpedo loading.  
         
    28.07. - 12.08.42   Shooting Flotilla in Pillau (26. U-Flottille)  
         
    13. - 21.08.42   Danzig, dry dock and repair of the Fu.M.G. [radar]  
         
    21. - 31.08.42   Tactical training.  
         
    01.09.42   Cruise from Danzig to Swinemunde.  
         
    02. - 05.09.42   Swinemunde.  
         
    05.09.42   Began final adjustments and overhaul in Kiel (Deutsche Werk).  
         
    26.09.42   Sea trial.  
         
    27. - 30.09.42   Beginning of outfitting for the Front.  Fuel oil and torpedo loading.  
           
                       
                         Oberleutnant zur See and Kommandant.  
           
           
 

 

 
                                                                              
 
           
           
           
           
           
           
                                     
           
                                  K  r  i  e  g  s  t  a  g  e  b  u  c  h  
           
           
           
                                                U  625  
           
           
           
                          Kommandant:    
                                                Oberleutnant zur See Hans Benker  
           
           
           
        Beginning:    27  9.42  
        Ending    :    29.11.42  
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
                    
           
           
           
 
 
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    27.09.42 Kiel U-boat Base Torpedo and ammunitions loading.  
         
                                                
         
    28.09.42   Dry provisions loading.  
         
                                                
         
    29.09.43 Kiel          " Radio direction finder calibration and degaussing.  Fresh provisions loading.  
         
                                                
         
    30.09.42 Kiel          " Balancing, final trim test, afterwards shipyard to renew the antenna cable for the forward net deflector, and overhaul the G.H.G.  
           
                                                  
           
    01.10.42 Fair, hazy, 1015 mb Departed on 1st patrol.  
    07.00   1 E-machinist, 3 Midshipmen, 1 Diesel Mechanic, 2 Seamen new onboard.  
    10.00   Taken in convoy at Rot 15.  Transit behind M 1907.  A total of 6 U-boats.  Switched to U-boat Coastal Circuit.  
    12.00 AO 7439 Day's run:  Surfaced 47 nm  
           
                                                  
    16.00 AO 7199    
    20.00 AO 7218    
           
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 01.10.42
 
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    02.10.42 AO 4857    
    02.10   From Point Schwarz 10 under escort by 2 patrol boats.  
    04.00 AO 4868    
    08.00 AO 4468    
    12.00 AO 4428 Day's run:  Surfaced 245 nm  
      WNW 4, Sea 3, 1015 mb    
                                                  
    16.00 AN 3635 In AO 44 and AN 36 drifting mines sighted.  
    19.00   Arrived Kristiansand South, made fast Marvik.  
           
                                                  
           
    03.10.43 Kristiansand South Transit to the north with GRILLE under escort by 2 U-boat hunters within the German warning area.  Speed 10 knots.  
      WNW, Sea 2, 1020 mb, overcast  
    12.00 AN 3529 Day's run:  Surfaced 98 nm  
      WSW 2, Sea 2, 1020 mb, overcast    
                                                  
    15.00 AN 3274    
    20.00 AN 2934 2 nm west of Imsen Beacon escort ended.  Came to course 280°, 14 knots, to quickly get out of the German warning area.  
    21.10 WNW 2, Radar detected on 2.4-meter wavelength, believe German gear.  
      Light NW-Swell, overcast, Vis. good    
    21.45   Came to diesel-electric HF.  
           
    04.10.42 AN 2979    
    03.10   Came to course 0°, 7 knots.  
    04.00 AN 2892    
           
    07.15 SW 4, Sea 3, rain, overcast, 1013 mb Crash dive, afterwards proceeded submerged.  
    08.30 - 10.30   Depth control training.  
    12.00 AN 2395 Day's run:  Surfaced       161  
                         Submerged     17  
                          Total:           178  
                                                  
           
Sun and Moon Data 02.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 03.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 04.10.42
 
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    continued      
    04.10.42      
    16.00 AN 2375    
    19.30   Surfaced at the beginning of twilight.  
    20.00 AN 2334 7 knots, course 340°.  
      NNW 2, Sea 1, 1006 mb    
           
    05.10.42 AF 8781    
    04.00 AF 8718    
    08.00 AF 8777    
      W 2    
    08.05   Crash dive, depth control training and afterwards proceeded submerged.  
    12.00 AF 8471 Day's run:  Surfaced       76  
                         Submerged    41  
                          Total:          125 [typo 117 nm]  
                                                  
    13.45 SE 3, Sea 2, 1004 mb, rain Surfaced to ventilate the boat, very bad visibility, low clouds.  
    14.25   Crash dive for training, Afterwards deep dive to depth A +70 meters.  All tight.  
    16.00 AF 7635    
    20.00 AF 7663 Surfaced.  
           
    06.10.42 AF 7391    
      WNW 4, Sea 3, 992 mb, rain, overcast    
    04.00 AF 7329    
    08.00 AF 4988    
    10.00   Crash dive for training.  
    10.30   Surfaced.  
    12.00 AF 4917 Day's run:  Surfaced       115  
      SE 2, light Swell, overcast, 1005 mb                  Submerged     10  
                        Total:           125  
                                                  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 04.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 05.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 06.10.42
 
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    continued      
    06.10.42      
    16.00 AF 4823    
    20.00 AF 4526    
    20.40   Radio Message:  Atzinger, Jakobs, Benker head for Narvik at increased speed.  Readiness for Murmansk convoy.  Further employment in the Atlantic intended.  
    21.10   Intend to be at the objective on 8 October at dawn.  
           
    07.10.42 AF 4565    
      WSW 4, Sea 4, overcast, rain    
    04.00 AF 4623    
    07.00   Outgoing Short Signal:  Position 24 hours off return harbor.  
                                                                         U-625  
    08.00 AF 5258    
    11.40   Crash dive for training, depth control training.  
    12.00 AF 5219 Day's run:  Surfaced       247  
      ENE 2, Sea 2, 997 mb, rain                  Submerged       1  
                          Total:          248  
                                                  
    16.00 AF 5226 Came to HF, to not be early at Point A.  
    16.14   Incoming Radio Message:  Convoy intake Point Green at 8 October for U-625 at 14.00 hours.  
        All proceed to Narvik to GRILLE. [GRILLE had gone ahead]
    19.25   Visibility 2 nm and below. Have had no navigation fix for three days.  
        Outgoing Radio Message:  Request radio beacon Skraaven from 04.00-06.00 hours half hourly.  
        M.N.O. Narvik from Benker.  
    20.00 AF 2976    
      995 mb, rain    
           
    08.10.42 AF 3742    
    04.00 AF 3732 Positioned on the 200-meter line, came to course 140° and by soundings in Vestfjord.  
           
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 06.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 07.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 08.10.42
 
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    continued      
    08.10.42      
    08.00 AF 3582 Visibility 2 nm, no land in sight.  
    12.00 AF 3615 Day's run:  Surfaced       220  
      ENE 1, 999 mb, rain                  Submerged     13  
                          Total:           233  
                                                  
    12.30   Met U-boat hunter at Green 9, that escorted me to Rotvær.  
    16.00 AF 3393    
    17.30   Made fast alongside GRILLE.  
    18.00   Cast off and headed for Skommenfjord.  
        Made fast alongside STELLA POLARIS.  
        Day's run:  Surfaced  82 nm  
                                                  
           
    08.10. - 04.11.42      
      Skommenfjord and Narvik At operational readiness waited 27 days on Murmansk convoy.  
                                                  
           
    04.11.42      
    09.30   After conference with Admiral Nordmeer cast off from GRILLE.  
    11.45   Took over pilot in Lødingen.  
    15.08   Made fast Harstad.  Pilot disembarked.  Provisions loaded.  
    17.30   Ship 42 was 40 minutes late, as a result just now departed with U-611 under escort by Ship 42.  
    20.00 AF 3333    
      W 1, Sea 0, 1015 mb    
    23.28   Escort ended.  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 08.10.42
Sun and Moon Data 04.11.42
 
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    05.11.42 AB 9868 Course 358°, 12 knots.  
        U-611 out of sight.  
    04.00 AB 9592    
      WbyS 1, Sea 1, 1015 mb    
    07.30   Crash dive for training.  
    07.45   Surfaced.  
    07.50   1 BV 138 in sight bearing 110°T, course 340°.  
    12.00 AB 6897 Day's run:  Surfaced       255  
                         Submerged       3  
                          Total:          258  
                                                  
    16.00 AB Air reports steamer in [Luftwaffe grid] square 17 East 07.35 hours with time group 1110.  I cannot get there.  
    20.00 AB 6529    
           
    06.11.42 AB 6226    
      NE 2, Sea 1, overcast, 1015 mb    
    04.00 AB 3856    
    05.50   Reached operations area.  
    08.00 AB 3583    
    10.25   Presented Radio Message:  English steamer stranded at 04.26 hours at South Cape Spitzbergen  
        Came to course 25° at 14 knots.  
    10.30   3 Ju 88 bearing 170°T, course 330°.  
        Apparently they were also heading for Spitzbergen.  
    11.35   Aircraft bearing 0°T at sharp target angle, Crash dive!  Boat oscillated at depth A -10 meters,  When boat is again at periscope, the aircraft had disappeared.  
    11.45   Surfaced.  
    12.00 AB 3523 Day's run:  Surfaced       257  
                         Submerged       8  
                          Total:           265  
                                                  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 05.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 06.11.42
 
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    continued      
    06.11.42      
    13.00   Land in sight ahead, South Cape.  
        A Ju 88 reported the steamer in [Luftwaffe grid] square 17 East 6747 with three boats.  
    14.00   Have the mastheads in sight and dived to look at the steamer submerged.  
        Ship makes a normal impression.  
        No damage determined.  Lies with the stern about 1 meter deeper.  There still seems to be life aboard, it smokes slightly from the smokestack.  2 cannons are seen.  Boats are lowered, however not seen.  I estimate at 4000 GRT.  
    16.00 AB 3281 It gets dark quickly.  Surfaced to give him a coup de grâce on the surface. Apparently the steamer is not so heavily damaged that he cannot be towed away.  
      NE 1, Sea 1, Vis. clear, overcast, 1012 mb  
        The steamer lies in a cliff circle which can be penetrated from the south.  However this access is blocked by drift ice.  I shoot between the two cliffs.  
    15.58   Shot from tube III.  
                Target speed 0°, range 1900 meters.  
        Hit after 116 seconds running time.  
    16.01   Shot from tube I.  
                Target speed 0°, range 1800 meters, T 1  
        Miss.  I believe the torpedo was damaged by the cliff.  No detonation follows, though there were rocks everywhere.  
        After the hit the steamer settles forward.  The forecastle comes to the water.  The stern juts out.  
        It seems he is stuck astern.  He takes a list to starboard.  
        I have 20 shots of incendiary ammunition fired.  It is very good training for the gun commander.  Despite many hits he does not burn.  
           
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 06.11.42
 
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    continued      
    06.11.42      
    16.30   Ran back into my attack area.  
    17.37   Dived to reload.  
    18.30   Propeller sounds bearing 150°T.  
    18.40   Surfaced came to course 150° at 2 x GF.  
    19.00   A shadow ahead to port.  A large steamer general course 90°.  Matched speed and maneuvered ahead, steamer runs at 8 knots.  
    20.00 AB 3372 Ran towards.  
      ENE 1, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. completely clear    
    20.14   Shot from tubes I and II.  
                Target speed 8 knots, target angle 64°, range 800 meters, T 3  
                Target speed 8 knots, target angle 67°, range 750 meters, T 3  
        Miss.  I had the impression that the steamer had sped up.  Hung on and matched speed once more.  Now runs at 12 knots.  Maneuvered ahead, steamer zigzags heavily.  
    20.55   Double shot from tubes III and IV  
                Target speed 12 knots, target angle 79°, range 700 meters, T 2  
                Target speed 12 knots, target angle 88°, range 700 meters, T 2  
        Miss.  The steamer turned hard away as soon as the shots were fired.  Here we go again!  
      [Fu.M.G. = radar] Took position in the wake and matched speed once again with the Fu.M.G. deployed.  
        This goes very well and agrees with when I only plotted.  First of all much quicker [the procedure].  He now runs at 10 knots.  Maneuvered ahead and ran along ahead of him.  He slowly grew calmer, zigzags less and now runs at a constant 10 knots.  I still wait a half hour.  At the moment is quite bright with the Northern Lights.  I want to shoot at shorter range so that he can make no maneuver.  I believe that he heard the first torpedoes and outmaneuvered them.  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 06.11.42
 
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    continued      
    06.11.42      
    22.24   Ran in.  
        Shot from tubes I and III  
                Target speed 10 knots, target angle 78°, range 400 meters, T 3, running time 27 seconds  
                Target speed 10 knots, target angle 110°, range 350 meters, T 3, running time 25 seconds  
        Hit forward 10 and aft 30 meters.  
        Initially the steamer takes a heavy list to starboard then to port, settles deeper forward, transmits, however the call sign was not detected by us.  Boats launched.  
        On the poop there is an aircraft on a catapult.  Aircraft and cases are seen on deck.  Cannon forward and aft, steamer had seven loading hatches. By estimation 6500 GRT.  
        Steamer lies calmly.  I give him one more shot from tube V.  
                Target speed 0 knots, target angle 0°, range 500 meters  
        Hit after 35 seconds.  The steamer bursts into 1000 pieces.  It is bright as day, munitions detonate in the air.  A deafening roar and ringing, a several hundred meter high column of fire in the sky.  Around us the water seems to boil from the wreckage flying around.  Many hit the boat.  A 1 kg piece falls into the control room.  When the spell is over, except for a giant smoke cloud nothing is seen.  The lifeboats have also disappeared.  In own boat except for light bulbs and fuses no damage  
    23.00   Ran back into my attack area.  
           
    07.11.42 AB 3388    
    01.20 SW 2, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. clear, 1011 mb Radio Message to Admiral Nordmeer from Benker.  
      1)  22.24 hours a large munitions steamer square 3388 sunk.  Aircraft on deck, name despite transmitting not detected.  Outmaneuvered two attacks.  
        2)  16.00 hours the South Cape steamer was given a coup de grâce.  
        3)  Still 5 torpedoes, 108 cbm, overcast, Vis. clear, clouds 400 meters, SW 1, 1012 mb  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 06.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 07.11.42
 
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    continued      
    07.11.42   By later determination it is the steamer "BANGALORE" 6067 GRT.  
    04.00 AB 3531    
      S 1, Sea 1, 9/10, Vis. clear, 1010 mb    
    04.40   Again position in my attack area.  
    08.00 AB 3537    
      SSW 2, Sea 1, overcast, misty, 1010 mb Suspect focal point to the north of my attack area.  Apparently the steamer navigated in shallow water around Spitzbergen.  
    10.35 Fog Dived at the north edge of the square to listen.  Visibility about 100 meters.  
    12.00 AB 3294 Day's run:  Surfaced       135  
      SW 1, overcast, fog, 1009 mb                  Submerged     18  
                          Total:           153  
                                                  
    12.12   Surfaced because there are propeller sounds bearing 50°T.  Pursued at 2 x GF.  
    12.58   Dived.  Propeller sounds bearing 60°T.  
    14.05   Surfaced.  Came to course 65° at 2 x GF.  
        Continually drove a serpentine course to detect the enemy with Fu.M.G., however nothing comes in range.  
        The water is shallower, we must be directly at the South Cape.  Visibility is still 100 meters.  I can only navigate by soundings and those are very inexact in this area.  Have no exact ship's position.  
    14.48   Dived, propeller sounds bearing 70°T.  
    15.00   Surfaced, came to course 85° at 2 x GF.  
        I must reduce speed immediately, because it is shallower and soundings were under 20 meters.  
        By the chart there are rocks everywhere within the 20-meter line.  If only the visibility were better.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 07.11.42
 
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    continued      
    07.11.42      
    15.20   Still sounding 12 meters water, broke off pursuit and attempted to get to deeper water.  I must go back to the SW because there is shallow water on all sides here.  
    15.35   Radio Message to Admiral Nordmeer from Benker.  
        Fast eastbound steamer square AB 3267 escaped after listening pursuit.  Fog Vis. 100 meters, no ice.  
        Ran on the 20-meter line at high speed to the south.  Perhaps I can still hear him.  
    16.20   Dived.  No sound bearing.  
    17.16   Surfaced.  Moved off to the south.  
    17.30 SSW 1, Sea 1, overcast, misty, Vis. 600 meters, 1009 mb Began torpedo downloading from the over deck.  
    19.30   Downloading ended, went smoothly.  
    20.00 AB 3282 Dived to listen, nothing.  
        Surfaced, the visibility has gotten better.  Over Spitzbergen bright glacier shine.  
    22.00 AB It is very dark, additionally the fog has thickened.  I decide to proceed submerged because the listening range greatly exceeds the visibility.  
    22.02   Dived, moved off to the south at KF.  
           
    08.11.42 AB 3288    
    04.00 AB 3525    
    08.00 AB 3528 Surfaced in the morning twilight, ran to the north.  
      SbyE 2, Sea 3, 1001 mb, misty    
    12.00 AB 3285 Day's run:  Surfaced        52  
                         Submerged    27  
                          Total:            79  
                                                  
    16.00   Steered search curves.  
    20.00 AB 3297    
    21.00   Dived to listen.  
    21.30   Surfaced.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 07.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 08.11.42
 
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    continued      
    08.11.42      
    23.30   Incoming Radio Message:  Occupy as new attack areas, depth 40 nm.  
                Benker    square 3284 lower left  
                Marks          "     3556 right edge lower  
                Grau            "    3374 lower edge left  
                Brodda        "     3863 lower edge right  
        All Anton Bruno  
                                                                Nordmeerschef  
    24.00 AB 3531    
      S 4, Sea 3, overcast, 995 mb    
                                                  
           
    09.11.42      
    04.00 AB 3285    
    08.00 AB 3282    
    09.00   West coast of Spitzbergen in sight.  
    12.00 AB 3283 Day's run:  Surfaced        57  
      S 3, Sea 3, overcast, 991 mb                  Submerged      1  
                          Total:            58  
                                                  
    16.00 AB 3286    
    20.00 AB 3523    
      SSE 2-3, Sea 2, overcast, 989 mb, misty    
    20.46   Dived to listen.  
    23.56   Surfaced.  
    24.00 AB 3524    
           
    10.11.42      
    04.00 AB 3281    
    08.00 AB 3252    
      WSW 3, Sea 2, 980 mb, overcast, Vis. good    
        Day's run:  Surfaced        104  
                         Submerged        7  
                          Total:            111  
                                                  
           
Sun and Moon Data 08.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 09.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 10.11.42
 
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    continued      
    10.11.42      
    16.00 AB 3294 Steered search curves.  
    20.00 AB 3289    
    24.00 AB 3281    
      NE 4, Sea 3, overcast, 985 mb    
           
    11.11.42      
    00.12   The visibility was very bad, dived to listen.  
    04.00 AB 3254    
    08.00 AB 3252    
    08.05   Surfaced in the morning twilight.  
    12.00 AB 3253 Day's run:  Surfaced         78  
      NW 3, Sea 3, misty, overcast, 996 mb                  Submerged      24  
                        Total:            102  
                                                  
    16.00 AB 3374    
    20.00 AB 3372    
    24.00 AB 3295    
      NW 4-5, Sea 4, 1116, misty, Vis. clear    
           
    12.11.42      
    04.00 AB 3286    
    08.00 AB 3284    
    10.56   Dived for approaching aircraft.  
        Type not recognized.  
    11.30   Surfaced.  
    12.00 AB 3294 Day's run:  Surfaced        115  
      NW 3, Sea 3, 1021 mb, overcast, Vis. clear                  Submerged        4  
                        Total:            119  
                                                  
    16.00 AB 3295    
    20.00 AB 3296    
    24.00 AB 3283    
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 10.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 11.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 12.11.42
 
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    13.11.42 NNE 2-3, Sea 2, 1015 mb, overcast    
    04.00 AB 3288    
    08.00 AB 3289    
    09.04 Misty Dived to listen.  
    12.00 AB 3295 Day's run:  Surfaced         92  
                         Submerged     10  
                          Total:            102  
                                                  
    14.20   Surfaced.  
    16.00 AB 3281    
    20.00 AB 3257    
    24.00 AB 3282    
      SE 2-3, Sea 3, rain, 998 mb    
           
    14.11.42      
    04.00 AB 3283    
    08.00 AB 3264    
    12.00 AB 3256 Day's run:  Surfaced        78  
      SE 2-3, Sea 2, overcast, 997 mb                  Submerged     13  
                        Total:            91  
                                                  
    16.00 AB 3283    
    20.00 AB 3288    
    24.00 AB 3285 Since the moon is there the nights are brighter than the twilight hours of the said day.  
      NE 2-3, Sea 2, overcast, 998 mb  
           
    15.11.42      
    04.00 AB 3257    
    06.12   Obscuration, dived to listen.  
    07.05   Surfaced.  
    08.00 AB 3282    
      NE 3, Sea 3, overcast, 996 mb    
    12.00 AB 3285 Day's run:  Surfaced        90  
                         Submerged      3  
                          Total:            93  
                                                  
           
Sun and Moon Data 13.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 14.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 15.11.42
 
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    continued      
    15.11.42      
    16.00 AB 3284    
    20.00 AB 3288    
    22.16   Dived to listen.  
    24.00 AB 3288 Surfaced.  
      NE 6, Sea 5, 1002 mb, misty, overcast    
           
    16.11.42      
    00.15   Dived due to bad visibility.  
    04.00 AB 3285    
    04.15 ENE 7-8, Sea 7, 5/10, 1010 mb    
    08.00 AB 3282    
    12.00 AB 3283 Day's run:  Surfaced        71  
      NNE 2-3, Sea 3, 5/10, 1014 mb, Vis. good                  Submerged    16  
                        Total:            87  
                                                  
    16.00 AB 3295    
    16.44   Shadow to port.  Moved ahead with tubes ready to shoot.  
        At 1000 meters was distinguished as a U-boat.  After calling 3 times Recognition Signal was answered at a distance of 500 meters. It is not nice to have a U-boat before the tubes, even one that is own with 95% certainty, however has not answered Recognition Signals.  
        After name exchange turned away.  It was U-376.  
    20.00 AB 3286    
    21.07   Visibility deteriorates, dived.  
    22.16   Surfaced.  
    24.00 AB 3283    
      E 3, Sea 2, overcast, 1004 mb, misty    
           
    17.11.42      
    04.00 AB 3258    
    06.35   Visibility was worse, fog, dived to proceed submerged.  
    08.00 AB 3282    
    12.00 AB 3286 Day's run:  Surfaced        67  
      NE 4-5, Sea 3, overcast, 997 mb                  Submerged    14  
                        Total:            81  
                                                  
           
Sun and Moon Data 15.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 16.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 17.11.42
 
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    continued      
    17.11.42      
    13.02   Surfaced.  
    16.00 AB 3288    
    20.00 AB 3285    
    24.00 AB 3282    
      E 2-3, Sea 1, 7/10, 998 mb    
           
    18.11.42      
    04.00 AB 3282    
    08.00 AB 3286    
    10.58   Dived due to driving snow.  
    11.58   Surfaced.  
    12.00   Day's run:  Surfaced        83  
                         Submerged     3  
                          Total:            86  
                                                  
    16.00 AB 3297    
    20.00 AB 3294    
    24.00 AB 3286    
      SW 5-6, Sea 4, overcast, 982 mb    
           
    19.11.42      
    04.00 AB 3285    
    08.00 AB 3281    
    08.24   Dived due to bad visibility.  
    12.00 AB 3281 Day's run:  Surfaced         84  
      SE 2-3, Sea 2, 8/10, 975 mb, snow                  Submerged     11  
                        Total:             95  
                                                  
    12.32   Surfaced.  
    16.00 AB 3253    
    15.35   Incoming Radio Message.  
        1)  From the Luftwaffe Intercept Service a convoy departed noon 18 November at Cape Grodetzki at a strength of 28 steamers, suspect 5 destroyers, 8 escorts.  
        2)  Form patrol line by 20 November 20.00 hours from square AC 2287 to square AC 2745 in named order:  Grau, Borm, Hopmann, Benker, Marz, Mäder, Brodda and  Esch.  
                                                                From Adm. Nordmeer  
           
Sun and Moon Data 17.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 18.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 19.11.42
 
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    continued      
    19.11.42      
    16.30   Headed for the Cape to get a good departing position.  
    20.00 AB 3294 Course 101°, 14 knots.  
    24.00 AB 3395 The night is bright as day from the moon, the full moon is not until 22 November.  
      E 3, Sea 2, 7/10, 978 mb  
           
    20.11.42      
    04.00 AC 1434 The seas come exactly from ahead.  Bridge was wet.  
    08.00 AC 1538    
      E 5, Sea 4, 978 mb, overcast.    
    12.00 AC 1556 Day's run:  Surfaced 224 nm  
                                                  
    16.00 AC 2457 Have over 50% speed loss due to Sea State.  I will arrive 1/2 hour late at my position, according to B-Dienst report the convoy runs at 8 knots.  From this an encounter will not be expected before tomorrow at noon.  Therefore believe that my lateness is not important enough to break radio silence.  
E 6-7, Sea 5, 973 mb
    20.00 AC 2459 The conning tower hatch must be closed because the pump cannot keep up with the water.  Therefore have no Fu.M.B.  
      EbyN 8-9, Sea 7, 973 mb  
    23.00   Have reached position in patrol line.  
    24.00 AC 2468 Dived to repair both ballast pumps.  
      E 8, Sea 7, 974 mb, very bright    
           
    21.11.42      
    02.30   Surfaced, auxiliary ballast pump remains out of service.  
    04.00 AC 2466    
      EbyN 10-11, Sea 9, 975 mb, overcast    
    08.00 AC 2548 Incoming Short Signal  
        1 destroyer square AC 2248.  
                                                               U-378  
    09.27   Incoming Short Signal.  
        1 steamer square AC 2465.  
                                                               U-405  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 19.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 20.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 21.11.42
 
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    continued      
    21.11.42      
    12.00 AC 2548 Day's run:  Surfaced        77  
                         Submerged      9  
                          Total:            86  
                                                  
    12.37   From U-378.  
        Have lost contact square AB 2722.   
        Apparently the convoy is located to the south.  By plotting makes 8 knots, course 280°.  Can be at intercept point in 4 hours.  
    14.20   Incoming Short Signal.  
        1 destroyer square 2719.  
                                                               U-209  
    14.50   Incoming Radio Message.  
        1)  Boats from Grau to Esch form Group "Boreas".  
        2)  Boats of this group without contact from now course west speed 8 knots.  
    16.00 AC 2426 I will still run up to the intercept point and thereafter go to the west.  Believe only limited use of weapons is possible.  
      NE 8, Sea 8, 981 mb  
    18.00   Nothing seen, came to course 270°, 8 knots.  
    20.00 AC 1684 Visibility is 1/2 nm, dived to listen.  
      NNE 10-11, Sea 8, 987 mb, overcast    
    21.10   Surfaced.  
    20.33   Incoming Radio Message.  
        To "Boreas"  
        1)  If up to 22.00 hours there is no contact at highest speed occupy patrol line square 3295 to square 3985, both AB.  In old named order.  Plus Vogler in southernmost position.  
        2) Hopmann report last position of steamer.  
    22.00   Proceeded at highest speed to new position, can make 12 knots.  
        Wind shifts to the north, it is colder, boat begins to ice.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 21.11.42
 
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    22.11.42      
    24.00 AC 1594    
      NE 7-8, Sea 7, 991 mb I must dive to de-ice the boat.  
    04.00 AC 1491 Both diesel air masts are frozen.  
    08.00 AB 3669 Papenberg and buoyancy indicator also.  
    08.45   I am 15 nm from my new position.  
        Surfaced.  
        Have reached new position.  If the convoy runs at 8 knots, it must pass through at 12.00 or 13.00 hours.  
        Day's run:  Surfaced        261  
                         Submerged        4  
                          Total:            265  
                                                  
        The visibility was bad 500 meters, dive to listen.  In the south diesel sounds are heard, which shift east then west.  Must be a U-boat.  
        Surfaced.  Visibility was about 5 nm.  Hopefully the convoy will not go through south of Bäreninsel.  
        A shadow bearing 100°T.  Recognized as a merchant ship.  Zigzags heavily, steers 290°. Maneuvered ahead.  
    24.00 AB 3569    
           
    23.11.42 AB 3569    
      N 2-3, Sea 2, overcast, 1008 mb, Vis. clear    
    00.008   Short Signal.  
        Steamer square AB 3647.  
                                                               U-625  
        Was not repeated by Control Center.  It is a very bright night, full moon with broken cloud deck.  I decide on submerged attack.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 22.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 23.11.42
 
- 20 -
 
           
           
           
    continued      
    23.11.42      
    00.20   Dived target angle 0°.  The situation is difficult.  Buoyancy indicator is frozen, the papenberg registers slowly.  Additionally the pennant of the attack periscope jumped from the roller and jams at 12 meters.  The objective is continually iced and the Chief Engineer must let the boat cut under, which also does not contribute to clarifying the situation.  Proceeded by sound bearings.  Saw the steamer once at target angle 0°.  Then it disappears when a cloud covers the moon.  Ran by time to and fro on attack course. Suddenly see him at target angle 80° directly in the moon track.  
    00.56   Two-fan from tubes I and III.  
        Target speed 10 knots, target angle 90°, range 400 meters, spread angle 8°, T 2.  
        Hit after 22 seconds.  
        Boat cuts under, when it again comes out the steamer burns at the after mast.  The steamer settles deeper astern.  Normal merchant ship with 2 cannons.  It shoots rockets that break down into about 10 white stars.  He has to go otherwise he will bring a destroyer from the convoy on my neck, which should still be in the vicinity.  
    01.18   Shot from tube V, target speed 0, target angle 0°, T 3.  
        Hit after 33 seconds under the bridge.  
    01.45   Steamer sinks over the stern post.  The cargo continues to burn on the water.  Cellulose.  I go to the boats to determine the name. From statements of the crew the Captain remained on board.  Steamer was called "GOOLISTAN" (5851 tons).  Loaded with wood and cellulose.  
    02.15   Went back to my position.  
           
           
           
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 23.11.42
 
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    continued      
    23.11.42      
    03.00   Radio Message from Benker.  
        1)  01.45 hours square AB 3592 "GOOLISTAN" sunk.  Independent, course west, cellulose.   
        2)  Steamer on 6 November was "BANGALORE".  Still 2 torpedoes, 65 cbm, NNE 2, 7/10, 1007 mb, Vis. 7 nm  
    04.00 AB 3569 Dived to reload tube V.  
    04.20   Propeller sounds bearing 60°.  
        Do not shift.  
    04.34   Surfaced.  Came to course 60° at AK.  
    05.20   Crash dive to listen.  Sound now bearing 330°T therefore a westbound steamer.  
    05.31   Surfaced.  Pursued.  
    06.05   Steamer in sight.  Large ship, stubbornly steers 270°, runs at 12 knots.  Maneuvered ahead.  
    06.12   Short Signal:  1 steamer square AB 3645.  
                                                               U-625  
    07.33   I already have him in target angle 30° and want to attack in 1/2 hour, again submerged, then it will be bright as day.  Suddenly the steamer is torpedoed.  I am beaten to the punch.  Two independents in a single night would have been something precious.  I sincerely wished luck on the other.  
        Ran back to patrol line.  
    08.00 AB 3529    
      NNW 3, Sea 1-2, 1005 mb, 5/10    
    12.00 AB 3644 Day's run:  Surfaced        144  
                         Submerged       10  
                          Total:            154  
                                                  
    16.00 AB 3648    
    17.30   Dived due to bad visibility.  
    20.00 AB 3644    
      E 3, Sea 2, 987 mb, overcast, Vis. 1/2 nm    
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 23.11.42
 
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    continued      
    23.11.42      
    21.43   Surfaced.  Visibility has gotten even worse.  After ventilating the boat dived.  
    24.00 AB 3644    
           
    24.11.42      
    04.00 AB 3647    
    08.00 AB 3647    
    08.05   Surfaced.  
    12.00 AB 3647 Day's run:  Surfaced        40  
      NNE 3-4, Sea 3, overcast, 996 mb, Vis. 3 nm                  Submerged    35  
                        Total:            75  
                                                  
    16.00 AB 3647    
    20.00 AB 3671    
    20.05   Due to visibility deterioration dived to listen.  
    20.30   Surfaced.  
    24.00 AB 3644    
      NE 1, Sea 1, 9/10, 999 mb    
           
    25.11.42      
    04.00 AB 3671    
    08.00 AB 3671    
    12.00 AB 3671 Day's run:  Surfaced        86  
      NE 1, Swell 2, overcast, 998 mb                  Submerged      3  
                        Total:            89  
                                                  
    16.00 AB 3643    
    20.00 AB 3646    
    24.00 AB 3643    
      ESE 1, Sea 1, 6/10, 1000 mb    
           
    26.11.42      
    04.00 AB 3651    
    08.00 AB 3651    
           
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 23.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 24.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 25.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 26.11.42
 
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    continued      
    26.11.42      
    12.00 AB 3651 Day's run:  Surfaced       106  
      NNE 1-2, Sea 1, 7/10, 1006 mb                  Submerged      2  
                        Total:           108  
                                                  
    16.00 AB 3651    
    20.00 AB 3646    
    24.00 AB 3647    
           
    27.11.42      
    04.00 AB 3644    
    07.50   Dived due to bad visibility.  
    08.00 AB 3647    
    12.00 AB 4647 Day's run:  Surfaced         99  
      NE 1-2, Sea 1, 1008 mb, overcast                  Submerged       8  
                        Total:           107  
                                                  
    13.07   Surfaced.  
    13.20   Incoming Radio Message.  
        U-625 return to Narvik.  
                                                               Nordmeerchef.  
    14.00   Course 182°, 15 knots.  
    16.00 AB 3911    
    20.00 AB 3976    
    21.22   Radio Message:  
        Request Radio Beacon Tromsö and Andesnes on 28 November from 10.00 to 16.00 hours.  
                                                               from Benker.  
    24.00 AB 6377    
           
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 26.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 27.11.42
 
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    28.11.42 NE 1-2, Sea 1, 1006 mb, overcast    
    03.20   Short Signal:  
        Position in 12 hours off objective point.  
                                                               U-625  
    04.00 AB 6835    
    08.00 AB 9235    
    10.00   From 10.00 hours took bearings on Radio Beacon Andesnes and Linges.  
    12.00 AB 9562 Day's run:  Surfaced         99  
      NNE 3, Sea 2-3, 5/10, 998 mb                  Submerged       8  
                        Total:           107  
                                                  
    16.00 AB 9838 Point Schwarz 7.  
    20.00 AB 9897 Delayed off Topsund by a snow storm.  
    24.00 AF 3333    
      NW 2, 990 mb, overcast, snow    
           
    29.11.42      
    01.30   Made fast Harstadt.  
    10.00   Departed Harstadt.  Pilot on board.  
    14.30   Entered Narvik.  Made fast U-boat base.  
        Day's run:  Surfaced 215 nm.  
                                                  
           
      Duration of patrol 25 days.  
      The crew, as far as one can judge by such simple things, was well proven.  
      The evaluation of the Fu.M.G. is reported separately  
                                                  
           
           
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 28.11.42
Sun and Moon Data 29.11.42

 

 
 
     
 

Comments of the Admiral Nordmeer on the K.T.B. of "U-625"

 
 
for the period from 27.9. - 29.11.1942.
 
     
          A skillfully and energetically carried out patrol that resulted in the sinking of 2 steamers and the destruction of another steamer which was stranded.  
     
  On board, 21 January 1943  
                                                                                        
     
     
     
     
                                
     
 
 
 
     
 

                       Comments of the Befehlshabers der Unterseeboote

 
                         on the Kriegstagebuch of "U-625" from 27.9. - 29.11.1942  
     
 
Concur with the comments of the Admiral Nordmeer.
 
     
     
    For the Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote  
    the Chief of the Operations Department  
                                                              
     
     
     
 


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