U-69 3rd War Patrol

Translation by Jerry Mason with the help of Ken Dunn

Departed
Date
Arrived
Date
Days at Sea
Lorient
5 May 41
St. Nazaire
8 July 41
65

 

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Ships Hit
Date
KTB Time
Position
Ship
Tons
Nationality
Convoy
21 May 41
09.49 - 10.45
6°15'N, 25°45'W  
ROBIN MOOR
4,999
American
 
21 May 41
23.42
6°27'N, 24°03'W
TEWKESBURY
4,601
British
 
31 May 41
00.25
5°32'N, 0°12'W
SANGARA
5,445
British
 
4 Jun 41
 
6°23.7'N, 3°24.2'W
ROBERT HUGHES (Mine)
2,879
British
27 Jun 41
 01.49
46°33'N, 11°55'W
RIVER LUGAR
5,423
British
SL-78
27 Jun 41
02.37
46°33'N, 11°55'W
EMPIRE ABILITY
7,603
British
SL-78
3 Jul 41
 04.36 - 06.50
30°45'N, 18°38'W
ROBERT L. HOLT
2,918
British
OB-337
     
 Total = 33,868
   
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.


 
 
           
           
           
           
                                                               Copy No.   
                   
           
           
       
K  r  i  e  g  s  t  a  g  e  b  u  c  h
 
           
       
Unterseeboot "U-69"
 
           
                Kommandant:  Kaptlt.     M  e  t  z  l  e  r  
           
   
                       
Beginning:        12.04.41.
Ending:            08.07.41.
 
 
 
 
       
Distribution:    
" U-69 "
Copy No.
1
7. U-Flottille
"
2
B.d.U. -Op.-
"
3
B.d.U. -Org.-
"
4
O.K.M.
"
5 + 6
 
           
           
       
Enclosures:
1.) 1 Track chart for Copy No. 1-5
2.) 8 Torpedo firing reports for Copy No. 1-3
3.) 1 Excerpt of the Radio Log for Copy No. 1-5 (M-General)
4.) 2 Mine lists for Copy No. 1-5
5.) 1 Mine sketch "Takoradi Bay" for Copy No. 1-5
6.) 1 Mine sketch "Lagos" for Copy No. 1-5
7.) 1 Report on the sinking of the American steamer "ROBIN MOOR" for Copy No. 1-5
 
           
           
           
                         
           
           
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    12.04. - 30.04.41   Shipyard overhaul Lorient.  
    01.05. - 04.05.41   Outfitting. Degaussing - radio direction finder - trim test.  
   

 

 

                                                 
    05.05.41    
    21.00   Put to sea from Lorient with escort in accordance with Operations Order "Atlantic" No. 42, 8 torpedoes 12 mines.  
     

 

 

                                                 
    06.05.41    
    00.00   Point "B".  
    04.00 BF 5548 Test dive.  
    08.00 BF 5722 right edge Boat showed an oil trace that was eliminated.  
      NEbyE 1, Sea 1, overcast, light swell, Vis. medium    
    11.39 - 11.58   Crash dive for enemy aircraft bearing 253°T, 6 nm, course 160°.  
    12.00 BF 5741 Day's run:  Surfaced 172 nm,  Submerged 3 nm.  
    16.00 BF 4985    
    20.00 BF 7311    
      ESE 2-3, Sea 2, medium swell, Vis. medium    
    21.00   Short signal:  "BF 73".  
     

 

 

                                                 
    07.05.41    
    00.00 BF 7283 Gyrocompass failed due to breakdown of the pickup gear.   The port supercharger slips.  After 3 hours the breakdowns are repaired.  
    04.00 BF 7435    
    08.00 BF 7448 Test dive.  
      EbyS 4, Sea 3-4, long light swell, Vis. medium    
    12.00 BE 9922 right edge Day's run:  Surfaced 248 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 BE 9836 right lower edge    
    20.00 BE 9884    
      NEbyE 4, Sea 3-4, medium swell, Vis. medium    
                                                         
           
Sun and Moon Data 05.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 06.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 07.05.41
 
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    08.05.41      
    00.00 CG 1151    
    04.00 CF 3631 upper-right corner    
    06.00   Test dive.  
    08.00 CF 3628 lower-left corner    
      NNE 2-3, Sea 2, overcast, light swell, Vis. medium    
    12.00 CF 3826 Day's run:  Surfaced 286 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 CF 3798    
    20.00 CF 6149    
      NNE 2-3, Sea 2, light swell, overcast, Vis. medium, moonshine    
     

 

 

                                                 
    09.05.41    
    00.00 CF 5626    
    04.00 CF 5671    
    07.00   Test dive.  
    08.00 CF 5853    
      NEbyN 1, Sea 1, partial overcast, Vis. good    
    12.00 CF 5875 Day's run:  Surfaced 275 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 CF 8155    
    20.00 CF 7631    
      SSE 1, Sea 1, low swell, mostly overcast, Vis. medium    
     

 

 

                                                 
    10.05.41    
    00.00 CF 7673    
    04.00 CF 7838    
    07.00   Test dive.  
    08.00 CF 7876    
      SbyE 2-3, Sea 2, Vis. medium, overcast    
    12.00 DG 3262 Day's run:  Surfaced 274 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 DG 3284    
    20.00 DG 3486    
      SbyW 2-3, Sea 2, overcast, Vis. medium                                                  
         
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 08.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 09.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 10.05.41
 
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    11.05.41      
    00.00 DG 3484    
    04.00 DG 2939    
    07.00   Test dive.  
    08.00 DG 2985    
      S 2, Sea 1-2, overcast, Vis. medium    
    12.00 DG 5361 Day's run:  Surfaced 224 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    14.16   Deep dive depth = 60 meters.  
    16.00 DG 5398    
    20.00 DG 5669    
      SE 2, Sea 1-2, mostly overcast, Vis. good    
    22.07   Short Signal:  For 4 days no traffic.  
        = Understood =  
     

 

 

                                                 
    12.05.41    
    00.00 DG 6741    
    04.00 DG 9115    
    07.00   Test dive.  
    08.00 DG 9176    
      SSE 1, Sea 0-1, mostly overcast, Vis. good    
    10.30   Radio Message 0952/12/157:  Supply U-69 23 May Point Red.  
    12.00 DG 9458 Day's run:  Surfaced 230 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 DG 9722    
    19.15   Radio Message 1855/12/165:  U-69 Advance up to square ER between 24° and 30° West.  
    20.00 DG 9768    
      EbyS 1, Sea 1, Vis. good    
    22.15   Radio Message 2130/12/:  To B.d.U.:  Request supply 19 May due to new moon.  Position square DT 13.  
     

 

 

                                                 
    13.05.41    
    00.00 DT 1345    
    04.00 DT 1538    
    07.00   Test dive.  
    08.00 DT 1826    
      NEbyN 1-2, Sea 1, lightly cloudy, Vis. good    
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 11.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 12.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 13.05.41
 
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    continued      
    13.05.41      
    12.00 DT 1873 Day's run:  Surfaced 229 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 DT 4244    
    16.51   Radio Message 1625/13/188:  Supply is scheduled for 19 May probably Point "Red".  
    20.00 DT 4437    
      NEbyN 2-3, Sea 2-3, light swell, Vis. good    
     

 

 

                                                 
    14.05.41    
    00.00 DT 4488    
    04.00 DT 4749    
    07.00   Test dive.  
    08.00 DT 7117    
      NE 3, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. medium    
    12.00 DS 9631 Day's run:  Surfaced 243 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 DS 9658    
    20.00 DS 9943    
      NNE 3-4, Sea 3, mostly overcast, long swell, Vis. good    
     

 

 

                                                 
    15.05.41    
    00.00 DS 9978    
    04.00 EH 3344    
    07.15   Test dive.  
    08.00 EH 3298    
      NE 3, Sea 2-3, overcast, Vis. medium    
    12.00 EH 3556 Day's run:  Surfaced 197 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 EH 3834    
    20.00 EH 3971 No mastheads sighted since putting to sea.  
      NE 3-4, Sea 3-4, Vis. medium, mostly overcast    
     

 

 

                                                 
    16.05.41    
    00.00 EH 6313    
    04.00 EH 6356    
    07.30   Test dive.  
    08.00 EJ 4177    
      NE 3, Sea 2-3, overcast, Vis. medium    
    12.00 EJ 4446 Day's run:  Surfaced 190 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 EJ 4738    
           
Sun and Moon Data 13.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 14.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 15.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 16.05.41
 
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    continued      
    16.05.41      
    20.00 EJ 4884    
      NE 3, Sea 2-3, lightly cloudy, Vis. good    
     

 

 

                                                 
    17.05.41    
    00.00 EJ 7261    
    04.00 EJ 7534    
    08.00 EJ 7594 Test dive.  
      NE 1, Sea 0-1, Vis. good    
    11.32   Radio Message 1026/17/189:  To U-69 from B.d.U.  After completing supply report "EGERLAND" inventory of torpedoes, fuel oil and provisions for U-boats.  
    12.00 EJ 7864 Day's run:  Surfaced 240 nm,  Submerged 0.3 nm.  
    16.00 ES 1261    
    20.00 ES 1273    
      NE 1-2, Sea 1, Vis. good    
    22.45   Test dive.  
     

 

 

                                                 
    18.05.41    
    00.00 ES 1431    
    04.00 ES 1443    
    08.00 ER 3694    
      NE 1, Sea 1, cloudless, Vis. good, light swell    
    12.00 ER 3915 Day's run:  Surfaced 214 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 ER 3859    
    20.00 ER 3876    
      NbyE 2, Sea 2, light swell, Vis. very good    
     

 

 

                                                 
    19.05.41    
    00.00 ER 6129    
    04.00 ER 6147 Test dive.  
    07.45 Point "Red" Recognition signals exchanged with U-105.  
      NbyE 2-3, Sea 2, Vis. good    
    10.17   Recognition signals exchanged with "EGERLAND".  
    12.00   Day's run:  Surfaced 166 nm,  Submerged 0.2 nm.  
    22.00   Provisions, fuel oil supplemented, duration of fuel oil transfer 2-1/2 hours.  Classified equipment delivered to "EGERLAND".  The outfitting of the "EGERLAND" is by no means satisfactory.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 16.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 17.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 18.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 19.05.41
 
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    continued      
    19.05.41      
    22.30   Began transit to primary objective.  
    23.05 ER 5389 Radio Message 2116/19/151:  Officer-Only:  B.d.U. to U-69.  Subject entrance routes in Lagos and Takoradi.  
        Went back again to "EGERLAND" for documents required for Radio Message.  
     

 

 

                                                 
    20.05.41    
    00.00 ER 5631    
    03.00   Radio Message Officer-Only sent and transit continued.  
    04.00 ER 5631 Trim test.  
    08.00 ER 6426    
      NNE 3, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. good    
    12.00 ER 6528 Day's run:  Surfaced 106 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 ER 6643    
    20.00 ES 4444    
      NEbyE 2-3, Sea 3, lightly cloudy, Vis. good    
     

 

 

                                                 
    21.05.41    
    00.00 ES 4468 Radio Message 04.00/21/:  B.d.U. from U-69:  
    04.00 ES 4675 Supply "Red".  According to Scheve "EGERLAND has 2 Atos, 4 boat's provisions, 7720 cbm, no traffic ES 46.  
    04.30   A steamer in sight bearing 0°T, 3 nm distant course 130°.  Steers a slight zig zag steaming and side lanterns noticeably faint.  
        Held on to steamer.  
    05.10   Approached to within 1000 meters of the steamer.  Illuminated neutrality markings do not exist.  Flag cannot be distinguished.  
        Ship has a very strongly conspicuous deck cargo, weapons cannot be distinguished.  Have strong suspicion of a U-boat trap.  
    05.25   Take position 2000 meters off and ask the name via Morse lamp.  
        Steamer gives:  "ROBIN MOOR".  
        Name is not to be found in any catalogue, my suspicion increases.  
    05.35   Order steamer to stop and ask for boat with Captain and papers.  Steamer stops immediately and simultaneously put boat into the water.  
        Lie with sharp silhouette on the steamer am ready for a stern shot and crash dive.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 19.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 20.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 21.05.41
 
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    continued      
    21.05.41      
    06.00   Boat with the first officer of the ship is alongside.  Papers were not brought.  Find out from the 1st Officer that because it was sold 14 days ago the ship's name was changed from "EXMOOR" to "ROBIN MOOR".   Allegedly a U.S.A. ship on the way from New York to South Africa; cargo allegedly engines and semi-finished motor vehicles, as well as general piece goods.  
        Explain to the 1st Officer, that on the basis of his information, the steamer carries absolute contraband and therefore must be sunk.   Request the abandonment of the ship and at the same time for the Captain to bring over the papers.  The 1st Officer raises no objection, he and his crew note my explanation calmly.  A willingness which is all the more suspicious!  
        Observe that after return of the boat to the steamer a mass confusion ensues, doors fly up and the boats go to water in a panic and retreat from the steamer.  
    08.15 ESE 1-2, Sea 1, light swell, Vis. medium, light tropical rain Boat with Captain and cargo papers alongside.  The papers prove banned goods perfectly, even weapons are listed.  
        Explain to the Captain personally that steamer must be sunk because cargo is exclusively and absolutely banned goods against which nothing is objected.  Hand over to the Captain more provisions, cognac and dressings.  
        Captain and crew call "Heil Hitler"! Set off and moved away quickly.  
        A very remarkable behavior!  
        Expect a surprise attack at any moment from the enormous deck cargo.  
    09.49   To avoid surprises, gave the steamer a  
        stern shot:  Bow left, target angle 90°, depth 2 meters, Eto tube runner ejected with mine gear -  
        Crash dive.  Running time 127 seconds - 1900 meters.  
        Hit center.  
        Observe from periscope depth.  Steamer sinks very slowly.  Nothing remarkable noted on deck.  
    10.45 ES 4682 Surfaced and sank ship with 30 rounds of artillery ammunition from 3000 meters.  Square ES 4682.  Entire over deck cargo floats off.  Boxes do not sink after MG C30 bombardment, through bullet holes aluminum parts can be recognized.  Because aircraft tires float among the boxes, it is an aircraft cargo.  
    11.30   Continue transit.  
    12.00 ES 4659 Day's run:  Surfaced 237 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 ES 5482    
    20.00 ES 5576 A steamer in sight bearing 130°T, 8 nm.  Course 20°, zig zagging very heavily.  
      NE 2, Sea 1-2, Vis. good  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 21.05.41
 
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    continued      
    21.05.41   Maneuvered ahead.  No navigation lights set at darkness.  Stern cannon.  
    23.42 ES 5554 Attack initiated!  
        Bow right, target angle 90°, enemy speed 10 knots, Ato depth 3 meters.  Running time 52 seconds = 1070 meters.  Without [fire control] system, because the gyro-angle setting is not working!  
        Hit:  forward 20 meters.  
        Steamer transmits:  SSS position 6° 25 North 24° 00 West "TEWKESBURG". (4601 GRT) torpedoed.  
   

 

 

                                                   
    22.05.41    
    00.00   Steamer does not sink, attack with artillery, shot 21 shots incendiary ammunition, well placed, no shells light, steamer does not sink deeper.  
    00.36   Coup de grâce:  Stern shot Eto depth 3 meters.  Again a tube runner - ejected with the mine gear - running time 30 seconds = 625 meters.  
        Hit center:  Steamer sinks immediately.  
        Continued transit.  
        The cause of the launch failure in tube V could not be found in spite of the detailed examination after the 1st shot.  
    00.14   Radio Message 2340/21 to B.d.U. from U-69:  "EXMOOR" with banned goods for Capetown sunk, 4 boats square ES 4682, course east, just now "TEWKESBURG".  
    01.56   Test dive.  
    04.00 ES 5598    
    08.00 ES 5926    
      WbyN 3, Sea 3, rain showers, Vis. continuously changing    
    12.00 ES 6728 Day's run:  Surfaced 238 nm,  Submerged 2 nm.  
    16.00 ES 6855    
    20.00 ES 6981    
      WNW 2-3, Sea 2-3, changing cloudiness with rain showers and Vis. changing    
   

 

 

                                                   
    23.05.41    
    00.00 ET 4778    
    04.00 ET 7217    
    08.00 ET 7373 Test dive.  
      SSE 3, Sea 2, changing cloudiness, Vis. medium    
    12.00 ET 7399 Day's run:  Surfaced 203 nm,  Submerged 0.5 nm.  
    16.00 ET 8438    
           
Sun and Moon Data 21.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 22.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 23.05.41
 
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    continued      
    23.05.41      
    18.30 ET Port engine exhaust valve cylinder 3 threads stripped.  
    20.00 ET 8564    
      S 3-4, Sea 3, rain showers, Vis. changing    
   

 

 

                                                   
    24.05.41    
    00.00 ET 8673    
    04.00 ET 8699    
    05.00   Port engine again in service.  
    07.30   Test dive.  
    08.00 ET 9498    
      SE 3, Sea 2-3, Vis. medium, lightly cloudy    
    12.00 ET 9598 Day's run:  Surfaced 264 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 ET 9921    
    20.00 EU 7712    
      ESE 2-3, Sea 2, lightly cloudy, Vis. changing    
   

 

 

                                                   
    25.05.41    
    00.00 EU 7811    
    04.00 EU 7833    
    07.30   Test dive.  
    08.00 EU 7923    
      SSE 2-3, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. good, light swell    
    12.00 EU 8725 Day's run:  Surfaced 270 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 EU 8824    
    20.00 φ = 3°14'N    
      λ = 7°05'W    
      SE 2, Sea 2, changing cloudiness, Vis. good, light swell    
   

 

 

                                                   
    26.05.41    
    00.00 φ = 3°18'N    
      λ = 6°17'W    
    04.00 φ = 3°18'N  λ = 5°29'W    
    08.00 φ = 3°18'N  λ = 3°41'W Test dive.  
      SSE 2-3, Sea 2, cloudy, Vis. good Gyro compass out of service.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 23.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 24.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 25.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 26.05.41
 
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    continued      
    26.05.41      
    12.00 φ = 3°28'N Day's run:  Surfaced 310 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
      λ = 5°25'W I will still go this evening towards Takoradi.  
    16.00 φ = 3°43'N Radio Message 1207/26/158 Officer-Only.   
      λ = 3°00'W Cannot be deciphered, because in accordance with orders no Officer-Only cipher may be taken on shallow water war patrol.  
    20.00 φ = 4°07'N Boat is ready to mine!  
      λ = 2°21'W    
      SSE 1-2, Sea 1, Vis. changing, partially cloudy    
    21.00   Stand off the route ordered for enemy navigation.  
        Traffic is not discovered, nevertheless I decide to enter.  
   

 

 

                                                   
    27.05.41    
    00.15   Some lights - working crane in sight.  
    00.30   Positioned off Takoradi harbor.  City and harbor are darkened exemplarily.  Approximately 6 ships lie in the roadstead, the harbor is almost overcrowded.  Both mole heads are occupied with artillery and a small watch house.  In the harbor and roadstead a small slowly moving vessel. Apparently a patrol vessel.  Set off somewhat, because the harbor is still working.  
    01.30   All lights turned off, apparently work has ended.  
    01.48   Mines laid.  (See enclosure "A".)  
    02.12   1 mine in the entrance, 3 off it.  
        The laying was greatly hindered by the ships lying near the entrance, the ships were passed by approximately 150-200 meters.  Guards stood on the mole, was unnoticed, although in the swell the boat was illuminated brightly by very strong marine phosphorescence.  
        Backwards out of the harbor on the entrance route.   
        Continued transit to Lagos.  
    04.00 φ = 4°45'N    
      λ = 3°33'W    
    08.00 φ = 4°25'N Test dive.  
      λ = 1°00'W    
      SSW 2, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. changing    
    12.00 φ = 4°32'N Day's run:  Surfaced 237 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
      λ = 0°19'W    
    16.00 φ = 4°41'N    
      λ = 0°28'E    
    20.00 φ = 5°03'N    
      λ = 1°18'E    
           
           

Note:  Position at 27 May 04.00 is a typo, should be λ = 1°33'W

Sun and Moon Data 26.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 27.05.41
 
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    28.05.41      
    00.00 φ = 5°40'N    
      λ = 1°49'E    
    04.00 φ = 6°10'N    
      λ = 2°16'E    
      SEbyE 2, Sea 1-2, overcast, Vis. good    
    07.00 φ = 6°10'N Stand off the route ordered for enemy navigation.  
      λ = 2°48'E    
    07.10   Dived to proceed submerged and observe the traffic.  
    12.00 φ = 6°18'N Day's run:  Surfaced 220 nm,  Submerged 5 nm.  
      λ = 3°00'E    
    16.30   A medium sized steamer comes exactly on the prescribed route.  
        Proceeding submerged places hard demands on the watch standers.  The temperature in the boat rises to 45°C.  
        The gyro installation has failed again.  
    21.30 φ = 6°20'N Surfaced and ran on the determined entrance route for Lagos.  
      λ = 3°12'E  
   

 

 

                                                   
    29.05.31    
    00.30 - 01.50   Searched the harbor entrance.  Around the city there lay a light glow, the moles contrast very badly with the coast.  
    01.55   Positioned off the entrance in which surf is located.  
    02.06   I decide initially to run astern.  Otherwise, boat is forced by the surf towards the east mole, at the same time 2 mines are laid.  
    02.43   Departed again and ran out forwards and 6 mines are laid. See appendix "E".  
        It was determined:  
        West and east moles guarded by machine guns.  On the western mole "fuming" positions were observed.  A net barrier lies off the east mole to the south of the "West Training Wall", directly behind it a patrol vessel with tender.  
        Maneuvering in the entrance was made much more difficult by the surf and opposite running under and over current.  The boat responded to the rudder very badly.  
    03.00   Started back on the entrance route.  
    04.00 φ = 6°20'N    
      λ = 3°13'E    
    08.00 φ = 5°44'N Test dive.  
      λ = 2°52'E    
      SSW 2-3, Sea 2, Vis. good    
           
Sun and Moon Data 28.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 29.05.41
 
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    continued      
    29.05.41      
    12.00 φ = 5°18'N Day's run:  Surfaced 100 nm,  Submerged 13 nm.  
      λ = 2°33'E    
    16.00 φ = 5°11'N Radio Message 1731/29/184:  To U-69:  Suspicious ship in square FF 1179.  
      λ = 2°08'E  
        I know therefore not to start. [initiate attack?]  
    17.00   Both over deck torpedoes downloaded.  Duration 1 hour.  
    20.00 φ = 5°06'N    
      λ = 1°40'E    
      SSW 1-2, Sea 1, light swell, Vis. good    
    23.06   Test dive.  
   

 

 

                                                   
    30.05.41    
    00.00 φ = 4°40'N    
      λ = 1°39'E    
    04.00 φ = 4°07'N    
      λ = 1°39'E    
    08.00 φ = 4°27'N I have decided to make for "Accra" Reeds this evening, because I know from personal experience that at least in peacetime a lot of ships lay there.  
      λ = 1°36'E  
      W 2, Sea 1-2, Vis. good, changing cloudiness  
    12.00 φ = 4°45'N Day's run:  Surfaced 162 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
      λ = 1°17'E    
    16.00 φ = 5°07'N    
      λ = 0°58'E    
    20.00 φ = 5°23'N    
      λ = 0°22'E    
      WbyN 1, Sea 1, Vis. good, lightly cloudy    
   

 

 

                                                   
    31.05.41    
    00.15   "Accra" in sight.  
        Because of suspicion of mines approached from the east (Tassi) on the 20 meter limit.  
        Only 1 steamer lies off the roads.  
    00.25   Initiated attack:  
        Bow left, target angle 90°, target speed 0, Ato, tube V, depth = 3 meters, range = 1800 meters = 87 seconds.  
        Hit aft 30 meters.  
        Steamer sinks over the stern post in 10 meters of water.  
        Forship juts out of the water.  
        Steamer radios for assistance - has not noted apparently that it is hit by a torpedo.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 29.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 30.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 31.05.41
 
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    continued      
    31.05.41      
        Name of the steamer:  "SANGARA".  4124 GRT.  A brand new ship of the Elder Demyster Line.  
    00.35   Transit continued.  
        I will attempt to intercept the Kongo and Capetown - Freetown traffic.  
    04.00 φ = 5°08'N    
      λ = 0°05'E    
    06.30   Test dive.  
    08.00 φ = 4°20'N    
      λ = 0°12'W    
      SSW 2, Sea 2, lightly overcast, Vis. good    
    12.00 φ = 3°44'N Day's run:  Surfaced 124 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
      λ = 0°23'W    
    16.00 φ = 3°26'N    
      λ = 0°56'W    
    18.00   Starboard diesel and compass installation switched off for overhaul.  
    20.00 φ = 3°20'N    
      λ = 1°15'W    
      SE 3-4, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. changing    
   

 

 

                                                   
    01.06.41    
    00.00 φ = 3°12'N    
      λ = 1°40'W    
    02.00   Starboard diesel overhauled and ready.  
    04.00 φ = 2°58'N    
      λ = 2°02'W    
    06.30   Test dive.  
    08.00 φ = 2°46'N Port diesel switched off for overhaul.  
      λ = 2°26'W    
      SbyW 3, Sea 2-3, cloudy, Vis. good    
    12.00 φ = 2°34'N Day's run:  Surfaced 158 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
      λ = 2°48'W To rest the gyro compass steered by the magnetic compass.  
    16.00 φ = 2°10'N    
      λ = 3°04'W    
    20.00 φ = 1°58'N    
      λ = 3°28'W    
      S 3, Sea 3, mostly overcast, Vis. good    
    20.30   Starboard [typo - port was meant] diesel again ready.  
                                                         
           
Sun and Moon Data 31.05.41
Sun and Moon Data 01.06.41
 
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    02.06.41      
    00.00 φ = 1°45'N    
      λ = 3°54'W    
    04.00 φ = 1°32'N    
      λ = 4°16'W    
    06.30   Test dive.  
    08.00 φ = 1°18'N    
      λ = 4°40'W    
      SSE 2, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. changing, slight swell    
    12.00 φ = 1°04'N Day's run:  Surfaced 188 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
      λ = 5°05'W    
    16.00 φ = 1°00'N    
      λ = 5°56'W    
    20.00 φ = 1°20'N    
      λ = 6°28'W    
      SSE 2, Sea 1-2, overcast, Vis. good    
                                                         
   

 

03.06.41

   
    00.00 FF 2294    
    04.00 FF 2246    
    08.00 FF 2134 Test dive.  
      SSE 1-2, Sea 1, mostly overcast, Vis. good    
    12.00 EU 9778 Day's run:  Surfaced 224 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
        Gyro compass switched on.  
    16.00 EU 7962    
    20.00 EU 7695    
      SSE 1, Sea 1, cloudy, Vis. good    
                                                         
   

 

04.06.41

   
    00.00 EU 7638    
    04.00 EU 7392    
    08.00 EU 7373 Test dive.  
      WSW 2-3, Sea 2, Vis. medium, mostly overcast    
    11.02   Steamer in sight bearing 165°T, distance 10 nm, on course 300°.  
    11.43   Positioned ahead of the ship.  Initiated submerged attack.  
    12.00 EU 7256 Day's run:  Surfaced 204 nm,  Submerged 4 nm.  
    12.30   Near the attack determined:  Spanish steamer "DOMINE".  
    13.20   Worse luck!  Ran off submerged, surfaced, continued transit.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 02.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 03.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 04.06.41
 
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    continued      
    04.06.41      
    16.00 EU 7242    
    20.00 EU 7127    
      Wind shifting to the west 2-3, Sea 2, changing cloudiness with rain showers, Vis. changing    
    23.11   Radio Message 2211/4:  B.d.U. from Metzler:  
        Takoradi 27 May one [mine] between, three off the guarded moles.  Unnoticed, very heavy traffic.  
        Lagos 29 May five [mines] in, three off the entrance.  Mole and net barrage guarded, was unnoticed.   
        Accra roadstead "SANGARA" sunk, coast well darkened.  No Officer-Only encryption.  4 Etos, request supply 14 June, ET 93.  
                                                         
   

 

05.06.41

   
    00.00 EU 7128    
    04.00 ET 9332    
    08.00 ET 9321 Test dive.  
      SSW 2, Sea 1-2, Vis. bad, tropical rain    
    11.10   Radio Message 1028/5/173:  B.d.U. to U-69:  
        Well done.  Apparently off Lagos already a success.  
    12.00 ET 6898 Day's run:  Surfaced 172 nm,  Submerged 2 nm.  
    16.00 ET 6884    
    20.00 ET 6792    
      NW Wind 1-2, Sea 1-2, changing cloudiness, Vis. quickly changing, rain showers    
                                                         
   

 

06.06.41

   
    00.00 ET 6747    
    04.00 ET 5929    
    07.30   Test dive.  Propeller sounds bearing 280°T, turned towards.  Recognized a U-boat target angle 80°, range = 1000 meters.  Attack initiated, with the approach recognized as UA.  
    08.00 ET 5675    
      W 1, Sea 1, Vis. good    
    08.10   Surfaced.  Recognition signals and greetings exchanged with UA.  
    08.30   Transit continued.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 04.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 05.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 06.06.41
 
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    continued      
    06.06.41      
    12.00 ET 5599 Day's run:  Surfaced 164 nm,  Submerged 2 nm.  
        Linkage beneath the overdeck maintained.  
    16.00 ET 5595    
    20.00 ET 5555    
      W 1-2, Sea 1, Vis. good, moonshine, partial overcast    
                                                         
   

 

07.06.41

   
    00.00 ET 5522    
    04.00 ET 5258    
    08.00 ET 5527 Test dive.  
      WNW 2, Sea 1, sea spout, Vis. medium to bad    
    12.00 ET 5165 Day's run:  Surfaced 149 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
        Radio Message 1002/7/121:  To Southern boats:  
        Supply within next 10 days called into question etc. . . .  
    16.00 ET 5125 I decide to wait here for the time being at the most economic speed.  
    20.00 ET 2787 Gyro compass out of service!  
      WNW 1, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. good Radio Message 0830/7/119:  from UA:  Concerning sighting of a convoy first held in ET 6579 at 14.00 hours.  
        Operating on the convoy is not possible due to fuel situation.  
                                                         
   

 

08.06.41

   
    00.00 ET 2776    
    04.00 ET 2775    
    08.00 ET 2774 Test dive.  
      NW 1, Sea 1, partial overcast, Vis. good    
    12.00 ET 1996 Day's run:  Surfaced 69 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 ET 1994    
    20.00 ET 1986    
      NW 1, Sea 1, partial overcast, Vis. good    
                                                         
   

 

09.06.41

   
    00.00 ET 1988    
    04.00 ET 1987    
    08.00 ET 1978 Test dive.  
      WbyN 1, Sea 0-1, overcast, Vis. good    
    12.00 ET 4311 Day's run:  Surfaced 47 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 06.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 07.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 08.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 09.06.41
 
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    continued      
    09.06.41      
    16.00 ET 4232    
    20.00 ET 4223    
      NNW 0-1, Sea 0, rather overcast, Vis. good, moonshine    
                                                         
   

 

10.06.41

   
    00.00 ET 4221    
    04.00 ET 4221    
    08.00 ET 4212 Test dive.  
      NNE 0, Sea 0, overcast, Vis. good    
    12.00 ET 4133 Day's run:  Surfaced 59 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 ET 1766    
    20.00 ET 1736    
      NNW 1, Sea 0-1, overcast, Vis. good    
                                                         
   

 

11.06.41

   
    00.00 ET 1491    
    04.00 ET 1574    
    08.00 ET 1547 Gyro compass switched on again.  
      W 1-2, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. bad to medium    
    08.44   A steamer bearing 290°T, distance 2 nm, on course 100°.  
    08.45 ET 1547 Crash dive for steamer.  The boat must have been seen by the steamer. It was then out up to waterline; the lookout must have been asleep.  
        Steamer zig zags very heavily and runs off on a northerly course.  The forward mast was very high with a crow's nest, the aft clipped off at the height of the smokestack!  
        Attempt submerged attack, however, range is too great.  
    11.00   Surfaced.  Pursued.  
    11.03   Received U-boat Warning off Freetown.  Steamer lost from sight in a rain squall.  
    12.00 ET 1557 Day's run:  Surfaced 90 nm,  Submerged 4 nm.  
        I believe that the U-boat Warning definitely was due to "U-69".  
    13.00   Starboard diesel out of service, a cylinder is running hot.  
    14.00   Search at high speed broken off due to fuel situation and failed diesel.  Continue to run at low speed to the north.  
    16.00 ET 1519    
    20.00 ET 1248 Starboard diesel again ready.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 09.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 10.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 11.06.41
 
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    continued      
    11.06.41      
    17.26 WbyN 1, Sea 0-1, overcast, Vis. good Radio Message 1652/11/138:  From B.d.U. to U-69:  
      Sinking "EXMOOR" was not permissible in accordance with Standing Naval War Orders.  Immediately report surrounding circumstances, particularly, if recognized as a German U-boat.  
    22.26   Radio Message 2107/11:  To B.d.U.:  
        Stopped because of conspicuous deck cargo.  Examined because name changed to "ROBIN MOOR".  Cargo banned goods.  Sunk according to Prize Regulations.  No Naval Orders aboard.  Recognized.  "U-69".  
                                                         
   

 

12.06.41

   
    00.00 ET 1212    
    04.00 EK 7845    
    08.00 EK 7548    
      NW 2, Sea 1-2, overcast, Vis. good Test dive.  
    11.24   Radio Message 1002/12/163:  From B.d.U. to "U-69":  
        18 June is intended as date for the designated measures in Operations Order Paragraph IV b 5, for this purpose Paragraph VIb White, Paragraph V e remain in effect.  Prepare accordingly.   If measures in accordance with Paragraph V e are necessary, send short signal concerning fuel inventory as soon as possible.  If measures from "White" are feasible, send short signal as to location.  
    12.00 EK 7427 Day's run:  Surfaced 167 nm,  Submerged 0.5 nm.  
    16.00 EK 7712 Gyro compass again out of service.  
    20.00 EJ 9926    
      NbyW 3, Sea 2-3, cloudy, Vis. good    
    23.06   Radio Message 2153/12:  To B.d.U.:  
        EJ 99, Paragraph V e of no significance.  Accept IV e.  Table "Fluß" on supply ship.  Going to "White".  U-69.  
    23.50   Test dive.  
                                                         
   

 

13.06.41

   
    00.00 EJ 9836    
    01.21   Radio Message 0047/13/178:  U-69 from B.d.U.:  
        Paragraph IV e is correct.  
    04.00 EJ 9824    
    08.00 EJ 9739    
      NbyW 2, Sea 1-2, overcast, Vis. good    
    12.00 EJ 9727 Day's run:  Surfaced 177 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 11.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 12.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 13.06.41
 
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    continued      
    13.06.41      
    16.00 EJ 8939    
    20.00 EJ 8951    
      NNE 2-3, Sea 2-3, overcast, Vis. good    
    23.31   Radio Message 2126/13/102:  B.d.U. to U-69:  
        Answer the following questions concerning "ROBIN MOOR" at the next Radio Message opportunity:  
        1)  Which flag did the ship fly?  
        2)  Special neutrality markings?  
        3)  Where you under the impression that the flag was false?  Is that why?  
        4)  When was nationality recognized as American?  
    23.41   Radio Message 2142/13/103:  From B.d.U.:  
        U-69 prepare so that the boat is ready on the 18th of June at "White" for intended measure.  "UA" has the same orders.  
                                                         
   

 

14.06.41

   
    00.00 EJ 8865    
    04.00 EJ 8845    
    08.00 EJ 8758    
      NNE 2-3, Sea 2-3, mostly overcast, Vis. good, moonshine    
    12.00 EJ 7968 Day's run:  Surfaced 195 nm,  Submerged 0 nm.  
    12.34   Radio Message 1215/14/114:  From B.d.U. to U-69:  
        Execution begins 08.00 hours and 16.00 hours MGZ.  Other request on 18 June by "UA".  
    16.00 EJ 7972 Individual drill.  Crash dives, depth and damage control training.  
    20.00 EJ 7881    
      NNE 2-3, Sea 2-3, mostly cloudy, Vis. good    
                                                         
   

 

15.06.41

   
    00.00 EJ 7795 A white light in sight bearing 250°T, distance 7 nm.  Steamer on course 30°.  Steamed and determined:  Spanish steamer "MONTE TEIDE" Bilbao, name read on the stern, neutral markings illuminated.  Not detained.  
    01.00   Continued transit.  
    04.00 EJ 7746    
    08.00 EH 9938 Test dive.  
      NNE 3, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. good    
    12.00 EH 9913 Day's run:  Surfaced 203 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    12.47   Radio Message 1213/15/140:  B.d.U. to U-69:  
        Officer Only:  Despite Operations Order and report on 04.06.41 that no information for Officer Only encryption on board.  
    16.00 EH 9581    
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 13.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 14.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 15.06.41
 
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    continued      
    15.06.41      
    20.00 EH 9466    
      NbyE 3, Sea 3, cloudy, Vis. good    
    20.38   Radio Message 2015/15/152:  B.d.U. to U-69:  
        On 18 June do not be at Point "white", but 81°T 16 nm from it. Everything else as ordered up to now.  
                                                         
   

 

16.06.41

   
    00.00 EH 9443    
      Moonshine    
    04.00 EH 8661    
    08.00 EH 8645    
      NNE 2-3, Sea 2-3, Vis. good    
    12.00 EH 8556 Day's run:  Surfaced 175 nm,  Submerged 0 nm.  
    16.00 EH 8544 Gyro compass again out of service.  
    20.00 EH 8468    
      NNE 3, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. good    
                                                         
   

 

17.06.41

   
    00.00 EH 8456    
    04.00 EH 8446    
    08.00 EH 8444    
      NE 3, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. good    
    12.00 EH 7665 Day's run:  Surfaced 92 nm,  Submerged 0 nm.  
    16.00 EH 7656    
    20.00 EH 7676    
      NNE 3-4, Sea 3-4, overcast, Vis. medium to good    
                                                         
   

 

18.06.41

   
    00.00 EH 7941    
    04.00 EH 7895    
    08.00 ER 1253    
    10.06 ER 1255 Recognition signals exchanged with "UA".  
    10.25 NNE 2-3, Sea 3-4, overcast, Vis. good Recognition signals exchanged with "U-103" and "U-107".  
      Request from "UA" complete Officer Only Radio Messages and the encryption data for July and August.  
    12.00 ER 1255 Day's run:  Surfaced 140 nm,  Submerged 0 nm.  
        Nothing seen of the supply ship.  
    16.00 ER 1294    
    18.00   700 liters of lubricating oil delivered to "U-103".  
        From "U-107" obtained some provisions (Bread).  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 15.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 16.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 17.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 18.06.41
 
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    continued      
    18.06.41      
    20.00 ER 1255 Nothing seen.  
      NNE 3, Sea 2-3, overcast, Vis. good    
    22.00   "U-103" return transit.  
                                                         
   

 

19.06.41

   
    00.00 ER 1285    
    04.00 ER 1282 Together with "UA" and "U-107".  
    08.00 ER 1258    
    12.00 ER 1254 Day's run:  Surfaced 20 nm,  Submerged 0 nm.  
      NE 4, Sea 3-4, quite overcast, Vis. good Still nothing seen.  
    15.15   Masch.Ob.Gfr. Stieberetz delivered to "U-107" on medical recommendation due to middle ear infection.  
    16.00 ER 1255 "U-107" has begun return transit.  
    19.15   Test dive.  
    19.30   "UA" sets off on patrol.  
    20.00 ER 1253    
      NbyE 4, Sea 4, overcast, Vis. good No supply ship in sight!  
      Believe that waiting longer is hopeless.  Provisions and fuel require return transit.  "Culebra" [German supply ship CORRIENTES interned at Las Palmas Canary Islands]  
                                                         
   

 

20.06.41

   
    00.00 ER 1233    
    04.00 EH 7981    
    08.00 EH 7961 Test dive.  
      NE 4-5, Sea 4, overcast, Vis. good    
    12.00 EH 7933 Day's run:  Surfaced 140 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    14.13   Radio Message 1246/20/177 B.d.U. to Southern boats:  
        Attack areas - U-69 after completion confirm by Short Signal that Officer Only encryption is on board.  
        Because there was no supply Radio Message is obsolete, continue transit.  
    16.00 EH 8449    
    20.00 EH 8428    
      NE 4-5, Sea 4, clear weather, Vis. good    
                                                         
   

 

21.06.41

   
    00.00 EH 8198    
    04.00 EH 8248    
           
Sun and Moon Data 18.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 19.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 20.06.41
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    continued      
    21.06.41      
    08.00 EH 8229    
      NE 4-5, Sea 4, overcast, Vis. good    
    12.00 EH 5896 Day's run:  Surfaced 158 nm,  Submerged 0.5 nm.  
    16.00 EH 5957    
    20.00 EH 5937    
      NE 4-5, Sea 4, mostly overcast, Vis. good    
    22.00   Sent Short Signal "Yes" to Radio Message 1246/20/177.  Acknowledged.  
                                                         
   

 

22.06.41

   
    00.00 EH 6478 "Perseus" in effect.  
    04.00 EH 6459 Beginning of the war with Russia.  
    08.00 EH 6439    
      NE 5, Sea 4-5, overcast, Vis. good    
    12.00 EH 6279 Day's run:  Surfaced 161 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    14.40   Radio Message 1344/22/131:  Southern boats from B.d.U.:  
        U-69 supply "Culebra" 30 June intended.  Report three days prior.  Take over no more than necessary for return transit to Lorient.  
    16.00 EH 6267    
    20.00 EH 6317    
      NE 5, Sea 4-5, overcast, Vis. good    
    23.35   Radio Message 2117/22:  B.d.U. to U-69:  
        Procedure:  Radio Message 2126/13/102:  
        To 1)  and 2) due to darkness not recognized.  
        To 3)  Suspected U-boat trap until sinking due to behavior.  
        To 4)  Because of no resistance to the sinking according to papers.  
        21 cbm, still 4 torpedoes, square EH 63.  
                                                         
   

 

23.06.41

   
    00.00 EH 3987    
    04.00 EH 3967    
    08.00 EJ 1717    
      NE 5-6, Sea 5, overcast, Vis. medium    
    12.00 EJ 1721 Day's run:  Surfaced 151 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 EJ 1492    
    19.40   Test dive.  
    20.00 EJ 1592    
           
Sun and Moon Data 21.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 22.06.41
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    continued      
    23.06.41      
    20.00 EJ 1542    
      NE 5-6, Sea 5, overcast, Vis. medium to good    
                                                         
   

 

24.06.41

   
    00.00 EJ 1522    
    04.00 EJ 1295    
    08.00 EJ 1345    
      NE 4, Sea 3-4, overcast, Vis. medium    
    12.00 EJ 1325 Day's run:  Surfaced 153 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
        Radio Message 1545/24/195:  Weapons use against Russian ships authorized.  
    16.00 DT 7992    
    18.00   Test dive.  
    20.00 DT 8746    
      NE 4, Sea 3-4, mostly overcast, Vis. good    
                                                         
   

 

25.06.41

   
    00.00 DT 8731    
    04.00 DT 8571    
    08.00 DT 8552    
      NE 3-4, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. good    
    12.00 DT 8531 Day's run:  Surfaced 147 nm,  Submerged 3 nm.  
    16.00 DT 8371    
    18.25   Crash dive - test dive.  
    20.00 DT 8352    
      NE 4, Sea 3-4, not overcast, Vis. good    
                                                         
   

 

26.06.41

   
    00.00 DT 8333    
    04.00 DT 6773 Matr.Ob.Gfr. Palmga O 2902/39 S falls ill with appendicitis.  
    08.00 DT 6761    
      NE 2, Sea 2, lightly cloudy, Vis. good    
    12.00 DT 6578 Day's run:  Surfaced 167 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 DT 6557 A smoke trail in sight bearing 70°T.  
        I decide to operate in spite of the lack of fuel (10 cbm).  
    17.30   Steamer zig zags heavily around 0°, occasionally two widely spaced mastheads in sight.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 23.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 24.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 25.06.41
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    continued      
    26.06.41      
    20.00 DT 6275 Holding contact, accepting temporary loss of sight in order to maintain contact at most economical speed.  
      NE 2, Sea 1-2, lightly cloudy, Vis. good  
    20.45   2 other smoke trails suggest a total of 3 steamers or escorts driving together.  
    23.15   During twilight smoke trail and masts pass out of sight.  Advance to the east towards.  
    23.40   2 shadows ahead in sight.  
        Hold contact on northerly course and maneuver ahead.  
                                                         
   

 

27.06.41

   
    00.00 DT 6229    
    00.20   Start the attack on nearest steamer.  
        Recognize during the approach that I am in a convoy.  The attacked steamer is positioned far in front.  
        Convoy must have driven with very faint smoke.  Break off the attack, run ahead to get an over view of the convoy.  
    00.25   Radio Message 0105/27/188:  To B.d.U.:  
        Convoy square DT 6220, 0°, 10 knots, 8 cbm.  U-69  
        Convoy consists of about 30 ships in broad formation, inside the columns are closely spaced.  
    01.17   Attack on the foremost line ahead.  
        2 Etos, depth 4 meters, on 2 overlapping steamers.  
        1st shot:  bow right, target angle 70°, target speed = 10 knots, range = 2000 meters, 5-6000 GRT.  
    01.19   2nd shot:  bow right, target angle 70°, target speed = 10 knots, range = 800 meters, 6-7000 GRT.  
        At the second shot port abeam escort with sharp angle and high speed  
        With "AK" escort out maneuvered.  Recognize escort as a corvette.  
        After 2 minutes 19 seconds = 2150 meters a detonation was heard in the boat!  
        Evidently both torpedoes have run past ahead; in so doing, the 2nd torpedo hit the first attacked target which was covered at the moment the detonation was heard.  
        4 star shells were fired from a steamer.  
    01.49   Attack on a remarkably large steamer in the 3rd line ahead, standing out to starboard.  
        Ato, depth 5, bow right, target angle 90°, target speed 7 knots.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 26.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 27.06.41
 
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    continued      
    27.06.41      
        Running time:  40 seconds = 825 meters.  
        Hit center:  
        Steamer breaks through in the center and sinks in a few seconds:  large ship with 2 masts and 6 pole masts, 6-7 hatches, armed.  Between smokestack and bridge a cargo hatch.  2 boats on each side.  Type similar to "GLENAPP" = 9500 GRT.  
        Steamers shoot star shells again, well placed.  
    02.37   Attack on a large steamer in the 2nd line ahead.  
        Eto, depth 4 meters, bow right, target angle 100°, target speed 7 knots, running time 42 seconds = 650 meters.  
        Hit center.  
        Steamer stands after the hit in flames and sinks after 21 minutes:  
        Modern ship, cruiser stern, remarkably strong heavy lift derrick on the forward mast. 2 masts and 2 pole masts, armed, astern 2 cannons.  6 hatches, 2 boats, details were well made out in the fire glow.  
        Type "CLAN ROBERTSON" = 8000 GRT.  
        After this shot heavy onset of star shells shot.  
        My fuel situation has become dubious by long contact keeping and maneuvering ahead, must break off further contact keeping.  
    03.23   Radio Message 0301/27/192:  To B.d.U. from U-69:  
        From convoy 2 steamers, totaling 30724 GRT, without primary task, out of torpedoes.  
        Convoy 7 knots DT 3971.  
        Radio Message 0331/27:  To B.d.U. from U-69:  
        Request supply 30 June 01.00 hours.  Have appendicitis patient, discharge required.  
    03.41   Radio Message 0239/27/193:  From B.d.U. to U-69:  
        Insofar as fuel situation allows, hold contact and report for U-123.  Request "Culebra" 3 days prior.  
    04.00 DT 3978    
    06.00   Test dive.  
    08.00 DT 3985    
      NE 2, Sea 1-2, overcast, Vis. good    
    10.12   Radio Message 0955/27/199:  Metzler from Hardegen:  
        Question contact.  Position DT 3671.  
    11.09   Short signal:  "No" - understood.  
    12.00 DT 3966 Day's run:  Surfaced 219 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 DU 1743 Boat is mentioned in the Wehrmacht Report.  
    18.30   Radio Message 1056/27/103:  B.d.U. to all:  
        Error of the last days: Paragraph 3; U-69 Radio Message 0301/27 if further contact was not possible because of fuel, must at least report the last position and course of the convoy.  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 27.06.41
 
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    continued      
    27.06.41      
    20.00 DU 1731 Radio Message 1801/27/119:  B.d.U. from Metzler:  
      NE 2, Sea 1, cloudless, Vis. very good 1.)  To success report a third ship probable after shot forced off by "corvette".  
        2.)  To Radio Message 1056/103 Paragraph 3, in Radio Message 0301/192 reported last position with exact speed.  As reported previously, further contact keeping not possible due to fuel situation.  
                                                         
   

 

28.06.41

   
    00.00 DU 1571 Radio Message 2255/27/127:  B.d.U. to U-69.  
    00.03   Radio Message 1801 was unnecessary.  
    00.10   Radio Message 2122/27/126:  B.d.U. to U-69.  
        1.)  Supply from 29 to 30 June.  
    04.00 DU 1552 2.)  Discharge appendicitis patient to supply ship.  There is a Doctor there.  Treatment only on board.  Ashore prohibited. Obey the instructions of the representative of Military Attaché precisely.   Palma accurately informed, oblige the crew in writing concerning the secrecy of the whole undertaking.  
    08.00 DU 1533  
      NbyE 1, Sea 0-1, cloudy, Vis. good  
    12.00 DU 1382 Day's run:  Surfaced 185 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 DU 2115    
    16.15+   Test dive and depth control training.  
    20.00 DH 8989    
      N 1, Sea 0-1, partial overcast, Vis. good    
                                                         
   

 

29.06.41

   
    00.00 DH 8992    
    04.00 DH 9747    
    08.00 DH 9745    
      NEbyN 2, See 1-2, overcast, Vis. good    
    11.55   Crash dive - test dive.  
    12.00 DH 9740 Day's run:  Surfaced 103 nm,  Submerged 2 nm.  
    16.00 DH 9723    
    20.00 DH 9495    
      NNE 1, Sea 0-1, cloudy, Vis. good    
                                                         
   

 

30.06.41

   
    00.00 DH 9547 Positioned off "Las Palmas".  
        Entrance is delayed because of an incoming steamer.  Off the entrance two badly-illuminated small sailboats cruise.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 27.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 28.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 29.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 30.06.41
 
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    continued      
    30.06.41      
    01.48   Made fast to the starboard side of "CORRIETES"  
        Entering brought no difficulties.  Fuel and provisions completed.  
        Outfitting of the ship is very good and is impeccably prepared. Delivery of the sick person according to the decision of the doctor not necessary.  
    05.30   Departed.  Transit continued.  
    08.00 DH 9194 Test dive.  
      NNE 0-1, Sea 0, lightly cloudy, Vis. good Short Signal:  Supply completed.  - Understood.  
    12.00 DH 9129 Day's run:  Surfaced 157 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 DH 6784    
    20.00 DH 6719    
      NNW 1, Sea 1, partial overcast, Vis. good    
    22.00   Short signal:  Position square DH 56. - Understood.  
                                                         
    01.07.41      
    00.00 DH 5699    
    04.00 DH 5658 Port diesel clutch out of service, cannot be engaged.  
    08.00 DH 5615 Starboard diesel temporarily out of service because of intake valve damage  
      NbyW 1, Sea 0-1, lightly cloudy, Vis. good  
    12.00 DH 5259 Crash dive - test dive.  
        Day's run:  Surfaced 194 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 DH 5245 I set off to the NW to repair the diesels.  
    20.00 DH 5131    
      NNE 1, Sea 0-1, light long swell, few clouds, Vis. very good    
                                                         
   

 

02.07.41

   
    00.00 DH 2789    
    04.00 DH 2785    
    08.00 DH 2781 Crash dive - test dive.  
      E 1, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. good Both diesels again ready.  
    12.00 DH 2748 Day's run:  Surfaced 99 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 DH 1939    
    17.12   Smoke trail sighted bearing 90°T.  
    18.30   Mastheads, one steering about 160° - very heavy zig zags.  
        Holding contact and I decide to attack the steamer at darkness with artillery.  
           
Sun and Moon Data 30.06.41
Sun and Moon Data 01.07.41
Sun and Moon Data 02.07.41
 
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    continued      
    02.07.41      
    20.00 DH 2758    
      NE 1, Sea 1, partial overcast, Vis. good    
    23.10   I maneuver ahead of the steamer.  
                                                         
   

 

03.07.41

   
    00.00 DH 5161    
      Moonshine    
    00.37   Steamer abeam to starboard at 4000 meters.  Medium steamer of 5000 GRT.  A stern cannon is recognized.  
    01.10   Positioned ahead of the steamer.  Due to the bright moonlight and cloudless sky I decide to wait for moonset.  
    04.00 DH 5541 Maneuver to attack.  
    04.36 DH 5544 Fire opened to port at 800 meters.  The first 3 shots of 8.8 cm into the bridge and superstructure.  The defensive fire of the steamer (about 3.7 cm) was suppressed by prompt fire of the M.G. C 30 and MG/34.  Further 10 shots 8.8 cm in the superstructure, of these 2 in the stern.  During the firing the steamer turns off at high speed to the east.  
        During this running tuning was observed on the 600-meter wave, stops suddenly.  Shot at.  
        Next surprise fire on the other side of the enemy, who turns off during shooting at me  
   

 

04.52

  After several hits in the engine and waterline the enemy stops and burns.  Observe lights on the overdeck.  Crew abandons the ship.  Firing pause.  
        In several approaches on the stopped enemy numerous hits are made in the waterline and superstructure.  Fires at a lot of places in the ship, sinks deeper and shows a list.  Ship is completely torn into pieces in superstructure.  Recognize in the searchlight 4 canons (8.8 cm - 10.5 cm), 2 heavy anti-aircraft machine guns (about 3.7 cm) and 4 light anti-aircraft machine guns, the later on special anti-aircraft platforms.   
    06.50   Stern flooded, steamer settles slowly deeper and burns heavily.  Mechanism for protecting the bow.  Steamer painted grey, name painted over.  
        Because complete sinking of the steamboat is certain, I run off to the west when it gets light.  
        Munitions consumption:  
        102 rounds 8.8 cm explosive shells,  
        34       "       8.8 cm incendiary shells,  
        220     "      M.G. C/30 (2 cm),  
        400     "         "        /34 (8 mm).  
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 02.07.41
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    continued      
    03.07.41      
    08.00 DH 5461    
      NbyE 2, Sea 1, overcast, Vis. good    
    09.00   Test dive and proceeded submerged.  
    12.00 DH 5414 Day's run:  Surfaced 240 nm,  Submerged 10 nm.  
    13.00   Surfaced, course "home".  
    16.00 DH 4363    
    20.00 DH 1996    
      NbyE 2-3, Sea 2, overcast, light rain, Vis. medium    
    21.00   Radio Message 2056/3/113"  B.d.U. from Metzler:  
        DH 55 ship 5000 GRT, 4 cannons, 6 anti-aircraft weapons sunk with artillery.  DH 10.  
                                                         
   

 

04.07.41

   
    00.00 DH 1936    
    04.00 DH 1666    
    08.00 DH 1368    
      NNE 3-4, Sea 3-4, overcast, Vis. medium    
    12.00 CF 8898 Day's run:  Surfaced 245 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 CF 8865    
    17.50   Radio Message 1714/4/135:  B.d.U. to U-69:   
        Return harbor for U-69 is Nazaire.  
    20.00 CF 8676    
      NEbyN 4-5, Sea 4, mostly overcast, Vis. good    
                                                         
   

 

05.07.41

   
    00.00 CF 8832 Gyro compass out of service.  
    04.00 CF 9122    
    08.00 CF 6811 Crash dive - test dive.  
      NE 3, Sea 3, overcast, intermittent haze and fog, Vis. bad    
    12.00 CF 6529 Day's run:  Surfaced 304 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 CF 6371    
    20.00 CF 3988    
      NEbyN 3-4, Sea 3, overcast, Vis. bad    
                                                         
           
Sun and Moon Data 03.07.41
Sun and Moon Data 04.07.41
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    06.07.41      
    00.00 CG 1478    
    04.00 CG 1432    
    08.00 CG 1225 Test dive.  
      NE 2, Sea 1, overcast, hazy, Vis. bad    
    12.00 BE 9861 Day's run:  Surfaced 304 nm,  Submerged 1 nm.  
    16.00 BE 9689    
    18.07   Short Signal:  Position 36 hours off return harbor - Understood.  
    20.00 BF 7453    
      NE 1, Sea 0-1, overcast, occasional fog, Vis. bad    
                                                         
   

 

07.07.41

   
    00.00 BF 7298    
    02.00 Moonshine, E 1-2, Sea 1, clear, Vis. good Avoided 5 illuminated fishermen.  One vessel was unlighted, however, was recognized as a fishing rod fisherman.  
    02.28   Radio Message 2154/6/199:  B.d.U. to U-69:  
        On 8 June 15.30 be at Point N 1 for convoy intake.  
    04.00 BF 7363    
    07.00   Dived to proceed submerged.  
    08.00 BF 8137    
    12.00 BF 8139 Day's run:  Surfaced 260 nm,  Submerged 10 nm.  
    16.00 BF 8214    
    20.00 BF 8212 Surfaced.  Continued on the surface.  
                                                         
   

 

08.07.41

   
    00.00 BF 5845    
    04.00 BF 6477    
    06.00   Avoided several fishermen.  
    07.37   Radio Message 0730/8/135:  B.d.U. from U-69:  
        At N 1 put the boat on the bottom.  
    08.00 BF 6463    
      EbyN 0-1, Sea 0, hazy, Vis. medium    
    10.00   At N 1 put the boat on the bottom.  Boat bumps very heavily.  Raised the boat from the bottom and went  
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 06.07.41
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    continued      
    08.07.41      
        back and forth in position submerged.  
    12.00   Day's run:  Surfaced 184 nm,  Submerged 16 nm.  
        Remaining distance 20 nm.  
        Surfaced.  
        Taken under escort.  
        Made fast Nazaire.  
           
        Duration of the war patrol = 65 days  
        Distance traveled              = 11867 nm.  
           
        Success:  
        Mining of 2 harbors.  
        5 ships with torpedoes  
        1 ship sunk with artillery  
        Total:  36134 GRT and 1 ship probable.  
           
                                                         
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
Sun and Moon Data 08.07.41

Appendices to U-69's KTB - click on the text at left to proceed to the documents
   
Report Report on the sinking of the American steamer ROBIN MOOR
   
Torpedo Torpedo firing reports
   
Radio Collection of radio messages from U-69 and received from other boats
   
Chart Track Chart of entire patrol                                             5 May - 8 July 1941
   
MineA Mining report and sketch of Takordi
   
MineB Mining report and sketch of Lagos
   
SketchA Combat sketch of attack on TEWKESBURY               21 May 1941
   
SketchB Combat sketches of attack on convoy                          27 June 1941
   
SketchB Combat sketch of attack on British freighter 3 July 1941 with drawing of armament

     
     
 

Comments of the B.d.U.

 
     
 

 

 
 
        Very well executed war patrol.  The execution of the mining task and the surprise attack on the auxiliary cruiser illustrate an excellent performance the Kommandant and his crew can be proud of.  The success of the mine tasks became obvious very quickly by blockage of both harbors.  The sinking of the steamer ROBIN MOOR did not correspond to the orders given.
 
     
     
   

For the Befehlshabers der Unterseeboote

 
   
The Chief of the Operations Department.
 
 
                                      
     
 

 


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