U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-123


DepartureArrival / FateDuration
23 Dec 1941Lorient9 Feb 1942Lorient49 days

Commander

Officers *


Kptlt. Reinhard Hardegen
1WO

Oblt. Rudolf Hoffmann
2WO

Ltn. Horst von Schroeter
Boatswain

Walter Kaeding

Patrol description

The translated war diary of U-123 for this patrol is available here: http://www.uboatarchive.net/KTB123-7.htm


Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-123

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We have daily positions for all 49 days on this patrol.

Ships hit by U-123 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
12 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Cyclops9,076br
14 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Norness9,577pa
15 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Coimbra6,768br
19 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Norvana2,677am
19 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen City of Atlanta5,269am
19 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Malay (d.)8,206am
19 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Ciltvaira3,779le
25 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Culebra3,044brON-53
27 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Pan Norway9,231nwON-56
 57,627

8 ships sunk (49,421 tons) and 1 ship damaged (8,206 tons).

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General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-123 during this patrol

16 Jan 1942
00.01 hrs, off New York: the boat was surprised by an aircraft which dropped four bombs. All missed, and U-123 escaped undamaged by crash-diving. (Sources: KTB U-123)

19 Jan 1942
Kosmos II tried to ram the surfaced U-123 off Oregon Inlet. The U-boat was in shallow water, without any torpedoes left and one of the diesel engines out of order. The Germans managed to get the engine running when the ship was only 75m away and slowly out-distanced her at full speed.

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* These are officers that later became commanders themselves.

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