Kapitänleutnant (Crew 24)
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 400 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,745 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 56 tons
|Born||5 Sep 1905||Hildesheim|
|Died||16 Dec 1975||(70)||Erzhausen, near Bad Gandersheim|
|U-18||3 Dec 1942||25 Aug 1944||7 patrols (203 days)|
Oblt. z. S. Karl Fleige on board
Karl Fleige joined the Reichsmarine in October 1924 as seaman. He spent the next years on torpedo boats, several cruisers and on the sailing school ship (Segelschulschiff) Gorch Fock.
In October 1937 he transferred to the U-boat force and after some months of training joined U-20 under Oblt. Karl-Heinz Moehle in May 1938. When Kptlt. Moehle commissioned the Type IXB U-boat U-123 in June 1940 he asked for his former Obersteuermann and thus Karl Fleige spent more than a year on the successful U-123.
Starting in April 1942 he received commander training and in December 1942 he took command of the small Type IIB U-boat U-18. Through August 1944 he made a total of seven successful patrols in the Black Sea.
Beginning in December 1944, he was an instructor in the 24 Flotilla and in the 1st ULD (U-Boot-Lehrdivision). After Germany's surrender he spent three months in Allied captivity.
Patrol info for Karl Fleige
|1.||U-18||26 May 1943||Konstanza||9 Jun 1943||Konstanza||Patrol 1,||15 days|
|2.||U-18||16 Jun 1943||Konstanza||29 Jun 1943||Sevastopol||Patrol 2,||14 days|
|3.||U-18||3 Jul 1943||Sevastopol||22 Jul 1943||Konstanza||Patrol 2,||20 days|
|4.||U-18||21 Aug 1943||Konstanza||24 Sep 1943||Konstanza||Patrol 3,||35 days|
|5.||U-18||27 Oct 1943||Konstanza||24 Nov 1943||Konstanza||Patrol 4,||29 days|
|6.||U-18||29 Jan 1944||Konstanza||29 Feb 1944||Konstanza||Patrol 5,||32 days|
|7.||U-18||25 Mar 1944||Konstanza||27 Apr 1944||Konstanza||Patrol 6,||34 days|
|8.||U-18||24 Jul 1944||Konstanza||16 Aug 1944||Konstanza||Patrol 7,||24 days|
|7 patrols, 203 days at sea|
Ships hit by Karl Fleige
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|29 Aug 1943||U-18||Karl Fleige||TSC-11 Dzhalita||400||sj|
|30 Aug 1943||U-18||Karl Fleige||SKA-0132 (d.)||56||sj|
|18 Nov 1943||U-18||Karl Fleige||Josif Stalin (d.)||7,745||sj|
1 ship sunk (400 tons) and 2 ships damaged (7,801 tons).