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, Germany|
|U-18||6 May 1943||1 May 1944||6 patrols (179 days)|
|U-18||8 Jun 1944||25 Aug 1944||1 patrol (24 days)|
Oblt. z. S. Karl Fleige on board
Karl Fleige joined the Reichsmarine in October 1924 as a seaman. He spent the next few years on torpedo boats and cruisers and 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 the command of Oblt. Karl-Heinz Moehle in May 1938. When Kptlt. Moehle commissioned the Type IXB U-123 in June 1940 he asked for his former Obersteuermann to join him, and thus Karl Fleige served for over a year on the successful U-123.
From December 1944 he was an instructor with 24 Flotilla and the 1st ULD (U-Boot-Lehrdivision). Following 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).