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Patrol info for U-130

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
27 Dec 1941Lorient25 Feb 1942Lorient61 days


Officers *

KrvKpt. Ernst Kals

Oblt. Hans Möglich

Ltn. Eberhard Zimmermann

Patrol description

The translated war diary of U-130 for this patrol is available on our partner website: uboatarchive.net

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-130

We have daily positions for all 61 days on this patrol.

Ships hit by U-130 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
13 Jan 1942U-130Ernst Kals Frisco1,582nwA
13 Jan 1942U-130Ernst Kals Friar Rock5,427paSC-64B
21 Jan 1942U-130Ernst Kals Alexandra Høegh8,248nwC
25 Jan 1942U-130Ernst Kals Varanger9,305nwD
27 Jan 1942U-130Ernst Kals Francis E. Powell7,096amE
27 Jan 1942U-130Ernst Kals Halo (d.)6,986amF

5 ships sunk (31,658 tons) and 1 ship damaged (6,986 tons).

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(d.) means the ship was damaged.

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-130 during this patrol

12 Jan 1942
16.28 hrs, Cabot Strait, between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, Canada: the surfaced boat was attacked by a Canadian aircraft dropping two 250lb depth charges. Luckily for U-130, the green aircrew botched the attack and the boat escaped unharmed. (Sources: KTB U-130)

18 Jan 1942
Following an unsuccessful nighttime attack on a fast merchantman off Nova Scotia, the boat was nearly lost when surprised on the surface by two Canadian "destroyers" at about 01.20 hrs. One of them tried to ram, and passed only 10 metres astern of U-130, which immediately crash-dived. Iced-up diesel air intake valves caused 8 tons of water to enter the boat, which hit the bottom at a depth of 48 metres (157 ft). Luckily the warships dropped no depth charges, perhaps due to their equipment also being frozen. The Germans managed to pump the water out and the boat later headed southwards into warmer seas. (Sources: KTB U-130)

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