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Re: U348
Posted by: Rainer ()
Date: January 03, 2018 09:23PM

Thanks Walter for providing the sources of each entry.

I took a closer look on DEFE 3/550 and found the following radio messages in which U-348 is mentioned:

Message ZTPG/353515
TOI: 1541/18/3/45
FROM: U 348 through U 1007
LEFT ROENNE AT 1530 VIA GRUEN 10, WAY 1 TO KIEL, SPEED 12 KNOTS. RECEIVING WATCH ON 4860 KC/S AND 3750 KC/S. AM UXXX JOINING COMPANY WITH U 1007.

Message ZTPG/353712
TOI: 0210/19/3/45
FROM: U 1007
AM LYING NEAR GRUEN 02 WITH U 348. AM AWAITING ESCORT.

Message ZTPG/353531
TOI: 0559/19/3/45
FROM: U 1007
JOINED CONVOY AT GRUEN 02 WITH U 348 AT 0430. SPEED 6 KNOTS.

Message ZTPG/353730
TOI: 0715/19/3/45
FROM: U 1007
PASSED THE GJEDSER BARRAGE AT 0730 WITH U 348, WEST-BOUND. INDEPENDENT PASSAGE, SPEED 12 KNOTS.

Message ZTPG/353573
TOI: 1635/19/3/45
FROM: U 1007
ARRIVED KIEL AT 143(0) WITH U 348. W/T SWITCHED OFF.


But I found message ZTPG/353671 the most interesting:
TOI: 2052/18/3/45
FROM: ADMIRAL ( U/B )
TO: CAPTAIN ( U/B ) BALTIC & FRONT-LINE TRAINING GROUP HELA
U 348 (SCHUNK) IS TO BE SUBORDINATED TO THE 5TH U/B FLOTILLA WITH EFFECT FROM 15/3

U-348 is currently listed as having been transferred to the 5. U-Flotille on 15 February 1945, but according to the radio message above this took place on 15 March! Without doubt U-348 was transferred from Danzig to Kiel between 16 and 19 March 1945 and must have continued to Hamburg (when?), where it was destroyed in an air raid on 30 March.

But the question is if we can confirm the movements of U-348 after leaving Swinem├╝nde on 5 February 1945. Did this U-boat really went to Hamburg, where it reportedly arrived on 10 February, then proceed back to Danzig (when?) only to return to Hamburg shortly thereafter? Or did U-348 proceed to Danzig after leaving Swinem├╝nde and only arrived in Hamburg after the passage to Kiel in March 1945?

Best regards
Rainer

Crew member of uboat.net

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