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4 weeks ago
Ken Dunn
Hi klosterreich, The mercury was stored in the keel for transport to Japan. The equivalent weight in ballast was removed from the keel to make room for it and to keep the boat properly weighted. A question I have been interested in for several years is what was Japan going to do with the mercury? They ordered far too much of it just for primers. It must have been vital to its war effort
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8 weeks ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Urs, Thanks for the info.
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8 weeks ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Urs, Didn’t know Lott Was there. He & Franz were both Crew 26 and both made Kapitänleutnant 1 April, 1936. However Lott made Korvettenkapitän 1 November, 1940 & Franz didn’t make it until 1 April, 1941, so though they were both Kapitänleutnant in 1939, Lott might have been senior to Franz in some way, perhaps higher in the Rangliste which I don’t have.
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8 weeks ago
Ken Dunn
Franz was Crew 26 & was promoted to Kapitänleutnant 1 April, 1936. He was promoted to Korvettenkapitän 1 April, 1941. Glattes was Crew 27 & was promoted to Kapitänleutnant 1 October, 1936. He was promoted to Korvettenkapitän 1 September, 1941. In 1939 they were both Kapitänleutnant and there is no rank between Kapitänleutnant & Korvettenkapitän so Franz would have been
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4 months ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Scott, Yes. They also used it for their batteries.
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4 months ago
Ken Dunn
Hi undercurrents, U-boats also had a still aboard capable of making 65 gallons of fresh water a day.
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7 months ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Maurice, Spare barrels for the 37mm AA guns.
Forum: Technology and Operations
7 months ago
Ken Dunn
Hi A.G. Brunson, See: There was one with that last name that became a POW in 1944.
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12 months ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Urs, You are quite welcome. I have continued to research this issue over the years & I have collected quite a few accounts primarily from the merchant marine side but many also from the German side and very few of them contradict the paper. And when they do I generally find that there was no actual evidence of any wrongdoing, and the U-boat commander made other patrols with no hint o
Forum: Warship forum
1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Agreed.
Forum: Warship forum
1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Urs, U-boats had been sinking merchant ships off our coast since Operation Paukenschlag started in January and the dead bodies of merchant seamen had been washing up on the shores all along the east coast for all those months while no U-boats had been sunk and the navy and the American people wanted revenge. Nobody was in the mood to question the sinking of a U-boat. The nature of war
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Battleship Russ, I forgot to mention that the USS ROPER a Wickes class destroyer (like 26 of the 50) was the first U.S. ship to sink a U-boat (U-85) during the war. U-85 was sunk 14 April 1942 in the North Atlantic off Cape Hatteras a year and a half after those 50 destroyers went to the United Kingdom. She served for the duration of the war being decommissioned 15 September, 1945. Not
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Now you have 2 PMs.
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
You have a PM.
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Hi seevogel114, As far as I know the watch officer made that decision & he put the men with the best eyesight in the most critical positions at the time. I have seen this in a couple of books but I don’t remember which ones. It seems some were better in the dark & others in fog or at certain times of the day (perhaps sunrise or sunset) etc. Also the most experienced men might have
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Battleship Russ, First you have been badly misinformed about the 50 destroyers. We didn’t “ditch” them so we could send new construction down the ways. There wasn’t going to be any new construction of any magnitude anytime soon. The American public didn’t understand the danger Hitler represented to America and the rest of the free world and refused to get involved in any Eu
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Billc, You have a Private Message (PM)
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Firmin, U-518 was a Type IXC and the only one left is U-505 at the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry in the U.S. U-534 is a Type IXC/40 and is almost identical to the IXC. It was raised from the Kattegat, between Denmark and Sweden, in 1993. She was taken to Birkenhead, England in May 1996 and is now part of a small museum run by Merseytravel, the local transport executive. Th
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Hi John, Bauer was IWO on U-37 from August 4th, 1938 (the day U-37 was commissioned) through her first two patrols and perhaps a few days after. Bauer started commander’s school November 16th, 1939 just 8 days after U-37 returned to Wilhelmshaven from her 2nd patrol. I don't know who the other officers on U-37 were during that time, except of course the commanders. Bauer as com
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Farrimond, It was Bauer.
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Hi danmac, Germany didn't have U-boats in 1932. Perhaps you meant 1942.
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Hi John, After a quick scan of uboat.net I come up with the youngest former U-boat commander being Hans-Eckart Augustin born January 7, 1924 (& the only one born in 1924 not listed as having already passed away). If he is still alive today he would be 94. His only command was U-62 a school boat at the end of the war and he made no war patrols. I came up with only 9 former U-boat comma
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Hi John, I didn't say I knew for sure, I said "I think". Do you know for a fact any of them are still alive? If so: Hans-George Fischer would be 110. Mattias Brunig would be 98. Erich Hilsenitz would be 101 and Heinz Murl would be 98. I hope they are but even if they aren't perhaps there are others that are. That is the response I was looking for.
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Ernest, I think Reinhard Hardegen is the only living WWII German U-boat Commander.
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Michael, You have a PM.
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Jack, You got mail.
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1 year ago
Ken Dunn
Hi epossum, First let me say I could find no evidence that USS WASHINGTON (BB56) ever encountered a U-boat much less sank one & fired on its survivors. It appears someone has their story completely wrong. It was not the policy of the American government (or the German government) to shoot helpless survivors in the water. There were rare isolated cases of it being done by individuals o
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2 years ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Joyce Stacy Proce, See:
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2 years ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Rainer, I too concur. 1. Eisenhower said: “The war would have been over sooner if someone had shot Admiral King”. 2. King was an jerk all the time. His daughter when someone accused King of occasionally having a bad temper said “that’s nonsense, my father has a perfectly even temper – he is angry all the time”. 3. The Brits told King the U-boats were coming and co
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2 years ago
Ken Dunn
Hi Duckman, You have a Private Message.
Forum: Technology and Operations
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