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10 years ago
Vidart
... And you have of course checked ? I'll check with a friend of mine who works at a museum. (Jeg svarer på engelsk av hensyn til andre lesere av forumet) Cheers Vidar
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10 years ago
Vidart
Hello Barbro Try this: (The Ship D/S Sicilia changed it's name to D/S Kongshaug in 1935) Lykke til! Vidar
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10 years ago
Vidart
Hello Chris Shelled or not shelled, - it sure would be great to hear an account from one of the ship's crew as well. The convoy was dispersed on July the 4th. William Hooper and Christopher Newport are listed to have been torpedoed that day. Cheers Vidar
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10 years ago
Vidart
Hi, I scanned the Microfilm today. Here is what I found from U-117's 1st patrol: As far as I can see U 117 didn't bring any supplies to forces stationed in Norway. The first mission was a combined war patrol, mine laying and supply (for other U-boats) mission. They started in Kiel on Oct. 10th, sailed for Königsberg, later Peyse and then arrived Kristiansand S. on Oct 14. In K
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10 years ago
Vidart
I guess the correct name today is Libelle, but older German names are "Teufelsnadel" or "Augenstecher" In my language, Norwegian, libelle is used for the scientific name of insects of the sub-order Anisoptera, however in common language we use Øyenstikker which is probably why I chose Augenstecher as translation. (In Norwegian a Libelle means the tool "level" used
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10 years ago
Vidart
Hi I have her first KTB's on Microfilm (T1022 roll 2974). I'll check it out tomorrow. Description from NARA says: .......KTB describes several resupply operations for other U-boats in the North and Central Atlantic, Sep 1942 - May 1943, and a minelaying operation off Casablanca, Mar 1943........ Cheers Vidar
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10 years ago
Vidart
Hi Dragonfly translates into German "Augenstecher" which literally translates into Eye piercer, or an insect stabbing at your eye. Probably from the common superstition caused by this insect's habit of hovering in front of your face. In my opinion this would have been a very nice emblem for a U-boat. However, I have checked with Högels book, and didn't find any dragonfli
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10 years ago
Vidart
Hi, It's military, workshops and storerooms I believe. I've been inside many years ago, but that was aboard a Norwegian sub. I've been told that visits can be arranged, but you have to apply to the right authorities, probably at the Naval base of Haakonsvern outside Bergen some time in advance. Parts of the Pens in Trondheim (Dora) are easier accessible. One part of it is used as
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10 years ago
Vidart
Tony, Start with Type in the following: Bergen, Johan Berentsens vei, Norway You now see the Laksevåg side of the town. There is a red "A" marker in the street "Johan Berentsens vei" You see the street name to the right of it. Drag the the Yellow man into the map, and drop (the dotted circle beneath him) him over "Johan" in the street name. You now m
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10 years ago
Vidart
Hi Contact is not questionable. I'm situated on the island of Jan Mayen, and we have all kinds of communication, albeit a bit slow! Tomorrow we're expecting a plane, the first one for two months! But it's arrival is very weather dependable, and therefore might not get here tomorrow, and since I'm responsible for the weather reporting from here etc. etc., I'm quite busy
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11 years ago
Vidart
Hi Well, you find it on the map of the second patrol of U 38: So regarding if it visited this location, I suppose this is an established fact. However, regarding the existence of Base Nord, I can't help you, at least not from my holiday location right now. Cheers Vidar
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11 years ago
Vidart
Hi You list Hetschko as U-89+ Cdr. Busch and Röll list hims as Cdr sea trg From this I understand that he was on commander training under Dietrich Lohmann who was the commander of U-89. Why did he have to go on training? Apparently not a very sucessful commander who perhaps did a major screw-up on his first command? He commanded his first boat U-453, a type VIIC for only a month, and h
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11 years ago
Vidart
Hi One: as you suggested in the beginning, this thread should probably have been under the "Technology and Operations" sections. Two: I've got answers; Not a German torpedo, and certainly not from U-36. I contacted experts at the Haakonsvern navy base outside Bergen, and showed them the pictures. The contact detonator comes from a Swedish built TP612 torpedo. I don't
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11 years ago
Vidart
Hi It's for sure not crap, and it would be very interesting to find out more about this. I will look a little bit more into this and let you know if I find anything (or not). Oh by the way, you mentioned it could have been found somewhere in Sweden, are you Swedish, or did your father just work in Sweden? Can you perhaps dig up more details about where it was found? Cheers Vidar
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11 years ago
Vidart
It's indeed the detonator of a torpedo. But would the u-boat number be stamped on the detonator, when not even the u-boat itself was allowed to carry a number for identification? Well, I don't know, it's of course possible, but I would think that the numbers rather may represent the type of detonator mechanism or "pistol" This one could for example be a further devel
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11 years ago
Vidart
Oh by the way, during his stay in England he perhaps visited the LDC (London Distict Cage) interrogation centre at Kensington Gardens. For example Hans Falke, one of Suhren's U-boat skippers stayed there for 20 days in March 1946. I will look a bit more into this matter. Cheers Vidar
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11 years ago
Vidart
Hi He stayed with his friend Hufnagel at Kleverhof at Bad Schwartau which is in Schleswig-Holstein, not far from Lübeck. Maybe he was cooperative during interrogation, maybe not regarded a Nazi. The more Nazi they were regarded, the longer they often were kept in captivity. Many of his earlier escapades wouldn't exactly brand him as such, even though he dined with Adolf and danced with
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11 years ago
Vidart
C.C. you have mail. From Suhrens memoirs, I get the understanding that he was held in British captivity in Norway, first Trondheim and then at Akershus castle in Oslo. Then one can read this in the Post Script: "On 12 April 1946 he was released, and as transport organiser took a freighter from Norway to England. The ship was stuffed full of women and children, and realesed soldiers with Nor
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11 years ago
Vidart
Hi This is probably old info to you, but Alf R. Jacobsen writes something about this in "Til siste slutt" (To the bitter end), - I don't know if it is translated into English like "Banesår", so I try a translation; "... The day after Grille, Stella Polaris, the accomodation vessel Kärnten, the repair ships Huascaran and Kamerun and the fifteen u-boats left Na
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11 years ago
Vidart
Hi Gummi has now updated the page for U 1053, and answered (at least as far as possible at the moment) my question: "According to a Norwegian source (unconfirmed) the wreck of this boat was located about around 1991. Later news from 2010 seem to contradict that as none of them seems to mention the earlier discovery." Thank you! Cheers Vidar
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11 years ago
Vidart
Thank you Ken and Fernando. Much to study here! I just started on "Silent Runner" again, a couple of years since I last read it. I wonder if Kapt. Prien is satisfied with the answers? ;-) Cheers Vidar
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11 years ago
Vidart
22. U 1053
Hi Yesterday it was announced in Norwegian media that last week U 1053 had been found right outside Bergen by the Norwegian Navy. On the U 1053 page here one can read the following timeless (there is no date-stamp) statement: "The wreck of this boat was located about 10 years ago." What is correct?, and who located it "10 years ago"? Vidar
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11 years ago
Vidart
Ken, That was an informative and good answer to a rather confusing topic. However, while you're at it, I have some comments/question, maybe a little off-the-original-topic. They regard the three Gentlemen Prien, Georg-Wilhelm Schulz and Jost Metzler. If I have gotten it right, they were all HSO's and came into the Kriegsmarine after the Niobe accident. I refer to the book Ger
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11 years ago
Vidart
Hi See Appendix E at Rgds Vidar
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11 years ago
Vidart
Ken, thank you for clearing up that. Also when I mentioned Fernando's list of Medics, I ment Fernando's list of doctors (Arzt/Ärzte). Oh by the way, some boats also had medics like Sanitätsmaat, Sanitätsgefreiter SanitätObergefreiter etc... Best rgds Vidar
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11 years ago
Vidart
Hello According to he did not serve as a medic, but as a Funkobergefrieter on U 462, and after the war eventually became a Prof. Dr. Med and senior specialist at Ulm Hospital. Neither can he be found in Fernando's list of Medics. Cheers Vidar
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11 years ago
Vidart
Hi all. I look at a guestbook entry of U 213 (Type VIID) from 5th flotilla in Kiel dated January 24. 1942, depicted on page 27 of Showell's "Wolfpacks at War" ISBN 0711029288. In the lower right corner of the entry, a person has signed as El medico. I can't find any doctor/Artzt in the crew list pages for U 213 on , and when I search this thread for U 213, I don't get a
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11 years ago
Vidart
Hi See: and Vidar
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12 years ago
Vidart
The man in the foreground with the white cap on the first picture and the one on the second picture sure looks like Vogler depicted on the commander pages here on uboat.net. The one with the white cap on the third picture from top is Reinhart Reche cheers Vidar
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12 years ago
Vidart
Correction: My mentions of U 2929 are of course wrong, both should read U 2529 Vidar
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