Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 37b)
6 ships sunk, total tonnage 43,032 GRT
2 warships sunk, total tonnage 6,895 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,134 GRT
2 warships damaged, total tonnage 2,500 tons
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 3,722 GRT
|Born||3 Nov 1918||Königsberg, East Prussia|
|Died||10 Feb 1965||(46)||Hamburg, Germany|
|U-34||16 Jun 1942||1 Feb 1943||No war patrols|
|U-410||5 Feb 1943||11 Mar 1944||5 patrols (137 days)|
|U-371||5 Apr 1944||4 May 1944||1 patrol (12 days)|
Horst-Arno Fenski began his naval career in October 1937. He served for six months on the battle cruiser Gneisenau. In April 1940 he transferred to the U-boat force. His first four patrols were as I WO on U-752. Then for six months he commanded the school boat U-34.
In February 1943 he took command of U-410 and operated mostly in the Mediterranean. His greatest success on that U-boat was the sinking of the British cruiser HMS Penelope (5,270 tons) in February 1944. U-410 was destroyed by US bombs in March 1944. Oblt. Fenski then took over U-371, but on his first patrol with this boat he had to scuttle her after heavy depth charge attacks. He then spent two years in US captivity.
Patrol info for Horst-Arno Fenski
|1.||U-410||9 Feb 1943||St. Nazaire||27 Mar 1943||Lorient||Patrol 1,||47 days|
|2.||U-410||26 Apr 1943||Lorient||13 May 1943||La Spezia||Patrol 2,||18 days|
|3.||U-410||7 Aug 1943||La Spezia||30 Aug 1943||Toulon||Patrol 3,||24 days|
|4.||U-410||12 Sep 1943||Toulon||3 Oct 1943||Toulon||Patrol 4,||22 days|
|5.||U-410||3 Feb 1944||Toulon||28 Feb 1944||Toulon||Patrol 5,||26 days|
|6.||U-371||23 Apr 1944||Toulon||4 May 1944||Sunk||Patrol 6,||12 days|
|6 patrols, 149 days at sea|
Ships hit by Horst-Arno Fenski
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|6 Mar 1943||U-410||Fort Battle River||7,133||br||KMS-10|
|6 Mar 1943||U-410||Fort Paskoyac (d.)||7,134||br||KMS-10|
|26 Aug 1943||U-410||John Bell||7,242||am||UGS-14|
|26 Aug 1943||U-410||Richard Henderson||7,194||am||UGS-14|
|26 Sep 1943||U-410||Christian Michelsen||7,176||nw||UGS-17|
|1 Oct 1943||U-410||Empire Commerce (t.)||3,722||br||MKS-26|
|1 Oct 1943||U-410||Fort Howe||7,133||br||MKS-26|
|15 Feb 1944||U-410||Fort St. Nicolas||7,154||br||Shingle|
|18 Feb 1944||U-410||HMS Penelope (97)||5,270||br||Shingle|
|20 Feb 1944||U-410||USS LST-348||1,625||am||Shingle|
|3 May 1944||U-371||USS Menges (DE 320) (d.)||1,200||am||GUS-38|
|4 May 1944||U-371||FFL Sénégalais (T 22) (d.)||1,300||fr||GUS-38|
9 ships sunk (53,649 tons) and 3 ships damaged (9,634 tons).
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