Korvettenkapitän (Crew 30)
21 ships sunk, total tonnage 92,086 GRT
|Born||31 Jul 1910||Norden,Ostfriesland|
|Died||17 Nov 1996||(86)||Ahrensburg / Hamburg, Germany|
|U-20||1 Oct 1937||17 Jan 1940||5 patrols (72 days)|
|U-123||30 May 1940||19 May 1941||4 patrols (126 days)|
Karl-Heinz Moehle began his naval career in April 1930. After some months on the battleship Schleswig Holstein, he transferred to the U-boat force in March 1936, and in October 1937 commissioned U-20. He made six patrols, mostly in the North Sea, and sank eight ships.
He left U-20 in January 1940 and four months later commissioned U-123, one of the most famous U-boats of the war.
Moehle's second patrol in the North Atlantic was outstanding. On the morning of 23 November, 1940 he attacked the convoy OB-244 and in five hours sank five ships with a total of 23,084 tons. Due to damage sustained in a submerged collision with a sunken ship, U-123 was then forced to return to base. After four patrols Moehle turned over command of U-123 to Kptlt. Reinhard Hardegen.
From June 1941 to the end of war Moehle was the commander both of the 5th flotilla and of the U-boat base at Kiel. In June 1945 he was arrested, and in the autumn of 1946 tried for passing on the Laconia order to the U-boat commanders. He was condemned to five years imprisonment, being released in November 1949.
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Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.
Patrol info for Karl-Heinz Moehle
|1.||U-20||24 Aug 1939||Kiel||31 Aug 1939||Wilhelmshaven||Patrol 1,||8 days|
|2.||U-20||1 Sep 1939||Wilhelmshaven||20 Sep 1939||Kiel||Patrol 1,||20 days|
|3.||U-20||29 Sep 1939||Kiel||17 Oct 1939||Kiel||Patrol 2,||19 days|
|4.||U-20||6 Nov 1939||Kiel||7 Nov 1939||Wilhelmshaven||2 days|
|5.||U-20||18 Nov 1939||Wilhelmshaven||24 Nov 1939||Kiel||Patrol 3,||7 days|
|6.||U-20||7 Dec 1939||Kiel||13 Dec 1939||Kiel||Patrol 4,||7 days|
|7.||U-20||6 Jan 1940||Kiel||16 Jan 1940||Wilhelmshaven||Patrol 5,||11 days|
|8.||U-123||21 Sep 1940||Kiel||23 Oct 1940||Lorient||Patrol 6,||33 days|
|9.||U-123||14 Nov 1940||Lorient||28 Nov 1940||Lorient||Patrol 7,||15 days|
|10.||U-123||14 Jan 1941||Lorient||28 Feb 1941||Lorient||Patrol 8,||46 days|
|11.||U-123||10 Apr 1941||Lorient||11 May 1941||Lorient||Patrol 9,||32 days|
|9 patrols, 198 days at sea|
Ships hit by Karl-Heinz Moehle
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