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03.12.44 – 0600 hrs. Departed Bergen on 2nd patrol. Course 270, NNW of Shetland Islands Grid Square AF77. Proceeding at schnorchel depth. No contacts. BdU has directed that this will be a wolfpack operation.

07.12.44 – 1800 hrs. In Grid Square BE61, continuing transit to patrol area. Sonar reports multiple contacts. Convoy! Location radioed to BdU. BdU ordering U.2506, U.2511 AND U.2518 to engage the convoy.

07.12.44 – 1830 hrs. Observed 2 small freighters, one large freighter and a tanker, escorted by a Bainbridge class destroyer. Moving to close range.

07.12.44 - 1845 hrs. Fired two G7A FaT at 11,000 BRT tanker Arne Kjode. Both eels hit. Aviation gasoline carried by tanker detonates; tanker burns furiously before sinking stern first. Fired two G7A FaT at 5100 BRT freighter Welcombe. One miss, one hit. Freighter damaged but does not sink. Fired two G7A FaT at the destroyer. One miss, one hit. Destroyer damaged only.
Made decision to follow damaged vessels.

07.12.44 – 2000 hrs. Again moving to close range. Undetected by destroyer. Fired one G7A FaT, one G7E FaT at 5100 ton freighter. One dud, one hit. Freighter capsizes and sinks. Fired two G7A FaT at destroyer. One miss, second eel a dud. DETECTED! Sonar reports splashes heard above us. WASSERBOMBE! Evading to port. Destroyer did not detect our turn and continued on course. FLOODING IN CONTROL ROOM! LI manages to stop flooding. Proceeding to 200 meters, shifting to creep motors. Escaped further detection.

08.12.44 – 0200 hrs. Continuing on course to patrol area. Reported to BdU 16,100 BRT sunk. 49,900 BRT sunk to date.

12.12.44. – 0700 hrs. Arrived patrol area, Grid Square CC33. No contacts.

14.12.44 – 0930 hrs. En route Grid Square DD.

16.12.44 – 2000 hrs. Arrive in Grid Square DD65. Sonar reports screw noises, bearing 270 degrees. Setting course due west to intercept.

16.12.44 – 2300 hrs. Contact! Enemy ships detected; BdU notified. U.2502, U.2536 AND U.2550 already engaged with the convoy. Observed three small freighters and one tanker with escorting frigate.
Closing to short range. Escort busy with the rest of the wolfpack; We are not detected.
Firing three G7E FaT at 6600 BRT tanker Athelbeach, One G7E FaT at 4800 BRT freighter Tara, and two Zaunkonig at frigate. All three eels hit tanker. Tanker’s back is broken, it sinks slowly on an even keel. Eel Fired at 4800 tonner hits, freighter sinks bow first. one miss, one hit on frigate. Frigate breaks in half and sinks quickly. Depth charges must have been set shallow, they explode around swimming survivors.

17.12.44 – 0030 hrs. All tubes reloaded, following convoy.

17.12.44 – 0200 hrs. Visual sighting gained on more merchants from the convoy. Observed one tanker, One large freighter and two small freighters, escorted by an old Clemson class four-stack destroyer. Closing to short range.

17.12.44 – 0245 hrs. Firing two G7E FaT at 7100 BRT tanker Davanger, And one G7E FaT, one Zaunkonig at 5700 BRT freighter Venetia. One miss, one hit on tanker; tanker damaged. Both eels hit on 5700 tonner, but only damaged. Released Bold canister and evaded deep. Remain undetected by escort.

17.12.44 – 0300 hrs. Following damaged ships. Three torpedoes remaining.

17.12.44 – 0500 hrs. Damaged vessels back within firing range. No escort seen; must have broken off to assist other escorts with the rest of the wolfpack. Closing to short range.

17.12.44 – 0530 hrs. Fired one Zaunkonig at 5700 ton Venetia, and last two Zaunkonigs at 7100 ton Davanger. Venetia hit and sinks bow first. Davanger hit by both eels and breaks in half. Both halves slowly sink. All torpedoes expended. Total tonnage sunk this patrol: 42,300 BRT. Three tankers, two large freighters, one small freighter, one frigate sunk, and one destroyer damaged. BdU advised. Total tonnage sunk to date: 76,100 BRT. Setting course for home.

21.12.44 – 0600 hrs. In Grid Square DE26. No contacts. Continuing on course for home.

24.12.44 – 0500 hrs. Arrived Grid Square CD67. Sonar reports multiple contacts: convoy! If only we still had some eels! BdU notified of convoy position, U.2501 continues on course for home.

25.12.44 – 1500 hrs. The crew presents me with a homemade Knights Cross! Those rascals had been sitting on the congratulatory message from BdU for a week. A very merry Christmas indeed!

30.12.44 – 0800 hrs. Arrived in Grid Square BE72. Getting close to the Tommies, so back at schnorcheling depth. No contacts.

04.01.45 – 0400 hrs. NNW OF Shetlands, Grid Square AF77. Aircraft radar detected! Crash dive to 50 Meters.

04.01.45 – 0600 hrs. Back at schnorcheling depth. No sign of radar on Naxos, Nothing seen through sky periscope. Continuing toward base.

08.01.45 – 0830 hrs. Returned to Bergen. The flotilla commander was waiting on the pier, and presented me with not only the Knight’s Cross, but also the Oak Leaves! A glorious end to U.2501’s second patrol!




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Wow! That was tense!

Love the details Thanks for sharing!
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Congrats on the War Decoration.
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consimworld wrote:
Congrats on the War Decoration.


Thanks! If I don't get sunk, the Diamonds are a good possibility. There's enough time for at least one more patrol. Probably two at the rate I'm going through torpedoes..
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Great report, as expected from you !

So, two months in port to refit structural damage from going deep, and one more patrol will launch before the German War Effort collapses.

Eagerly awaiting the third patrol report, which may end in Argentina.
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chicklewis wrote:
Great report, as expected from you !

So, two months in port to refit structural damage from going deep, and one more patrol will launch before the German War Effort collapses.

Eagerly awaiting the third patrol report, which may end in Argentina.


Thanks. Argentina doesn't sound half bad. Maybe we can sell the boat to the Argentine Navy. I definitely won't be handing my boat over to the Tommies. Or, we may just scuttle right off the beach at St. Thomas or St. Croix. Will be sure to bring the swim trunks and sun tan lotion.. cool
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capn_tucker wrote:
chicklewis wrote:
Great report, as expected from you !

So, two months in port to refit structural damage from going deep, and one more patrol will launch before the German War Effort collapses.

Eagerly awaiting the third patrol report, which may end in Argentina.


Thanks. Argentina doesn't sound half bad. Maybe we can sell the boat to the Argentine Navy. I definitely won't be handing my boat over to the Tommies. Or, we may just scuttle right off the beach at St. Thomas or St. Croix. Will be sure to bring the swim trunks and sun tan lotion.. cool


As we say in Russia, don't say "hop" until you jumped over You have to be careful in that last patrol!

My most dramatic patrols in The Hunters ended in the same way: I was thinking "Nah, that's gonna be easy. What should happen?" - and here I was rolling boxcars on Air Attack Chart in May 1943.
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buklamang wrote:
capn_tucker wrote:
chicklewis wrote:
Great report, as expected from you !

So, two months in port to refit structural damage from going deep, and one more patrol will launch before the German War Effort collapses.

Eagerly awaiting the third patrol report, which may end in Argentina.


Thanks. Argentina doesn't sound half bad. Maybe we can sell the boat to the Argentine Navy. I definitely won't be handing my boat over to the Tommies. Or, we may just scuttle right off the beach at St. Thomas or St. Croix. Will be sure to bring the swim trunks and sun tan lotion.. cool


As we say in Russia, don't say "hop" until you jumped over You have to be careful in that last patrol!

My most dramatic patrols in The Hunters ended in the same way: I was thinking "Nah, that's gonna be easy. What should happen?" - and here I was rolling boxcars on Air Attack Chart in May 1943.


I will be more careful on the last patrol. I thought I might have screwed up on patrol 2, but got lucky with only some flooding damage. And escorts get a +1 bonus in 1945. But, new top secret gear is being installed on U.2501 as we speak, so on her final patrol, let the Tommies beware! devil
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