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Patrol info for U-123

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
23 Dec 1941Lorient9 Feb 1942Lorient49 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Reinhard Hardegen

Oblt. Rudolf Hoffmann

Ltn. Horst von Schroeter

Walter Kaeding

Patrol description

The translated war diary of U-123 for this patrol is available on our partner website: uboatarchive.net

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-123

We have daily positions for all 49 days on this patrol.

Ships hit by U-123 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
12 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Cyclops9,076brA
14 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Norness9,577paB
15 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Coimbra6,768brC
19 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Norvana2,677amD
19 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen City of Atlanta5,269amE
19 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Malay (d.)8,206amF
19 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Ciltvaira3,779leG
25 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Culebra3,044brON-53H
27 Jan 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Pan Norway9,231nwON-56I

8 ships sunk (49,421 tons) and 1 ship damaged (8,206 tons).

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(d.) means the ship was damaged.

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-123 during this patrol

16 Jan 1942
00.01 hrs, off New York: the boat was surprised by an aircraft which dropped four bombs. All missed, and U-123 escaped undamaged by crash-diving. (Sources: KTB U-123)

19 Jan 1942
Kosmos II tried to ram the surfaced U-123 off Oregon Inlet. The U-boat was in shallow water, without any torpedoes left and one of the diesel engines out of order. The Germans managed to get the engine running when the ship was only 75m (246 ft) away and slowly out-distanced her at full speed.

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