U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-123

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
2 Mar 1942Lorient2 May 1942Lorient62 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Reinhard Hardegen

Ltn. Horst von Schroeter

Walter Kaeding

Ltn. Wolf-Harald Schüler

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 62 days on this patrol.

Ships hit by U-123 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
22 Mar 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Muskogee7,034amA
24 Mar 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Empire Steel8,138brB
27 Mar 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen USS Atik (AK 101)3,209amC
2 Apr 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Liebre (d.)7,057amD
8 Apr 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Oklahoma (d.)9,264amE
8 Apr 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Esso Baton Rouge (d.)7,989amF
9 Apr 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Esparta3,365amG
11 Apr 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Gulfamerica8,081amH
13 Apr 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Leslie2,609amI
13 Apr 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Korsholm2,647swJ
17 Apr 1942U-123Reinhard Hardegen Alcoa Guide4,834amK

8 ships sunk (39,917 tons) and 3 ships damaged (24,310 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

27 Mar 1942
After being torpedoed by U-123 off the US east coast, the American Q-ship USS Atik (AK 101) took the Germans by surprise with their counter-attack. One man from U-123 was fatally wounded and the Q-ship was sunk with all hands. [Fähnrich zur See Rudi Holzer] (Sources: KTB U-123)

2 Apr 1942
During an attack on the American steam tanker Liebre in shallow water off North Carolina, the boat was forced to dive by a patrol vessel which then dropped a single depth charge. U-123 only escaped undamaged because the attack was not followed up. (Sources: KTB U-123)

11 Apr 1942
After sinking Gulfamerica the boat was located in shallow water by an aircraft which directed a destroyer to the position. At 09.17 hrs, six depth charges were dropped as U-123 was moving over the bottom at a depth of 20m (66 ft), badly damaging her. The boat "played dead", and despite air bubbles escaping from damaged valves, no more depth charges were dropped by the destroyer, which left after an hour. Most of the damage could be repaired, and the boat continued the patrol. (Sources: KTB U-123)

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