Daily Event for May 9, 2005


May 9, 1941 While attacking a convoy in the north Atlantic, the U-110 was captured by the HMS Bulldog. The U-110 had sunk two ships in the attack, Bengore Head and Esmond. Her periscope was sighted by one of the escort ships, HMS Aubretia, which depth charged the boat forcing her to the surface. When she broke the surface the HMS Broadway and HMS Bulldog spotted her.

Bulldog rammed the boat in an attempt to sink her. The commander of the U-110, Kapitänleutnant Fritz Julius Lemp ordered the boat abandoned, he believed the boat would sink quickly, he was wrong. When the captain of the Bulldog, John Baker Cresswell, realized the U-110 was not going down he ordered a boarding party to recover the enigma machine and code books. Bulldog took the boat in tow, but the next day they allowed the boat to sink so that the Germans would not realize she had been captured and change the codes.

The recovery of the enigma and the codes were of great help to the Allies in bringing the U-boat threat under control. Fifteen of the crew of the U-110 died in the attack, including the captain.

© 2005 Michael W. Pocock
MaritimeQuest.com



Roll of Remembrance

Zum Gedenken an die Gefallenen des Unterseeboot 110
"In the memory of the fallen crewmen of U-110"


Name
Rate
Bischoff, Helmut-Nikolaus
Matrosengefreiter
Dechandt, Werner
Mechanikersgefreiter
Gentzler, Gustav
Mechanikersmaat
Hörter, Rolf
Maschinengefreiter
Kaczmarek, Paul
Matrosenobergefreiter
Klobes, Hans
Stabsobermaschinistmatt
Krämer, Nikolaus
Mechanikersobergefreiter
Latzel, Max
Matrosengefreiter
Lemp, Fritz-Julius
Kapitänleutnant
Knight's Cross
Oltmanns, Hinrich
Matrosengefreiter
Russmann, Konstantin
Mechanikersobergefreiter
Schneider, Louis
Maschinengefreiter
Spielberg, Helmut
Obermaschinenmaat
Wolf, Helmut
Maschinengefreiter
Ziegler, Karl
Maschinengefreiter

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