A Kriegsmarine Group to U-427; Survived 678 Depth Charge Attacks
A Kriegsmarine Group to U-427; Survived 678 Depth Charge Attacks - Helmut Kohrt Kriegsmarine Group: Log Book issued April 1st, 1940 – 1944, : U-boat badge, rare Paul Meybauer badge, in tombac, unmarked, segmented swastika, very fine condition; U-boat clasp, bronze, maker marked, some wear as per age/use; Iron Cross First Class 1939, (unmarked Paul Meybauer); Iron Cross Second Class 1939, unmarked "S&L"; tradition badge U-427; round badge, Norwegian "god of the skirunners"; Rare U-boat fuhrungsbuch (photo, completely filled out, performance reviews, boat numbers, several certificates and personal papers at rear of book); torpedomaat rating patch, excellent condition; named ID tag Post War Bank Documents, 1947 humorous marriage poetry 7 pages. Foonote: Born August 17, 1920 in Innien in northern Germany. He had his German ethnic heritage confirmed on the 11th of December 1942. Prior to enlisting in the Navy he attended three and a half years of Volkschule to be a machine operator. He stood at 176, roughly 5’7”, and weighed in at 64 Kg. he is described as being of thin build, blond hair and blue eyes, and having A type blood. On April 1st, 1940, he volunteered for the Navy for a term of 4 years, and was sworn in on the 27th of the same month. It was also during that month that he underwent training. Throughout the course of his service he was trained in updated practice and procedures until 1943. An entry from March 1945 indicates that he received special torpedo training with the 11th Flotilla. Reflecting his generally positive performance reviews is his steady trend of promotions, reaching the rank of Mechanic in January of 1945. His active service began aboard U427 in August of 1941. He remained with the same vessel until the end of the war, when it surrendered to the Allies in Narvik. Considering the effectiveness of the Allied anti U-boat warfare it is relatively uncommon for a U-boat to survive unscathed. Also peculiar for this particular vessel is the fact that it went the entire war without a single confirmed sinking of an enemy vessel, even though it fired torpedoes at British and Canadian vessels on two separate occasions. U427, against the odds, was able to narrowly escape unscathed from an allied attack of nearly 700 depth charges. In the course of its active service, U427 was attached to Fleets; 8, 7, 11, 13, and 14, the last three being stationed in Norway. On October 5th, 1941, he was awarded the U-boat badge, which was given to crew members after completing 2 patrol missions. He received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on April 9th, 1942, and the 1st Class on March 27th, 1945. On May 6th, 1945, he was awarded the U-boat front clasp in bronze. Page 40 of his log book is a performance review from March 31, 1944, which is very much in keeping of previous positive reviews. He is described as being capable of carrying out his duty thoughtfully and is consistently prepared for duty, though he could sometimes use more patience. He otherwise proved himself to be a competent sailor and had developed into a valuable NCO. His performance was ranked very good, and his proficiency with relevant tasks wassatisfactory. An inserted page from December 19th 1942 characterizes his practical and theoretical aptitude as satisfactory; his skill with a torpedo tube being a 6/10. Also included in his log book is a copy of his certificate confirming his genealogy and German blood through all grandparents, stamped February 2nd, 1942. Lastly is a form confirming his completion of a 6 week training on board a U-boat.