LATE WAR U-BOAT
TYPE IX D2
Monsoon submarine U-861 is in super condition upon arrival at troubled base in Trondheim, Norway, April 19, 1945.
Naturally, because cruise ships have sailed for 13 ½ weeks since they first set out of port in Surabaya on January 15, 1945!
Large submarines of the type IX D2 had left Kiel on her first patrol dated 20 April 1944 under the leadership of Ritterkreuzträger (Knight’s Cross winner) Kapitänleutnant Jürgen Oesten.
At first he was stationed in the area around the coast of Brazil before being moved to the east coast of Africa. U-861 was recorded sunk four ships with a total tonnage of 22,040 GRT and damaged the tanker “Daronia” which weighs 8,139 GRT before arriving at the base of the island Penang (Malaysia) dated 23 September 1944.
At that time the U-861 had been sailing in the sea for five months nonstop! The U-boat languishing in Penang until November 1, 1944 to undergo the necessary repairs and provide an opportunity for the weary crew to rest.
On 1 November 1944 the U-861 left Penang to Surabaya and arriving there dated 5 November 1944 after a short transit in Singapore.
The ship remained there before it was ordered to return to Germany on 15 January 1945. On the way home he brings a lot of valuable war materials sort of seed molybdenum, zinc stored in containers located in the ballast keel, and raw rubber. And so, weaponry is limited to two torpedoes to defend themselves when attacked (road safety a top priority and not the destruction of enemy ships). It’s got safety toughest challenge it in the final stages of the trip when the U-861 passed by a “swarm” of ice in southern Greenland. Because the ship’s captain reliability coupled with an experienced crew, the ship eventually damage the steel layer can be minimized and the U-861 could arrive back at their base safely despite living leaves 800 liters of diesel in tank-grilled material.
Note the repainted area around Panther logo! Georg Högel in his book “Embleme, Wappen, Malings” explaining that the actual emblem depicts a panther who was climbing a globe. This is in contrast with the statement of Jürgen Oesten stating that the globe is claimed Högel not been a part of the panther emblem. The latter is the most interesting: Yamaha recall the motto “Always in front” on display at the MotoGP race? It turns out that U-861 had been “way ahead” in this case: the majority of the word “Hurry” emblazoned on the front of the control tower. The word is, of course, is derived from the Malay language meaning “fast” or “soon”!