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Melzer,komandant of U-994

U-994 deck.

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U boot citation...

...and U-994 crew.Freyer on the left!

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Other photos of the album...

-Freyer in Bergen same day the u-994 was attacked by the moskitos

-and u-994

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I find it spectacular - thanks for showing.

If I understand it correctly two "voyages" were needed for the uboat badge. Do you know which ones he made?

I just realized my post might sound as if I question the awarding of the badge but that is not the case - just curious :smile:

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Hi Michael.

This point is not clear for me.

U-994 made one patrol in july 1944. According to my info no more patrols.

Perhaps he was one of the five men wounded during the attack of the moskitos and was awarded with the uboot badge?

Also:

7 Oct 1944
The boat was attacked by an aircraft in Norwegian waters. The crew replied with anti-aircraft fire and claimed a hit on their attacker.

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Alberto my friend, thank you for showing us your nice uboat grouping.

You know that I am interested in Uboats that did battle with aircraft.

1 patrol, no ships sunk.
22.6.1944 Left Kiel for Norwegian waters.
U-994 was one of five boats sent out in June to relieve "Mitte Group Boats"
They were to stand by off southern Norway, between Trondheim and Lindesnes, to counter any invasion threat.
On 17.7.1944 U-994 had five crewmen wounded in an aircraft attack, which also damaged the boat.
She put into Bergen 17.7.1944.

17 Jul 1944
The boat was attacked by a Norwegian Mosquito aircraft (Sqdn 333/L).
Some damage, and five wounded.
The boat reached Bergen the same day.

27.7.1944 Left Bergen and arrived Vallöy 28.7.1944.

U-994 returned to Kiel to undergo repairs.

From 24.07.1944 until 10.12.1944 U-994 made a number of escort patrols to Norwegian ports and back.

She joined the 11.U.Flottille at Bergen in September 1944 and later moved to the 13.U-Flottille at Trondheim.
She was non-operational at both units and was surrendered at Trondheim on 9.5.1945.

Information taken from U-994 KTB.
22.6.1944 leaving base in Kiel, for operations in the Norwegian coastal waters.
25.6.1944 Gruppe "Raubritter" operational area AN35, anti-invasion West of Norway.
16.7.1944 Gruppe "Raubritter" position AF87.
17.7.1944 attacked by aircraft position AN24.
17.7.1944 attacked by aircraft near Bergen, 5 crewmembers wounded.

Der Befehlshaber der U-Boote :
Short patrol, apart from aircraft attack on 7.10., no combat operations and attack possibilities.
Aircraft attack was well and properly repelled, the hit aircraft may not have reached its base.

From "Ultra Versus U-Boats: Enigma Decrypts in the National Archives"
U-994 on its first patrol under command of Oberleutnant zur See Volker Melzer.
Off southern Norway on 17 July it was attacked by Mosquito VI serial HF710 of 333 (Norwegian) Squadron flown from Sumburgh in the Shetlands by Lieutenant R. Leitle.
The pilot opened fire with his four cannon and four machine-guns before dropping two depth charges.
The U-boat was damaged and five crewmembers were wounded, but it managed to reach Bergen on the same day.

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Thank you Erich for your words and for this great info you write here.

As always it is nice to read all your answers and posts!

Best!

 

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