U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-20

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
18 Nov 1939Wilhelmshaven24 Nov 1939Kiel7 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Karl-Heinz Moehle

Oblt. Johann Jebsen
StObStrm WO

Karl Fleige

Patrol description

Minelaying operation off Newarp LV.

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-20

We have 2 daily positions for the 7 days U-20 was at sea.

Departure from Wilhelmshaven on 18 Nov 1939.
19 Nov 1939 - 20 Nov 1939 - 21 Nov 1939 - 22 Nov 1939 - 23 Nov 1939 -
Arrival at Kiel on 24 Nov 1939.

Ships hit by U-20 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
29 Nov 1939U-20Karl-Heinz Moehle Ionian [Mine]3,114brFN-43A
10 Dec 1939U-20Karl-Heinz Moehle Willowpool [Mine]4,815brHG-9B

2 ships sunk (7,929 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.
[Mine] indicates the vessel was hit by a mine laid by said U-boat.

General Events during this patrol


21 Nov 1939. U-20 laid 9 mines off Yarmouth, resulting in two ships sunk later that year.

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Attacks on U-20 during this patrol

We have no recorded attacks on U-20 duing this patrol.

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Mine-laying operations during this patrol

U-20 laid mines on the following dates during this patrol:

21 Nov 193907h5008h47AN 7633Newarp LV9 TMB

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* These are officers that later became commanders themselves.

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