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#1

 

#2

#1 was our first communication and it wasn't our KTB Magazine yet.....it wasn't even a newsletter - it was a single page letter that was sent to about five or six researchers and interested people on 2 February 1983.  We basically stated that we were deeply interested in the history of the U-Boats and invited thoughts and suggestions how to go about it.  This was just one page, done on an old manual typewriter that I had carried aboard my sailing yacht when I lived in the Bahamas and first heard about the U-Boats in the Western Hemisphere.  That got my interest totally immersed!  #1 was just one page, done on a manual typewriter.
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  #2 still was not called our KTB Magazine and wasn't even a newsletter - it was a single page letter that was sent to the same five or six researchers and interested people on 25 March 1983.  There was mention of the 232 U-Boats scuttled in German ports under the unofficial Operation REGENBOGEN (Rainbow).  We listed how many boats of each type were scuttled and some Italian boats as well.  We also mentioned USS DORADO, a USN submarine that went missing in the Caribbean on her transfer patrol to the Panama Canal.  #2 was just one page, done on that manual typewriter.
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#3

 

KTB #4

#3 still was not called our KTB Magazine and wasn't even a newsletter but it had grown to THREE pages!  Talk about progress.....  It was sent to the same five or six researchers and interested people PLUS a few more, on 15 April 1983.  We were growing and had no idea of the vastness of what would eventually become Sharkhunters International.  Two articles we had written about the U-Boats were published in major magazines and we took that to mean that there was indeed, great interest in this honest history.
     There were some light riddles such as - what U-Boat was sunk by aircraft, put back into service then sunk by destroyers; what U-boat sank the first ship in the war etc. and we gave some of the history of this sinking.  There was talk of finding and raising a U-Boat for use in the film industry; and we asked if the people receiving the letters would like to get together and meet at a mutually convenient place.
   #3 was three pages and done on that manual typewriter.
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  #4 was the first to be called our KTB Magazine.  What does it mean?  In the German language, it is common to run several words together to make one huge word that tells a story - then abbreviate the word for ease of communication.  So we have Krieg (war) Tage (daily) Buch (book) and when you put them all together, the word is Kriegstagebuch (literal translation = daily war book) and was shortened to KTB = ship's log.  This first ever issue of our KTB (newsletter at that time) was sent on 25 May 1983 to even more people.  There were no Members per se at that time and not even any dues.  I was Vice President of a company in Chicago and used the company copy machine and their postage........we were only talking about a handful of people.
     We reported on a fellow named Roger Miklos who had claimed to have found a specially modified U-Boat sunk in the Turks & Caicos Islands (lower Bahamas chain) naturally filled with gold, jewels, art from the Louvre and naturally, escaping high ranking people from the Third Reich.  The story was quickly debunked.  There were two other stories we were looking into - one was about a U-Boat on the Pacific coast of Ecuador and the other was about a U-Boat with uranium aboard headed for Japan at the end of the war.  The first was later found to be untrue while the latter was...................well, you'll see.
     We informed the readership about a guy named Heinz Houben who claimed to have been I.W.O. on several boats then Skipper of a Type XXI on war patrol in the South Atlantic.  All totally FALSE!  The boats he claimed to have served aboard were all lost with all hands and the U-number he gave for his Type XXI was actually assigned to a Type XXIII that was never built and there were no Type XXI boats in the South Atlantic.
     There were light profiles of U-1 through U-4.                 KTB #4 was three pages and done on that manual typewriter.
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KTB #5

 

KTB #6

KTB #5 was sent on 20 June 1983 to even more people; but still only a handful of people.  We reported more on a Roger Miklos and his claim of the specially modified U-Boat and some U-Bootfahrer said that he was false.  One person in England (in the Archives) warned us to be careful about the story of the U-Boat with uranium aboard headed for Japan at the end of the war; said that it was not true.  At that point in time, we wrote off the story as false...........at that point in time.
   During a vacation trip to Florida, we were told of all the German U-Boats sunk off just about every coastal town in Florida.  There was no truth to any of these romance stories, but the locals in the dive shops really believed the stories even though nobody had ever really seen one.  FACT - there are NO German U-Boats sunk in Florida waters.  And it was in this issue that the topic of annual dues came up, since I was no longer able to use the company postage.  We asked for $12 per year.  Sharkhunters Membership was born!
     At this point in time, HANS GÖBELER (3-1983) was a Member and we thought, a decent guy.  At this time, he told us that he was an officer aboard U-505.  (He was not an officer!)
     There were light profiles of U-5 through U-12.
      KTB #5 was three pages and done on that manual typewriter.
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  KTB #6 was sent on 23 July 1983 to even more; but still only a handful of people.  We reported even more on a Roger Miklos and his claim of the specially modified U-Boat.  CHRISTOPHER LOWE (11-1983) in England tells us that Miklos is still 'stumping about' trying to raise money for an expedition.  We tried without success, to locate and contact Miklos.  We did receive a reply to our letter to the Director of the Louvre in Paris and he said that this is a popular story but without basis in fact.
     We were getting some encouraging information pertaining to the U-Boat that was said to be carrying uranium to Japan in the closing moments of the war.  We received even more stories of U-Boats sunk off the coast of Florida - all unfounded.  Charles Higham released his book 'Trading with the Enemy' which was an eye-opener.  I had written to Roger Smith, CEO of General Motors, and I asked him how the Chief of the GM subsidiary, the Adam Opel Company in Germany, was decorated with a German medal (Kriegsverdienstkreuz or war service cross) when he was a US Navy officer, Reserve.  The letter that came back from one of Smith's executives stated that I was doing this research 'at great personal risk'!  That always means you've struck a nerve.
     There was one of those fantasy stories in the news that U-166, called a 'phantom' U-Boat, had somehow assumed neutral buoyancy and had drifted off Tampa Bay and the officials feared that the leaking mercury ballast would ruin local fishing. Absolutely idiotic!  There is no way that a sunken U-Boat could become neutrally buoyant and drift.  Ad for the mercury ballast - that just didn't happen.  The U-Boats used blocks of iron for ballast and the story that they used mercury that could be pumped for and aft is totally false.
     There were light profiles of U-13 through U-17.
                       KTB #6 was now five pages and done on that manual typewriter.
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KTB #7

 

KTB #8

KTB #7 was sent in August 1983.  ERNST SCHMIDT (10-1983) stopped in for a visit.  He was I.W.O. aboard U-345 and U-821.  We were getting more information on the boat that was possibly carrying uranium to Japan.  Everyone we knew who was connected with the U-Bootwaffe flatly stated that, contrary to legends, there were NO U-Boat bases in the Western Hemisphere.  There were light profiles of U-18 through U-23.
KTB #7 was three pages long and done on that manual typewriter.
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  KTB #8 was sent in September 1983.  The most obvious thing about KTB #8 was the new size.  We changed to 8½ x 14 inch paper to get more information on a page.  WW II US Army veteran WALTER SCHWEIDERT (4-1983) was writing a book on his trip aboard RMS QUEEN MARYDAVID SIMPSON (15-1983) was sending information on various medals.  JIM FRYE (9-1983) sent us a pair of Wehrmacht field binoculars.
       We were trying to get a fix on the location of the only known WW I German U-Boat sunk in fresh water; that of UC-97 sunk in Lake Michigan off Wilmette.  We approached the Museum of Science and Industry and the Director, Vic Danelov, about an expedition to raise UC-97 and put her next to U-505.  When he asked why, I told him that this Museum would be the only one in the world with a WW I and a WW II German U-Boat.
      
"I don't even want this one!" was his reply.  And he paid a scrap dealer to come to the Museum and cart off TWO ENTIRE storerooms full of spare parts from U-805 that were to be used to keep U-505 in repair!  Just threw this priceless stuff in the trash!  There were light profiles of U-24 through U-29.
     KTB #8 was three pages long (legal size paper) and done on that manual typewriter.
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KTB #9

 

KTB #10

KTB #9 was sent in October 1983.  JOHN TAYLOR (19-1983) told us about two other people looking into the possibility of a U-Boat carrying uranium to Japan.  CHRISTOPHER LOWE (11-1983) had more information on three U-Boats that had possible contact with RMS QUEEN MARY.  There was a shocking report in the Washington POST that a dive shop was displaying bones of men from the wreck of U-352.  There were light profiles of U-30 through U-32.
KTB #9 was three pages long (legal size paper) and done on that old manual typewriter.
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  KTB #10 was sent November/December 1983.  DAVID SIMPSON (15-1985) had just opened a militaria shop in Ft. Lauderdale. We were getting more information about several U-Boats allegedly carrying uranium to Japan.  We were trying to locate officers and crewmembers of U-234.  USN veteran JIM VIZIGIAN (29-1984) was beginning to give us solid information about U-234 and her cargo.  We had articles about U-Boats running in two major magazines.
     We asked the question whether World War II was really the Allies against the Axis or was it a giant game of monopoly with the world's big businesses using nations as pawns.
     DAVID SIMPSON (15-1983) returned from a tour of dive shops on the American east coast and reported the good news that the dive shop that had been displaying the bones of the German crewmen off U-352 was out of business!  There were light profiles of U-33 through 46.

KTB #10 was three pages long (legal size paper) and done on that manual typewriter.
     

KTB #11

 

KTB #12

KTB #11 was sent in January 1984.  We were still looking for information on the 'Marine Sonderdienst Auslands' which more or less means Foreign Navy Operations.  We had hoped to have a gathering of sorts at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, where U-505 is resting, but the Director felt there were too many gatherings of one kind or another there, so it didn't happen.  Yep, THAT Director; the one who didn't even want U-505 there and paid a scrap dealer to haul away two entire store rooms full of spare parts off U-805 which would be used to maintain U-505.....yep, that guy.
     We ran a lengthy review of U-47 and also shorter reviews on U-48 through U-51.

KTB #11 was four pages long (legal size paper) and done on that manual typewriter.
  KTB #12 was sent in February 1984 (our FIRST anniversary!) and we returned to normal sized paper.  The legal size paper we'd used for KTB #8 through #11 was too difficult to file and store.  This is easier.  Some articles that we did for American publications as well as some that were 'pirated' into various Australian publications brought some new Members.  JAK MALLMANN SHOWELL (73-1984) told us that a friend of his had found U-40, but was afraid to enter.  He said that there were mines strapped to the deck and there were rumors of a 'conger' eel that lived in the boat.  We contacted a friend at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago (the Director of that aquarium) and asked about this 'conger' eel that the diver feared.  He never heard of any kind of eel that would attack and kill a man.
     We asked the U-Bootfahrer in Membership about the final fates of the six Type II-B boats that were taken to Costanza, Romania by autobahn then down the Danube River and formed into the 30th U-Bootflottille.  From JAK we learned that the Marine Sonderdienst Auslands had an office, possibly a headquarters in Bordeaux and a major office in the embassy in Tokyo.  Their primary task was to buy or otherwise acquire needed war materiels in other countries, primarily Japan.  The Tokyo operation was headed up by Kapitän zur See Werner Vermerheeren who was actually born in El Paso, Texas in the USA.  Charles Higham had reported that a German in Texas had organized the 'Ettapendienst' in the Gulf of Mexico in the USA.
     We had short profiles of U-52 through U-60; and we reported that Adalbert Schnee had begun his 'Eternal Patrol'.  Schnee, the 'Snowman' had been I.W.O. aboard U-23 under Otto Kretschmer then Skipper of U-201 and finally, of the Type XXI 'Electro-boot' U-2511.

KTB #12 was five pages long (regular size paper) and done on that manual typewriter.
     

KTB #13

 

KTB #14

KTB #13 was sent in March 1984.  Sharkhunters was getting great publicity from two American magazines; SKIN DIVER Magazine and also WESTERN & EASTERN TREASURES Magazine.  A Member who does not wish to be identified (he was a U-Boat officer) the Marine Sonderdienst Auslands was similar to the American CIA.  They were responsible for gathering material, intelligence, assistance etc. from people in foreign countries.  We were trying to track down Korvettenkapitän Becker who was with the Sonderdienst and somehow connected with U-234 and her possible cargo of uranium.  CHRISTOPHER LOWE (11-1983) informed us that a German mine had been found off Hartlepool, England and that it had apparently come from one of the German destroyers that laid a mine barrage on the night of 12/13 December 1939.
     There was a short history on U-61 through U-70.

KTB #13 was six pages long and done on that manual typewriter.
  KTB #14 was sent in April 1984 and it began with a familiar topic - Roger Miklos, the fellow who claimed to have discovered a specially modified Type VII-C in the Caribbean, filled with gold, art treasures etc.  This information was sent by Col. JOHN BLASHFORD-SNELL (6-1983) and the Colonel goes on to report that Thames Television gave Miklos no advance money and when the expedition reached the Turks & Caicos Islands, nothing was as Miklos said - the 'towering white cliffs' which he used as a landmark did not exist; the '80 feet deep' water where the U-Boat was supposed to be was only thirty feet deep and worst of all - there was NO U-Boat!  Jack Saltman, the producer for Thames TV, had to return to England and face the shame.
     CHRISTOPHER LOWE (11-1983) sent us a copy of an article from the 7 January 1943 Nottingham EVENING POST that reported a U-Boat had gone quite a ways up the Mississippi River.  At that time, we wondered if it could have been U-166 under Kuhlmann but later learned which boat it really was - and one of our Members was a crewman on that boat!
     DAVID WHITE (42-1984) sent copies of the 25 November 1981 Bangor DAILY NEWS which reported that on 9 October 1943, men from U-537 came ashore at remote Martin Bay in Canada and set up a remote weather reporting station atop a 200 foot high cliff there.  There was an entry in the KTB (logbook) of U-537 confirming this and the remains of the remote equipment had been found at that location.
     There were short histories of U-71 through U-80.

KTB #14 was six pages long and done on that manual typewriter.
     

KTB #15

 

KTB #16

KTB #15 was sent in May/June 1984 and we had moved from Hanover Park, IL to Fox Lake IL and so we lost a month.  We featured "What's It Worth" by DAVID SIMPSON (15-1983) who explained what various artifacts were worth; and we had "Did You Know?" by ERNST SCHMIDT (10-1983) giving previously unknown facts about the U-Boat war.  We gave specifications for the Type VII-C boats.
     There were short histories of U-81 through U-84.

KTB #15 was four pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.
  KTB #16 was sent in July/August 1984 and it was the most difficult issue I ever had to compile - I had to report the death of my 20 year old son.  He was my only child and I had raised him as a single dad from infancy until he was a young man out on his own.  This photo hangs over my desk even today.
                
There were short histories of U-85 through U-91.

KTB #16 was four pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.
     

KTB #17

 

KTB #18

KTB #17 was published in September 1984 and since Sharkhunters was growing faster and bigger than we had every anticipated, we initiated a contest for the design of an emblem.  We had planned to grow and asked Members for suggestions where to raise the money.  We gave the specifications for the Type VII-C42 and gave short histories for U-92 through U-98.

KTB #17
was four pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.
  KTB #18 was published in October 1984 and we had found missing Member ERNST SCHMIDT (10-1983).  He was vacationing in Miami!  We gave very short histories for U-99 and U-100.  We began the story "U-Boats in Our Backyard" as a monthly series.

KTB #18 was now SIX pages long and done on that old manual typewriter, but we were growing.

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     *  $2,500 to the German U-Boat Archive;
     *  $2,000 to political leader Manfred Roeder.

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KTB #19

 

KTB #20

KTB #19 was published in November 1984 and we had to remind Members to send in their dues - they were $25 per year way back then.  We were trying to learn what happened to U-573 after the war.  She had been interned by the Spanish and after the war, was renamed S-7 for the Spanish Navy but was unaccounted for about a year after the end of the war.  We gave the specifications for the Type VII-F, a very rare version of the standard Type VII-C frontboot.  We gave short histories of U-101 through U-109.

KTB #19 was again SIX pages long and done on that old manual typewriter, but we're still growing.
  KTB #20 was published in December 1984.  Designs were beginning to come in for the official Sharkhunters emblem design.  ROBERT WILCOX (25-1984) just released his book 'Japan's Secret War' which dealt with their progress on their atomic bomb and Germany's help to them.  STEVE TOMAN (70-1984) was headed for the California coast to dive the wreck of an American S-Class boat.  We gave the little information we had on the Type VIII and since none were ever built, there were no specifications.  We gave short histories of U-110 through U-116.

KTB #20 was six pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.
     

KTB #21

 

KTB #22

KTB #21 was published in January 1985 with our hope that 1985 would be a better year.  We 'outed' a phony who claimed to be a big-time movie maker, but since he is now dead, it is not necessary to mention his name.  Thanks to TOM HATTON (20-1983) we got the specifications for the Type VIII U-Boats even though none were ever built.  STEVE TOMAN (70-1984) was not successful on is dive on S-37.....he fell prey to the normal problems that plague explorers everywhere - he didn't allow enough time or money for the dive.  We reported the passing of AXEL OLAF LOEWE (39-1984), the first Skipper of U-505.  We reported the specifications for the long-range Type IX-A U-Boat and gave histories for U-117 through U-120.
                     
                          AXEL OLAF LOEWE

KTB #21 was six pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.
  KTB #22 was published in February 1985 and we were trying very hard to locate more of the U-Boat Skippers to get their memories.  KIRK KREUTZIG (2-1983) was working with HUGH DOWNS (141-1985) of ABC television to get us some coverage on the TV show 20/20.  JOHN TAYLOR (19-LIFE-1983) tells us that there is a permanent collection of our KTBs in the National Archives.  Kapitänleutnant JOHANN-HEINRICH FEHLER (32-1984) was the Demolitions Officer aboard the raider ATLANTIS then Skipper of U-234 carrying 560 kilos of uranium, two Me 262 jet fighters and a lot of other technological items to Japan at the end of the war.  He sent us a fat packet with diagrams, photos etc. of U-234 and his thoughts on his unusual mission.  We gave the specifications for the Type IX-B U-Boat and gave short histories for U-121 through U-123.

KTB #22 was six pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.
     

KTB #23

 

KTB #24

KTB #23 was published in March 1985 and we reported on a made-for-television movie, 'The Belarus File' starring Telly Savalas, was written by JOHN LOFTUS (40-1984).  There were some photos of U-99 and U-100KIRK KREUTZIG (2-1983) and HUGH DOWNS (141-1985) were getting closer to giving us some on-air time, and they requested more information on Darby Island in the Exuma chain in the Bahamas; Errol Flynn's connection with the Abwehr; Standard Oil's selling to all sides etc.  We gave the specifications for the Type IX-C and gave a short history of U-124.  There were photos of the barracks and radio shack on Darby Island where locals say they gave fresh water and food to U-Boats.

KTB #23 was six pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.
  KTB #24 was published in April 1985 and we showed about ten designs for the official Sharkhunters emblem.  We also ran the fish graph photo of UC-97 which is sunk in about 110 feet of cold, fresh water in Lake Michigan some forty or so miles north of Chicago.  We gave the specifications for the very rare Type IX-D1.  Only two were built and they used six fast-running diesels from the S-Boats, but they proved unreliable and so were replaced with the standard MAN nine-cylinder slow turning diesel engines.  U-180 and U-195 was the only Type IX-D1 boats built.  We ran an emotional piece entitled 'Knights'.  You have to read it to understand.

KTB #24 was six pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.
     

KTB #25

 

KTB #26

KTB #25 was published in May 1985 and the votes were coming in regarding the choice of our official emblem but the decision was a long way off.  Korvettenkapitän REINHARD HARDEGEN (102-LIFE-1985) reminded us that he rode U-124 as 'Kommandantenschuler' (Commander in Training) before he took over his frontboot.  Divers were still insisting that there were German U-Boats sunk off the Florida east coast and despite our assurances that there are none there, they continued to dive and blow bubbles while looking at pretty fish - but no U-Boats.  We gave the specifications for the Type IX-D2 and short histories on U-125 through U-127.

KTB #25 was six pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.
  KTB #26 was published in June/July 1985 and we began by listing birthdays of various Members.  BOB WILCOX (25-1984) had just released his book "Japan's Secret War" which told that Japan test fired their first nuclear weapon one week BEFORE the US did.  We helped prevent INS from deporting HANS GÖBELER (3-1983).  The contest ended and we had our new Sharkhunters emblem.  We were still digging into the location of UC-97, sunk in Lake Michigan.  ELLSWORTH BOYD (17-1983) wrote about TV star HUGH DOWNS (141-1985) and his scuba diving.  Divers were trying to locate the "secret" U-Boat sunk off Ft. Lauderdale - it does not exist.

KTB #26 was five pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.
     
KTB #27   KTB #28
KTB #27 was published in August 1985 and we announced that Sharkhunters Founder and President HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) had gotten SCUBA certified by PADI, NAUI and YMCA.  We reported on the book just released by ROBERT WILCOX (25-1984) entitled "Japan's Secret War" in which he revealed that Japan was a bit further along with their atomic bomb than the USA.  In this book, BOB tells of the submarine U-234 and her attempt to reach Japan with many high tech items aboard including 560 kilograms of uranium.  A US Navy flier was flying over Lake Michigan in an attempt to locate where UC-97 (World War One) submarine was sunk.  We had to report the passing of several warriors including Fritz Poske (U-504) died 1 October 1984; Adolf Piening (U-155) died 15 May 1984; AXEL-OLAF LOEWE (39-1984) of U-505 died 19 December 1984; Obermaschinist Helmut Himmelmann of U-547 and Reinhard Suhren (U-564) also died in 1984.
   TOM HATTON (20-1983) told us that U-1406 was refitted with a sodium-graphite reactor in place of the Walther turbine in 1946 or 1947 by Dr. Abelson.  This may be one of the boats with the diamond shaped conning tower seen by JIM VIZIGIAN (29-1984) in Groton after the war.  It was reported that U-3008 was broken up for scrap in a yard in Puerto Rico but DICK FREITAG (30-984) dived on that boat in the early 1950's.  Helmut Schmoeckel was Skipper of U-802 and after the war, he was turned over to the Polish where he was beaten for three months because he was a U-Boat Skipper and half Jewish.
     OTTO GIESE (45-1984) pulled out his diary of the war where he began as a cadet and worked his way up to the rank of Oberleutnant zur See and was II.W.O. on a Frontboot.  He said he would look for a publisher.  BRUCE LANGSTON (57-1984) was certain there is a sunken U-Boat off Galveston, Texas and was going to dive it.  We told him there is no U-Boat there but he went anyway and found - nothing.  JAK MALLMANN SHOWELL (73-1984) reported that his friend dived U-40 that reportedly hit a mine but found little to no damage on the boat.  He also planned to dive U-1195.  Other Members reported that a group was preparing to dive the "sunken U-Boat" off Hillsboro, Florida and as we predicted - they found nothing and that is because there is no U-Boat sunk in any of Florida's waters.
     A salvage company approached us to confirm the story of a U-Boat sunk near Naples, Florida and naturally had gold in the captain's safe and filled with mercury ballast and using sterling silver for pipes.  We saved them a lot of money by telling them that there was no captain's safe aboard U-Boats, they did not use mercury for ballast or silver for pipes and further - there was no U-Boat sunk in any of Florida's waters.

KTB #27 was five pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.
  KTB #28 was published in November 1985 and we were happy to be in our new quarters in Fox Lake, Illinois.  We were planning a trip through Florida and hoped to meet with some of our Members in that beautiful state.  Our efforts paid off when we wrote to the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan (who later became a Sharkhunters Member) on behalf of HANS GÖBELER (3-1983) as we were contacted by an official of the INS in Washington DC telling us that we would be contacted by the District Commissioner based in Chicago.  We got a call from Mr. Moyer in Chicago inviting Sharkhunters President HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) to his office.  HARRY spent more than an hour pleading the case for HANS and his girlfriend.  We should know something in a month or two.
     We were trying to get funding for our research but the government had no money for this research.  Captain KARL-FRIEDERICH MERTEN (23-1984) sent a photograph of himself, autographed of course, for our files.
     Captain JOHANN-HEINRICH FEHLER (32-1984) was Skipper of U-234 that was carrying uranium to Japan at the end of the war, told us of another boat departed a short time before his boat that also carried cargo bound for Japan.  He did not have the number of that boat.  He was quick to tell us that he and his crew well treated well in US captivity.  He did mention however, that Captain Steinhoff was in the cell next to his in the jail in Boston and he could not sleep all one night because of the sounds of the beatings that were given to Steinhoff.  By morning, Steinhoff was dead; not by breaking his eyeglasses and slashing his wrists as the propaganda report stated but from the beating he suffered all that night.  WOLFGANG HIRSCHFELD (34-1984) was Oberfunkmeister (Chief Radio Petty Officer) aboard U-234 and he told us about the ME 262 jet fighter carried aboard in crates and he also gave us information on the other boats trying to reach Japan at the end of the war.
     The new book about U-Boat wrecks along the US east coast by HENRY KEATTS (59-1984) was due to be published shortly.  One of our Members found three Type XXI boats still in their bunker but for obvious reasons, no details were given out.  This was also the time we had to report that the idiot mayor of Chicago made USS SILVERSIDES move off Navy Pier,  The boat went across to Muskegon, Michigan where she was treated beautifully.  OTTO KRETSCHMER (122-1985) sent us a large quantity of photos and clippings about his U-99.

KTB #28 was ten pages long and still done on that old manual typewriter.
     
KTB #29   KTB #30
KTB #29 was out right after the Christmas and New Year celebrations and we had the good news that the annual dues still would not be raised - they were $25 per year and that was in 1986.  We almost lost Sharkhunters President HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) in November of 1985 as he had a near terminal case of Hepatitis B.  After the blood test, one liver specialist looked at the chart - his eyes bugged out and he said "These numbers are...they are astronomical!  I have never seen so much liver damage in a man still living!"  His partner looked at the chart and agreed.  The emergency room doctor told HARRY that they expected his liver to fail sometime that night and he would be dead by morning.  Fortunately, the doctors were wrong and after ten days in a darkened room, he returned to his new wife KAYCEE COOPER (161-1985) and continued to run Sharkhunters.  We talked more in this issue about the beating death of Steinhoff in the jail in Boston and what JOHANN-HEINRICH FEHLER (32-1984) remembered of that night.  There was more also about the two Japanese officers who committed suicide aboard U-234.  We noted that the 10th Skipper on the rank of sinkings was Günther Prien with his U-47.
     We reprinted much of a letter we received from a Member who actually looked at those three Type XXI boats that we had only heard about.  They were there, this letter assured us.  The entire letter is in this KTB.  We also "outed" a fake U-Boat Skipper; a guy with the name Heinz Houben.  He was quoted in a lengthy article in a magazine as being an officer on several U-Boats - that were all lost at sea!  His claim that he was aboard U-2456, a Type XXI in the south Atlantic pretty well told the truth - there were NO Type XXI boats on patrol in the South Atlantic and furthermore, the boat he claimed was a Type XXI on the high seas was actually a coastal Type XXIII still in the builder's yard.
     Some divers reported that they were close to finding U-701, the  boat of HORST DEGEN (116-1985), sunk off the US east coast.  RON PAVELKA (123-1985) is looking for UB-8, a World War One U-Boat scuttled by the US Navy off the US west coast near San Pedro, California.

KTB #29 was six pages long and still done on that old manual typewriter.
  KTB #30 was published February 1986 and covered HMS UPHOLDER under command of Lt. Cdr. Wanklyn; USS FLASHER and I.27.   KIRK KREUZIG (2-1983) invented optical filters that put the color back underwater photography and had a booth at an event in Chicago.  ERNST SCHMIDT (10-1983) had bad luck working around his home - broke his leg three times in the past couple years and infected once.  His son is a doctor, so he has good care.  DAVID SIMPSON (15-1983) said that people are searching for the three Type XXI boats we know about in Germany.  JIM VIZIGIAN (29-1984) told us the German U-Boat prisoners were treated very well at Portsmouth.  He said "In fact, it was not uncommon to see German enlisted men in the ships service store walking around with no guards and one found a few who spoke English.  The German crews lived on the boats with no guards.  Although we could go up to the boats, we had no authority to go aboard."  JIM LOCK WOOD (31-1984) avoided serious injury as a tree he was cutting down fell the wrong way - knocked him out and caused minor injuries.
     DAVID WHITE (42-1984) asked for the name of the Skipper of U-156 (of WW I) and he sent us a very nice brochure about U-2540ROBERT NADICH (48-1984) sent us a photo of U-43
JOHANN-HEINRICH FEHLER (32-1984) wrote us and told, in his own words, how the two Japanese officers aboard U-234 killed themselves and how they were buried at sea with full military honors.  Heinrich Liebe (later to become a Sharkhunters Member) in command of U-38 sank 30 ships for a total of 162,333 tons.  JAK MALMANN SHOWELL (73-1984) had questions about various U-boat schools.  SCOTT JENKINS (82-1984) was in contact with C. J. CHRIST (47-1984) regarding the logbook of U-853.  There was more on the fake U-Boat Skipper Heinz Houben who, incidentally, was never in any branch of the Wehrmacht.  WALTER CLOOTS (112-1985) sent us a photo of U-37 and this old Type IX-A boat had a Type XXI conning tower on it as an experimental boat.
     WILLIAM HUGHES (124-185) needed a copy of the logbook of U-124.  We covered U-136 (Eberhard Zimmermann), U-137 (Herbert Wohlfarth) and U-138 (Wolfgang Lüth) and listed the ships they attacked including SPIKENARD, HEINA, EMPIRE COMET, AXTELL J. BYLES, EMPIRE DRUM, ARUNDO, ALCOA LEADER, MILDRED PAULINE, MANCHESTER BRIGADE, ASHANTIAN, STRATFORD, ASGERD, ACL CHESHIRE, CAPE SAINT ANDREW, PLANTER, VERONICA, SAINT GERMAIN, NEW SEVILLA, EMPIRE ADVENTURER, CITY OF SIMLA, DAGRUN, BONNEUR, BRITISH GLORY and JAVANESE PRINCE.

KTB #30 was six pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.
     
KTB #31   KTB #32
         
                   HESS                           MERTEN

KTB #31
was published in March 1986.  HMS WARSPITE was attacked five times during the Norway Action but the torpedoes all failed.  Several U-Bootfahrer sent photos to us including HANS-GEORG HESS (125-1985),
KARL-FRIEDERICH MERTEN (23-1984) and HANS GÖBELER (3-1983).  KIRK KREUTZIG (2-1983) flew to Ethiopia to produce a film.  TOM HATTON (20-1983) and his wife moved out west, bought an old farm once owned by World War One flying ACE John Gottleben.  Captain MERTEN sent us a copy of the famed ceramic tile table of the 2nd U-Bootflottille with the conning tower emblems of the boats in that flotilla.  Captain MERTEN was concerned that no one had heard from Heinrich Liebe, Skipper of U-38 as he was living in East Germany.  GARY GENTILE (26-1984) told us for DAVID WHITE (42-1984) that USS SAN DIEGO ran onto a mine laid by U-156 (World War One) and sank.  VICTOR TURON (28-1984) send more information on U-66 (World War One and ROBERT NADICH (48-1984) sent photos of U-43 (World War One).  HEINRICH LEHMANN-WILLENBROCK (120-1985) told us a little about his U-96RICOU BROWNING (60-1984) sent clippings on U-Boats off Florida - RICOU was the guy in the monster suit in the movie "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and he worked on the film "Caddy Shack" with JOHN MacLAUGHLIN (138-1985)HERB KELVER (69-1984) sent a chart with a mark where U-166 is thought to be sunk.  STEVE TOMAN (70-1984) is about to graduate optometry school and go into the US Navy.  FRED JOHNSON (76-1984) has a deep sea salvage company and has acquired several sets of black leathers.
     WALTER CLOOTS (112-1985) is looking for more information on the type Type XXI boats, U-2513 and U-3008 that came to the US after the war.  Cdr. WILLIAM BOWNE (119-1985), a pilot based on USS GUADALCANAL, was recovering from a heart attack.  OTTO KRETSCHMER (122-1985) was enjoying the winter in his winter home on the Costa del Sol and he told us that all he had left from his youth were a few items rescued from his family home in Lower Silesia by a young lady who could not escape the Soviets.  OTTO sent us the sheet music for the "Kretschmer March" which was banned in Germany after the war which we passed on to Bandmaster TOM MACKIN (146-1985) who performed it and put it on tape for us.  H-G HESS sent a copy of his book about the war to us.  In Florida we met with JACK GOODIER (127-1985) and NEIL COSTENTINO (131-1985).  A TV station owned by TED TURNER (145-1985) ran a special about MEL FISHER (171-1986) and the treasure of the ATOCHA.

KTB #31 was six pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.
  KTB #32 was published in April 1986 and we mentioned birthdays for OTTO KRETSCHMER (122-1985) and WOLFGANG HIRSCHFELD (34-1984) and we commented on the book "U-Boat 977" written by Heinz Schäffer about his surrender in Mar del Plata, Argentina three months after the war ended.  We also looked at the book "U-Boat Wars" by Edwin Hoyt and found it to be loaded with errors.  The book touched on U-47, U-36, U-66, U-123 and U-130 among others with many errors.  We were trying to find details on U-1230, the boat that landed two German agents in Maine.  We were looking for Otto Wermuth, Skipper of U-530 who also surrendered in Mar del Plata months after the surrender.  With the help of JIMMY FRYE (8-1983), caretaker of U-505, we were about to film a short tour through the boat.  We got more information about U-959 and U-2511 from ALBERT ROHDE (9-1983) who was radioman on these two boats.  CHRISTOPHER LOWE (11-1983) was seeking information on U-996DICK FREITAG (30-1984) had much more information about the final fate of U-3008 and the situation with the idiot mayor of Chicago "evicting" USS SILVERSIDES from her home on Navy Pier.  Interesting - the keel was laid for both U-505 and USS SILVERSIDES in December 1940 and they both ended up in Chicago.  We gave the stats for U-160 under Georg LassenREINHARD HARDEGEN (102-LIFE-1985), Skipper of U-123 should have been the 7th ranked submarine Skipper but many of the ships he sank were grounded, repaired and refloated so his official numbers placed him in 20th spot.  DAVID WHITE (42-1984) was translating the logbook of U-66 (World War One).  C. J. CHRIST (47-1984) got some fantastic assistance from a local university to help him with his research.  We got an answer for FRED JOHNSON (76-1984) about those black leathers he has.  Many such leathers were aboard U-505 when she was captured.  Both JIMMY FRYE (8-1983) and BILL JOHNSON (86-1984) said they found full sets of dress leathers in grey-green and also in black aboard U-505.  The Museum of Science and Industry was in an extensive renovation of U-505, especially the wiring as people were getting shocks going through the boat.  MIKE KIERIG (103-985) added more about the black leathers.  WALTER CLOOTS (112-1985) sent a photo of a Type XXI under tow of a US Navy ship post-war; obviously U-2513 or U-3008.  We asked JIM VIZIGIAN (29-1984) and BERNIE BASTURA (148-1985) for their input on this boat.  There was mention of the 'Three Little Fishes' on the conning tower of U-333 under PETER-ERICH CREMER (114-1985) CARL VOUGHT (176-1986) asked about U-506.
     We covered U-139, U-94, U-140, U-141, U-142, U-143, U-144, U-145, U-146, U-147, U-148, U-149, U-150, U-151, U-152, U-153, 154, 155 and U-156.  We also covered ships encountered including VICTORIA CITY, ASHCREST, PENANG, M-94, CALABRIA, BOTWEY, ATLANTIC CITY, KING ERIK, INGER, SC-307, WINDAU, PLUTO, HMS WANDERER, HMS PERIWINKLE, AUGVALD, RINFAKSE, GRAVELINES, MOKAMBO, M-101, ANGLO CANADIAN, POTLACH, RUTH, HS LANDSDOWNE, COMOL RICO, DT CATAHOULA, DELVALLE, EMPIRE AMATHYST, VINELAND, LALITA, D'ENTRECASTEAUX, NURMAHAL, TOWER GRACE, MOTOCAROLINE, FLORIDA, CARDINAL GIBBONS, JOHN WORTHINGTON, USS FRONT, USS INCH, ADALLEN, SAMA, ARABUTEN, BRABANT, SYLVAN ARROW, WATSONVILLE, JACK, BAGHDAD, BARBECENA, PIAVE, BILL, CRANFORD, KENTAR, CLAN McNAUGHTON, EMPIRE ARNOLD, DRACO, SAN EMILIANO, STRABO, CVE AVENGER, ALMAAK, ETTRICK, SEROOSKERK, LYSEFJORD, GULFSTATE, STRANGER, PEDERNALES, ORANJESTED, ARKANSAS, DELPLATA, LA CARRIER, MacGREGOR, OREGON, KOENJIT, CITY OF MELBOURNE, SILJESTADT, KUPA, BARRDALE, QUAKER CITY, SAN ELISEO, PRESIDENTE TRUJILLO, BLAKELY, NORMAN PRINCE, ALEGRETE, LILLIAN, WILLIMANTIC, CLAN McWHIRTER, LACONIA and QUEBEC CITY.
     We also covered the attack by U-156 on the Lago Refinery on Aruba in which gunnery officer DIETRICH ALFRED von dem BORNE (38-1984) failed to remove the watertight plug in the deck gun - it exploded, killing the gunner and blowing off van dem BORNE's foot!  He was taken immediately to the French held island of Martinique which both Roosevelt and Churchill believed to be giving food and aid to the U-Boats in the Caribbean.

KTB #32 was eight pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.
     
KTB #33   KTB #34
KTB #33 was published in May 1986 and we were still planning our First Sharkhunters Convention.  At this point, it was anticipated to be in the Bahamas.  HANS GÖBELER (3-1983) and his girlfriend were still working to remain in the USA after they had been arrested as illegal aliens.  We covered foreign volunteers in the Kriegsmarine and the use of black leathers.  VICTOR TURON GARCIA (28-1984) sent some clippings and photos of U-995 and her Skipper HANS-GEORG HESS (125-1985) JIM VIZIGIAN (29-1984) asked for information on some of the special U-Boats that surrendered at Portsmouth; he sent us photos of U-853 when she surrendered.  We touched on the U-Boat fraud named Heinz Houben.  OTTO GIESE (45-1984) reported that his best exercise was lifting a glass of whiskey - and he proudly reported that his son Jon was about to graduate from the United States Air Force Academy.  We reported that the 6th highest scoring submarine Skipper of World War Two was HERBERT SCHULTZE (191-1986), Skipper of U-48JAK MALLMANN SHOWELL (73-1984) was giving us just a little information about three Type XXI boats he thought were still in a bunker.  HORST DEGEN (116-1985) sent some photos of himself and his boat, U-701.  We reported the passing of HEINRICH LEHMANN-WILLENBROCK (120-1985) after a long illness.  OTTO KRETSCHMER (122-1985) sent a photo of himself on receiving the Oak Leaf to his Knights Cross from Adolf Hitler in the Chancellery.  HESS also suggested that we have a Sharkhunters Convention in Germany.  DANNY CAMPBELL (156-1985) was trying to locate U-548 and U-576 and he wanted to know if U-Boats carried a bell on board.  WILHELM SCHULZ (162-1986) was gravely ill.  HORST HASLAU (167-1986) confirmed that his boat, U-1230 (he was the radioman) did drop off two Abwehr agents on the coast of Maine.  HORST also confirmed that a Japanese crew took over U-1226 right out of the building yards but it was lost in the "Rosegarden" minefield off the Shetlands.  We covered a bit of information on U-156, U-157, U-158 and U-159 and the ships they encountered including USCGC THETIS, HAGAN, DILOMA, CARIBSEA, OLEAN, ARIO, JOHN D. GILL, DARINA, F. B. BAIRD, KNOXVILLE CITY, NIDARNES, VELMA LYKES, HERMIS, SHEHERAZADE, CITIES SERVICE TOLEDO, SAN BLAS, MOIRA, HENRY GIBBONS, EVERALDA, NEW BRUNSWICK, MONTENOL, CITY OF ALMA, ILLINOIS, PARACURY, SALLY, EDITH, SIKOLA, SOLON TURMAN, FIORA, ANTE MATKOVIC, E. J. SADLER, BORINGA, CLAN MacTAVISH, COLORADAN, EMPIRE NOMAD, ROSS, LAPLACE, LaSALLE, STAR OF SCOTLAND, CITY OF BOMBAY, STAR OF SUEZ, EAST WALES and LAGOSIAN.

KTB #33 was 8 pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.
 
        MERTEN (far left) receiving his Oak Leaf to his Knights Cross

When
KTB #34 was published in June/July 1986, we announced that we hade made the documentary on U-505 thanks to the help of the staff at the Museum of Science and Industry.  Kapitän zur See KARL-FRIEDERICH MERTEN (23-1984) sent us a videotape of some of his war patrols and interviews on the tape.  This was turned into our DVD H-8.  We reported that the son of OTTO GIESE (45-2984), II. W. O. aboard U-405 and later U-181, had just graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy.  RANDY BALCOM (74-1984) went to the spot where a dive boat skipper guaranteed they'd find U-166 but when they dived, they found it was only an overturned barge.

KTB #34 was only eight pages long and done on that old manual typewriter - and I just remembered that back in those days, I was living on board my 30 foot sailboat in the Caribbean - what am I doing wrong today?

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KTB #35   KTB #36

KTB #35 was published in September 1986 and we were anticipating our 1st Annual Sharkhunters Convention which would be in Key Largo, Florida.  Kapitän zur See KARL-FRIEDERICH MERTEN (23-1984) said that he was writing a counter-publication to a new book by Buchheim entitled "Die U-Bootfahrer".  JIM VIZIGIAN (29-1984) told us more about U-234 and her cargo of uranium.  DAVID WHITE (42-1984) sent us translation of radio messages between GRAF SPEE and her supply ship ALTMARKOTTO GIESE (45-2984) told how the crew of U-181 (and other German POWs) were shipped out of Malaya in June 1946.  ZEL EATON (55-1984) and DAVID WHITE (42-1984) explained German radio codes.  RANDY BALCOM (74-1984) was searching for the wreck of U-166 in the Gulf of Mexico.  JIM ROSE (78-1984) gave info about two German agents that landed in Maine including Erich Gimpel who later became a Sharkhunters Member.  We reported the passing of WILHELM SCHULZ (162-1986) on 5 July 1986 in Hamburg.  HORST HASLAU (167-1986), radioman on U-1230, gave much information on U-Boat radio operations.  HARRY COOPER (1-1983) explained how and why Sharkhunters was started.  U-67 sank EMPIRE MICA.

KTB #35 was 8 pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.


                            OTTO GIESE

 

KTB #36 was published in October/November 1986 and back then it was still just a newsletter, not a magazine.  We talked about out upcoming First Annual Convention planned for the following February.  We were informed of various Members who planned to attend including:  HANS GÖBELER (3-1983) from U-505, THEODOR FREUNDORFER (177-1986), HANS-GEORG HESS (125-1985) Skipper of U-995, KARL-FRIEDERICH MERTEN (23-1984) Skipper of U-68, OTTO GIESE (45-1984) of U-405 that battled with USS BORRIE and later served aboard U-181.  Birthdays highlighted were for OTTO GIESE (45-1984), JIM VIZIGIAN (29-1984) and GERD THÄTER (194-1986) Skipper of U-466.  There was our "Did You Know" column by ERNST SCHMIDT (10-1983) of U-345 and U-821MIKE EPSTEIN (5-1983) and his lady visited Sgt. Barry Sadler (Ballad of the Green Berets) at his villa in Guatemala.  DAVID SIMPSON (15-1983) send sketches of ERICH TOPP (118-1985) Skipper of U-57 and U-552 done by Buchheim.  A man from the State Department dropped by, sent by JOHN TAYLOR (19-1983).   DAVID WHITE (42-1984) sent a story on U-66 (WW I) with copy to VICTOR TURON GARCIA (28-1984).  ROBERT NADICH (48-1984) sent photos of U-28 (WW I).  We covered part of the Senate Sub-Committee headed by Senator Harry Truman investigating Standard Oil's selling oil to all nations in World War Two.  HENRY KEATTS (59-1984) sent a photo of the helmets issued aboard U-853RENDY BALCOM (74-1984) dived what he thought was U-166; so did JOHN "Mad Dog" MOSELE (77-1984).  Commander WILSON (151-1985) got operational orders for the Feindfahrt of U-166MIKE HOWELL (174-LIFE-1986)  knew that the "Red Devil Boot" was U-552 of ERICH TOPP (118-1985)PETER-ERICH CREMER (114-1985) sent a great photo of his U-333.  Also covered HORST DEGEN (116-1985) Skipper of U-701 and J. deNAVARRE McCOMB (117-1985), WILLIAM BOWNE (119-1985) and HEINRICH LEHMANN-WILLENBROCK (120-1985)OTTO KRETSCHMER (122-1985) sent us a very rare photo of him receiving flowers from Fraulein von Essen.  He went to England for a festival with his U-99 crew and that of HMS WALKERJACK GOODIER (127-1985) sent photos of OTTO von BÜLOWBETH SCHIMOLER (129-1985) sent a newspaper article about a U-Boat that stopped a fisherman and took their fish.  BILL SENN (144-1985) was looking for a U-Boat.  Commander WILSON (151-1985) talked about SURCOUFDAVID CARUSO (160-1986) sent information about a Japanese submarine crew's atrocities.  We covered the situation with Heinz Eck, Skipper of U-852 and his court martial.  Input from HORST HASLAU (167-1986), radioman aboard U-1230 that put two agents ashore in the USA; from ALBERT ROHDE (9-1983) radioman from U-957MIKE HOWELL (174-1986) got information about ALCOA PURITAN and Captain Schacht.  CARL VOUGHT (176-1986) sent a nice chart showing the movements of U-157, U-166 and U-176 HARRY COOPER (1-1983) gave his boring military service loading hydrogen bombs onto B-47 bombers including the ill-fated "Bay of Pigs" invasion that JFK fumbled.  We covered German subs VB-60, U-178 and U-179.

KTB #36 was 8 pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.

     
KTB #37   KTB #38

KTB #37 was published in December 1986.  We reported that the wrecks of U-534, U-548 and U-1018 had been located.  We covered KIRK KREUTZIG (2-1983), HELMUT RATHKE (49-1984). HENRY HEALD (147-1985), HANS GÖBELER (3-1983) and OTTO KRETSCHMER (122-1985).  The US Navy was looking for USS SCORPION when they accidentally found U-548.  There was our "Did You Know?" column by ERNST SCHMIDT (10-1983) and more sketches by Buchheim.  We mentioned ELLSWORTH BOYD (17-1983), JIM SHULTS (46-1984), Lt. Col. ROBERT BROWN (169-1986), TOM HATTON (20-1983) and Commander WILLIAM BOWNE (119-1985).  KARL-FRIEDERICK MERTEN (23-1984) had sent us a videotape that covered his sinking of the SS CITY OF CAIRO with interviews of survivors and Captain MERTEN.  This became our DVD-8 JIM VIZIGIAN (29-1984) sent photos of U-2513, U-3008 and U-805 dockside at Portsmouth Navy Base in May 1945.  WALTER CLOOTS (112-1985) was especially pleased to see them.  OTTO GIESE (45-1984) complimented our work.  ROBERT NADICH (48-1984) sent us a photo of the World War One U-27.  We talked about the sad death of Wolfgang Lüth ten days after the end of the war; JIM ROSE (78-1984) sent an article from the Boston Globe.  NAVARRE MACOMB (117-1985) remembered the news of SURCOUF when she disappeared.  We cover a bit about JEANNE BEGG (121-1985), RON PAVELKA (123-1985), WILLIAM HUGHES (124-1985), BILL SENN (144-1985), CARL VOUGHT (176-1986) and MASON LOGIE (208-1984).  GROVER McLEOD (223-1986) released his book "Sub Duty".  We had some data on the experimental submarine V.80  built to carry out tests on the Walther turbine drive.  We also covered U-180.

As a comparison - the total cost of our Sharkhunters "Patrol" in 1987 was $399.67 TOTAL!  How times have changed but that "Patrol" was four days long while our "Patrols" now are two weeks long.  The 1987 "Patrol" averaged out to $100 per day and our "Patrols" now, twenty seven years later average $200 per day.  Not bad increase for nearly three decades.

KTB #37 was 8 pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.

 
                 
RATHKE                         KRETSCHMER

 

KTB #38 was published in January 1987 and the main item was U-979 had been found!  Birthdays announced for JOHN LOFTUS (40-1984), JIM SHULTS (46-1984), BILL JOHNSON (86-1984) and Sir ETIENE DUPUGH (153-1985).  We covered HANS GÖBELER (3-1983); ERNST SCHMIDT (10-1983) ran his column "Did You Know?" and ERNST was looking forward to seeing HANS-GEORG HESS (125-1985) at the 1st Annual Sharkhunters Convention - the two men were room mates in Commander's School in Danzig 1944.  DAVID SIMPSON (15-1983) sent photos of Günther Prien and Großadmiral Ericdh Raeder.  We heard from JOHN WATTS (12-1983); and ELLSWORTH BOYD (17-1983) had information for CARL VOUGHT (176-1986) in his search for U-166 but that location had already been dived by RANDY BALCOM (74-1984) and the boat was not there.  HERBERT WERNER (18-1983) sent photos of the submarine he was building in his factory.  GARY GENTILE (26-1984) wrote about ANDREA DORIADAVID WHITE (42-1984) explained the "Kurier" transmission used on U-Boats.  Another photo of U-29 (WW I) came from ROBERT NADICH (48-1984), and OTTO KRETSCHMER (122-1985) sent a photo of himself right after Adolf Hitler had decorated him with the Knights Cross.  We listed the top five submarine commanders of all nations - they were:
  1.  OTTO KRETSCHMER (122-1985);
  2.  Wolfgang Lüth;
  3. 
ERICH TOPP (118-1985);
  4. 
KARL-FRIEDERICK MERTEN (23-1984);
  5.  Viktor Schütze
We also covered STEVE TOMAN (70-1984), PETER-ERICH CREMER (114-1985) and Großadmiral Karl Dönitz.  We received a film of the dive on U-352, the boat of
HELMUT RATHKE (49-1984) HORST BREDOW (21-1983) and JAK MALLMAN SHOWELL (73-1984) revealed they had found U-979 off the island of Amrun.  They both laughed at the writings of Hoyt.  JAK also talked about the U-Boats by the Canary Islands.  We also had a copy of a U.S. Army Intelligence memo to the FBI that some Standard Oil tankers were running from the Lago Refinery in Aruba to the Canary Islands and offloading into German tankers.  Under Walter C. Teagle and William Stamps Farish, Standard Oil re-flagged their tankers from US Flag to Panamanian to circumvent the Neutrality Act.  October 1940 LIFE Magazine  ran an interview with "Cap" Reiber, Chairman of Texaco, stating that German U-Boats should sink any Texaco tanker helping the Allies!  We got deeply into the association between Standard and the German Farben and how they sold fuel to all sides in the war and what WW II was all about.  We also reported that General Motors was also helping the German war effort.  We covered DAVE BLUETT (81-1984), U-534 and U-352JERRY LAWRENCE (110-1985) dived U-853 and sent photos.  We arranged a meeting between JERRY and HERBERT WERNER (18-1983) to get his copy of 'IRON COFFINS' autographed.  HORST DEGEN (116-1985) answered a question and said that his U-701 was still not found off the US East Coast.  We heard from NAVARRE MACOMB (117-1985) about SURCOUF, WILLIAM BOWNE (119-1985), TOM HATTON (20-1983), GROVER McLEOD(223-1985) .....and BILL HUGHES (124-1985) was hunting for U-701.  We also covered CLAUDE JEWELL (126-1985), JACK GOODIER (127-1985), E. BROOKMEIER (128-1985), BETH SCHIMOLER (129-1985) and H. ROSS PEROT (130-1985).  Commander WILSON (151-1985) talked about commanding HMS EXPLORER, the former German experimental boat with the Walther Turbine - called HMS EXPLODER by her crew.  We heard from MARC COHEN (166-1986), GARY LEITNER (175-1986) with U-96 and USS NAUTILUS.  MASON LOGIE (208-1986) found ships of the WW I German Fleet and dived them.

KTB #38 was 8 pages long and done on that old manual typewriter.

     
KTB #39   HARRY ON THE RADIO

KTB #39 was published in February/March 1987 at the time of our 1st Annual Convention and it was great!  Rather than go into detail here, we will just mention what people, what ships and submarines we covered.  They were JOHN WATTS (12-1983), HERB SPOHR (84-1985), THEODOR FREUNDORFER (177-1986), HANS-GEORG HESS (125-1985), RAY LANKHEIM (321-1987), GROVER McLEOD (223-1986), GÜNTHER HOLLDORFF (207-1986), GERD THÄTER (194-1986), REINHARD HARDEGEN (102-1985), HANS GÖBELER (3-1983), ERNST SCHMIDT (10-1983), JOCHEM AHME (163-1986), GERRY RICHTER (214-1986), DETLEV ZIMMERMANN (247-1987), WOLDEMAR TRIEBEL (197-1986), KURT BABERG (270-1987), ALFRED RUDOLF (228-1986), GEORG HÖGEL (240-1987), Fritz-Julius Lemp, Karl Dönitz, BETH SCHIMOLER (129-1985), MASON LOGIE (208-1986), KARL-FRIEDERICK MERTEN (23-1984), JACK GOODIER (127-1985), BRYAN BROOKS (195-1986), RICK McCULLY (2902-1986), SPENCER SLATE (1567-1990), KAYCEE COOPER (161-1986), CARL VOUGHT (176-1986), MIKE WOOTEN (232-1987), HOWARD HAISLIP (255-1987), BUD DANA (245-1987), EDDIE PHILLIPS (220-1987), FRED JOHNSON (76-1984), DENIS KNOWLES (36-1984), MIKE LUEKEN (58-1984), PETER-ERICH CREMER (114-1985), DAVID SIMPSON (15-1983), HANNO KRIEG (199-1986), KEVIN FIRTH (85-1984), MIKE EPSTEIN (5-1983), DICK FREITAG (30-1984), ELLSWORTH BOYD (17-1983), WOLFGANG HIRSCHFELD (34-1984), ROBERT NADICH (48-1984), C. J. CHRIST (47-11984), ERICH TOPP (118-1985), SIEGFRIED KOITSCHKA (225-1986), Ed Caram, HELMUT RATHKE (49-1984), Prof. HENRY KEATTS (59-1984), STEVE TOMAN (70-1984), JOHN MOSELE (77-1984), FRAN DARCANGELO (87-1985), Wolfgang Lüth, MIKE KIERIG (103-1991), CHRISTOPHER HIZA (104-1985), JERRY LAWRENCE (110-1985), NEIL COSENTINO (131-1985), WALTER KNOCH (133-1985), ED MACK (134-1985), EILEEN CARRON (135-1985), Sir ETIENNE DUPUCH (153-1985), BILL SENN (144-1985), MARC COHEN (166-1986), Heinz Eck, PAUL JUST (206-1986), SIGMUND KLAUSSNER (211-1986); KARL-HEINZ WIEBE (226-1986), CARL KROCH (242-1987), Kurt Freiwald, OTTO GIESE (45-1984), Niko Clausen, Heinrich Schäfer, Fritz Schneewind

BENWOOD, U-414, U-466, U-123, U-995, U-505, U-345, U-821, U-315, U-978, U-618, U-333, U-30, U-110, USS BLUEBACK, USS SILVERSIDES, U-234, U-32 (WW I), U-552, U-616, U-352, U-166, U-123, U-853, SURCOUF, SS THOMPSON LYKES, U-852, SS PELEUS, U-1018, HMS LOCH FADA, U-546, U-791, V.300, Walther Turbine, U-181,EAST INDIAN, PLAUDIT, K. G. MELDAHL, EXCELLO, GUNDA, CORINTHIAKOS, ALCOA PATHFINDER, MOUNT HELIOS, DORINGTON COURT, EVANTHIA, CLEANTHIS, AMARYLIS, EMPIRE WHIMBREL, MONASSES, TINHOW, SICILIANA, HARRIER, BOIHOW, EMPIRE LAKE, FORT FRANKLIN, DALFRAM, UMVURA, CLAN MacARTHUR, JANETE, BENAVON, GAROET, TANDA, KING FREDERICK, FORT LEE, I-501, U-182, OCEAN COURAGE, LLANASHE, RICHARD D. SPAIGHT, ALOE, ADELFOTIZ, USS MACKENZIE, U-183, USS BESUGO, EMPIRE DABCHINK, OLANCHO, PALMA, BRITISH LOYALTY, HELEN MOLLAR.

Next in the list of the world's most successful Skippers:
  6.  HERBERT SCHULTZE (191-1986)
  7.  GEORG LASSEN (184-1986)
  8.  HEINRICH LEHMANN-WILLENBROCK (120-1985)
  9.  HEINRICH LIEBE (1670-1990)
 10. Günther Prien

The highlight was the report of this Sharkhunters Convention.

KTB #39 was 16 pages because of the Key Largo report and still done on that old manual typewriter.

 

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KTB #40   KTB #41

KTB #40 was published April 1987 and again we just list the people that we covered as well as well as the ships and submarines in this issue.

HANS GÖBELER (3-1983), ERNST SCHMIDT (10-1983), BILL REED (13-1983), ELLSWORTH BOYD (17-1983),
HERBERT WERNER (18-1983), JIM LOCKWOOD (31-1984), WOLFGANG HIRSCHFELD (34-1984), DAVID WHITE (42-1984), OTTO GIESE (45-1984), C. J. CHRIST (47-1984), ZEL EATON (55-1984), JAK MALLMANN SHOWELL (73-1984), FRAN DARCANGELO (87-1985), HEINZ GUSKE (106-1985), WALTER CLOOTS (112-1985), ROSCOE THOMPSON (113-1985), HORST DEGEN (116-1985), OTTO KRETSCHMER (122-1985), HANS-GEORG HESS (125-1985), BETH SCHIMOLER (129-1985), WALTER KNOCH (133-1985), Dr. JOSEF ENZWEILER (136-1985), MIKE KIERIG (137-1985), JOHN McLAUGHLIN (138-1985), BRENDAN COYLE (139-1985), SKIP BREZINSKI (140-1985), BILL SENN (144-1985), TOM MACKIN (146-1985), HENRY HEALD (147-1985), CDR. WILSON (151-1985), KAYCEE COOPER (161-1986), MARC COHEN (166-1986), HARRY SCHONAU (170-1986), MIKE HOWELL (174-1986), CARL VOUGHT (176-1986), THEDOR FREUNDORFER (177-1986), MARTIN SCHAEFFER (189-1986), GEORG LASSEN (184-1986), GERD THÄTER (194-1986), WALDEMAR TRIEBEL (197-1986), RICK McCULLY (202-1986), GÜNTHER HOLLDORF (207-1986), MASON LOGIE (208-1986), SIGMUND KLAUSSNER (211-1986), EDDIE PHILLIPS (220-1986), ROBERT MAHER (221-1986), GROVER McLEOD (223-1986), KARL-HEINZ WIEBE (226-1986), ALFRED RUDOLF (228-1986), GEORG HÖGEL (240-1987), DETLEV ZIMMERMANN (247-1986), HEINZ REHSE (254-1987), RANDY SENEFF (257-1987), WALTER DAVIS (261-1987), LARRY TUCH (262-1987), KURT BABERG (270-1987), HANS-RUDOLF RÖSING (313-1987),

Helmut Fromsdorf, Roger Miklos, Heinz Houben, Don Gobels, Key Largo, Don Gobel, Joachim Schepke, Ed Schnepf, Goodwins, John Chamberlain, Wolfgang Lüth, Albrecht "Cherri" Brandi, Marco Grandi, Herman Miller, Bert Miller, Japanese Atom Bomb, Günther Dangshat, ONS.144, August Maus, Siegfried Hesemann, Minnich, Siegfried Lüdden, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Penang.

U-3, U-16, U-19, U-30, U-48, U-53, U-57, U-61, U-66 (WW I), U-71, U-73, U-99, U-100, U-107, U-108, U-110, U-130, U-146, U-155, U-160, U-161, U-172, U-183, U-184, U-185, U-186, U-187, U-188, U-234, U-405, U-415, U-505, U-564, U-604, U-618, U-701, U-791, U-792, U-793, U-853, BENWOOD, USS BORIE, USS GUADALCANAL, U-995, HMS PUFFIN, HMS CAYTON WYKE, SURCOUF, THOMPSON LYKES, HMS EXPLORER, HMS EXPLODER, Wa.201, Wk.202, USS BESUGO, HNMS POTENTILLA, PETER MAERSK, VIRGINIA SINCLAIR, JAMES SPRUNT, JOHN SEVIER, WIMMIAM BOYCE THOMPSON, JAMES ROBERTSON, S. B. HUNT, THOMAS SINNICKSON, FORT HALKETT, Z-24, OCEAN VAGABOND, HASTINGS, EULIMA, HMS HESPERUS, HMS VIMY, HMS BEVERLY, CORNELIA P. SPENCER, BRITANIA, FORT BUCKINGHAM, FORT LaMAUNE, SAMOURI, CHUNG CHANG, VIVA

KTB #40
was 12 pages in length and growing - and still done on that old manual typewriter.

 

KTB #41 was published May/June of 1987 and included:

HANS GÖBELER (3-1983), MIKE EPSTEIN (5-1983), JOHN BLASHFORD SNELL (7-1983), ERNST SCHMIDT (10-1983), JOHN WATTS (12-1983), BILL REED (13-1983), DAVID SIMPSON (15-1983), ELLSWORTH BOYD (17-1983), TOM HATTON (20-1983), ROBERT WILCOX (25-1984), GARY GENTILE (26-1984),
WOLFGANG HIRSCHFELD (34-1984), DENIS KNOWLES (36-1984), CRAIG SYMONETTE (41-1984), DAVID WHITE (42-1984), OTTO GIESE (45-1984), HELMUT RATHKE (49-1984), BOB NADICH (48-1984), ZEL EATON (55-1984), DON PERRYMAN (56-1984), STEVE TOMAN (70-1984), JIM MABRY (94-1985), MIKE KIERIG (103-1985), HEINZ GUSKE (106-1985), JEAN HAVILAND (107-1985), HORST DEGEN (116-1985), ROSCOE THOMPSON (113-1985), ERICH TOPP (118-1985), EILEEN CARRON (135-1985), HUGH DOWNS (141-1985), HANS GARTMANN (142-1985), MIKE SHERIN (143-1985), BILL SENN (144-1985), TED TURNER (145-1985), Cdr M. R. WILSON (151-1985), Sir ETIENNE DUPUCH (153-1985), MIKE HOWELL (174-LIFE-1986), ED RUMPF (179-1986), GEORG LASSEN (184-1986), BRYAN BROOKS (195-1986), MARTIN SCHAEFFER (189-1986), GERD THÄTER (194-1986), ROBIN BRANCH (198-1986), HANNO KRIEG (199-1986), SIGMUND KLAUSSNER (211-1986), ROBERT MAHER (221-1986), GROVER McLEOD (223-1986), GEORG HÖGEL (240-1987), DETLEV ZIMMERMANN (247-1987), HEINZ REHSE (254-1987), BRITT SKOGSTAD (287-1987), H. F. von TIESENHAUSEN (268-1987), OTTO WERMUTH (1344-1990),

Key Largo, Arnaud de la Perrier, Type XXI, Thames Television, Roger Miklos, Rodney Woods, Karl Donitz, Hermann Goring, Sea Classics, Ed Schnepf, Joachim Schepke, Werner Henke, Dan Gallery, Gibraltar, Bleichrodt, Nassau TRIBUNE, "short signals", Albert Thompson, Werner Hartenstein, Kplt. Kurrer, Kplt. Wintermayer, Oblt. Reith, Kplt. Fiehn, KK Pauckstadt, El Farrol, Kplt. Hesse, Kplt. Buchholz, KK Kentrat, Convoy CB.21, Kplt. Bartels, FK Hartmann, Oblt. Hausinger von Waldegg, RAF Sqdn. 832, RAF Sqdn. 851, Convoy IMD.17, Kplt. Kraus

HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) and his wife KAYCEE COOPER (161-LIFE-1986) just learned they were going to have their first child in November.

The "LACONIA Incident", the Deschimag Project, we planned to write our first book on the history of the U-Bootwaffe and HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) was about to leave his job as Vice President of a large company to devote full time to Sharkhunters.

U-48,  U-49, U-57, U-66 (WW I),  U-68, U-97,  U-100,  U-109,  U-111,  U-156, U-160,  U-189,  U-190,  U-191, U-192,  U-193,  U-194, U-195,  U-196, U-197, U-198, U-199, U-202, U-352, U-405, U-502, U-505, U-515, U-552, U-584, U-701, U-853, U-1320, U-2111, U-2112, U-2113, U-2251 through U-2295, SS CERAMIC, USS GUADALCANAL, USS BORIE, SURCOUF, SS THOMPSON LYKES, LACONIA, SCHARNHORST, HMS EXCALIBUR, HMS EXCRUCIATOR, NORMANDIE, HECHT, HAI, ALVIS, EMPIRE LAKELAND, ESQUIMALT, HMS HESPERUS, SCEBELI, HMS PINK, TOUCHET, JAMES W. DENVER, SAMUEL JORDAN, CAPE NEDDICK, I.506, NAILSEA MEADOW, CITY OF ORAN, SHAHZADA, BENAKAT, PEGASUS, WILLIAM ELLERY, CLAN MacARTHUR, HMS FINDHORN, HMIS GODARVARI, NORTHMOOR, HOPETARN, DUMRA, WILLIAM KING, HYDRAIOS, LEANA, MANGKALIBAT, COLUMBINE, DIRECTOR, EMPIRE DAY, EMPIRE CITY

KTB #41 was 12 pages in length and growing - and still done on that old manual typewriter.

     
KTB #42   HARRY ON THE RADIO

KTB #42 was published July/August 1987 and we were making plans to create an archive here and we were making plans for our 1988 “Patrol” in Europe. We reported new torpedo in the US Navy submarines, capable of running at 85 knots and down to 4,000 feet.

We reported on U-2365 and U-2367, Type XXIII boats that were raised in the 1950’s and recommissioned into the Bundsmarine as “HAI” and “HECHT”, with tragic results for “HAI” which sank in a maritime accident.

We listed four of the rubber coated U-Boats known as ‘Alberich’.


KTB #42
was just 8 pages in length and done on an old typewriter.
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KTB #43   KTB #44
     
     
KTB #45   KTB #46

 

 

 

     
KTB #47   KTB #48

KTB #47 was published in January 1988 and we stated our policy that:
1. Anything told us in confidence will remain secret in all aspects;
2. Contact information is never given out to anyone for any reason;
We ran memories of our First ever convention of Sharkhunters in Key Largo in 1987 and we announced the 1988 gathering in Germany.  We asked for input from Members-veterans for a book we planned to write.  Many sent audiotapes for our files.  We notified GOTTFRIED KÖNIG (14-1983) and OTTO GIESE (45-1984) that someone contacted us as he had acquired the flag from their boat, U-181.
  We almost lost Sharkhunters as I had an offer to go back to work as National Vice President of Marketing for a large company but thankfully, I did not want to return to the cold and snow of Chicago.  Sharkhunters survived.
  We announced the civil war between crewmembers of U-352 and the Skipper, which we covered thoroughly later on when we profile this boat.
  There was a description of the Type IX-D2 super long range boats; REINHARD HARDEGEN (102-1985) sent us a copy of the book he wrote covering his time off the American coast - and he hand signed it.  We had to debunk yet another story of the "secret WW II U-Boats sunk off the California coast" - there are none there.  We reported on the secret arms deals that linked Bofors, Adolf Hitler, John F. Kennedy and Inga Arvad.  There was also mention how Standard Oil supplied fuel to all sides during WW II.
  GEORG HÖGEL (240-1987) sent us a ton of his drawings of U-Boat emblems.  There was great detail on U-209 furnished us by the son of the I.W.O. of the boat.  There were specifications for the Type XXIII boat and also an in-depth coverage of U-234, the boat that surrendered in the USA with 560 kilos of uranium aboard.

We were looking hard for KK Becker, a high level German agent in Argentina.

KTB #47 was 16 pages, done on a new typewriter and photos glued on the master

   
     
KTB #49   KTB #50
     
     


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NOTE - KTB #66 was the first issue with a photo front cover.

Since
KTB #66 was the first with a photo cover, who better to have the honor of the first cover than Großadmiral Karl Dönitz, and here he is.  In this issue, the reader will find reference to:
Fritz Guggenberger #269+;  an article by Erich Topp #118; Howard Buechner #677; article by Bob Maher #221; photos of the Lorient bunkers then and now; Knights Cross with Oak Leaf and Swords; Otto Kretschmer #122; article by Robin Branch #198; article on mines by Sigmund Klaussner #211; Herbert Werner #18; Hans-Georg Hess #125; article by Charles Gundersen #205; sketch by Günther Holldorff #207; book review of Nasses Eichenlaub; Gerhard Richter #214; USCGC INGHAM; seven German POWs executed at Leavenworth; Paul Saurer #296; Sean Cooper #1/2; Larry Dauphemia #423 on the loss of his dive buddy on U-853; 'Spiderman' Mark Norwine #452; a wartime report on the need for improvements in U-Boat armament and equipment by Großadmiral Dönitz; Henke and SS CERAMIC; USS BONEFISH; U-552 and USS DIONE; USS ATULE; article on a Red NOVEMBER by Sigmund Klaussner #211; Captain Bob Thew #333+.

     

On the front cover of
KTB #67, we see the new sign made for us by Deputy Dave Mobley #417-LIFE; there is an excellent article by Otto Giese #45 on his career in the U-Waffe; article (continued) by Bob Maher #221; notes by Otto Kretschmer #122 on the near loss of his I.W.O. Schnee; article about the B-24 LIBERATOR that bombed Hartenstein and U-156 during the LACONIA rescue; article (continued) on disarmament by Charles Gundersen #205; the 'Mystery' Victoria Cross; USN Hunter-Killer group with the most successes; the diary of Captain Shinji Uchino of I-8 on her voyage to France; continuation of the piece by Dönitz on need for improvements; USS CABOT; U-18 is found; "U-Boat Command and the Battle of the Atlantic" book review; black leathers; cowardice; USS EDISON; Type XXVI-A and B; history of U-30, U-31, U-32 and U-33.

The front cover of
KTB #68 (above) shows the Flotilla Commander bidding farewell to the Skipper and crew of a boat departing on her Feindfahrt (war patrol).  The inset shows what the Atlantic has in store for them.  The Republic of the Marshall Islands had minted a postage stamp with a depiction of U-47 sinking HMS ROYAL OAK, primarily for the stamp collector.  The memories of Otto Giese #45 and his time in the U-Bootwaffe was continued as were the memories of Bob Maher #221 of the time their destroyer sank the U-Boat that Giese had just transferred off.  There were humorous memories from Otto Kretschmer #122 on a mid-Atlantic meeting with Günther Prien and "Ajax" Achilles.  We reported that it was Kurt Rebs #235 who actually fired the torpedo as a Torpedoman aboard U-456 that hit and damaged the cruiser HMS EDINBOROUGH, which slowed that cruiser long enough for three German destroyers to catch and sink her - with the gold from the Russian Treasury on board, headed for safe keeping in England.  Sometime in the middle to late 1980's, a massive salvage effort was mounted and all but a handful of the gold bars was recovered.  There was more from Charles Gundersen #205 on the "U-Boat Development in the Face of Disarmament".  Scuba diver Bill Hughes #125 reported that one of the torpedoes lying on the deck of U-85 was suddenly missing!  Sig Klaussner #211 had an article called "Whiskey and a Pacific Sunset" about the time the aircraft carrier he was on encountered a Soviet Whiskey Class submarine.  There was a lot of information from the Captain's War Diary of Shinji Uchino, Skipper of I-8 about his voyage from Japan to France.  The information was sent by Martin Davis #230 and translated by Fred Chang #772.  We received a copy of the 19 January 1942 issue of LIFE Magazine from Mike Combs #373-A which showed a very cold and wet bridge lookout on an unnamed U-Boat and Mike also sent us the 27 July 1942 issue of LIFE and the cover depicted ships in convoy crossing the Atlantic.  There was information on Batman's submarine.  We carried proof that certain U-Boats did indeed, attempt to reach Japan with cargoes of uranium.  Until that time, most of the "regular" press vigorously denied that this took place but finally Sharkhunters obtained the proof, and so the "regular" press fell into line with actual history.  There was a report that an American submarine, possibly the old USS NAUTILUS, was to be positioned as a radio beacon in the Pacific to guide Amelia Earheart on her round the world flight and, in the opinion of the writer (a Pan-Am pilot) she was to deliberately crash land in the Japanese Mandate islands so the U.S. Navy could mount a search for her - and see what the Japanese were doing there.  KTB #68 gave a short history on U-34, U-35 and U-258.  At this time, there were SHARKHUNTERS Members in 24 countries.
    
On the front cover of
KTB #69, we see a photo of a seemingly normal Type XXI U-Boat, but it was anything but standard.  We featured the regular monthly column of Oblt. Ernst Schmidt #10 and the stories by Otto Giese #45, Bob Maher #221 and Charles Gundersen #205 continued.  The WW I UC-32 was found off the end of the pier at Sunderland, England.  Sig Klaussner #211 wrote a nice piece on "New Technology for the U-Bootwaffe".  Plans were announced for the Fourth Annual Convention of SHARKHUNTERS which was to be in the bunkers on the French coast then into northern Germany.  The translation of the war diary of Shinji Uchino, Skipper of I-8, continued.  We sadly reported the passing of Captain Robert Thew #333.  He had served with U.S. Naval Intelligence and later with the NSA.  Peter Cremer #114 had been reported as being dead by a well-known art gallery, but he was still alive and well.  We reported on the cargo of gold that USS TROUT carried out of the Philippines as that country was being overrun by Japanese troops.  There was more information about Fritz Steinhoff, the Skipper of U-873 who was in effect, murdered by his American interrogators in Boston after the war.  LCDR Harold McCormick #1184 was gunnery officer aboard the Liberty Ship SS WILLIAM GASTON that was sunk by U-861 under Captain Jürgen Oesten #1681, and he wrote about that experience.  The two men became friends after the war.  We also announced our First SCUBA Trip.  At this time, there were SHARKHUNTERS Members in 25 countries.

The cover photo of
KTB #70 showed Captain JÜRGEN WATTENBERG (154-1985) and an ‘honored’ member of his crew named Douglas for the ship they sank – This pig & one other swam over to the submarine.  What happened to these two little piggies?  That was in the KTB.  The story of U-405 was still being told by OTTO GIESE (45-1985) as well as BOB MAHER (221-1986).  
We reported a special SHARKHUNTERS only tour of U-505 in Chicago. We continued to report how the Russian Government was paying Pepsico for their products with old, used submarines.  Yep, submarines!  The value of the submarines, mostly obsolete WHISKEY Class boats, was set at a certain level and the boats were taken to breaker’s yards, mostly in Sweden, and sold for the scrap value, and the money went to Pepsico for the product.   CHARLES GUNDERSEN (205-C-1986) continued his story on the U-Boat development in the face of disarmament.  A lot of secrets were revealed away in this piece.  CHARLIE has sent us some really outstanding articles in the past.   SIG KLAUSSNER (211-1986) presented an article entitled ‘Paukenschlag off Capetown’.  There was more on the way that Captain Steinhoff died in jail in Boston.  KTB #70 was 24 pages long, still done on a typewriter.  Thanks to the new computer technology, we can pack more than three or four times as much onto our 44 pages.

The cover shot of
KTB #71 was a schematic diagram of a standard Type VII-C Frontboot.  OTTO GIESE (45-1984) continued his fascinating story of his life on U-405 and other assignments.  We were planning our 4th Annual Convention, our ‘Patrol in France and Germany’.  There was more of the gripping story by BOB MAHER (221-1986) on the battle to the death of USS BORIE and U-405 which resulted in the loss of both ships, the entire German crew and about 1/3 of the American crew. 
We had just begun to send your KTB Magazine to you in the nice, clean, white envelope you are not familiar with – but at this time, there were no specifications or photos on the envelope.   There was more on the excellent piece by CHARLES GUNDERSEN (205-C-1986) entitled “U-Boat Development in the Face of Disarmament” in which he gave us details on the way the Kriegsmarine was designing, building and testing U-Boats at a time when Germany was not allowed to have either.  This article was indeed, an eye-opener.   Italian Admiral Aldo Turcio sent us his memories of the war through KEVIN PETRIELLO (535-A-1988) and it was an excellent look into the life of an Italian submarine crew.  KEVIN also sent us a batch of photographs of the Italian crews.   GOLD ABOARD?  This old sailor’s story was indeed true in one instance, when an American submarine tool some twenty tons of gold and silver out of the Philippines and transferred it to an American cruiser.  We hope to print this entire story someday.   There was more on the voyage on the I.J.N. submarine I-8 from Japan to Lorient, translated by FRED CHANG (772-1988).  We announced our first SHARKHUNTERS Scuba trip – Roatan.  KTB #71 was only 24 pages long and still done on a typewriter.  With the newest computer technology, our KTB has flourished.

On the cover of
KTB #72 we see some of the memorabilia brought back from our "Patrol" in South Africa, where we cruised AND DIVED on a DAPHNE Class submarine, flew in a C-47 DAKOTA and a Super FRELON troop carrier chopper.  It was a fine "Patrol" in a beautiful country that was terribly misrepresented in the world press.  There was an article by Otto Giese (45-1984), II Watch Officer on U-405, on his time in the German Merchant Marine and then into the Kriegsmarine while serving in the U-Bootwaffe.  There is more on the memories of Bob Maher (221-1986), Fire Control Petty Officer aboard USS BORIE and he tells of the epoch battle between his destroyer and U-405 in which both ships were lost, 1/3 of the American destroyer crew and the entire German U-Boat crew were lost.  We were preparing for our first ever Sharkhunters "Patrol" in Roatan - a Scuba diving trip to this beautiful Caribbean Paradise.  We continued with the essay by Großadmiral Karl Dönitz concerning "U-Boat Development in the Face of Disarmament" which covers the re-emergence of the German submarine force after World War I.

On the cover of
KTB #73 are various photos of Günther Prien and we profiled that famous Skipper in this issue.  He sank the first ship in World War II OFFICIALLY, although we know it was Lemp with U-30 that sank the liner ATHENIA and embarrassed the German Government, so the first sinking was officially credited to Prien.  OTTO GIESE (45-1984) and BOB MAHER (221-1986) continued to tell their stories of the War at Sea and there was more of the great article by CHARLES GUNDERSEN (205-C-1986) on U-Boat development in the face of disarmament following World War I.
     KTB #73 has a centerfold!  Relax, not that kind of centerfold.  There was a great two page center spread of a cut-away of Prien's U-47 superimposed over a list of the ships they sank.
     KEVIN PETRIELLO (535-1988) did an excellent article on the Italian submarine Skipper Carlo Fecia di Cossato.  We also did a profile on Axel Wenner-Gren, the Swedish industrialist who owned Bofors Armament Company, owned huge properties in Sweden (some 5,000,000 acres), founded the Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner Company, whose mistress was the companion of Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympics (this woman later became the mistress of 24 year old John F. Kennedy) and Wenner-Gren was one of the hardest-working agents of the Third Reich in the Western Hemisphere - he owned most of what is now Paradise Island in the Bahamas and he bought his massive yacht from Howard Hughes.
   

The cover of
KTB #74 is a great photo of U-505 in Chicago.  The wartime memories of Otto Giese (45-1984) and also those of Bob Maher (221-1986) continued.  There was a report of the cocktail party hosted at the home of Jay Sorci (1101-+-1989) honoring Captain Reinhard Hardegen (102-LIFE-1985).  There is a great photo of Captain Hardegen holding my very young son Sean Patrick Cooper (LIFE-1987).
      We ran the memories of LCDR Miles Graham (521-1988), American submariner assigned to the prize crew on U-2513.  There was more from Charles Gundersen (205-C-1986) on U-Boat Development in the face of disarmament.  Our 'Intelligence Page' carried the expose on the wild love affair between 24-year-old Lt. John F. Kennedy USN Intelligence Officer, and 28 year-old German spy Inga Aarvad which resulted in Kennedy's being shipped out of Washington DC to the South Pacific where he became Skipper of PT-109.  Sharkhunters offers a videotape on this important chapter of World War II - click here TAPES and section to read about it.
       We revealed two scam artist who made crazy claims that were all totally false and invented.  Heinz Houben claimed that he served on several U-Boats and wrote stories about all his experiences aboard them - but he was never in the U-Bootwaffe at all!  In fact, he was never even in any branch of the Wehrmacht during the war.  Then there was Roger Miklos, a diver who claimed to have found a special U-Boat, sunk off the Turks & Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, and he knew that it was filled with gold, silver, jewels and even some stolen art treasures.  He suckered Thames Television into paying for an expedition which naturally - found nothing.  Both men were total liars and crooks.  An even bigger fake was Bill Rose, who was going from one USN and USCG reunion to another, claiming that he was really a German U-Boat officer named Erich Maas.  The claims he made and stories he told about saving the life of an American sailor who later died in his arms brought tears to the audience.  His story that the family of that American sailor took him into their home and gave him their son's name was very touching.  But it was all false.  They guy was a phony and totally invented this story.
       We ran the story of the WHISKEY Class Soviet submarine that ran onto the rocks during a 'snoop' mission into Swedish waters was later sold to a Swedish scrap yard with many other old boats.  Some sharp-eyes Swede realized that this was the same submarine, and so they saved the boat from the torch and made it a monument in a park to commemorate the Soviet embarrassment.

    

The cover of
KTB #75 details the Sharkhunters gathering at U-505 in Chicago.  The wartime memories of Otto Giese (45-1984) continued as did those of LCDR Miles Graham (521-1988).  The report by Charles Gundersen (205-C-1986) on U-Boat Development in the Face of Disarmament" continued.  There were short pieces on Submarine Badges and Soviet Nuclear Submarine Badges and we reviewed the book Iron Coffins, an outstanding book written by Herbert Werner (18-1983) and V. E. Bauer-Tapia (408-1987) reviewed the movie Action in the North Atlantic.  Our Intelligence Page dealt with Majestic 12 and the Foo Fighters.  The wartime memories of Captain Roberto Rigoli, Skipper of the Italian submarine BARBARIGO, were sent by Kevin Petriello (535-A-1985) and printed here.  After our Sharkhunters dive trip to the island of Roatan, Brian Orlando (807-1988) commented that "Sharkhunters is not just a club - it's an adventure!"  We were seeking information on Operation High Jump, the massive US Navy effort on Antarctica shortly after the war where they sent some 5,000 men, many ships, planes and one submarine supposedly to do some mapping and charting - with 5,000 men?  Did a U-Boat go up the Mississippi during the war?  That question was asked in this KTB (and answered some years later).  There were scathing comments about Bill Rose who claimed to be a German U-Boat officer named Erich Mass from Peter Hansen (251-LIFE-1987), Chuck Thompson (519-1988), Harrison Ochs (1391-1989) and Margaret Cawood (1399-1990).  There was a South African newspaper article with photo on Captain Hermann Hoffmann (1365-LIFE-1990) during our "Patrol" in that country.  We also gave a definitive description of the so-called "Arab Oil Embargo" of 1973 - and the REAL story of that contrived shortage.  We also gave some hint of the involvement of General Motors in manufacturing war materiel for the Axis in World War II.

The front cover of
KTB #76 featured the most successful submarine of any nation in World War II; U-48 known as 'Dreimal Schwartzekater' (Three Tomcats) because of the three Skippers - HERBERT SCHULTZE (191-+-1986), HANS-RUDOLF RÖSING (313-+-1987) and "Ajax" Bleichrodt and we can't forget the exceptional I.W.O. of the boat.....'Teddy' Suhren.  We were running the memories of HORST DEGEN (116-+-1987), Skipper of U-701 which lies sunk off the American east coast.  We also read the memories of our Member Cdr. MYLES GRAHAM who was on the prize crew of U-3008 in the USA.
     We ran the text of a speech by RADM Dan Gallery - on 4 June 1944, the USS GUADALCANAL task force that he commanded captured U-505.  In his speech he referred to the Nürnberg Trials as a 'kangaroo court'!
     In this issue, we 'outed' another fake U-Boat officer, an American named Bill Rose.  We ran photos of our Sharkhunters SCUBA dive on the island of Roatan (Honduras) Central America.
     "Sharkhunters are Seekers of the Truth"............that is what HANS-GEORG HESS (125-LIFE-1985) had to say in this issue.  He was Skipper of U-995 and was decorated with the Knights CrossOTTO KRETSCHMER (122-+-1985) voiced his opinions on many subjects.  We learned that many 'American' companies were helping all sides during World War I, and we touched lightly on Antarctica.  There was a cut-away drawing of the French built DAPHNE Class submarine SAS EMILIE HOBHOUSE, that we rode during our 'Patrol' in South Africa.  We ran the history of U-49 and U-50KTB #76 was 28 pages in length.

The front cover of
KTB #77 was historic in its content.  That is Sharkhunters President HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) on 2 October 1990.  During our Sharkhunters 'Berlin Patrol' on the last day of East Germany, he and MANFRED ROEDER (1517-1990) went into the HQ of the East German Border Guard and COOPER is wearing the coat and hat of the Commandant that he took from the coat rack in the Commandant's office - and that is the Flag of the DDR that he himself pulled down from the flag pole.  That is JAMES KLINE (300-A/LIFE-1987) in the tunnels beneath the house of Hermann Göring.  The photo was taken by BUD DANA (245-A/LIFE-1987).....and the tunnels are no longer there.  The Bavarian Government tore down the remains of Göring's home on the Obersalzberg and filled in the tunnel entrances.  'Today's Friends' shows COOPER with right wing Austrian politician Dr. JÖRG HAIDER (1616-1990) during the Ulrichsbergfest where COOPER was a speaker before thousands of veterans.  The bottom photo tells it all - the Day of Reunification of Germany.............and Sharkhunters were there for all the festivities - it was a wild and festive time!
      In this issue there was a good recap of our Sharkhunters 4th Annual Convention which included visits in and around the former U-Boat bunkers at Brest and Lorient with full cooperation and help from the French Navy.  It was during this convention that our dear friend HANS-GEORG HESS (125-LIFE-1985) gave us our motto:
                              
"Yesterday's Enemies are Today's Friends"
During this "Patrol" we went so many places and saw so much, it is just too much to put here but HARRY and MANFRED walked on the top of the Führerbunker.  this is no longer possible since the German Government has paved it over and turned it into a parking lot.  There was more from RADM Dan Gallery USN in which he condemned the trial and imprisonment of Großadmiral Karl Dönitz.  In fact, Gallery said that if he ever met Dönitz that he would be too ashamed to look him in the eye for the injustice we had done to him.  KTB #77 was 28 pages in length.

 

The front cover of
KTB #78 is a B/W copy of a color drawing made by one of our Austrian Friends during our first ever visit to that lovely country.  You'll notice that the American destroyer does not use depth charges but is loaded with Sekt (Champagne) and the American destroyer Skipper and the German U-Boat Skipper are shaking hands and enjoying a glass of Champagne.  The U-Boat is firing cigars rather than torpedoes.  In this issue we read more memories of HORST DEGEN (116-+-1985), Skipper of U-701 sunk off the American east coast. There was more from Member MYLES GRAHAM about his time aboard U-3008 as part of the Prize Crew.  We ran a couple nice photos of AVISO GRILLE shot before the war along with information about this ship from Member ERICH EVERS who was part of the crew of this ship.  We reported on a scandal concerning officials of a German submarine building company and the South African Navy.  This was at a time that the world community had turned its back on South Africa and it was reported that they were getting plans to build German submarines for their Navy.  A couple of our Members (un-named at the time of KTB #78) were researching the loss of the Liberty Ship SS JOHN BARRY, which was sunk with a huge cargo of some one and a half million freshly minted silver Saudi Rialles as well a hundreds of tons of silver ingots in the hold.  There was more of "U-Boats in our Backyard" in this issue.  Naturally, there was much more on the 28 pages of KTB #78.  These are the highlights.

KTB #79 was unusual because this was the first (and ONLY) time we printed the KTB Magazine with a full color cover, front and back.  JOHN RYAN (401-+-1987) had just bought a color copy machine and he donated the front cover.  Remember, Sharkhunters did not have 7,200 Members back then and the cost was pretty reasonable.  Here are the photos on the cover:
Photo 1 - JIM VERDOLINI (480-1988), ZENON LUKOSIOUS (1500-+-1990), HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) and WAYNE PICKELS (768-1988) during a Sharkhunters 'Coffee Meeting' at U-505 in Chicago.  In order, they were - radioman aboard USS GUADALCANAL; crewman from USS PILLSBURY who closed the sea valve on U-505 and saved her from sinking; Sharkhunters President; crewman aboard USS PILLSBURY who was in the U-505 boarding party.
Photo 2 - At another Sharkhunters 'Coffee Meeting' PETER HANSEN (251-LIFE-1987) U-Boat officer and Abwehr Agent, and HARRY SCHONAU (170-+-1986) of the one-man torpedoes.
Photo 3 - At a Sharkhunters cocktail gathering in Chicago, one of the nicest photos of Korvettenkapitän REINHARD HARDEGEN (102-LIFE-1985) holding SEAN COOPER (1/2-LIFE-1987).
Photo 4 - The only Type IX-C in existence (at the time), U-505.
Photo 5 - At a Sharkhunters 'Coffee Meeting' in Ft. Lauderdale.
Photo 6 - At a Sharkhunters 'Northern Patrol' we see U-995, the only Type VII-C in the world.
Photo 7 - Sharkhunters SCUBA diving trip to Roatan at the dive shop of TYLL SASS (526-1988).  BRIAN ORLANDO (807-1988) is in the doorway and the big guy in the Afrika Korps cap is SITRIC O'SRUITEAN (1378-+-1990).  Sadly, personal tragedy overtook SITRIC some months later and he took his own life.
Photo 8 - KAYCEE COOPER (161-LIFE-1986) at our first Annual Convention in Key Largo.
Photo 9 - At the Museum in Chicago TOM MACKIN (146-1985), HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) & Kathy Mackin.
Photo 10 - Sharkhunters in the Submarine Wardroom of the South African Navy.
Photo 11 - On our First Sharkhunters Convention in Key Largo, HANS-GEORG HESS (125-LIFE-1985) Skipper of U-995 and Knights Cross holder and WOLDEMAR TRIEBEL (197-1986) I.W.O. aboard U-978 on the dive boat of Member Captain SPENCER SLATE.

Naturally there was more in this 28 page issue of February 1991, but these are the highlights.

     

In
KTB #80, we profiled U-57, so the upper left and lower right photos are of her Skipper, our Member and friend ERICH TOPP (118-+-1985).  The memories of Member HORST DEGEN (116-+-1985) and his patrol off the east coast of the United States were running JIM VERDOLINI (480-1988), radioman from USS GUADALCANAL and later USS RANDOLPH, was telling us about the battles he experienced in the Pacific.  From HERBERT WEISE (348-+-1987), a crewman aboard AVISO GRILLE, we learned that is addition to her 20mm anti-aircraft guns, she also carried a 105mm deck gun.  We began our coverage of the U.S. Navy Silent Service with specifications and a little history about the first USN submarines, USS HOLLAND (SS 1) and USS A-! (SS 2), ex-USS PLUNGER.  Our 'Intelligence Page' went into the American business leaders who supported Adolf Hitler and it also told about unusual goings-on in Central America.  The story 'U-Boats in our Backyard' continued about the U-Boat incursion into the Caribbean.  We began to run the long essay entitled 'The Conduct of the War at Sea' written by Großadmiral Karl Dönitz.

There was more in this 28 page issue of February 1991, but these are the highlights.

The front cover of
KTB #81 showed off the 'stars' of our upcoming Sharkhunters Convention.  Upper left photo is U-505 and the other two are USS SILVERSIDES.  We visited them both.  The wartime memories of HORST DEGEN (116-+-1985) were continued and the same for JIM VERDOLINE (480-1988).  We reported on how American bandleader Glenn Miller really died, ending a four decades long mystery.  We reported that there were serous talks to turn the outstanding book "Iron Coffins" written by HERBERT WERNER (18-1983) into a movie.  We gave the specifications and short history of the American submarine USS A-2 (SS 3), ex-USS ADDER and also USS A-3 (SS 4), ex-USS GRAMPUS.  Our 'Intelligence Page' talked about Standard Oil and how they provided fuel to all sides in WW II; and we continued the story 'U-Boats in our Backyard'.  We reported on the horrible treatment one of our Members (a U-Boat combat veteran) received AFTER the war as a POW who was 'sold' to the French along with an entire trainload of POWs.  PETER HANSEN (251-LIFE-1987) gave us information about KK REINHARD HARDEGEN (102-LIFE-1985), Ernest Hemingway and Captain Gough who was arrested for allegedly providing fuel and other supplies to U-Boats and German surface ships along the Central American coast.  "The Conduct of the War at Sea" by Großadmiral Karl Dönitz was still running.

There was more in this 28 page issue of February 1991, but these are the highlights.






The cover of
KTB #88 featured a photo of DARYL TURNER (1419-1990) and the beautiful four-foot-long radio controlled model of a Type VII-C, detailed to look like the U-552 ‘Rot Teufel Boot’ of ERICH TOPP (118-+-1985).  We ran some recorded memories from AXEL-OLAF LOEWE (39-+-1984), the first Skipper of U-505.  We also ran the story by BERNARD MAUER (2052-1991) about his ship, SS TAMAULIPAS, when she was torpedoed and sunk by TOPP and U-552. We reported that LEON deGRELLE (1835-1991) was ill.

URSULA – TOP SECRET!  We’d previously run the top secret story of how two U-Boats were secretly working on the side of the Franco Government in the Spanish Civil War, and we reported in KTB #88 that we had received photos of the two boats, U-33 under Kurt Freiwald and U-34 under Harald Grosse.  The photos clearly showed the special recognition stripes on the towers.  The photos were taken from the deck of GRAF SPEE.  PETER HANSEN (251-LIFE-1987) gave us the full story of ‘URSULA’.

There were photos of the workers putting the new roof (standard recreation in Florida) on our Research Center.  They were Sharkhunters President HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983), DETLEV ZIMERMANN (247-LIFE-1987) who rode U-315 as diving planesman and a few other friends.  Vietnam veteran JOHN RYAN (401-+-1987) did the plaster work.  The Open House for the Research Center was 4th of July 1992.  We convinced computer store owner BILL CUSTER (1764-1991) to donate some computers to the Soviet ‘Peace to the Oceans’ Committee.  PYOTR BARABOLYA (1936-1991) is head of that committee.

JUDE STACKPOLE PhD (1334-+-1990)
was working hard to learn how the British got the TRITON code, since they admitted that they did not break it but they had it – so someone either gave it or sold it to them.  JUDE was killed in a strange accident before he could finish and his son threw out all his research.

KTB #88
was 28 pages long, done on a newer typewriter – and there were 2153 Members in 37 countries then.


KTB #95 was published February 1993 and we were running the memories of GERD RICHTER (214-1986), the radioman aboard U-81 under GUGGENBERGER (269-1987) when the sank the aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL.  The column 'Did You Know' by ERNST SCHMIDT (10-1983) continued and the article about the United States Merchant Marine by Captain ARTHUR MOORE (533-1988) was begun.  Our super-spook PETER HANSEN (251-1987) had a great deal more of previously unknown history on the NSDAP Auslands, the last voyage of U-181 and more.  There was history of U-81 under FRIEDERICH GUGGENBERGER (269-1987) and later under JOHANN-OTTO "HANNO" KRIEG (199-1986).  Our Intelligence Page was continuing the transcript of the Senate Sub-Committee grilling two top executives of Standard Oil (New Jersey) on why they were supplying fuel to Germany, Italy and Japan.  We talked about the rare Type VII-F and we reported that Iran had bought three Russian built KILO Class submarines.  H. KEITH THOMPSON (947-1989) was a friend and advisor to Großadmiral Karl Dönitz in his later years and he writes that Adolf Hitler was a pretty good artist.  VICTOR HAWKINS (1364-A-1990) continued his long article on the Royal Navy and we were running Section VII (September 1944 - May 1945) of the comments by Großadmiral Karl Dönitz on the conduct of the war at sea.  RADM RICHARD O'KANE (1540-1990) was a junior office aboard USS WAHOO and he gave us some insight into that boat.  We attacked an article in the magazine of the American Legion in which the author (???) put in the obligatory UNtrue bit about the U-Boats machine gunning men in the water.  By this time, Sharkhunters had donated $1,000 to the German Submarine Memorial (Deutsches U-Boot Ehrenmal).  VADM HARLFINGER (2554-1992) was trying to get information on a possible relative of his, a U-Boat Skipper with the same name.  We touched on the LACONIA Incident and HIAG.  We were still involved in the effort to save USS CABOT from the scrapyard through the incredible bungling of the Legion Post that had her.  KTB #95 was 28 pages long and typeset by Pen Harms.

 

KTB #96 was published in March 1993 and we were running the memories of GERD RICHTER (214-1986), the radioman aboard U-81 under GUGGENBERGER (269-1987) when they sank the aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL.  We were also running a piece by Captain ARTHUR MOORE (533-1988) about the United States Merchant Marine in World War II.
       With the Soviet Union dissolving, many former Soviet countries were building their military forces and Estonia was bringing their 50 year old British built submarine LEMBIT out of its museum status and refitting her as an active submarine.
     There was more great Intel stuff from PETER HANSEN (251-LIFE-1987) including a never before seen look into the planning of BARBAROSSA and how it unraveled.
The
Intelligence Page featured a look into Operation PAPERCLIP in which the US was snatching up German scientists faster than the Soviet Union could.  Dr. HEINZ SCHLICKE (1820-1991) was one of the passengers aboard U-234 bound for Japan and was a world class scientist in magnetic suppression of submarines.  As we know, this boat surrendered in the USA at the end of the war and he remained in the USA, working for the government.  The photo below left is U-234 being inspected by the US Navy in Portsmouth, NH.
     HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983)
and U-Bootfahrer DETLEZ ZIMMERMANN (247-LIFE-1987) enjoyed a short ride aboard USS WEST VIRGINIA (SSBN 736) with Captain JOHN DEMLEIN (2838-1993) in command.  DETLEV was a planesman aboard U-315, so the Skipper let him take the diving planes of a boat that was a tad bigger than his old Type VII-C.
   

The essay “Conduct of the War at Sea” by Großadmiral Karl Dönitz began.  And from RADM RICHARD O’KANE (1540-+-1990), we read first hand about the USS WAHOO incident.  O’KANE is seen on the left in the photo above.
“I applaud you for seeking the facts concerning WAHOO and Captain Morton.  From my book and from my previous note I am sure that no one was shot in the water on the occasion in question.  Or any other time for that matter.  Captain Morton gave the order to shoot the boats to prevent the enemy from reaching their possessions.  I was on the bridge at the time, an eye witness.”


KTB #96 was typeset by Pen Harms on a computer just 28 pages in length but by being typeset on the computer, we got more onto 28 pages than we did before with a typewriter on 32 pages..  Times sure have changed, haven’t they?



The front cover of
KTB #131 featured a photo of ERICH TOPP (118-1985) upon receipt of his Crossed Swords to his Oak Leaf and Knights Cross.  Featured included:
"A-17's vs Submarines....but WHOSE?" by BILL ROONEY (2656-1992), "The Way it Was - Kriegsmarine" by OTTO KRETSCHMER (122-1985), "USS BLOCK ISLAND and Prisoners from U-66" from official sources, our Modeler's Corner by ROGER BESAW (4229-1995) covered the Type XXI model by Revell of Germany, the report sent by FRANK WEINGART (842-1988) on "Kimmel and Short - Pearl Harbor Scapegoats" continued, "U-764, Fact or Fiction" from GÜNTHER FISMER (1275-1989) cast doubt on the claims by Heinz F. K. Guske that his Skipper falsified records and sinking reports; more in the history of the I.J.N. submarines, "Monsun Boots...U-Boats in the Indian Ocean and Far East" by MARCIN JEDRZJEWSKI (4477-1995), in PETER'S PERISCOPE we learn that the GUSTLOFF disaster was not the worst and PETER HANSEN (251-1987) goes into detail, we were preparing our SCUBA trip to Roatan and the dive shop owned by our friend TYLL SASS (526-1988), we ran more on the secret 212 Class German submarine and we were reporting on our upcoming 'Patrol in Germany' for that coming September.

Under departments we read "Other Actions - Italian Boats", "Secret German Weapons of WW II", our Bulletin Board covered GORCH FOCH and HORST WESSEL remembered by HELMUT WITTE (4238-1995),  the disgrace of vandals that splashed paint on the U-Boot-Memorial, the idiot veterans of USS KEITH who swear they sank a German U-Boat off San Francisco.....they they decided it was a Japanese I-boat supplying the secret Japanese Air Force Base at Malibu, California then with tears in their eyes they decided it was a US submarine they sank by accident........this carried on for many months and the fact was - they sank nothing!  The Bulletin Board announced that CLAY BLAIR (500-1988) released his second book on the U-Boats, and there was an update on all the felony charges placed against the fraud Tom Shutt.  He is the guy who could sell you a hand signed photo of Julius Caesar on his way to the Forum that fateful morning - if you had enough money.  The charges included:  two charges of burglary, two charges of grand theft, two charges of forgery and one charge of possession of worthless documents.  It was Sharkhunters who helped the police nab this crook who was selling photos of WW II veterans of all sides, all hand signed - except that it was Shutt who did all the signing!  He was to meet a really unhappy end - covering a later issue of our KTB.

We reported that U-864 had been found and that she was one of a select group of U-Boats with important people, high tech equipments and documents aboard - and uranium bound for Japan.  Sharkhunters was the first to report this.

KTB #131 was computer typeset and 40 pages long.




The front cover of
KTB #134 featured a photo of JÜRGEN WATTENBERG (154-+-1985), former Navigation Officer aboard GRAF SPEE but Skipper of U-162 when this photo was taken with ‘Douglass’, a captive they took from a sailing ship they sank.  This humorous story was in this issue.
     We continued an article from the memory of JÜRGEN OESTEN (1681LIFE-1990).  We ran more of the story of the prisoners from U-66 aboard the “jeep” carrier USS BLOCK ISLAND.  The making of the two Pearl Harbor scapegoats (Admiral Kimmel and Major General Short) prepared by FRANK WEINGART (842-1988) put a spotlight on how the two officers were set up to take the heat for the ‘surprise’ attack by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor.

     PETER’s PERISCOPE
by PETER HANSEN (251-LIFE-1987) covered the rank-conscious Japanese Navy as well as various German U-Boat Skippers.  The
Intelligence Page talked about all the hidden coves and harbors at the bottom of South America known as ‘U-Plätze’ where ships could lie undetected for months.
     We were running the Royal Navy report by VICTOR HAWKINS (1364-+-1990).  We had a short profile of the American submarine USS  S-17 (SS 158).  We reported on the two clowns in the New England area who have a habit of reporting lost U-Boats sunk in 26 feet of water and other such loony tales.  There was also a report on a submarine with a window – that’s right, a window in a boat!  JIM WARD (3161-1993) reported that USS TUNA (SS 203) had a window – a port actually, in the gun access door at the rear of the conning tower.  We continued to run parts of ‘The Future of Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces’ by E. V. Miasnikov. We asked the leading question – “Where did Martin Bormann really die”.

     DON ANGEL ALCAZAR de VELASCO (158-+-1985)
finished telling us more and more about the escape of Martin Bormann and even Adolf Hitler from Berlin – and there WAS confirmation that many U-Boats operated in Argentine waters!  Argentine President Carlos Menem confirmed this was true.  The Argentine Navy at that time confirmed that Martin Bormann and other high ranking personnel as well as Third Reich gold arrived in Argentina with the full knowledge and approval of the government of Juan Domingo Peron.  Documents were released in which the Argentine Navy reported spotting German U-Boats off their coast as late as July 1945.  Remember, the German surrender was 8 May 1945, so these boats were seen well after the surrender.  An Argentine Navy diver named Carlos Massey played a key role in looking for two U-Boats rumored to be sunk in Argentine waters…..in some 75 feet of water.
                      You bet there will be more on this topic – and soon!


The KTB Magazine at that time was 40 pages in length and done on a computer.  At that time, our Members in 67 countries had already donated some $6,000 to the U-Boot-Ehrenmal (the German Submarine Memorial).




On the front cover of
KTB #165 January 2003 we said farewell to Captain EDWARD L. BEACH (1163-1989).  The complete story of Operation URSULA was running thanks to PETER HANSEN (251-1987); there was Chapter 13 of Spy for Germany by ERICH GIMPEL (884-1988); we told about U-193 and USS SAURY (SS 189); HELMUT SCHMOECKEL (1455-1990) was giving his memories of the war as Skipper of U-802; VINCENT APOSTOLICO (5876-1999) told about Italian Navy submarine missions to Gibraltar, Alexandria and Haifa; we were giving more secrets of Feuerland.

We began the U.S. Senate Committee report on Standard Oil of New Jersey - Farish and Howard grilled on why Standard Oil was selling to all sides during the war.  This report from CHARLES HIGHAM (35-1984).  PETER'S PERISCOPE dealt with PK Men and the Black Boats.  There was more under "Secrets of Feuerland".  We had just been granted our 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status for Sharkhunters International Submarine Research Institute (SISRI).

At this time, there were a total of 6766 Members in 25 countries.  KTB #165 was computer generated and 40 pages in length.



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KTB #190 included these items of history:
*  By the cover, you see that we lost two Members, two really fine men;
          Erich Topp (118-1985), Skipper of U-57, U-552 & U-2513; Knights Cross, Oak Leaf & Swords;
          OTTO von BÜLOW (305-1987), Slipper of U-404, Knights Cross with Oak Leaf;
*  Interview with Member Jürgen Oesten (1681-LIFE-1990), Skipper of U-67, U-106 and U-861;
*  More history of U-233, the Type X-B boat that some think is sunk in Casco Bay, Maine.....it is NOT;
*  Our 'in house Spook' Peter Hansen (251-LIFE-1987) talks about 'Black Boats' and secret missions;
*  We ran the history of USS GREENLING (SS 213);
*  We listed more of the U-Boat Skippers that began their careers as airplane pilots;
*  We ran photos of a secret Chinese Navy ship with a new high-tech helicopter;
*  Member Jim Santos (4896-A/LIFE-1996) wrote about some American Submarine Medal of Honor winners;
*  Arctic U-Boat expert Eddie Rumpf (179-1986) wrote about U-129 and some previously unknown facts.
Naturally, there was much more in the 40 page KTB Magazine - these are some highlights.

     

KTB #191 included these items of history:
* The cover has some great photos of our 2005 "Southern Patrol";
* The interview with Member Jürgen Oesten (1681-LIFE-1991) continued;
* The story of U-234 continues, with more twists and turns;
* PETER's PERISCOPE carried a story about a U-Bootfahrer who was not entirely honorable;
* We ran the history of USS GROUPER (SS 214);
* We listed more U-Boat Skippers who had been airplane pilots;
* "Diving with DEX' had another hilarious story about life aboard the boats;
* "Scuttlebutt from Santos" had more on the American submarine Medals of Honor;
* Arctic U-Boat expert Eddie Rumpf (179-1986) gave more of the in-depth history of U-129.
Naturally, there was much more in the 40 page KTB Magazine - these are some highlights.

KTB #192 included these items of history:
* The cover has some great photos of our 2005 "Northern Patrol" where we walked on an abandoned section of the Autobahn and were in the secret bunker compound of Großadmiral Karl Dönitz;
* The interview with Member Jürgen Oesten (1681-LIFE-1991) continued;
* The story of U-234 continues, with more twists and turns;
* PETER's PERISCOPE by Abwehr agent PETER HANSEN (251-LIFE-1987) went into previously unknown history of U-866 as well as a few other boats that were.......or maybe were NOT built;
* We ran the history of USS GROWLER (SS 215);
* We listed more U-Boat Skippers who had been airplane pilots;
* "Diving with DEX' had another hilarious story about life aboard the boats;
* "Scuttlebutt from Santos" had more on the American submarine Medals of Honor;
* Arctic U-Boat expert Eddie Rumpf (179-1986) gave more of the in-depth history of U-129.
* There was a short item that the I.R.S. was looking for Roger Miklos.  Apparently he found something of value underwater and the tax man wanted his share of it;
* We began the story of U-534, the boat that was raised in the early 1980's and we were telling the strange events that surround this boat even today.
Naturally, there was much more in the 40 page KTB Magazine - these are some highlights.

KTB #193 included these items of history:
* The cover photo was our Member RADM GENE FLUCKEY, the most highly decorated American submariner ever in history.  He had served ten years on our Advisory Board and now was literally at death's door;
* The interview with Member Jürgen Oesten (1681-LIFE-1991) continued;
* The story of U-234 continues, with more twists and turns;
* PETER's PERISCOPE by Abwehr agent PETER HANSEN (251-LIFE-1987) reported on the thousands of bodies of German soldiers in a warehouse in the Czech Republic that were going to merely be 'disposed of' because they could no longer afford to pay for the refrigeration.  This was a SPECIAL by PETER;
     In his regular PERISCOPE, he tells about the evolution of the SD and the Gestapo;
* We ran the history of USS GRUNION (SS 216);
* As an experiment, we ran a short article on the Luftwaffe and another on the Panzergrenadiers, preparatory to adding this as a regular feature to our KTB Magazine - we added four pages to the KTB Magazine;
* "Diving with DEX' had another hilarious story about life aboard the boats;
* 'Rip Off at the Gas Pumps' told about the so-called American oil companies that sold to all sides in World War II and who are robbing us at the pumps even today;
* Arctic U-Boat expert Eddie Rumpf (179-1986) gave more of the in-depth history of U-129.

Naturally, there was much more in the now 44 page KTB Magazine - these are some highlights.

   

KTB #194 included these items of history:
* The cover photo was USS BORIE and U-405 - a huge and fatal battle for both sides;
* We began the story of the battle between USS BORIE and U-405 from the memories of BOB MAHER (221-1986), the Fire Control Petty Officer on the destroyer escort;
* The story of U-234 continues, with more twists and turns;
* PETER's PERISCOPE by Abwehr agent PETER HANSEN (251-LIFE-1987) gave a great background on other Skippers - Hans-Hartwig Trojer, PETER-ERICH CREMER (114-+-1986), Wilhelm Dommes, Werner Henke, Gerd Suhren, KARL-FRIEDERICH MERTEN (23-+-1984), HANS-DIETRICH von TIESENHAUSEN (268-+-1987) and many others;
* We introduced our new 'True Scale Modeling' section by 'Gunny' SMITH (7079-2006);
* We ran the history of USS GUARDFISH (SS 217);
* The experiment was well received, so the four additional pages devoted to the Luftwaffe appeared as a new regular section of the KTB Magazine and this one covered the memories of Baron GEORG von ZIRK (3290-1993), a navigator/bombardier aboard an He 111;
*  We began the report on the shameful burial of German POWs executed AFTER the war.....and buried FACE DOWN!  We began our war with the U.S. Army - they are ducking and dodging;
* "Diving with DEX' had another hilarious story about life aboard the boats;
* 'Rip Off at the Gas Pumps' told about the so-called American oil companies that sold to all sides in WW II and who are robbing us at the pumps even today;
* Arctic U-Boat expert Eddie Rumpf (179-1986) gave more of the in-depth history of U-129.
* We profiled the Japanese KAISHO Class submarines;
* In 'Scuttlebutt from Santos' JAMES SANTOS (4896-A/LIFE-1996) told a dozen submarine stories.

Naturally, there was much more in the 44 page KTB Magazine - these are some highlights.

KTB #195 was published in September 2006 and included these items of history:
* The cover photo was our friend GERHARD DIETRICH (5923-A/LIFE-1999);
* We continued the story of the battle between USS BORIE and U-405 from the memories of BOB MAHER (221-1986), the Fire Control Petty Officer on the destroyer escort;
* The story of U-234 continues, with more twists and turns;
* PETER's PERISCOPE by Abwehr agent PETER HANSEN (251-LIFE-1987) gave a great background on more Skippers yet and also on Francois Mitterand, the French leader who was also said to be a collaborator;
* 'True Scale Modeling' by 'Gunny' SMITH (7079-2006) covered the modeler's toolbox;
* We ran the history of USS ALBACORE (SS 218);
* No longer an experiment, the four additional pages devoted to the Luftwaffe was a success and continued as a regular section of the KTB Magazine and this one covered the memories of an American bomber pilot who sank a German U-Boat......but at the Honors Ceremony, he learned that it was an American submarine!  The Base Commander was humiliated, the US Navy was furious and fortunately, the submarine wasn't sunk and suffered minor damage - the pilot feared that Hitler would give him a commendation;
*  We were giving more information about the shameful burial of German POWs executed AFTER the war.....and buried FACE DOWN!  We had written to the Camp Commandant, Colonel Weathersby, about this - no response!  The U.S. Army was still ducking and dodging;
* "Diving with DEX' had another hilarious story about life aboard the boats (Fleet Annie);
* 'Rip Off at the Gas Pumps' told about the so-called American oil companies that sold to all sides in WW II and who are robbing us at the pumps even today;
* Arctic U-Boat expert Eddie Rumpf (179-1986) gave an in-depth history of Soviet submarine S-56.
* We profiled the Dutch K.XIV Class submarines;

Naturally, there was much more in the 44 page KTB Magazine - these are some highlights.

KTB #196 was published in late 2006 and included these items of history:
* The cover photo was a compilation of four photos of our 2006 'Southern Patrol' in southern Germany, Austria, Italy and Slovenia.  It was without question, the greatest 'Southern Patrol' we have ever had - but our 2007 'Southern Patrol' promises to be even better;
* We continued the story of the battle between USS BORIE and U-405 from the memories of BOB MAHER (221-1986), the Fire Control Petty Officer on the destroyer escort;
* The story of U-234 continues, with more twists and turns;
* PETER's PERISCOPE by Abwehr agent PETER HANSEN (251-LIFE-1987) gave a great insight into U-866, Captain Rogowski, Günther Prien, Captain FEHLER (32-+-1984), and more on U-234;
* 'True Scale Modeling' by 'Gunny' SMITH (7079-2006) covered the modeler's toolbox;
* We ran the history of USS AMBERJACK (SS 219);
* We reported on the loss of STELLA POLARIS, sunk accidentally on 31 August 2006;
*
The four additional pages devoted to the Luftwaffe was a success and continued as a regular section of the KTB Magazine and this one covered the story of ERICH HARTMANN (2805-+-1993) as told by MANFRED ROEDER (1517-LIFE-1990) and we digress a bit to learn about Germany's TIGER tanks;
*  We reported on the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Member OTTO GÜNSCHE, Hitler's adjutant and the man who poured the gasoline on..................well, on two bodies;
*  We were giving more information about the shameful burial of German POWs executed AFTER the war.....and buried FACE DOWN!  We ran memories written by the condemned prisoners as reported by KEN KNOX (7037-2006), a corrections guard at Ft. Leavenworth.....and the U.S. Army - they were still ducking and dodging;
* "Diving with DEX' had another hilarious story about life aboard the boats (Hogan's Alley);
* 'Rip Off at the Gas Pumps' told about the so-called American oil companies that sold to all sides in WW II and who are robbing us at the pumps even today;
* Arctic U-Boat expert Eddie Rumpf (179-1986) told us about the puzzle of STORSTEN and U-702;
*  'Scuttlebutt from Santos' by JAMES SANTOS (4896-A/LIFE-1996) touched on 'the Old Outfit';
* We profiled the American DOLPHIN Class submarines;

Naturally, there was much more in the 44 page KTB Magazine - these are some highlights.

   

KTB #197 was published in February 2007 and included these items of history:
* The cover photo was a compilation of front pages of various issues of the KTB over the years;
* We continued the story of the battle between USS BORIE and U-405 (both ships were lost) from the memories of BOB MAHER (221-1986), the Fire Control Petty Officer on the destroyer escort;
* The story of U-234 continues, with many personal letters from various officers and crewmen;
* PETER's PERISCOPE by Abwehr agent PETER HANSEN (251-LIFE-1987) told that he met and knew Gahlen, and he told what he knew about the 'Werewolves';
* 'True Scale Modeling' by 'Gunny' SMITH (7079-2006) began building USS LIONFISH;
* We began the fantastic history of USS BARB (SS 220);
* The four additional pages devoted to the Luftwaffe was a success and continued as a regular section of the KTB Magazine and this one covered a story of an attack on a mystery submarine as told by JOHN CARLIN (5702-1998) and we also read of the 'First Trans-Atlantic Flight';
*  We gave more information about the possible impending doom and loss of U-534;
*  We were giving more information about the shameful burial of German POWs executed AFTER the war.....and buried FACE DOWN!  We informed Members how the U.S. Army was STILL ducking and dodging our questions;
* "Diving with DEX' had another hilarious story about life aboard the boats (Master Chiefs);
* 'Rip Off at the Gas Pumps' told about the so-called American oil companies that sold to all sides in WW II and who are robbing us at the pumps even today;
* FRANK McCLATCHIE (5814-1999) was in command of the Prize Crew aboard U-1228......and he fired the Skipper;
*  We covered 'Other Actions' which profiled one Japanese submarine and one Italian submarine;
* We profiled the German Type II-A submarines;

Naturally, there was much more in the 44 page KTB Magazine - these are some highlights.

KTB #198 was published in March 2007 and included these items of history:
* The cover photo featured photos of our 2006 "Southern Patrol" on the top row and our 2006 "Bunker Patrol" on the bottom row;
* We began the wartime memories of OTTO GIESE (45-+-1984).....he was lucky to be transferred off U-405 just before her fatal battle with USS BORIE in which both ships were lost;
* The story of U-234 continues, with many personal letters from various officers and crewmen including the Skipper JOHANN-HEINRICH FEHLER (32-+-1984) and cargo officer KARL-ERNST PFAFF (157-1985);
* PETER's PERISCOPE by Abwehr agent PETER HANSEN (251-LIFE-1987) reported on the secret U-Boat construction and testing in the middle 1930's when this was still prohibited by various treaties;
* 'True Scale Modeling' by 'Gunny' SMITH (7079-2006) continued building USS LIONFISH;
* We continued the fantastic history of a great warboat, USS BARB (SS 220);
* The four additional pages devoted to the Luftwaffe and other air forces was a success and continued as a regular section of the KTB Magazine - we began to list ALL the ACES of the world's air forces;
*  'Scuttlebutt from Santos' walked about 'What's VD?', 'What's in the Tank' and 'Riding the Rail';
*
  We were trying to give more information about the shameful burial of German POWs executed AFTER the war.....and buried FACE DOWN but the U.S. Army was STILL ducking and dodging our questions;
* "Diving with DEX' had another hilarious story about life aboard the boats (Topside Watch);
* There was a special report on the Australian O-Boats by JAMES SANTOS (4896-A/LIFE-1996);
* "Have Gun, Will Travel" was the humorous story by HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) during his time in the USAF;
*  We covered 'Other Actions' which profiled the Japanese submarine RO.46 and the Italian submarine LUIGI TORELLI;
* We profiled the British S Class submarines;
*  We began the story of the US Navy Blimp K-14.......it continues and is controversial;

Naturally, there was much more in the 44 page KTB Magazine - these are some highlights.

KTB #199 was published in April 2007 and included these items of history:
* The cover photo was the bridge of USS WAHOO;
* In our 'President's Column' we reminded our Members that it was Sharkhunters Member GEORGE LOGUE (1879-LIFE-1991) who initially found USS WAHOO.....more than ten years earlier!
* We continued the wartime memories of OTTO GIESE (45-+-1984).....he was lucky to be transferred off U-405 just before her fatal battle with USS BORIE in which both ships were lost;
* The story of U-234 continues, with many personal letters from various officers and crewmen including the Skipper JOHANN-HEINRICH FEHLER (32-+-1984) and cargo officer KARL-ERNST PFAFF (157-1985);
* PETER's PERISCOPE by Abwehr agent PETER HANSEN (251-LIFE-1987) reported on the naval treaty conference between England and Germany some years prior to the war - and his descriptions of various German leaders is.................well, quite interesting.  PETER pulls no punches;
* USS DOLPHIN was discussed - not very flatteringly!
* 'True Scale Modeling' by 'Gunny' SMITH (7079-2006) continued building USS LIONFISH;
* We continued the fantastic history of a great warboat, USS BARB (SS 220);
* The four additional pages devoted to the Luftwaffe and other air forces was a success and continued as a regular section of the KTB Magazine - we began to list ALL the ACES of the world's air forces;
*  'Scuttlebutt from Santos' walked about 'Quartermaster or Torpedoman?';
*
  We were STILL trying to give more information about the shameful burial of German POWs executed AFTER the war.....and buried FACE DOWN but the U.S. Army was STILL ducking and dodging our questions;
* "Diving with DEX' had another hilarious story about life aboard the boats (the Slush Fund);
* There was a special report on the Australian O-Boats by JAMES SANTOS (4896-A/LIFE-1996);
*  We covered 'Other Actions' which profiled the Japanese submarine RO.49 and the Italian submarine EVANGELISTA TORRICELLI;
* We profiled the Italian SQUALO Class submarines;
* There was a First-Person survivor's story on the sinking of SS CLAN McARTHUR;
* Rockets - when WAS the first use of rockets from submarines?
* We continued the story of the US Navy Blimp K-14.......it continues and is controversial;

Naturally, there was much more in the 44 page KTB Magazine - these are some highlights.





KTB #206 was published January/February 2008 with the histories of U-235, U-244, U-245, U-246 and USS CERO as well as the Dutch submarine O.16.  The article "U-Boats in our Backyard" by HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) told of the early days of the American part of the sea war including the fuel stops and the "Q" Ships.  RAUL COLON (7194-2007) wrote about "Germany's Foreign Submarine Force" and the piece on U-235 by MIKE KOSS (299-1987) went into great depth on this boat, lost tragically to one of her own.  VINCENT APOSTOLICO (5896-1999) told about the "Decima Flottiglia MAS" and we learned about "Na dann Prost!" from PETER HANSEN (251-1987).  PETER'S PERISCOPE went into detail on the uranium that U-234 was transporting to Japan and HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) was about to depart on his first expedition to Patagonia and the estate where Hitler and Eva Braun/Hitler lived after the war.  The Internet was buzzing with reports that INGRID SCHARFENBERG (3308-A/LIFE-1993) had died and her Hotel zum Türken was torn down.  As with most fantasy we see on the Internet from that idiotic website, it was wrong.  INGRID was alive and well, and her beautiful hotel still going strong.  In our Eaglehunters section, we were reporting the WW II ACES of all nations with five aerial victories.  Frank O'Shaugnasy sent us the story "The Walrus - What the hell is That?" and it was side-splittingly funny.  We reported that Sharkhunters S.E.I.G. Agent Be 620 had identified the boat found by JOHN CHATTERTON (1818-1991) off the American east coast as U-869, and re-wrote this part of history.  This S.E.I.G. Agent also confirmed definitely that DON ANGEL ALCAZAR de VELASCO (158-1985) was truthful when he wrote us that he had spirited Martin Bormann out of Europe and accompanied him to a remote village on the Patagonian coast.  He also told us about the specially equipped radio trucks that were to maintain contact with certain U-Boats in the closing days of the war.  Truck codenamed KROKODIL was positioned in a strategic point on the Roßfeld Road and had a special FIVE wheel Enigma machine.  When U-534 was pulled from the sea some years ago, it was learned that she had a four wheel Enigma and a three wheel Enigma hooked together to make more or less a SEVEN wheel Enigma with hundreds of billions of possible combinations - and they were using a very special code.  Pearl Harbor survivor Commander TOM CHILD (5280-LIFE-1997) explained how the U.S. helped Japan attack Pearl Harbor.  We announced our upcoming "Patrol" from Berlin east through many famous placed ultimately to Warsaw.  We repeated a story of U-570 and HMS GRAPH that OTTO KRETSCHMER (122-1985) told to HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) some years earlier.  We continued to list the peacetime submarine disasters reported by CHESTER SOMMERS (5569-1998) and we learned from S.E.I.G. Agent Vm-4306 that Dr. Ballard was probably an agent of the U.S. Navy searching for the wreck of K.219 under the guise of searching for RMS TITANIC.

KTB #206 was 44 pages long and typeset on an advanced computer.




Incidentally, KTB is the German acronym for Kriegs Tage Buch which, literally translated, means Daily War Book or more easily understood, the Ship's Logbook.

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INDEX
Note that ship names and submarine numbers are UPPER CASE
     Book titles are ITALICS

ITEM   Find in these issues
2nd U-Bootflottille   31
30th U-Bootflottille   12
ACL CHESHIRE   30
ADELLEN   32
ALCOA LEADER   30
ALCOA PURITAN   36
ALEGRETE   32
ALMAAK   32
ALTMARK   35
ANGLO CANADIAN   32
ANTE MATKOVIC   33
ARABUTEN   32
ARIO   33
ARKANSAS   32
Aruba   32
ARUNDO   30
ASGERD   30
ASHANTIAN   30
ASHCREST   32
ATLANTIC CITY   32
ATLANTIS   30
ATOCHA   31
AUGVALD   32
AVENGER   32
AXTELL J. BYLES   30
Balcom, Randy   34, 35, 36
BARRDALE   32
Begg, Jeannie   37
BILL   32
BLAKELY   32
Blashford-Snell, Colonel John   14
BAGHDAD   32
BARBECNA   32
Bastura, Bernie   32
Bluett, David   31
BONNEUR   30
BORINGA   33
BOTWEY   32
Bowne, William   31, 36, 37
Boyd, Ellsworth   26, 30, 37
BRABANT   32
BRITISH GLORY   30
Brown, Lt. Col. Robert   37
Browning, Ricou   31
Buchheim, Lothar Günther   35, 36, 37
Caddy Shack   31
CALABRIA   32
CAPE SAINT ANDREW   30
CARDINAL GIBBONS   32
CARIBSEA   33
Caruso, David   36
CATAHOULA   32
Christ, C. J.   30
Churchill, Winston   32
CITIES SERVICE TOLEDO   33
CITY OF ALMA   33
CITY OF BOMBAY   33
CITY OF CAIRO   37
CITY OF MELBOURNE   32
CITY OF SIMLA   30
CLAN MacTAVISH   33
CLAN McNAUGHTON   32
CLAN McWHIRTER   32
Clausen, Nikolai   30
Cloots, Walter   30, 31, 32, 37
COLORADAN   33
COMOL RICO   32
Cooper, Kaycee   29, 31
Cooper, Harry Junior   16
Cooper, Harry - Sharkhunters   27, 28, 29, 31, 35, 36
Cosintino, Neil   30, 31
Costanza, Romania   12
Cremer, Peter-Erich   32, 36
CRANFORD   32
Creature from the Black Lagoon   31
DAGRUN   30
Darby Island   23
DARINA   33
D'ENTRECASTEAUX   32
Degen, Horst   29, 31, 33, 36
DELPLATA   32
DELVALLE   32
DILOMA   33
Dönitz, Karl   31
Downs, Hugh   22, 23, 26
DRACO   32
EAST WALES   33
Eaton, Zel   35
Eck, Heinz   36
Edelweißboot   31
EDITH   33
E. J. SADLER   33
EMPIRE ADVENTURER   30
EMPIRE AMATHYST   32
EMPIRE ARNOLD   32
EMPIRE COMET   30
EMPIRE DRUM   30
EMPIRE MICA   35
EMPIRE NOMAD   33
Epstein, Mike   36
ETTRICK   32
EVERALDA   33
F. B. BAIRD   33
Fehler, Johann-Heinrich   22, 28, 29, 30
FIORA   33
Fisher, Mel   31
FLORIDA   32
Flynn, Errol   23
Freitag, Dick   27, 32
Freundorfer, Theo   36
Frye, James   8, 32
Gentile, Gary   31
Giese, Otto   27, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37
Gimpel, Erich   35
Göbeler, Jakob Hans   5, 26, 28, 31, 33, 36, 37
Goodier, Jack   31, 36
Gottleben, John   31
GRAF SPEE   35
GRAVELINES   32
GULFSTATE   32
HAGAN   33
Hardegen, Reinhard   25, 32
Hartenstein, Werner   32
Haslau, Horst   33, 35, 36
Hatton, Tom   21, 27, 30, 31, 37
Heald, Prof. Henry   37
HEINA   30
HENRY GIBBONS   33
HERMIS   33
Hess, Hans-Georg   31, 33, 36
Higham, Charles   6, 12
Hillsboro, Florida   27
Himmelmann, Helmut   27
Hirschfeld, Wolfgang   28, 32
HMS LEOPARD   30
HMS PELICAN   30
HMS PERIWINKLE   32
HMS ROYAL OAK   32
HMS SPEY   30
HMS UPHOLDER   30
HMS WALKER   36
HMS WANDERER   32
HMS WARSPITE   31
Höltring, Horst   32
Houben, Heinz   4, 29, 30, 33
Howell, Michael   36
Hoyt, Edwin   32
Hughes, William   30, 37
I.27   30
ILLINOIS   33
INGER   32
JACK   32
Japan's Secret War   26, 27
JAVANESE PRINCE   30
Jenkins, Scott   30
JOHN D. GILL   33
JOHN WORTHINGTON   32
Johnson, Fred   32
Johnson, William   32
Keatts, Henry   28, 36
KENTAR   32
Kelver, Herb   31
Kierig, Mike   32
KING ERIK   32
Kölle, Walter   32
KOENJIT   32
Kretschmer, Otto   28, 32, 33, 36, 37
Kretschmer March   31
Kreutzig, Kirk   37
Kojack, the Belarus Secret   31
KNOXVILLE CITY   33
Kreutzig, Kirk   22, 23, 30, 31
KUPA   32
Kusch, Oskar   32
LA CARRIER   32
LACONIA   32
Langston, Bruce   27
Lago Refinery   32
LAGOSIAN   33
LALITA   32
LaPLACE   33
LaSALLE   33
Lassen, Georg   32
Lehmann-Willenbrock, Heinrich   31, 33, 36
Liebe, Heinrich   30, 31
LILLIAN   32
Lockwood, James   30
Loewe, Axel Olaf   21, 27
Loftus, John   23, 31
Logie, Mason   37
Lowe, Christopher   6, 9, 13, 14, 32
Lüth, Wolfgang   30, 37
LYSEFJORD   32
MacLaughlin, John   31
Macomb, J. deNavarre   37
M-101   32
MacGREGOR   32
Mackin, Tom   31
Malmann Showell, Jak   12, 31, 33
MANCHESTER BRIGADE   30
Mar del Plata   32
Marine Sonderdienst Auslands   11, 12, 27
Martin Bay, Canada   14
Martinique   32
McLeod, Grover   37
Me 262   22, 28
Merten, Karl-Friederich   28, 31, 34, 35, 36, 37
Miklos, Roger   4, 5, 6, 14
MILDRED PAULINE   30
MIRA   33
MOKAMBO   32
MONTENOL   33
Mosel, John "Mad Dog"   36
MOTOCAROLINE   32
Museum of Science and Industry   32
Nadich, Robert   30, 31, 36, 37
Naples, Florida   27
NEW BRUNSWICK   33
NEW SEVILLA   30
NIDARNES   33
NORMAN PRINCE   32
Norway Action   31
NURMAHAL   32
OLEAN   33
ORANJESTED   32
OREGON   32
PARACURY   33
Paukenschlag   32
Pavelka, Ron   29, 37
PEDERNALES   32
PENANG   32
PETRUSKY   30
PIAVE   32
Piening, Adolf   27, 32
PLANTER   30
PLUTO   32
Poske, Fritz   27
POTLACH   32
PRESIDENTE TRUJILLO   32
Prien, Günther   29
QUAKER CITY   32
QUEBEC CITY   32
Rathke, Helmut   37
Reagan, Ronald   28
Regenbogen   2, 32
Reichmann, Wilfred   32
RINFAKSE   32
RMS QUEEN MARY   8, 9
Rockets on submarines   30
Rohde, Albert   32, 36
Roosevelt, Franklin   32
Rose, James   35, 37
Rosegarden, the   (mine field)   33
ROSS   33
RUTH   32
S-7   19
SC-307   32
SAINT GERMAIN   30
SALLY   33
SAMA   32
SAN BLAS   33
SAN ELISEO   32
SAN EMILIANO   32
Savalas, Telly   23
Schaar, Gerhard   32
Schäffer, Heinz   32
Schnee, Adalbert   12
Schmidt, Ernst   7, 15, 18, 30, 32, 36, 37
Schmoeckel, Helmut   27
Schimoler, Beth   36
Schuch, Heinrich   32
Schultze, Herbert   33
Schulz, Georg Wilhelm   33, 35
Schweidert, Walter   8
Senn, William   36, 37
SEROOSKERK   32
SHEHERAZADE   33
Shultz, Jim   37
SIKOLA   33
SILJESTADT   32
Simpson, David   8, 10, 15, 36
SIRANGER   32
SOLON TURMAN   33
SPIKENARD   30
Standard Oil   23, 36
STAR OF SCOTLAND   33
STAR OF SUEZ   33
Steinhoff, Friederich   28, 29
STRABO   32
STRATFORD   30
Suhren, Reinhard   27
SURCOUF   36
SYLVAN ARROW   32
Taylor, John   9, 22, 36
Thäter, Gerd   36
Three Little Fishes   32
Toman, Steve   20, 21, 31
Topp, Erich   36
TOWER GRANGE   32
Trading with the Enemy   6
Truman, Harry S.   36
Turner, Ted   31
Turon, Victor   31
Type XXI   29, 30, 32
U-14   30
U-23   12
U-27 (World War One)   37
U-28 (World War One)   36
U-34   31
U-36   32
U-37   30
U-38   30, 31
U-40   12, 27
U-43   30
U-43 (World War One)   31
U-47   11, 29, 32
U-48   33
U-57   36
U-66   32
U-66 (World War One)   31, 32, 36
U-67   35
U-85   31
U-96   31
U-99   23, 31, 36
U-100   23
U-107   31
U-123   32
U-124   25, 30, 31
U-130   32
U-136   30
U-137   30
U-138   30
U-139   32
U-140   32
U-141   32
U-142   32
U-143   32
U-144   32
U-145   32
U-146   32
U-147   32
U-148   32
U-149   32
U-150   32
U-151   32
U-152   32
U-153   32
U-154   32
U-155   32
U-156   32, 33
U-156 (World War One)   30, 31
U-157   33, 36
U-158   33
U-159   33
U-160   32
U-162   31
U-166   6, 14, 31, 34, 35, 36
U-176   36
U-178   36
U-179   36
U-180   24, 37
U-181   34, 35, 36
U-195   24
U-201   12
U-234   10, 13, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30
U-333   32, 36
U-345   7, 36
U-352   9
U-405   34, 36
U-466   36
U-505   8, 11, 21, 27, 32, 34
U-506   32
U-511   30
U-530   32
U-534   37
U-537   14
U-547   27
U-548   33, 37
U-552   36
U-556   30
U-564   27
U-573   19
U-576   33
U-591   30
U-701   29, 31, 33, 36
U-802   27
U-805   8, 11, 37
U-821   7, 36
U-852   36
U-853   30, 33, 36
U-957   32, 36
U-996   32
U-1018   37
U-1195   27
U-1226   33
U-1230   32, 33, 35, 36
U-1406   27
U-2456   29
U-2511   12, 32
U-2513   31, 32, 37
U-2540   30
U-3008   27, 31, 32, 37
UB-8   27
UB-68   31
U-Boat 977   32
U-Boat Wars   32
UC-97   8, 24, 27
Uranium   22
USCGC THETIS   33
USS BORRIE   36
USS DORADO   2
USS FLASHER   30
USS FRONT   32
USS GUADALCANAL   31
USS INCH   32
USS LANDSDOWNE   32
USS SAN DIEGO   31
USS SCORPION   37
USS SILVERSIDES   28, 32
USS SUTTON   30
V-80   37
VB-60   36
VELMA LYKES   33
Vermerheeren, Werner   12
VERONICA   30
VICTORIA CITY   32
VINELAND   32
Vizigian, James   10, 27, 30, 32, 33, 35, 36, 37
von Bülow, Otto   36
von dem Borne, Alfred   32
von Essen, Fraulein   36
von Wenden, Eberhard   30
Vought, Carl   32, 36, 37
Wanklyn, David   30
WATSONVILLE   32
Wattenberg, Jürgen   31
Wermuth, Otto   32
White, David   14, 30, 32, 35, 36
Wilcox, Robert   20, 26, 27
WILLIMANTIC   32
Wilson, Commander Michael   36
WINDAU   32
Wohlfarth, Herbert   30
Zimmermann, Eberhard   30
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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