STORY BY STEPHEN J. THORNE
The crew of U-94, a Type-VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine, were a happy bunch as they motored to port in mid-October 1941.
They had all but completed their sixth war patrol, their first under Kapitänleutnant Otto Ites, and they believed they had sunk four or five ships, all stragglers, in the notorious North Atlantic waters southeast of Cape Farewell, Greenland.
The record would attribute the sub with one kill but, no matter: no convoys had been sighted and U-94 was never attacked. To top it off, their boat was going in for an extended refit at Stettin on the Baltic, now the Polish city of Szczecin.