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The fate of the U-40.
Patrols against the Enemy. Second (and last) Patrol.
21 Sep 1939.
Kpl. Wolfgang Barten assumed command of U 40 replacing Kplt. v. Schmidt, who had to leave the submersible due sickness.
10 October 1939.
U 40 sailed to the area of operations (2nd operational patrol commanded by kplt. Wolfgang Barten). The ship was ordered to proceed through the Canal, but resume the route around the north of England if she found strong opposition. It was decided to adopt this course of action because the BdU had not solid data about the impracticality of the route and the boat had to take the shortest route to approach the Atlantic, as the U 40 had sailed with delay and the BdU wanted to hve enough submersibles in the area of Gibraltar.
13 October 1939.
U 40 collided with a British sea mine and sank nearly 47 meters deep. The submersible had four days at sea. On this day also was sunk another submersible of Hundius U-Flotilla, U 42.
Sources: KTB U-Bootwaffe. 1923 - 1938 and 1939-09. Das Kriegstagebuch der U-Bootwaffe von Roland Berr.
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Cheers. Raúl M
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