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Gottfried Fischer (U-505)

The day before yesterday the bridge ordered all communications equipment to be switched off because of a severe thunderstorm. Almost instantly the CO ordered the leading radioman (petty officer) of the watch to strip to his trousers and come up onto the conning tower. And so, on 4 May in the evening between 22:00 and 22:30, I stood outside on the conning tower for the very first time on this patrol. I breathed the fresh and humid air of Africa and let the rain wash down my body. What a feast!! The patrol is winding down now. In 14 days we will leave our area of operations and begin our journey home.

7 May 1944