Chief of the Office
Field Post No. M 25 522
April 24th, 1943
Dear Mrs. Frühling
After I submitted good interim news to you about 2 months ago, with this letter I fulfill a moral obligation reluctantly.
I have to tell you, dear Mrs. Frühling, much to my regret, that the U-Boat under the command of Corvette Captain Hartenstein on which your husband, Chief Warrant Officer Anton Frühling is on duty, is missing. The U-boat left on January 15th, 1943 from its West French base. The last information was received from the U156 on March 7th, 1943 from the area East of the Little Antilles.
Dear Mrs. Frühling, even though we do not know how the U-boat got lost, there is still a small hope that the crew, or part of it, has been saved and fell into prison. The investigations about this are intensively carried our by the superior office in cooperation with the international organizations (Red Cross and others).
As, however, according to experiences hitherto, the enemy is holding back on purpose the names of survivors for a very long time. I would like to ask you to be patient until the investigations have come to a conclusion. In case of further new information, I will contact you by telegraph.
I know your worries and the agony of the uncertainty and truly wish to be able to take these worries from you.
With sincere sympathy
Yours signed K. Kals
Corvette Captain and Chief of the Flotilla
Translated by W. Poenitz
James Carson, Director
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