When U-202 was crossing the Atlantic on her mission to land agents in the US, one of the torpedo mechanics fell seriously ill to the point of constant pain and groaning. Because they were maintaining radio silence, they could not ask medical advice from U-Boat Command. They doped him with opium. After a number of days, he got better and returned to duty.
Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/ View all posts by Charles McCain