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VONHARRIS 01-25-12 10:27 AM

U-538 IXC/40
 
Patrol 19

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Leandros 01-26-12 06:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leandros (Post 1826965)
U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 7th patrol - Apr. 1940 100245 - Outside Narvik

Back on the surface! Phew, that was a close one. As it was they hindered each other and with some fancy turning I was able to put the aft torp into one of them before we went for the depths. I chose not to reload but go on silent running. These guys were not very clever at sub-hunting but the heavy seas also probably helped us. We were able to get out of the circle quite fast. They gave up half an hour ago and proceeded towards Narvik. So now only 3 RN destroyers can pester our forces there. We are reloading as fast as we can.

U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 7th patrol - Apr. 1940 180900 - Wilhelmshafen

Only a few hours later the three remaining RN destroyers returned from Narvik (Originally two further were sunk and one heavily damaged in the fjord by the German detroyers). They went straight into our ambush, one was sunk right away, the others after some extensive use of torpedoes. As it were when we surfaced again I had only one torpedo left. What to do? Wait for more RN units or return home to reload with one torpedo for self-defense.

Anyway, after having taken a day's break and starting up again........CRASH TO DESKTOP..!!! We had probably been too close to the large landmass. One never know about these.

So, on it again - this is then the second Patrol 7! Went North again and took up position further inside the fjord, having sunk a British Medium Cargo on our way in. Morning April 10th and the historical RN destroyer flotilla pushed towards Narvik. We were able to sink all 5 within 18 minutes. They behaved very badly, had obviously no idea who they were up against....:)....

We stayed in the area to guard the Narvik inlet. Three days later there was plenty of action again. Steaming in the fjord came a large flotilla of RN destroyers - and a Battleship! HMS Nelson! Well, anybody with the faintest knowledge of military history know that historically it was HMS Warspite that went to Narvik, but who cares?

I concentrated on the Nelson, let the the first destroyers pass. As was already instructed from the BdU I first fired one impact and one magnetic fuze torp with a proper spacing. Both were duds! Then the circus started again! We were able to hit three of the escorting destroyers. After a short hunt the remaining followed Nelson towards Narvik.

Well, it had to return. When they showed up again we had positioned ourselves farther in the center of the fjord. Weather fortunately had deteriorated, not easy to detect our periscope as we used it only intermittently. Two torpedoes left, they were for Nelson! I decided to fire one as early as possible albeit with good enough angle to be sure the impact pistol detonated. It hit! No reactions to see, though, except from the escorting destroyers. Now I had decided to just lay still and hope not to be discovered. The earlier destroyers had not been very skilled at hunting us and I had used an electric torpedo so that its track could not be traced back to us.

It worked! They passed us, following the Nelson westwards. It steamed on, its speed a little slowed down, but still too fast for us as we turned after them on slowest speed, submerged.

As their outlines disappeared in the rain-filled mist we surfaced and increased speed, hopefully to catch up with the Nelson in case it developed any problems caused by our hit. At the entrance of the fjord a new problem arose. There were British destroyers on guard. They were close to the shores and it took some while for them to start a chase but in the meantime we had been fired upon and had to dive again with a consequent loss of speed. At one time we had to turn in again to throw them off. Strangely, only one of them only used asdic once or twice.....

So, we had to take the slow course, went out in the middle of the fjord again and proceeded submerged westwards with constantly diminishing battery power. Finally, after having turned a sound we surfaced again to proceed at max. speed south-west out the Vestfjord, hoping to catch up with HMS Nelson. No luck, though, at our way we received several air reconnaissance messages transmitted via the BdU that Nelson kept the distance. Also, that there were a string of RN destroyers going in the same direction, heading for their home ports in England. Twice we were caught up and had to dive to let them pass.

I finally decided enough was enough and set course for home.

Burning RN destroyers in the Ofotfjord:



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Not too much tonnage but never-the-less. For once our assigned targets were enemy naval vessels. Sorry no Nelson on the list. Big disappointment:

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Paulebaer1979 01-26-12 03:26 PM

1.7.41 1707 Feindfahrt 8
U-65, 7. Flottille
Ausgelaufen: Juli 1, 1941, 17:07
Von: St. Nazaire
Einsatzbefehle: In Planquadrat BE33 patrouillieren

4.7.41

0039 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! HMS Vega (V&W Zerstörer), 1188 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Mannschaft: 120. Mannschaftsverluste: 99
0055 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! MV Regent Lion (Großer Tanker), 19023 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Rohöl. Mannschaft: 41. Mannschaftsverluste: 24
0058 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! USS Barker (Clemson Zerstörer), 1190 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Mannschaft: 119. Mannschaftsverluste: 96
0150 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! HMS Cape Palliser (Vorpostenboot), 610 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Mannschaft: 44. Mannschaftsverluste: 31
0153 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! SS Robin Sherwood (Standardfrachter), 6548 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Post/Pakete. Mannschaft: 45. Mannschaftsverluste: 20
0156 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! Kleiner Frachter, 1737 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Getreide. Mannschaft: 46. Mannschaftsverluste: 6
0159 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! Kleiner Frachter, 1733 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Papierprodukte. Mannschaft: 55. Mannschaftsverluste: 20
0200 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! SS Kara (Trampdampfer), 1778 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Nahrungsmittel. Mannschaft: 24. Mannschaftsverluste: 20
0202 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! MV British Energy (Standardtanker), 8229 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Rohöl. Mannschaft: 58. Mannschaftsverluste: 37
0204 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! SS Noonday (Standardfrachter), 6547 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Kupfererz. Mannschaft: 47. Mannschaftsverluste: 28
0207 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! SS Mironych (Trampdampfer), 1781 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Stahl. Mannschaft: 28. Mannschaftsverluste: 23
0208 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! SS Tingsang (Trampdampfer), 1780 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Schrott. Mannschaft: 35. Mannschaftsverluste: 21
0210 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! SS Isac (Trampdampfer), 1777 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Phosphate. Mannschaft: 20. Mannschaftsverluste: 20
0212 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! Kleiner Frachter, 1736 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Zucker. Mannschaft: 56. Mannschaftsverluste: 6
0214 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! Kleiner Frachter, 1735 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Kupfererz. Mannschaft: 57. Mannschaftsverluste: 9
0216 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! SS Tynwald (Trampdampfer), 1779 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Kohle. Mannschaft: 34. Mannschaftsverluste: 26
0218 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! Kleiner Frachter, 1738 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Kohle. Mannschaft: 41. Mannschaftsverluste: 16
0220 Planquadrat BE 39 Schiff versenkt! Kleiner Frachter, 1734 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Holz. Mannschaft: 80. Mannschaftsverluste: 68
1008 Planquadrat BE 36 Schiff versenkt! SS Idraet (Trampdampfer), 1782 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Lastwagen. Mannschaft: 29. Mannschaftsverluste: 26
7.7.41
0519 Planquadrat AM 29 Schiff versenkt! SS Margarita (Belize-Class-Dampfer), 1735 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Maschinen. Mannschaft: 31. Mannschaftsverluste: 26
8.7.41
0544 Planquadrat AM 33 Schiff versenkt! Kleiner Küstendampfer, 1188 BRT(HS), TO(KS)
0547 Planquadrat AM 33 Schiff versenkt! SS Canadian Reefer (Passagier- und Frachtschiff), 1744 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Getreide. Mannschaft: 30. Mannschaftsverluste: 26
0551 Planquadrat AM 33 Schiff versenkt! SS Cape St. Andrew (Kolonialfrachter), 2657 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Kohle. Mannschaft: 69. Mannschaftsverluste: 22
0556 Planquadrat AM 33 Schiff versenkt! MV Rion (Großer Fischkutter), 78 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Textilien. Mannschaft: 18. Mannschaftsverluste: 17
0606 Planquadrat AM 33 Schiff versenkt! SS British Scout (Küstentanker), 1283 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Benzin. Mannschaft: 23. Mannschaftsverluste: 14
9.7.41
1545 Planquadrat AN 16 Schiff versenkt! HMS Wild Swan (V&W Zerstörer), 1188 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Mannschaft: 108. Mannschaftsverluste: 87
1546 Planquadrat AN 16 Schiff versenkt! HMS Dunvegan Castle (Hilfskreuzer), 12367 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Mannschaft: 185. Mannschaftsverluste: 75
1626 Planquadrat AN 16 Schiff versenkt! Schw.Kreuzer HMS Norfolk, 13300 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Mannschaft: 1000. Mannschaftsverluste: 590
1707 Planquadrat AN 16 Schiff versenkt! Tankschiff (EC-Klasse), 5446 BRT(HS), TO(KS)
1716 Planquadrat AN 16 Schiff versenkt! SS Empire Razorbill (HogIsland-Typ Frachter), 4754 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Kohle. Mannschaft: 77. Mannschaftsverluste: 70
10.7.41
0204 Planquadrat AN 16 Schiff versenkt! HMS Ceylon (Leichter Kreuzer Fiji), 9000 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Mannschaft: 808. Mannschaftsverluste: 129
1022 Planquadrat AN 13 Schiff versenkt! MV Regent Tiger (Großer Tanker), 19024 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Flugbenzin. Mannschaft: 78. Mannschaftsverluste: 44
1903 Planquadrat AN 11 Schiff versenkt! Küsten-Schoner (Motor), 935 BRT(HS), TO(KS)
13.7.41
1739 Planquadrat BE 33 Schiff versenkt! SS Erinpura (Kolonialfrachter), 2662 BRT(HS), TO(KS). Fracht: Getreide. Mannschaft: 38. Mannschaftsverluste: 33
14.7.41
2003 Planquadrat BF 43 Schiff versenkt! Fischfabrikschiff, 5584 BRT(HS), TO(KS)
16.7.41
0751 Ergebnisse
Verluste: 0
versenkte Schiffe: 35
zerstörte Flugzeuge: 0
versenkte Tonnage: 147370 Tonnen


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Leandros 01-27-12 03:44 PM

U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 9th patrol - July. 1940 050130 - Wilhelmshafen

Ready to depart on Patrol 9. Patrol 8 was rather confusing. We were assigned a patrol area just west of the Shetlands. However, on our way there we were instructed to support Operation Juno, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau's foray against the Allied withdrawal convoys from Northern Norway. We proceeded almost North to the Vestfjord with a good hope of intercepting some fat convoys but nothing essential turned up.

Proceeded down to the Western inlet of Scapa Flow. Finally, a fat target. The battleship HMS Rodney accompanied by a V&W destroyer and a Southampton class cruiser heading towards the Scapa inlet. While proceeding surfaced on AK to achieve a good position we were discovered and had to dive, the V&W firing and turning towards us. When we finally had him down Rodney and the cruiser had started maneuvering violently. The cruiser got away but Rodney was hit twice by our torpedoes. The cruiser proceeded at max. speed towards Scapa. As Rodney was lying half-submerged, but still not registered as sunk, it suddenly disappeared. The cruiser, too. So, no credit for HMS Rodney. We returned for home, going through the Orkney/Shetland gap, bagging a couple of enemies on our way.

Our present assigned patrol area is the south-western part of the Rockalls.

HMS Rodney with its consorts in the far distance:

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Obltn Strand 01-27-12 05:19 PM

Decided to pop my nygm virginity...

Patrol 1
U-45, U-Flotilla Wegener
Left at: September 1, 1939, 08:18
From: Kiel
Mission Orders: Patrol grid AM18

3.9.1939
17:38 Ship sighted, cargo vessel on NNE course. AN 4929
20:02 Fired warning shot across the bow. No reaction. Shelled target until it stopped. Fired tube V. G7a, range 700m, speed 0 kts, AoB green 80, depth 6m. Detonated well behind the target. Sunk with gunfire. AN 4687
4.9.1939
17:16 A/c, crash dive. AN 4126
18:19
A/c, crash dive, depth charged. AN 4125
20:17
A/c, crash dive, strafed and depth charged. Minor damage. AN 4122
5.9.1939
05:24
A/c, crash dive, depth charged. AN 1632
12:27
A/c, crash dive, depth charged. AN 1467
21:04
A/c, crash dive, depth charged. AN 1453
6.9.1939
03:20 Passed between Orkneys and Shetlands. Heavy a/c patrols. AN 1273
05:40
A/c, crash dive. AN 1196
06:40
A/c, crash dive, depth charged. AN 1196
08:11
A/c, crash dive, depth charged. AN 1195
14:45
A/c, crash dive, depth charged. AN 1194
21:20
A/c, crash dive. AN 1159
8.9.1939
00:23 Ship sighted. Small steamer heading SSW. AM 3348
01:04 Fired tube I.
G7a, range 1300m, speed 7 kts, AoB red 90, depth 6m. Miss
01:23 Fired tube II.
G7a, range 800m, speed 5 kts, AoB red 80, depth 6m. Definite detonation failure. AM 3372
01:56 Sunk with gun fire. AM 3374
9.9.1939
01:30 Arrived operations area. AM 1833
15.9.1939
13:40 Took external torpedoes on board.
18.9.1939
09:20 /From Bdu: Patrol grid AM 54/
20:40 Arrived operations area. AM 5411
23.9.1939
22:53 Ship sighted. Tanker heading NE. Extremely unfavourable weather. Will try anyway.
23:37 Fired tubes II and III.
G7a, range 1500m, speed 9 kts, AoB red 100, depth 7m. One hit, other missed. Target sunk after twenty minutes. Interogation of survivors revealed target to be 4000 ton ore carrier. AM 5481
2.10.1939
20:30 Low on fuel and provisions. Started return trip. AM 5412
4.10.1939
10:14 Two destroyers sighted on NE course. Dived to avoid detection. AM 3331
9.10.1939
15:25 Docked at Kiel.

Patrol results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 3
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonage: 14362 tons

Ships sunk:
SS Mormacisle (LARGE CARGO), 8552 tons.

SS Aberhill (COASTAL FREIGHTER), 1900 tons.
SS Argun (ORE CARRIER), 3910 tons.

Oberleutnant Siegfried Küster

U-45 Type VIIB (1 patrol)

Career tonnage: 14 362 tons



Leandros 01-28-12 09:22 AM

U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 9th patrol - July. 1940 200004 - North-Western Approaches

Proceeded directly towards our assigned patrol area - The Rockalls. Nothing happened there. Set course Eastwards to see if we could ambush something in the North-Western Approaches. Was informed of a large eastbound convoy by the BdU, managed to make contact and pass it.

In the bad weather we were able to pierce the escort screen from its starboard side. Halleluja, in the middle of it a battleship, probably Renown or Repulse. However, we had torpedoed two ships already so the escorts were now upon us. While evading and defending ourselves the convoy got away. At one time we had to descend to max. depth which at the place was no more than approx. 60 meters. We got out of it and restarted the pursuit. That battleship shall go down!

We have now achieved a good position on the convoy's forward starboard side again. We are at the narrowest point of the Approaches, not very deep here. There is a Black Swan in the front of the convoy, much of the escort has been diminished by our earlier contacts - see the sheet. Weather is excellent for our venture, choppy seas and the light at its darkest for this time of they year.

Here goes!

Excellent position:

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Much of the escort has already been put out play by us:

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This one is going down!:


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Fubar2Niner 01-28-12 09:25 AM

New career
 
Hi Kaleuns.

Just reformatted my rig and thought what the hey, I'll start from afresh! So here is my albeit short career so far..........

I'm with the 7th/13th Flotilla sailing from Konigsberg. My first patrol was needless to say uneventfull, but I managed to give the crew a thorough shakedown in preperation for hostilities should they come.

Second patrol sailed from Konigsberg, August 22nd, '39 12:24. Mission orders were merely a repeat of my first patrol. After reaching my patrol grid and completing my mission orders, I thought I'd sail clear of the bay and explore the local waters. After several days at sea, practising crash dives, vessel recognition etc. The radio started to crackle into action. Action being the operative word ! Hostilities with Poland had begun. My orders to my new crew.......... Make for Danzig!

I have to report the crew of U-47 performed beyond my expectations, see my patrol report below..........

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Returned to Konigsberg September 2nd 1939, BDU informed me I had been awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class. Not a bad way to enter hostilities. My crew are eagerly awaiting the next patrol. Stocking up on eels and provisions, we head out again shortly. :arrgh!:

Best regards.

Fubar2Niner

Leandros 01-28-12 01:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leandros (Post 1828916)
U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 9th patrol - July. 1940 200004 - North-Western Approaches

Proceeded directly towards our assigned patrol area - The Rockalls. Nothing happened there. Set course Eastwards to see if we could ambush something in the North-Western Approaches. Was informed of a large eastbound convoy by the BdU, managed to make contact and pass it.

In the bad weather we were able to pierce the escort screen from its starboard side. Halleluja, in the middle of it a battleship, probably Renown or Repulse. However, we had torpedoed two ships already so the escorts were now upon us. While evading and defending ourselves the convoy got away. At one time we had to descend to max. depth which at the place was no more than approx. 60 meters. We got out of it and restarted the pursuit. That battleship shall go down!

We have now achieved a good position on the convoy's forward starboard side again. We are at the narrowest point of the Approaches, not very deep here. There is a Black Swan in the front of the convoy, much of the escort has been diminished by our earlier contacts - see the sheet. Weather is excellent for our venture, choppy seas and the light at its darkest for this time of they year.

Here goes!

U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 9th patrol - July 1940 251600 - Wilhelmshafen

Safely back in Wilhelmshafen. Well, the battleship didn't "go down". I believe we had mr. Murphy onboard. First, I should have learned by now not to use the G7e on magnetic fuze in choppy seas. It pre-ignited after a few hundred meters. The second one, with impact pistol, hit a small-fry freighter that came between. At that time the Black Swan was warned and approached us fast. The third torpedo missed as it, it was HMS Revenge, had started maneuvering. I disregarded the approaching Black Swan and continued at max submerged speed towards the battleship. A fast G7 finally did it from less than 700 meters. I turned the boat around and also gave it the last one from the aft tube. Good hit! No more torps and, as it was, our close encounter with the major ship and the Black Swan had them destroy both of our periscopes. No vision and no weapons, I went for the deep, which was about 90 meters. With the choppy seas and a lot of other sonar confusion around the large convoy should give us a chance. Not to speak of a damaged battleship to take care of.

The Black Swan didn't hang around for long. When we surfaced we followed the convoy eastwards for a while to see if there was any sign of a heavily damaged battleship. Nothing to see so I turned around to take the safest road home. No weapons (except the deck gun, of course) and no under-the-surface vision called for a minimum of heroics. I chose a long northward swing away from land.

Nevetheless, when we encountered a large freighter in the Orkney/Shetland gap the temptation was too great. We started intercepting it with the intention of using the gun. We had only just started firing when an Elco MTB turned up in the horizon. Diving was an instinctive reaction which I regretted right away but as it approached fast I could not countermand the order. We turned and started following the freighter submerged, homing on its sonar signals. Then, at a time when MTB was out of contact we made a quick surfacing, manned the guns and started up on the freighter. The MTB was not far away but now we were ready for it.

I should have learnt from last time, when we lost a crew member in the exchange of fire, but this time we expedited it without such misfortunes. It was a tough one, though. They usually are. At the time we were safely through the gap we had an Ore Carrier to our credit, too.

Approx. 32.000 tons in total, then. With the Revenge it would have been 70.000. According to the B-dienst it made it back home.

Oh, yes: 25% Hull Integrity upon arrival in Wilhelmshafen......:)




ijnfleetadmiral 01-28-12 05:56 PM

31 May 1940:
Goeben departs on another raiding mission. Intended to head into Dunkirk to see what mischief we could cause there, but after receiving message of a convoy in our vicinity, decided to try our luck with that.

Results:
Returned to port 3 June 1940 to replenish ammo, having sunk 15 ships (the entire convoy we decided to go intercept instead of visiting Dunkirk) for 53,678 tons. Would have go on to Dunkirk but we'd expended all ammo for the starboard secondary guns, and the main guns were running low on ammo as well. Time to reload!

1 Large Merchant
1 Empire-type Freighter
4 Granville-type Freighters
2 Passenger/Cargo Ships
1 Small Freighter
3 Coastal Freighters
3 J/K-class DDs

LemonA 01-28-12 06:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leandros (Post 1829020)
U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 9th patrol - July 1940




Good read. Nice pictures.

Kapt Z 01-28-12 11:11 PM

U-97 5th Patrol
 
5th Patrol

U-97, Type VIIC
7th/13th Flotilla, St. Nazaire
Assigned Grid: ET21
Departed: 20Apr41
Returned: 27May41

3 Merchant ships sunk
1 small freighter damaged

8992 tons

All internal torpedoes expended
No damage sustained

Oblt. Ernst Walzer(knight's cross)

Leandros 01-29-12 07:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LemonA (Post 1829159)
Good read. Nice pictures.

Thank you!

Fred

Leandros 01-29-12 08:08 AM

U124 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 11th patrol - Jan 1941 231600 - off Lorient

Just left Lorient, our new base, with an almost completely new boat, the U124 - a Type IXB. It has only had 3 patrols before so practially just run-in. The torpedo load-out is impressive compared to my earlier boat. Also has a twin-20 mm FLAK and a 37 mm gun on the aft deck. My whole crew has followed me over, having just had to add a few new ones to cater for the handling of the somewhat larger boat. Two of my officers are soon to receive their own boats.

Patrol 10 was quite succesful compared to the one before. This mission was also a transfer leg to our new base in Lorient. Went through the Orkney/Shetland gap and hit a terrible weather which lasted for the rest of the mission. We hang around the area between the Rockalls and the North-Western Approaches for several days. Then messages started coming in on an eastbound convoy that had already been set upon by a wolfpack.

We picked up its accoustic signature in extremely bad visibility, 200-600 meters, and just had to let it roll over us. After having hit a couple of merchants what pops up out of the heavy rain....?....HMS Rodney! And not an escort in sight. We had him on our port side, going in the opposite direction. I made a sharp starboard turn and gave him a stern shot at minimum distance. No fiddling now, a fast G7 on impact pistol. When it hit him we had already continued the turn and started lining him up along our bow tubes. When stabilized I gave him two more. Before the third torpedo hit him the others had done the trick.

From there on there was sort of anti-climax. While reloading two Large Merchants passed near by and we set off a casual pursuit to catch them when ready. In the meantime we were chased off once by escorts (Flowers..), but lost them fairly quickly - in an outboard turn we surfaced when they were out of sight and set off at max. surface speed, dispensing of battery loading for the time. With that weather they had real problems detecting us and we could outrun them.

70.000 tons inclusive of the HMS Rodney. And some Brilliants added to my Knight's Cross...:)

Our mission area is now BF17.

U-124 - beautiful boat:

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Leandros 01-29-12 04:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leandros (Post 1829325)
U-124 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 11th patrol - Jan 1941 290800 - Bristol Channel

Only a short while after we had established ourselves in the assigned patrol area we received a message from the BdU - a large convoy had passed us by and was quite a distance North-East of us, heading into the Bristol Channel. We made pursuit and caught up with it in the South-Western corner of AM97. We slipped through the escort screen which wasn't very impressive. In short sequence an Ore Carrier, Large Merchant and some others were hit before the escort interferred. We were eventually pushed under but not for long. As we surfaced we could see a Empire-type freighter lying on its side, looking rather done for, some distance away. We approached it to finish it off with the gun. It put up an unexpectedly ferocious fight and almost immediately the officer of the bridge, Oberleutnant zur See Arthur Kopp, was hit by shrapnel and killed. He was to have his own boat at our return to Lorient.

We dived, only in time to observe that two escorts had been warned by the gunfight. However, when they had reached our area we had sidestepped them by a quick, deep dive and change of course. Soon they went away back to their convoy.

When we surfaced we found ourselves suddenly quite close to the freighter again. It started firing again! This time I dived immediately and spaced out to give it a torpedo. No more fiddling.

We then went into pursuit again and have now loaded down the spare torpedoes and shall soon have catched up with the convoy. It's just over the horizon to the North-East.

Well, that was that. A CTD is one thing - a TCC a totally different thing. Saved missions, modifications, upgrades, JoneSoft - all gone. Do I want to start up again? Maybe I should wait till I get a new computer - mine is 8 years old, even if with a few upgrades. I do need some better capacity to run the movies made in the mission creator, too. I'll have to see - for now I am comforting myself with a simple mission around Malta - without any trimmings.


Einzelganger 01-30-12 09:08 AM

Kapitänleutnant Horst Luddecke was killed on his 9th patrol today (12Jul1940) while attacking a convoy in grid BE98. All hands aboard U-101 were lost.

Somehow i've missed a V&W escort coming at me from behind. I took heavy damage to the conning tower as soon as we collided & the following depth charges must have landed right on top of me. In my dying seconds i saw the V&W had also taken heavy damage but i suffered heavy flooding in almost all compartments & it was over before i could blink my eyes again. At least i did manage to hurt the convoy in two previous attacks on it.

I've just returned to SHIII after a few years and have been working my way up again from a Type II & did my last 3 patrols in a Type VII. I suppose i shouldn't be too unhappy with my first career but still.... :nope:

Paulebaer1979 02-01-12 10:05 AM

That´s the reason why i first attack and sink the escorts. After that i surface and sink the convoys with the deck gun. It´s funny with the 10,5 of my type IXb :yeah:

Greets Paul

PS: In correct German it is "Den .... wenn ich bitten darf."


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Einzelganger 02-01-12 03:26 PM

I know that routine from way before there were any mods & i just had the game :D

Now that i've returned to GWX again going deck gun to deck gun with the escort screen is a bad idea :dead: & i'd rather spend my torpedoes on some heavier tonnage. Anyway my second career since dusting off SHIII is now underway again with a VIIIC & already i've had some succes during operation Juno.

As for the signature ( loved the moment it was used in the movie ) guess i shouldn't have trusted the Internet for the actual print :rotfl2: Plus, my German is ok but certainly isn't good enough to pick out the finer mistakes.

Paulebaer1979 02-02-12 04:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Einzelganger (Post 1831259)
As for the signature ( loved the moment it was used in the movie ) guess i shouldn't have trusted the Internet for the actual print :rotfl2: Plus, my German is ok but certainly isn't good enough to pick out the finer mistakes.

No problem. You´r welcome. It would be very nice, if someone would correct me school-english, too :D It´s a couple of years since i was in school.

Back to topic:

I always search for convoys and than i attack the escorts submerged. In the first view years that´s easy. Later it becomes harder :) But it´s no problem for a ex-submariner :yeah:

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Einzelganger 02-02-12 05:00 AM

Your school English looks pretty decent i'd say, no worries there mate :yeah:

Early in the war i usually leave the escorts alone (unless there's 1 or maybe 2) as i like the idea of sneaking in, doing damage & leave everyone wondering where i've gone to next. Late war i'll maybe try & open up a gap by taking out 2 escorts with acoustic torpedoes. That usually leaves me with some more room on my next approach :D

With my previous career i was stuck right in the middle of the convoy & the escort that nailed me was hidden from my sight & sonar behind other merchants until he came rushing at me.

Anyway after not having played SHIII for 3 or 4 years at least i can say i'm not that rusty. Plus there's some better eye candy available now too. Right now i'm loving the diesel room from the interior mod :rock:

Obltn Strand 02-03-12 01:17 PM

Kapitänleutnant Siegfried Küster

U-45 Type VIIB (2 patrols)

Career tonnage: 20 664 tons

Patrol 2
U-45, U-Flotilla Wegener
Left at: November 26, 1939, 09:31
From: Kiel
Mission Orders: Patrol grid BE83

28.11.1939
12:53 Ship sighted. Large steamer on W course. AN 3478
14:03 Fired double fan from tubes I and II. G7e, range 1400m,
speed 6 kts, AoB red 90, depth 6m. Both hits. Target sunk 15 min later. AN 4375
30.11.1939
08:37 A/c, crash dive. AF 7883

09:38 A/c, crash dive. AF 7883
16:14
A/c, crash dive. AF 7821
18:21 Two destroyers sighted, heading south. AF 7813
1.12.1939
09:25
A/c, crash dive. AF 7775
10:24
A/c, crash dive. AF 7775
17:30
A/c, crash dive. AN 1121
7.12.1939
05:30 Arrived operations area. BE 8333
11:22 Steamer sighted, heading NE. BE 8323
12:09 Fired tubes III and IV. G7e, range 1400m, speed 6 and 5 kts, AoB green 80, depth 7m. Both hit despite unfavorable weather conditions. Target sunk in ten minutes.
15.12.1939
08:24 /From Bdu: Patrol grid CG13/
16.12.1939
14:40 Arrived operations area. CG1311
25.12.1939
07:30 Low on fuel. Started return trip. CG1342
26.12.1939
09:07 Warship sighted. Destroyer heading SSE. BE 6912
09:10 Multiple propeller sounds heard. Convoy coming closer.
09:22 /From: U-45 Convoy at BE 6912 heading SSE at medium speed. Request permission for immediate attack/
09:50 Perfect opportunity to conduct submerged attack against convoy's outer column.
09:52 Fired tube V. G7e, range 2200m, speed 7 kts, AoB red 90, depth 7m. Miss.
10:00 Fired tubes I through IV against three separate targets. G7a, range 2000m, speed 7 kts, AoB green 100, depth 7m. Two detonated prematurely, two missed.
11.40 Faint contact with hydrophone. Not enough fuel for high speed chase. Resumed original course. BE 6912
4.1.1940
07:45 Very low on fuel. Will be in Wilhelmshaven tommorw morning. AN 6358
5.1.1940
07:27 Docked at Wilhelmshaven.

Patrol results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 2
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonage: 6302 tons

Ships sunk:
SS Santa Cecilia (MEDIUM CARGO), 4756 tons.
SS Empire Merchant (SMALL MERCHANT), 1546 tons.

Meagre christmas present for Küster:down:



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