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Zosimus 03-11-15 10:48 AM

Patrol 9

On September 1, 1942 U-108 sank three ships that were part of a massive British convoy. Approximately 40 minutes later she was lost with all hands because of massive depth charges. Even at 198 meters under the sea, the ASDIC and depth charges were too accurate to avoid. Decoys were ineffective.

Zosimus 03-11-15 02:28 PM

Patrol 1: U-157 out of Lorient
Assigned to CA29.
Ahead slow to conserve fuel.

Crash dived in BF53 to test crew reaction. Blew ballast at 202 meters. The boat handles well. No strange sounds at 202 meters. I could have gone deeper.


Jonesy 03-12-15 12:10 PM

after years away I got the urge to give SH3 a spin again...I gave up on it before when starforce was messing with my pc.

Patrol 4 - felt like someone was playing a prank on me...I patrol for almost 2 hours on the area just west of ireland at 1024 time compression running across absolutely nothing to sink...only a couple of neutrals sighted.

Patrol 5 - as soon as I pull away from France I run across an English cargo ship by is lonesome...sunk, right afterwards I sight a convoy with 2 destroyers, I sink one of the destroyers and 3 merchants.

it's only when I get to port that I realized the merchants were neutral :huh:

anyway...playing on low realism...still getting my feet wet again, I forgot how fun this game can be.

I´m thinking about ordering 4 + the uboot missions, never played that one.

Aktungbby 03-12-15 02:47 PM

welcome back!

Admiral Halsey 03-12-15 04:47 PM

May 1st 1943,

Attacked a convoy mid-Atlantic. Convoy turned in the middle of the attack to a new heading and threw off torpedo aim. No hits were recorded as I snuck away with the destroyers never catching on to me.(doubt that'll last long considering the date) I spent two torpedo's as I tried to sink a Granville and a Destroyer(Clemson I think).

Surfaced 2 hours after attack to find that one of the eels had hit the Granville which had stopped and better yet she was unarmed. Crew manned the deck gun and finished her off in what I expect will be one of the last if not the last deck gun attack by my crew as i'm probably gonna get rid of it within the next two patrols.

I'm going to continue towards the US coast and try my luck around the mouth of New York Harbor.

Zedwardson 03-12-15 06:31 PM

14 Feb, 1940.

Hinze Bido spots a massive convoy in the North sea, reports it in and begins the attack.

It did not go well.

Sunk two large freighters at long range with Type Is

Norwegian large freighters escorted by British ships..

And those escorts drop perfection in depth charges, and U-53 was placed at the bottom of the sea. :down:

So one commander down - 9/1939 to 2/1940 - 25 Ships sunk - 22 Freighters, 3 military, for 73k tons of Merchants and 9.2k in warships.

Next commander will start in 3/1940

UKönig 03-13-15 02:05 PM

Tooled around with the type XXI for a little bit, reset my career from only that point and did the last 8 missions again. Returned to Norway and scuttled the boat, most of the advanced technology had been destroyed by battle damage (as with pretty much all of the conning tower) so I don't feel too badly about sinking the rest of that hunk of junk, good luck getting anything worthwhile out of that, Tommie!
Anyway, Started a new career in 1940 with the 7th fleet. Lt.z.s. Konig assigned to type VIIB, U73.
Just completed the first patrol with 36000 tons, after a successful break into Loch Ewe.
Launched 2nd patrol and so far have sunk 1 small merch for 2300. The hunt continues...

Zedwardson 03-13-15 09:31 PM

Walter Peter had a very long patrol, but the HMS Nelson is on the bottom!

Was assigned a Norway patrol, early 1940, and while patrolling very conservatively, was able to shell and sink a English Trawler and a two Tramp steamers. Did wander off and was chased by swordfish, but was unable to corner the task force. So I headed back to Norway. Not much but reporting all the ships coming in and out of Narvik.

Then the Invasion of Norway happens. I warn of the first task force that comes in, (all DD.) then a week later, here comes a task force around the HMS Nelson. I set myself in position, Launch a spread of two and then two independently fired shots to hit, and then dived, hoping I could get enough depth before all hell broke loose.

3 of the 4 eels hit (Not sure if the 4th missed or was a non-explosion dud) and the HMS Nelson is crippled, and I go deep and quiet, and at 1 Knot head towards the HMS Nelson, confusing the escorts who really never spot me. After a hour they go away. I go to scope depth, and seeing I have a decent shot with the stern tube (and the HMS Nelson dead in the water) I fire the electric eel and earn a hit in the stern. This proved terminal.

I surface and about to radio the good news to BDU when suddenly my watchmen report 7 warships. The Escorts are heading back and they where pissed.

I crash dive, and at 80 meters crash into the bottom.

for the next six hours I am fighting for my life, I end up with two dead, 10% battery after my front Batteries are dead, in 97 meters of water on the bottom, flooding making me not buoyant. I stop my engines, and slowly de-water my boat in brief flashes, then go silent. . hearing pings and engines over me. For a while I think they ran out of depth charges. But the escorts sit on me for hours. I tell my crew to relax and not produce too much CO2, as the air gets stale. Then a few more depth charges and it knocks my boat down to 101 meters (sliding on the bottom) and I repair the damage.

Then there is a one last volley, my sonar/radio section nearly floods before I can fix it. One more round and I will be dead, or it will pound me deeper into the depths, where i will be crushed in my damaged boat.


More Silence.

I order scope depth. My boat does not move. Its been a hour since we heard the escorts. So I order a emergency blow and U-28 bobs to the surface, and the waterways are empty. We head back home.

(This was by the worse escort attack that I survived in GWX. )

My second Patrol with this captain will be June of 1940. He didn't even get a medal for this, though two of his crew earned Iron Crosses.

UKönig 03-14-15 10:47 PM

on my way into scapa flow, at night, on the surface. have already sunk 4 ships and one torpedo boat, even though I expect the anchorage is empty.
the hunt continues...

U73, out.

UKönig 03-18-15 11:16 PM

U73 found no worthwhile targets in scapa flow. As expected. We didn't need to get very far into the basin to find out there was nothing decent to bother with. So we beat a hasty retreat on the surface, at night.
Returned to base with a modest amount of tonnage, and the right to wear the bull of scapa flow on our conning tower.
U73s third patrol begins in a grid near to Gibraltar. In process of checking out shipping in the straights. Not a good move on my part and am starting to regret plotting a course here. Have 23K tons in the locker so far, but almost everything floating out here is a destroyer of some kind.
The hunt continues...

banryu79 03-21-15 07:06 AM

Lost all contracts with U-47 and Oberleutenant z. S. Lothar Prochnow while he and his crew where returning to Wilhelmshaven from their fourth war patrol.
Last radio message received was a distress call date 30 January 1940, from a position roughly E of Helgoland.

Kaleun Prochnow is our most successful commander with a confirmed 107K tons of enemy vessels sunk and a further 54K claimed during current, last patrol.

Probable fate of U-47: sunk by mine, all hands lost.

suitednate 03-21-15 08:31 AM

Just lost my latest career in April '41 after starting it in April '40. I'm too mad regarding this one to put any poetic flavor into my post.......I was feasting on a convoy in the BE grid area......I had already sent 3 large tankers, 1 modern tanker, a small merchant, and a large cargo to the bottom from this convoy. It was the middle of the night and after finishing off one of the crippled aforementioned ships above with my deck gun, I knew the convoy was still close enough that the escorts would still come rushing back to investigate. I decided that in order to help make 1 more attack on this convoy easier, I was going to pick off the escort that came back. Well, I dove and while not visible yet, there were 2 escorts approaching.......

I sank 1 with a head on shot shot from my stern tube........played cat and mouse with the 2nd escort and finally got him in my sights for a shot from a bow tube. It was a pretty incredible shot too because he was drifting to port still searching for me, It wasn't a head on shot and I wasn't sure of his speed detonates right under it's bow and I'm like....:rock:.......and all of a sudden this burning hulk which is only 600 meters now of my port quarter turns right towards me and speeds up!!.......I'm like :huh:.......I hit full ahead and a dive order but it was too late.....the destroyer runs right over me coming from port and seemingly saws my boat in half as I look at the damage screen....everyone from stern quarters on back is dead.....:Kaleun_Mad:

To have my career ended like this after escaping some harrowing and critically damaging depth charge attacks in previous patrols in this career was such a buzzkill......

UKönig 03-21-15 12:47 PM

Now you know what Joachim Schepke, Gunter Prien, and Otto Kretschmer must have felt like...

sublynx 03-22-15 12:25 AM

↯ from U 353 to BdU:

= Convoy in CF8659 240° 8 knots. 3 - 4 radar equipped escorts, no air cover, one straggler making about 7.5 knots. WSW 4, 2/10, sea 3, very good visibility. 4+2 torpedoes. Light damage from depth charging repaired. Sending hourly reports. Wähling =

sublynx 03-23-15 03:26 PM

Zosimus 03-25-15 11:07 AM

Another computer malfunction may have wiped out my latest campaign. The computer won't start, so I have no idea whether the information is lost.

I have started a new campaign. On 23 January 1943, U-514 set sail from Lorient. I am pleased to say that all internal torpedoes are T3s. I am equipped with the finest anti-aircraft batteries that I can find.

I set sail from Lorient at ahead slow. I have been assigned to EE65. En route I got my first new experience – a radar detection. Curious, I headed that way. YIKES! It was an enemy aircraft. I did an about face and manned the guns. After it passed, I dived to 50 meters. Three destroyers showed up at my last known location. I ran silent and slunk away in the depths. Remind me not to do that again.

UKönig 03-25-15 12:58 PM

you can always count on the enemy to remind you not to do certain things in battle...

sublynx 03-27-15 04:18 PM

31.10.1942 0347
Radio message:

From U 353 to BdU: = Convoy in CG8846 250° 7 knots. 20 merchants 4-5 escorts. A 5000 GRT freighter sunk. 3+2 torpedoes left. Wähling =

Zosimus 03-27-15 04:42 PM

U-513 ran into a convoy on its way to its patrol sector. The convoy was headed almost directly for me, so I decided to investigate. I moved into position at 4-5 knots, on the surface, and dived as soon as radar detection came on. The convoy's speed was 6 knots and almost due north – perhaps 7º

Sea: 6 so I chanced a scope up, and lowered it till the waves lapped across it covering it more often than not. I located two desirable vessels, but they were not in neighboring lanes. I decided to chance the double shot through an intervening lane. At back slow, I maneuvered to about 200m from the intervening lane and fired an aft salvo at the ship in back. Then I located the ship in front and fired a salvo at her set for five meter depth, impact. Then I ordered ahead slow and dived.

The ship aft took two torpedoes right on schedule and no more than 10 seconds later the fore ship took two torpedoes and sank. She was a whaling vessel of some 12,000 tons. Just as we passed 50 meters, I heard the first ping. I ordered ahead full and turned into the convoy's wake to hide my noise. Going to the hydrophone I located the escort and just as the pinging stopped I turned to 225º

The depth charges sound awfully close, and I jumped as the first one went off. I slowed to ahead slow, with all silent, and went to 209 meters under the ocean – the deepest I have ever gone. There were no strange noises, no leaks, no problems, and, most importantly, no pings. The second ship sank at this time. The escort did a few depth charge runs, but with the rough seas, he never reacquired us.

I considered that following up on the convoy would be too risky, so I am continuing to my patrol area.

Scarredclown 03-28-15 06:49 PM

Last night, it was dark, very windy, raining very hard and very high waves. I approach a convoy. I was pinged by a warship, didnt know what type, I manage to evade him but lose the convoy doing so. after a while i go to periscope depth and there he was right in front of me, about 600 meter. It was too good to be true, i fire once at him, a perfect shot right in the middle. It was a hellish vision that big warship in flames. I wait a bit, all was calm, i surfaced the boat and bam ! I was rammed by another warship !

He turned my sub and scraped starboard side, damaging almost ervery room. Weather was too foul to use my deck gun, he continue on his way. I was a bit panicking, i wouldnt risk diving with my sub in that state. He goes on his way, never turning back to finish me off. I guess it was my Lucky day.

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